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Dr. Ojemann is a Professor of Neurological Surgery and Vice-Chairman for Research at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He holds the Richard G. Ellenbogen Chair in Pediatric Neurological Surgery and is Chief of Neurosurgery at Settle Children's Hospital. He is Director of Epilepsy Surgery at the Regional Epilepsy Center at Harborview as part of the University of Washington Neurosciences Institute.
He earned his M.D. and completed a residency in neurosurgery and a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He joined the University of Washington faculty in 2003. Dr. Ojemann specializes in epilepsy and pediatric neurosurgery, including surgery for childhood brain tumors and laser-based neurosurgery. He strives to create active partnerships with his patients to achieve the best possible outcomes.
His research has been funded by NIH and NSF since 2001, with a focus on brain signals related to motor control and learning. These signals have been used to control computers and other devices as part of research into neuroprosthetics. Dr. Ojemann's research also looks at ways to deliver stimulation as a feedback to the brain and to restore function after stroke. The timing of brain signals and how different parts of the brain interact with each other is studied with direct brain recording and with other methods, such as functional MRI. Collaborative work with the Allen Institute is a natural fit to his ongoing network research at different scales of time and space in the human brain.