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Dr. Jonathan Dissin

Neurology
Philadelphia, PA
40 years experience male

Locations

Office

Philadelphia, PA

Address

Albert Einstein Medical Center, 5401 Old York Road, Klein # 405, Philadelphia, PA
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

2154567308

Insurances accepted

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Medicaid

Independence Blue Cross Group

Keystone Mercy Health Plan, Inc

Aetna Life Insurance Company

About

Bio

Residency: University of Vermont/ Medical Center Hospital of Vermont Neurology/ Chief Resident- Neurology Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital Clinical/Research Fellow Neurology (Stroke) Director, Clinical Stroke Service, Einstein Medical Center Director NeuroScience Unit, Einstein Medical Center Co-Director Vascular Laboratory, Einstein Medical Center Interests: NeuroCritical Care, Cerebrovascular disease, Multiple Sclerosis

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Neurology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

194 Answers
14 Agrees
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
First 30 days: You are at greatest risk within the first 30 days, then the risk gradually decreases. Atrial fibrillation that is untreated increases the risk. Treat... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Stroke extension: The vessel responsible for your stroke may have been partially occluded initally, giving you a minor stroke. In the interval period of time, because o... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Can return: Ischemic microvascular of the brain is usually a radiologic description of certain findings on ct or mri. These findings are typically seen in pts. Wi... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
A short list: A number of disorders can produce MRI white matter abnormalites including lyme disease, neurosarcoidosis, a post viral state called acute disseminate... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
See below: Don't wait, either call your doctor to renew the medication or go the the emergency room of your local hospital. Either way, it is much better to cont... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
R/O infection: A better description of your neurologic symptoms would help. Generally spinal taps are obtained to r/o infections of the nervous system. In your age g... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Pinched Nerve: I believe the neurologist is going to perform an emg/ncs, an electrical test of your nerves and muscles to determine if you have a nerve that is being... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Multiple ways: During the fall, if the brain is thrust against the boney skull, it can be injured producing a small hemorrhage. A second mechanism, the bridging vein... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Yes: Green tea will not interact with the stated medications. It does interact other medications particularly Coumadin (warfarin). Though you can green tea... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Terminology: A difference in terminology... Presenile dementia referred to a dementia with onset prior to 60-> 65 yrs of age, whereas in dementia the onset was lat... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Primary brain tumor: Gliomas are the most commonly occurring primary brain tumors, the incidence increases with advancing age. Male:female ratio ~1:1.6, greater in whites ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
See below: A spinal tap headache is due to CSF leaking thru the puncture site in the dura following a spinal tap. Normally the puncture closes following the tap ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
More information: You need to supply information about your symptoms, when did they start, have they improved. Are you generally weak or weak on one side, sensory sympt... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Spine surgeon: Orthopedic surgeons treat scoliosis, the management is conservative with exercise unless the curvature is progressive. Try to find a physician that sp... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
ID Consult: How advanced and what's involved? Do you have cardiac involvement, cerebral involvement, etc. These factors determine the plan of care. You need to se... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
BP control: Cerebral aneurysms are caused by defects in the wall of the cerebral arteries usually at bifurcations and branch points. Approximately 90 %of the rupt... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Prog.disease: There is a variant form of MS that is very aggressive that can lead to coma or death. However most of the other forms do not have such a grave prognos... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Varied: There are many different types of brain malformations, thus the symptom complex is varied. Some common symptoms are seizures, developmental delay, fai... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Uncertain at present: There have been some reports of doses between 2000 -> 5000 iu per day may reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis. These were small studies, were not do... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Multiple causes: Abnormalities within the brain including developmental, stroke, infectious, mass lesions, and traumatic lesions. More difficult to understand are the ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
NO: Pml is caused by the jc virus. It can lie dormant in an immunocompetent host for a lifetime. In the immunocompromised host, pml is uniformly fatal wit... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Form of Angiography: Arteriovenous malformations (avm) can be detected by numerous forms of angiography. The simplest involves ct scanning and requires the use of dye. Mr... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Usually very serious: Myasthenia gravis is typically seen in the young and the elderly. In the latter group, they typically have ocular mg, that is there symptoms are confi... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Yes: It is rarely seen in individuals less than 35 years of age, is more common in woman than in men. When seen in the younger population, the presentation... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
MRI: A rare disorder, in which the tendon of the superior oblique eye muscle becomes entrapped. Mri and mr angiography are recommended studies, the MRI stu... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Obstruction of flow: A mass in the third ventricle could either obstruct the ventricle or severely limit the flow of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) from the lateral ventricle... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Team effort: This is a complicated issue that grows in complexity over time. In growing children and young adults when the scoliosis begins to compromise pulmonary... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
PET is reliable: Pet scans are used in a number of clinical and research applications. When used to measure the metabolic activity of brain region in comparison to oth... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
In evolution of man: In the evolution of man, bigger brains led to greater intelligence and thus smarter tool use. However in humans, it is not the overall size of the br... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Location dependent: This depends upon the location of the stroke. It could include weakness, language difficulties, sensory abnormalities and visual loss. Other possibili... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Blurred vision: The hallmarks of optic neurits are blurred vision (decreased acuity), darkening of vision with loss of color perception, and local tenderness or pain ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Etiology dependent: This depends on the cause of your first subarachnoid hemorrhage. If it was aneurysmal, and the aneurysm was clipped or coiled and there are no others-... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
MRI w/without Gad: Depending on how high or low on your shoulder blade, this area localizes to either the C4 or t2 nerve roots. An entrapped neurofibroma at one of these... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Diagnosed by MRI.: Typically MS is diagnosed by mri, but in some patients may require a spinal tap or other specialized studies. These tests may include optical coherenc... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Older anticonvulsant: Tegretol is an anticonvulsant that is metabolized by the liver that is used for event related (partial) epilepsy. The drug is given orally and must be... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Just Tell him: Just tell him, he has been with you for 2 years for some reason, if he really wants to be with you, you will find out. Having epilepsy is not a crime ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Depends on location: Symptoms are location specific, but could include any of the following, eye movement difficulty, weakness, sensory loss, visual loss, difficulty swall... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Depends on her/hosp: This depends on her deficits, the hospital that is caring for her, and if they are staffed with an experienced interventionalist , a neurosurgeon and... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Commonly reported side effects include paresthesias, dizziness weight loss, anorexia, abnormal taste, mood distubance and difficulty thinking with inc... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Very rarely: Acupuncture can rarely cause damage to superficial, usually sensory nerves, should the needle injure the nerve. There have been several reports in the... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Vascular disease: Mra looks at moving blood in the arteries of the brain and can help in the diagnosis of vascular narrowing from atherosclerosis, or anerysms, and arte... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Amount of tone: The difference between the two is the tone in the limbs. In spastic paralysis the tone is increased, the upper limb is flexed the fingers contracted. ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
An iv infusion: In regard to stroke only, thrombolytic therapy can be given by IV in the first 4.5 hours after the onset of symptoms. Exclusionary criteria must be me... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Severe form of CP: The most severe variant of CP often associated with moderate ->severe mental deficiency. It denotes diffuse malformation or damage to the brain. Sev... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Multiple conditions: Quadriparesis is the term that describes weakness, quadriplegia describes paralysis of all extremities. There are a number of causes in adults that i... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
See a Neurologist: Vision loss and speech difficulties associated with migraine elevate the classification of your disorder to complicated migraine. Nausea/vomiting, pho... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Movement Disorder: A chronic progressive neurologic disease that may involve the arms neck chin and voice but rarely the legs. It is present during movement and often wi... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Hypertension is # 1: Chronic high blood pressure, alcohol abuse, bleeding from existing vascular brain lesion, primary and metastatic cancers, cerebral vasculitis (inflamm... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
No: Even if you apply the older criteria to define a tia, all of your symptoms should have resolved in 24 hours. Using the currently accepted criteria, ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
No: The only agent that is habit-forming that is used as an anticonvulsant is phenobarbital. With all of the newer drugs available that have improved safe... Read More

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Jun 26, 2015
Dr. Dissin is an excellent Neurologist and a compassionate physician. When I've needed advice on how to manage a neurological problem Dr. Dissin has always been willing to give of his time and and his...Read More
Dr. Dissin is a neurologist with outstanding clinical skills and experience.He is know for his compassion and his dedication to the care of his patients. I recommend him strongly as a Neurologist on w...Read More
May 25, 2013
Very high quality responses.
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I take 325mg aspirin a day and 10mg propranalol. Will that lower my stroke risk at all, even though I have migraine with aura? I always have the aura for 30 minutes and no headache.....I take the abov...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Good advice (from an 8-yr Lyme victim). Wish I had taken that advice 8 years ago, I tried to tough it out and now it's chronic.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! She has been seeing pediatric neurologist as Childrens medical center, are they the same

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada
Graduated 1982MD

Medical/Graduate school

Medical College of Georgia
Graduated 1973MD

Residency

Medical Center Hospital of Vermont/Univ. of Vt

Awards

Fellow, Stroke Council, American Heart Association
Fellow, Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, American Heart Association
Top Neurologist , Second Place, Pennsylvania - Winter
2013
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