Dr. Gayatri Devi has focused her entire career on emphasizing brain health and quality of life in neurologic disease.
A peer-chosen Super Doctor®, placing her in the top 5% of New York City neurologists, Dr. Devi is board-certified in Neurology, Pain Medicine, Psychiatry, Brain Injury Medicine, and Behavioral Neurology. This background allows for a comprehensive approach to brain illness.
Published more than 50 times in peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Devi was honored as the 2017 Distinguished Visiting Professor in Women’s Health at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is an Attending Physician at Lenox Hill Hospital/Northwell Health and Clinical Professor of Neurology at Downstate Medical Center. A frequent presenter at national and international medical conferences, her current research focus is on neuromodulation in treating neurologic diseases including stroke, dementia, and chronic pain.
Dr. Devi became Director of the Long Island Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center at 29, after seven years of post-graduate residency training in Neurology, Psychiatry, and Behavioral Neurology, at Downstate and Columbia University. Selected as Chief Resident, she held her neurology residency record for performance in national examinations, scoring at the 98th percentile in the US.
She established her center dedicated to neurologic wellness in 1999, serving until 2015 as Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. Key prior roles include Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at Columbia University; Clinical Core Co-director of the Taub Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Columbia University; President of the National Council on Women’s Health, and President of the American Medical Women’s Association. She has received numerous national awards for her work with women in medicine.
Offering insight on neurologic illness with the BBC, CBS, NY Times, NPR, TIME and the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Devi has authored seminal books about brain health. These include “Estrogen, Memory and Menopause” (Alphasigma Press; 2000), “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Alzheimer’s Disease” (Time Warner Books; 2004), “A Calm Brain” (Penguin Books; 2012), and the “Spectrum of Hope: An Optimistic and New Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias” (Workman; 2017).
A proud member of the NYC Parks Enforcement Patrol Mounted Auxiliary Unit, Dr. Devi serves as neurologic consultant to the New York State Committee for Physician Health and the National Football League Players Association.
Dr. Devi has lived and worked in New York City for the last thirty years. She received her MD from Grace University and her MS from Columbia University. She was born and raised in India, the daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of physicians. She is honored to continue a tradition of caring that began 140 years ago and is grateful to her patients and their families for making this possible.
Valerie Schwinn, RN, our peppy nurse, studied nursing at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining Park Avenue Neurology, Valerie worked in the Emergency Room and Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Maimonides Medical Center. She brings her caring expertise, effervescent personality, can-do skills and retro style to work everyday.
Sara Kishun, MS, is the office assistant at Park Avenue Neurology. She obtained her Masters in Neuroscience on a full scholarship from Trent, researching variables in memory consolidation in the hippocampus. She sports an infectious smile, an agile intelligence and attention to detail.
Barbara Gendler is our fabulous receptionist and keeps our office running smoothly. The daughter, sister and wife of physicians, Barbara is steeped in medicine and literally radiates warmth and solicitousness, and very much the caring soul.
Ida Kiss has been our EEG technologist for a decade. Ida works at Lenox Hill Hospital in this capacity as well.
Casey Linnane, MS Ed is a New York State school psychologist, graduating with an MS from Long Island University. Casey performs neurocognitive studies and devises tailored brain exercises for individuals to help maintain and improve brain function. She brings enthusiasm, encouragement and a great degree of expertise to her work at Park Avenue Neurology. Casey is a native New Yorker and hails from the great borough of Brooklyn.
Abby Agnew, M.S. obtained her graduate degree in Educational Psychology at Columbia University, concentrating in cognition and learning. Abby works with a wide range of patients, from children to seniors, to maintain and improve cognitive impairments such as attention deficit, memory loss, processing speed and language deficits.
Leslie Hannah, RN, our covering nurse at Park Avenue Neurology, also works in the cardiothoracic surgical step down unit and CCU at New York Presbyterian Hospital- Cornell Medical Center since 2003. She has received several awards for excellence in nursing, which is no surprise as Leslie brings her special brand of kindness, diligence and expertise to all of her work.
Christine Sperry, B.A. is the super-smart part-time bookkeeper and personnel manager at Park Avenue Neurology. Christine has excellent right and left brain skills: In addition to her proficiency with book keeping and her wit, she lends her soprano talents to various professional and church choirs, and teaches voice.
Lola was certified with Bide-a-wee and The Delta Society Pet Partners, where she completed therapy and service dog training. She has appeared on CBS News and was the lead feature in the Wall Street Journal in an article on dogs in doctors’ offices. Perhaps because she has been a New Yorker for nearly all of her life, Lola brings a certain je ne sais quoi attitude to her work.
Huckleberry “Huck” Finn hails from North Carolina and joined us via the Union Square Adoptapalooza. In addition to his furry good looks, Huck sports a heart tattoo on his tongue that he came by naturally. He alternates in an unpredictable fashion between ebullience and somnolence, which trait has been somewhat irritating to the more reserved and regal Lola.