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Brandon A. Zielinski, M.D., Ph.D.

Languages spoken: English

Academic Information

Departments: Pediatrics - Adjunct Associate Professor, Neurology - Adjunct Associate Professor, Radiology and Imaging Sciences - Adjunct Associate Professor

Academic Office Information

Board Certification

  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Special Qualification in Child Neurology)

Research Interests

  • Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)
  • Functional neuroimaging of human cognition
  • Neuroimaging studies in TBI (traumatic brain injury)/depression/trauma/substance abuse, Relationships between personality traits and the brain, Brain networks, Sex differences in the brain
  • Clinical Neuroimaging
  • Child Development
  • Human Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Neurology
  • Neurosciences
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuroimaging
  • Neural Networks (Computer)

Dr. Brandon Zielinski, MD, PhD, is the Director of Inpatient Neurology at PCMC. He joined the Division of Pediatric Neurology in 2010 after completing his neurology and pediatric neurology subspecialty training at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Zielinski’s clinical focus on acute care fills a 'neurohospitalist' role, and his specific clinical interests include pediatric neurocritical care, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and advanced neuroimaging. He developed and leads the functional MRI clinical service at PCMC in collaboration with the Department of Radiology. This robust clinical service is one of the few in the western U.S., and Dr. Zielinski may be the only board-certified pediatric neurologist providing administration and clinical interpretation of fMRI scans in the world.

Dr. Zielinski's research interests include both basic as well as clinical/translational neuroscience, and he has wide-ranging collaborations with both clinical and research faculty across the University. Dr. Zielinski is a past recipient of the Child Neurology Society's Outstanding Junior Member Award, and his research is supported by the PCMC Foundation and National Institutes of Health. His scientific research has been published in leading journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Neuron, Brain, and Journal of Neuroscience.

Education History

Chief Resident University of California at San Francisco
Chief Resident
Fellowship University of California at San Francisco
Pediatric Neurology
Residency University of Utah and Primary Children's Medical Center
Professional Medical University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Doctoral Training Georgetown University Medical Center
Undergraduate Arizona State University