Physicians & Leadership

Pioneering Rehabilitation

Pasquale Fonzetti, M.D., Ph.D.

Chairman of the Institutional Review Board, Associate Director of the Memory Evaluation and Treatment Service (METS) and Staff Neurologist, The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

Specialty Certifications

Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners

Board Certified in Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Licensure, State of New York

Academic Appointments

Assisstant Professor of Neurology, Weill Cornell
Medical College

Pasquale Fonzetti, M.D., Ph.D. is a board-certified neurologist and serves as the associate director of the Memory Evaluation and Treatment Service (METS) program at Burke. This program provides comprehensive outpatient assessment and treatment of memory disorders.

Through METS, Dr. Fonzetti works with patients to evaluate memory problems, providing diagnosis and treatment options for a wide-range of dementia disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease. He also works closely with the patient and their family, including holding a family conference after the evaluation, to discuss next steps.

In addition to his work at Burke, Dr. Fonzetti is a clinical assistant professor of neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. He has served as a research investigator for multiple clinical trials on dementia and stroke. Dr. Fonzetti is also a diplomat with the National Board of Medical Examiners and Chairman of the Institutional Review Board.

Education:

  • B.S., Monmouth College, Long Branch, New Jersey, 1980
  • Ph. D., Bari University, Bari, Italy, 1985
  • M.D., Bari University, Bari, Italy, 1992

Postgraduate Training:

  • Internship, Internal Medicine, Bari University, Bari, Italy, 1993
  • Primary Care Physician, Ministry of Health, Republic of Italy, 1993-1995
  • PGY-1, Internal Medicine, Staten Island University Hospital, Staten Island, New York, 1996
  • Residency, Neurology, Seton Hall University Neuroscience Institute, Edison, New Jersey, 1999
  • Fellow, Neurological Rehabilitation, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2000

Publications

Prevention of poststroke apathy using escitalopram or problem-solving therapy. Mikami K, Jorge RE, Moser DJ, Arndt S, Jang M, Solodkin A, Small SL, Fonzetti P, Hegel MT, Robinson RG. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2013 Sep;21(9):855-62. doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2012.07.003. Epub 2013 Feb 6.

Abnormal thiamine-dependent processes in Alzheimer's Disease. Lessons from diabetes. Gibson GE, Hirsch JA, Cirio RT, Jordan BD, Fonzetti P, Elder J. Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Cornell Medical College, Burke Medical Research Institute, 785 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605, USA. ggibson@med.cornell.edu

Increased frequency of first-episode poststroke depression after discontinuation of escitalopram.

Mikami K, Jorge RE, Moser DJ, Arndt S, Jang M, Solodkin A, Small SL, Fonzetti P, Hegel MT, Robinson RG. Stroke. 2011 Nov;42(11):3281-3. Epub 2011 Aug 25.

Boosting enrollment in neurology trials with Local Identification and Outreach Networks (LIONs). Kernan WN, Viscoli CM, Demarco D, Mendes B, Shrauger K, Schindler JL,

McVeety JC, Sicklick A, Moalli D, Greco P, Bravata DM, Eisen S, Resor L, Sena K, Story D, Brass LM, Furie KL, Gutmann L, Hinnau E, Gorman M, Lovejoy AM, Inzucchi SE, Young LH, Horwitz RI; IRIS Trial Investigators. Neurology. 2009 Apr 14;72(15):1345-51.

Effects of aspirin plus extended-release dipyridamole versus clopidogrel and telmisartan on disability and cognitive function after recurrent stroke in patients with ischaemic stroke in the Prevention Regimen for Effectively Avoiding Second Strokes (PRoFESS) trial: a double-blind, active and placebo-controlled study. Diener HC, Sacco RL, Yusuf S, Cotton D, Ounpuu S, Lawton WA, Palesch Y, Martin RH, Albers GW, Bath P, Bornstein N, Chan BP, Chen ST, Cunha L, Dahlöf B, De Keyser J, Donnan GA, Estol C, Gorelick P, Gu V, Hermansson K, Hilbrich L, Kaste M, Lu C, Machnig T, Pais P, Roberts R, Skvortsova V, Teal P, Toni D, VanderMaelen C, Voigt T, Weber M, Yoon BW; Prevention Regimen for Effectively Avoiding Second Strokes (PRoFESS) study group. Lancet Neurol. 2008 Oct;7(10):875-84. Epub 2008 Aug 29. Erratum in: Lancet Neurol. 2008 Nov;7(11):985.

Telmisartan to prevent recurrent stroke and cardiovascular events.

Yusuf S, Diener HC, Sacco RL, Cotton D, Ounpuu S, Lawton WA, Palesch Y, Martin RH, Albers GW, Bath P, Bornstein N, Chan BP, Chen ST, Cunha L, Dahlöf B, De Keyser J, Donnan GA, Estol C, Gorelick P, Gu V, Hermansson K, Hilbrich L, Kaste M, Lu C, Machnig T, Pais P, Roberts R, Skvortsova V, Teal P, Toni D, VanderMaelen C, Voigt T, Weber M, Yoon BW; PRoFESS Study Group. N Engl J Med. 2008 Sep 18;359(12):1225-37. Epub 2008 Aug 27.

Aspirin and extended-release dipyridamole versus clopidogrel for recurrent stroke.

Sacco RL, Diener HC, Yusuf S, Cotton D, Ounpuu S, Lawton WA, Palesch Y, Martin RH, Albers GW, Bath P, Bornstein N, Chan BP, Chen ST, Cunha L, Dahlöf B, De Keyser J, Donnan GA, Estol C, Gorelick P, Gu V, Hermansson K, Hilbrich L, Kaste M, Lu C, Machnig T, Pais P, Roberts R, Skvortsova V, Teal P, Toni D, Vandermaelen C, Voigt T, Weber M, Yoon BW; PRoFESS Study Group. N Engl J Med. 2008 Sep 18;359(12):1238-51. Epub 2008 Aug 27.

Escitalopram and problem-solving therapy for prevention of poststroke depression:   a randomized controlled trial. Robinson RG, Jorge RE, Moser DJ, Acion L, Solodkin A, Small SL, Fonzetti P, Hegel M, Arndt S. JAMA. 2008 May 28;299(20):2391-400. Erratum in: JAMA. 2009 Mar 11;301(10):1024.

 Posters                    

Weill Medical College of Cornell University at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

Jordan B., Hirsch J., Fonzetti P.,  Ortega-Verdejo K. “ Use of the Standardized Assessment Concussion (SAC) in Dementia”. Accepted for a poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of  Neurology, Boston, MA    May 1, 2007.

Weill Medical College of Cornell University at Burke Rehabilitation  Hospital

Fonzetti P., Panzer V., Reding M.”Computerized Dynamic Posturography predicts falls in the ederly, defines etiology, and Guides treatment.” Accepted for poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American  Society of Neurological Rehabilitation; San Diego CA
April 27-29 2000.\

Seton Hall University, Neuroscience Institute at JFK Medical Center, Edison N.J.

 Verro P., TanenbaumL.M., Fonzetti P. “ CT  Perfusion Deficits in Acute Cerebral Ischemia Predict Brain at Risk”. Accepted in abstract form for scientific platform at 52nd Annual Meeting of American Academy of Neurology San Diego, CA.  May 5, 2000.

Awards

Congressional Proclamation by Honorable Nita M. Lowey for: “. …Dr. Pasquale Fonzetti honored for his tremendous dedication to the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease, to medical research, and to the betterment of our community." June 3, 2005.

The Renee Pollack Memorial Award by the Alzheimer’s Association for: “Distinguished Service for his work with Alzheimer’s Disease.” June 3, 2005.