At Hartford HealthCare's Ayer Neuroscience Institute, we’ve taken the concept of a second opinion to a new level.

Each week, all our specialists—neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, neurointensivists, and neuro-critical care nurses—meet to review each individual case. Together, they pool their knowledge and experience to give you the most advanced treatment plan possible.


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Meet our Neurosciences Specialists:

Name Specialties Location
Cormier, Justine, MD 860.545.5000
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Hartford
Cahill, Hugh, MD, PhD Cahill, Hugh, MD, PhD
4.9 /5
158 surveys
860.626.8232
  • Neurology
  • Torrington
Knopf, Lisa V., MD Knopf, Lisa V., MD
4.9 /5
45 surveys
860.972.3600
  • Neurology
  • Hartford
Dorfman, Benjamin, MD Dorfman, Benjamin, MD
4.8 /5
154 surveys
860.870.6385
  • Neurology
  • Torrington
Santhappa, Sheila, MD Santhappa, Sheila, MD 860.496.6666
  • Neurology
  • Torrington
Kenkare, Jay David, MD 860.496.6820
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Torrington
Tkeshelashvili, David, MD Tkeshelashvili, David, MD
4.8 /5
158 surveys
203.332.1949
  • Neurology
  • Bridgeport
  • Cheshire
  • North Haven
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Ali, Syed Salman, MD 860.626.8232
  • Neurology
  • Torrington
Tunguturi, Ajay Mohan, MD Tunguturi, Ajay Mohan, MD 860.972.3621
  • Neurology
  • Hartford
Martz, Gabriel, MD, FAES Martz, Gabriel, MD, FAES 860.972.3600
  • Neurology
  • Neurophysiology
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  • Enfield
Meira Benchaya, Lucas, MD Meira Benchaya, Lucas, MD
4.8 /5
106 surveys
860.972.3621
  • Neurology
  • Hartford
  • Torrington
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Benchaya, Sarah Meira, MD Benchaya, Sarah Meira, MD 860.972.3600
  • Neurology
  • Hartford
  • Torrington
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Reddy, Venkatesha, MD 860.626.8232
  • Neurology
  • Torrington