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David S. SabsevitzDavid S. Sabsevitz, PhD, ABPP

Associate Professor of Neurology

Specialty: Neuropsychology


  • Adult Neuropsychology
  • Brain Tumor/Oncology
  • ALS
  • Stroke/Aphasia
  • Epilepsy


  • PhD, Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School


  • Internship, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York, 2002-2003
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2003-2005


Brief Clinical/Research Interest Statement:

Dr. Sabsevitz specializes in the evaluation and treatment of adults with neurological, behavioral, and developmental disorders. He is the director of the Neuropsychology Brain Tumor Clinic and specializes in the evaluation of patients with CNS and systemic cancer. His current research involves examining the effects of whole brain and focal radiation on cognition and brain morphometry in brain tumor patients using standard and advanced imaging methods (e.g., diffusion tensor imaging), and examining the clinical utility of fMRI in the presurgical evaluation of epilepsy patients.


  1. Stewart, C.C., Swanson, S.J., Sabsevitz, D.S., Rozman, M.E., Janecek, J.K., Binder, J.R. (2014). Predictors of Language Lateralization in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. Neuropsychologia, 60, 93-102..
  2. Glass Umfleet, L., Janecek, J. K., Quasney, E., Sabsevitz, D. S., Ryan, J. J., & Swanson, S. J. (in press). Sensitivity and specificity of memory and naming tests for identifying left temporal lobe epilepsy. Applied Neuropsychology.
  3. Sabsevitz, D.S., Bovi, J., Leo, P., LaViolette, P., Rand, S., Mueller, W. (2013). The role of pretreatment white matter abnormalities in developing white matter changes following whole brain radiation: A volumetric study. Journal of Neuro-Oncology, 114 (3), 291-297.
  4. Janecek, J.K., Swanson, S.J., Sabsevitz, D.S., Hammeke, T.H., Raghavan, M., Binder, J.R. (2013). Naming outcome prediction in patients with discordant Wada and fMRI language lateralization. Epilepsy & Behavior, 27 (2), 399-403.
  5. Janecek, J.K., Winstanley, F.S., Sabsevitz, D.S., Raghavan, M., Mueller, W. & Binder, J.R., & Swanson, S.J. (2013, in press) Naming Outcome after Left or Right Temporal Lobectomy in Patients with Bilateral Language Representation by Wada Testing, Epilepsy & Behavior, 28 (1), 95-98
  6. Janecek, J.K., Swanson, S.J., Sabsevitz, D.S., Hammeke, T.H., Raghavan, M., Binder, J.R.  (2013). Language lateralization by fMRI and Wada testing in 229 epilepsy patients: Discordance rates and relative accuracy of outcome predictions. Epilepsy, 54 (2), 314-322.
  7. Binder JR, Swanson SJ, Sabsevitz DS, Hammeke TA, Raghavan M, Mueller WM. A comparison of two fMRI methods for predicting verbal memory decline after left temporal lobectomy: language lateralization versus hippocampal activation asymmetry. Epilepsia 2010 Apr;51(4):618-26 PMID 19817807
  8. Binder JR, Swanson SJ, Hammeke TA, Sabsevitz DS. A comparison of five fMRI protocols for mapping speech comprehension systems. Epilepsia 2008 Dec;49(12):1980-97 PMID 18513352
  9. Lee D, Swanson SJ, Sabsevitz DS, Hammeke TA, Scott Winstanley F, Possing ET, Binder JR. Functional MRI and Wada studies in patients with interhemispheric dissociation of language functions. Epilepsy Behav 2008 Aug;13(2):350-6 PMID 18504162
  10. Lee, D., Swanson, S.J., Sabsevitz, D.S., Hammeke, T.A., Winstanley, F.S., Possing, E.T., Binder, J.R. (2008). FMRI and Wada studies in patients with interhemispheric dissociation of language functions. Epilepsy and Behavior, 13, 350-356.
  11. Binder JR, Sabsevitz DS, Swanson SJ, Hammeke TA, Raghavan M, Mueller WM. Use of preoperative functional MRI to predict verbal memory decline after temporal lobe epilepsy surgery. Epilepsia 2008 Aug;49(8):1377-94 PMID 18435753
  12. Swanson SJ, Sabsevitz DS, Hammeke TA, Binder JR. Functional magnetic resonance imaging of language in epilepsy. Neuropsychol Rev 2007 Dec;17(4):491-504 PMID 18058239
  13. Ruff I. M., Swanson S. J., Hammeke T. A., Sabsevitz D., Mueller W. M., Morris G. L.  (2007) Predictors of naming decline after dominant temporal lobectomy: Age at onset of epilepsy and age of word acquisition. Epilepsy & Behavior, 10, 272-277.
  14. Sabsevitz DS, Medler DA, Seidenberg M, Binder JR. Modulation of the semantic system by word imageability. Neuroimage 2005 Aug 1;27(1):188-200 PMID 15893940
  15. Moran, M., Seidenberg, M., Sabsevitz, D., Swanson, S., Herman, B. (2005). The acquisition of face and person identity information following anterior temporal lobectomy. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 11, 237-248.
  16. Sabsevitz DS, Swanson SJ, Hammeke TA, Spanaki MV, Possing ET, Morris GL 3rd, Mueller WM, Binder JR. Use of preoperative functional neuroimaging to predict language deficits from epilepsy surgery. Neurology 2003 Jun 10;60(11):1788-92 PMID 12796532
  17. Seidenberg, M., Griffith, R., Sabsevitz, D., Moran, M., Haltiner, A., Bell, B., Swanson, S., Hammeke, T., Hermann, B. (2002). Recognition and identification of famous faces in patients with unilateral temporal lobe epilepsy. Neuropsychologia, 40 (4), 446-456.
  18. Sabsevitz DS, Swanson SJ, Morris GL, Mueller WM, Seidenberg M. Memory outcome after left anterior temporal lobectomy in patients with expected and reversed Wada memory asymmetry scores. Epilepsia 2001 Nov;42(11):1408-15 PMID 11879343
  19. Ray, W. J., Sabsevitz, D., De Pascalis, V., Quigley, K., Aikens, D., Tubbs, M. (2000). Cardiovascular reactivity during hypnosis and hypnotic susceptibility: Three studies of heart rate variability. The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 48 (1), 22-31.
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