Allen Ardestani, MD, PhD
7945 Wolf River Boulevard
Germantown TN 38138 901.683.0055
Germantown TN 38138 901.683.0055
EXPERIENCEWest Cancer Center 7945 Wolf River Blvd. Germantown, TN 38138 Department of Radiology oncologic Radiologist and Researcher Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, California Department of Radiology Per Diem Teleradiologist Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, California Department of Radiology Per Diem Emergency Radiologist
EDUCATION AND TRAINING07/01/2017 – 06/30/2018 UCLA, Los Angeles, California Department of Radiology Neuroradiology Fellowship 07/01/2013 – 06/30/2017 Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California Department of Radiology Categorical Residency 06/22/2012 – 06/23/2013 UCSD, San Diego, California Department of Internal Medicine Medical Internship 07/01/2001 – 06/01/2012 UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California Medical Scientist Training Program MD degree awarded; June, 2012 06/15/2003 – 03/18/2011 UCLA, Los Angeles, California Neuroscience Inter-Departmental Graduate Program Dissertation: “Hemodynamics and Electrophysiology of Memory Networks” PhD degree awarded; March, 2011 09/01/1997 – 06/15/2001 UCLA, Los Angeles, California BS degree awarded; Neuroscience with Honors; Summa cum laude; Departmental Highest Honors; Minor in Gerontology; June, 2001
RESEARCH2014 – 2017 Cedars Sinai Department of Imaging Los Angeles, California Near-Infrared Spectroscopy for portable functional brain imaging 1999 – 2012 UCLA Department of Psychiatry Los Angeles, California Electrophysiological and hemodynamic substrates of cognition
TEACHING2004 – 2005 Teaching assistant, Graduate Neuroanatomy M202 course Dr. Arnold Scheibel, UCLA; Los Angeles, California
HONORS AND AWARDS2017 - RSNA Roentgen Resident Research Award 2017 - Leo Rigler Award for Academic Achievement 2016 - RSNA Trainee Award for Scientific Abstract 2014 - Travel award to RSNA Introduction to Academic Radiology Seminar 2010 - School of Medicine Letter of Distinction, Doctoring 3 2007, 2009 - BRI/Semel Institute Neuroscience Graduate Travel Award 2006 - AAAS/Science Program for Excellence in Science 2006 - Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society 2003 - School of Medicine Letter of Distinction, General Pathology 2002 - School of Medicine Letter of Distinction, Psychopathology 2000 - Phi Sigma Biological Honors Society 2000 - Phi Beta Kappa 2000 - Golden Key National Honors Society 1998 - National Society of Collegiate Scholars 1997 – 2001 - UCLA Provost’s Honors List (eight quarters) 1997 - UCLA National Merit Scholar
MAJOR FELLOWSHIPS2008 - Dr. Gertrude Huberty-Warren Research Scholarship 2006 - Ursula Mandel Scholarship 2004 - NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship 2001 - NIH Institutional NRSA (MSTP fellowship) 2000 - Frederick R. Waingrow Research Scholarship 1999 - UC Regents Scholarship
COMPETITIVE SCHOLARSHIPS2008 - Burbank Health Care Foundation Scholarship 2007 – 2008 - Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research 2005 – 2006 - Los Angeles Hillel Council Medical Scholarship 2005 - Fishbaugh/Pollack Memorial Fellowship 2005 – 2007 - Malcolm R. Stacey Memorial Scholarship 2001 - Theodore T. Flesch Memorial Research Scholarship 2000 - UCLA Undergraduate Research Scholarship 1999 – 2000 - UCLA Volunteer Services Scholarship
PUBLICATIONS AND ABSTRACTSArdestani, A. and F.G. Moser. 2018. Resting-State Network Dynamics Detected by Near-Infrared Spectroscopy. Manuscript in preparation. Ardestani, A. and F.G. Moser. 2017. Bedside Near-Infrared Spectroscopy for Detecting Coma-Related Disruption of Resting State Connectivity. American Society of Neuroradiology Oral Presentation Program No. O-395, Long Beach, CA. Ardestani, A., Austin, M., Linesch, P., and F.G. Moser. 2016. Near-Infrared Spectroscopy of the Resting Brain: Using Light for Bedside Functional Brain Imaging. Radiological Society of North America Oral Presentation Program No. 16002587, Chicago, IL. Ardestani, A., Shen, W., Darvas, F., Toga, A., and J.M. Fuster. 2016. Modulation of Fronto-Parietal Neurovascular Dynamics in Working Memory. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 28(3): 379-401. Allen Ardestani. 2011. Hemodynamics and Electrophysiology of Memory Networks. Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles. Ardestani, A., Shen, W., Darvas, F., Toga, A., and J.M. Fuster. 2008. Hemodynamic and Electrophysiological Evidence of Resting-State Network Activity in the Primate. Nature Precedings doi:10.1038/npre.2008.2562.1. Zhou, Y.D.*, Ardestani, A.*, and J.M. Fuster. 2007. Distributed and Associative Working Memory. Cerebral Cortex 17: 77-87. Ardestani, A., Darvas, F., Steinbrink, J., Toga, A., and J.M. Fuster. 2007. Functional Differentiation within the Monkey Cortex as Revealed by Near-Infrared Spectroscopy. Nature Precedings doi:10.1038/npre.2008.1673.1. Ardestani, A., Steinbrink, J., Toga, A., and J.M. Fuster. 2006. Memory-Related Changes in Cytochrome C Oxidase Determined by Near-Infrared Spectroscopy in the Primate. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting Program No. 371.30, Atlanta, GA. Zhou, Y.D., Ardestani, A., and J.M. Fuster. 2006. Learning Augments Cross-Modal Integration by Working Memory in Somatosensory Cortex. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting Program No. 573.23. Atlanta, GA. Ardestani, A., Zhou, Y.D., Park, S.H., and J.M. Fuster. 2005. Distributed Working Memory in Parietal Cortex. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting Program No. 66.5, Washington, DC. Fuster, J.M., Giou, M., Ardestani, A., Cannestra, A., Sheth, S., Bodner, M., Zhou, Y.D., and A. Toga. 2005. Near-Infrared Spectroscopy in Cognitive Neuroscience of the Primate Brain. NeuroImage 26(1): 215-20. Ardestani, A., Giou, M., Sheth, S., Bodner, M., Toga, A., and J.M. Fuster. 2004. Simultaneous Near-Infrared Spectroscopy and EEG Recordings in Primates: The Hemodynamic Correlate of Electrophysiological Activity during Working Memory. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting Program No. 467.11, San Diego, CA. Ardestani, A., Giou, M., Sheth, S., Bodner, M., Toga, A., and J.M. Fuster. 2003. Simultaneous Near-Infrared Spectroscopy in Prefrontal and Parietal Cortices in Primates Performing Working Memory Tasks. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting Program No. 834.14, New Orleans, LA. Bodner, M., Ardestani, A., Giou, M., Cannestra, A., Sheth, S., Zhou, Y.D., Toga, A., and J.M. Fuster. 2002. Near-Infrared Spectroscopy and Field Potentials in Primates Performing Working-Memory Tasks. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting Program No. 282.15, Orlando, FL. Cannestra, A., Ardestani, A., Bodner, M., Giou, M., Sheth, S., Zhou, Y.D., Toga, A., and J.M. Fuster. 2002. Near-Infrared Spectroscopy of Cortical Working Memory. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting Program No. 478.9, Orlando, FL. Ardestani, A., Bodner, M, Zhou, Y.D., and J.M. Fuster. 2001. Slow-Potential Activity in Prefrontal Cortex of Monkeys during Performance of a Cross-Modal Memory Task. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting Program No. 852.9, San Diego, CA.
RESEARCH SUPPORTRSNA R&E Foundation Resident Grant, PI 07/01/16 – 06/30/17 #RR1677 Near-Infrared Spectroscopy of the resting brain for predicting neurologic outcomes in the unresponsive patient. Despite many advances in critical care, the medical field still lacks an objective measure of brain activity in comatose patients. In this study, we applied a noninvasive method using light absorption to correlate resting state network connectivity with subsequent neurologic outcome in coma patients. NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program Grant 09/01/06 – 06/30/09 #NNX06AH25H The Biophysics of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS): Potential for portable functional brain imaging. By analyzing covariance of cortical NIRS signal with electrophysiological measurements in primates performing cognitive tasks, this investigation elucidated the neural origins of NIRS and helped facilitate its utilization for portable functional-imaging.
INTERDEPARTMENTAL PRESENTATIONS“Pericardial Abnormalities and their Clinical Implications.” Presented at Cedars Sinai Imaging Grand Rounds (September 25, 2015), Los Angeles, CA. “Correlate Clinically? Management of Common Incidental Radiologic Findings.” Presented at Cedars Sinai Imaging Grand Rounds (February 20, 2015), Los Angeles, CA. “Introduction to Basics of Radiology.” Presented at interdepartmental conference for Internal Medicine housestaff (October 28, 2014), Los Angeles, CA. “Common Gastrointestinal Procedures, Complications, and their Radiologic Appearances.” Presented at Cedars Sinai Imaging Grand Rounds (May 16, 2014), Los Angeles, CA. “Functional Optical Brain-Imaging in Acute Ischemia.” Presented at UCLA Stroke Force conference (March 4, 2014), Los Angeles, CA. “Neoplasms of the Urinary Bladder”. Presented at interdepartmental Radiology-Urology conference for Radiologic-Pathologic Correlations (November 6, 2013), Los Angeles, CA. “Multi-Modal Approach to Studying Working Memory.” Presented at annual UCLA MD-PhD Program Retreat. (September 22, 2008), Los Angeles, CA.
SERVICE07/2015 – 06/2017 - Resident Representative, Cedars Sinai Department of Imaging Rapid Improvement Committee 07/2014 – 07/2015 - Chairman, Cedars Sinai Graduate Medical Education House staff Executive Committee 07/2013 – 07/2014 - House staff Representative, Cedars Sinai Medical Executive Committee