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
Benchaya, Sarah Meira, MD Benchaya, Sarah Meira, MD
4.8 /5
35 surveys
860.972.3600
  • Neurology
  • Hartford
  • Torrington
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Cahill, Hugh, MD, PhD Cahill, Hugh, MD, PhD
4.8 /5
73 surveys
860.626.8232
  • Neurology
  • Torrington
Chowdhury, Nabi, MD Chowdhury, Nabi, MD
4.5 /5
107 surveys
860.626.8232
  • Neurology
  • Electrodiagnostic Medicine
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  • Torrington
  • Thomaston
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Desai, Ninad, MD Desai, Ninad, MD 203.332.1949
  • Neurology
  • Bridgeport
Dorfman, Benjamin, MD Dorfman, Benjamin, MD
4.7 /5
97 surveys
860.870.6385
  • Neurology
  • Cheshire
  • Winsted
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Gutierrez, David, MD Gutierrez, David, MD
4.8 /5
65 surveys
860.496.6257
  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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  • Torrington
  • Litchfield
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Kenkare, Jay David, MD 860.496.6820
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Torrington
Knopf, Lisa V., MD Knopf, Lisa V., MD 860.972.3600
  • Neurology
  • Hartford
Mandell, Neal, MD Mandell, Neal, MD 860.489.7314
  • Neuroradiology
  • Diagnostic Radiology
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  • Torrington
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
4.9 /5
88 surveys
860.972.3621
  • Neurology
  • Hartford
  • Torrington
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Tkeshelashvili, David, MD Tkeshelashvili, David, MD
4.8 /5
135 surveys
860.972.3600
  • Neurology
  • Bridgeport
  • Cheshire
  • North Haven
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