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John Robert Absher, M.D.

Title: Associate Professor
School of Medicine Greenville
Phone: 864-454-4500
Office: 200 Patewood Dr. Suite B350


Background: My training includes a BS with Honors from Radford University, an MD from Virginia Commonwealth University, internship at the University of Maryland, neurology residency at the University of Iowa, and neurobehavior fellowship at UCLA. As Assistant Professor of Neurology at Wake Forest University, I completed a career development award (GCRC-CAP), gained subspecialty certifications in neurosonology and neuroimaging, accumulated extensive experience in clinical and neuroimaging research, co-directed the stroke research fellowship, mentored graduate students and fellows, co-founded and co-directed the dementia and neurobehavior multidisciplinary subspecialty clinics, and held joint appointments in Physiology/Pharmacology and Psychiatry. After moving to Greenville, I started Absher Neurology, P.A. and the Alliance for Neuro Research, LLC. I maintained faculty appointments at USCSOM-Columbia, VCOM, and USCSOM-Greenville, until I formally joined the full-time faculty at GHS and dropped by USCSOM-Columbia and VCOM positions. Since then, I have been granted a Clemson faculty position in the Clemson University School of Health Research (CUSHR). As a GHS (now Prisma Health-Upstate) faculty member, I started the Dementia and Neurobehavior Assessment Clinic and Dementia Case Conference. Also, I created the NeuroImaging Research Core (NIRC) and Summer NeuroImaging Research Program (SNIRP). An outgrowth of the SNIRP program is a translational research project exploring the role of exosomes in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. Another project evolving from the NIRC and SNIRP is a local stroke data repository, a component of the Stroke Outcomes Optimization Project (SOOP). Also, I am spearheading a study to review the ADNI dataset for biomarkers and imaging correlates linking TBI to dementia risk. I actively collaborate with several Clemson University, Furman University, and USC-Columbia faculty members.
Teaching Interest(s): General Neurology, behavioral neurology and dementia, stroke, neuroimaging, research methods, evidence-based medicine, and quality measurement
Research Interest(s): Brain morphometry in health and disease, as measured by neuroimaging Brain imaging and clinical data repository development Neurodegenerative diseases and head trauma Cerebrovascular diseases and the relationship of focal brain damage to network dysfunction Neuropsychothalamology
Honors & Awards: Psychiatry Resident Teaching Award
Mentor, Donald M. Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum
Awardee, Donald M. Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum
Medical Foundation Teaching Scholar Award
Medical Foundation Teaching Scholar Award
Faculty Foreign Travel Award
Lawrence C. McHenry Award
Neurology Resident's Day Award
Alpha Sigma Chi (Leadership)
Virginia Academy of Family Physicians Merit Award
Student Honors Day Award
American Chemical Society James Lewis Howe Award
Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership)
Radford University Outstanding Student Award (Academic)
National Science Foundation Research Scholarship
Phi Kappa Phi (Academic)
Professional Affiliations: Neurocritical Care Society
American Academy of Physicians and Surgeons
American Society of Neuroimaging
American Academy of Neurology
Alpha Sigma Chi
Omicron Delta Kappa
Phi Kappa Phi
Other -
Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers
American Medical Association
Association of Clinical Research Professionals
Greenville County Medical Society
Medical Group Management Association
South Carolina Medical Association
American Neuropsychiatric Association
Behavioral Neurology Society
Society for Neuroscience
American Association for the Advancement of Science
International Society for Neuroimaging in Psychiatry
Society for Medical Decision Making
American College of Physicians
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
Physicians for Social Responsibility
American Medical Student Association
American Chemical Society

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