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Our Team

As neurologists, our physicians are highly trained to treat disorders of the nervous system, which include diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles. Some of the more common problems that neurologists diagnose and treat are strokes, epilepsy (seizures), headaches, dementias (Alzheimer's disease), multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and chronic pain. Neurologists may serve as consultants to other physicians and can provide long-term care to patients with chronic neurological disorders.

Our medical staff includes the following professionals:

Physicians

Non-Physician Providers

Ambulatory Infusion Center Nurse

Bruce A. Beesley, MD

Dr. Beesley

Dr. Beesley received his medical degree from SUNY at Syracuse in 1993. He then pursued an internship in internal medicine in the Primary Care Program at the University of Rochester, followed by a residency in neurology at Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester. In 1997 he was awarded a fellowship in electromyography from the University of Rochester, which he served at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Bruce A. Beesley, MD, joined Upstate Neurology Consultants in 1999. He is certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology. He has participated as an investigator in numerous clinical trials and his expertise is in the subspecialty of neuromuscular disease and EMG.

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Jeffrey J. Burdick, MD

Dr. Jeffrey J. Burdick, MD

Dr. Burdick was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he received his bachelor's degree in English Literature from Marist College in 1976. He attended medical school at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. After earning his M.D. in 1985, he came to Albany, New York, where he completed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in neurology at Albany Medical College and affiliated hospitals. Subsequently, he served as a fellow in clinical neurophysiology at Albany Medical Center. He is board certified in neurology from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN).

Dr. Burdick practiced neurology in Albany and Troy, New York, with Capital Neurological Associates since 1990.

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David E. Hart, MD, FAAN

Dr. Hart

Dr. Hart received his medical degree from the New Jersey Medical School in 1987. He then pursued an internship in internal medicine and a residency in neurology at the University of Maryland Hospital. In his last year of residency, he was selected chief resident in neurology. From 1991 to 1992 he served as a fellow in clinical neuroepidemiology at the National Institutes of Health. From 1991 to 1992 he served as a fellow in EMG/neuromuscular diseases from the University of Maryland Hospital.

David E. Hart, MD, FAAN was the Chief of Neurology at Albany Memorial Hospital from 1998 until 2011, and was Medical Director of their Acute Stroke Center.He has been a member of the faculty at Albany Medical College since 1993, where he served as clinical assistant professor of neurology. Dr. Hart is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)in Neurology with added qualifications in clinical neurophysiology. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, and a member of the AAN's Geriatric Neurology section. He is on the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer's Association of NENY.

Dr. Hart has participated as an investigator in numerous clinical trials and his expertise is in the subspecialty of neurophysiology and peripheral nerve disorders (including Guillain-Barre syndrome) and in Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Hart is the Medical Director for The Neurology Group Clinical Research Center.

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Stanley F. Penc, MD, PhD

Dr. Penc

Dr. Penc received a PhD in Physiology and Cell Biology from Albany Medical College in 1996. He then pursued a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston. In 2000, Dr. Penc returned to Albany Medical College where he received a medical degree in 2004. Following completion of both an internship in internal medicine and residency in neurology at Albany Medical Center, he pursued a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse.

Dr. Penc is board-certified in adult neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), and has special qualifications in clinical neurophysiology. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology. Dr Penc has also authored several original research articles and scientific abstracts, and is actively involved as an investigator in several clinical trials.

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Frederic S. Schoen, MD

Dr. Frederic S. Schoen, MD

Dr. Schoen grew up in White Plains, New York. After graduating high school, he attended the combined six-year biomedical program with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, and Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York. Upon graduation, he completed residency in neurology at Albany Medical College, and has been in private practice in Albany since 1982.

He is board certified in neurology from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Dr. Schoen treats patients with neurological disorders, which include headache, epilepsy, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, strokes, dizziness as well as painful low-back and neck conditions. He is the former Chief of Neurology at Albany Memorial Hospital in Albany, New York.

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James R. Storey, MD, FAAN

Dr. Storey

In 1992 Dr. Storey helped found Upstate Neurology Consultants. He is a board certified neurologist, by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), holds special qualifications in clinical neurophysiology, and has additional certification from the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

Dr. Storey received his medical degree from University of Arkansas School for Medical Sciences in 1981. He then performed an internship in internal medicine as well as a residency in neurology at the Naval Hospital in Bethesda, MD. During his final year of residency, he was made chief resident. In 1987 he was awarded a fellowship for further study of neuromuscular diseases, which he completed at Children's Hospital of San Francisco. Dr. Storey was also a member of the U.S. Navy, having attained the rank of Commander and received the Navy Commendation Medal in 1990.

In 1985 Dr. Storey was a teaching fellow in the Uniformed Services University. He was then training officer at the department of internal medicine, NH Oakland, CA. In 1988 he was appointed assistant professor of neurology at Uniformed Services University. In 1990 he became clinical assistant professor of neurology at Albany Medical College, and subsequently clinical associate professor.

Dr. Storey was the Chief of Neurology at St. Peter's Hospital, and Director of the St. Peter's Hospital Stroke Program. He has served as assistant head of division of neurology at NH Oakland and later was the director of the EMG lab and head of neuromuscular disease at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He has served on the executive committee of medical staff at St. Peter's Hospital. He is a fellow of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He maintains memberships in several medical societies including the following:

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • American Academy of Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Association of Clinical Research Professionals
  • Medical Society of the State of New York
He is the author of multiple publications as well as an investigator in numerous clinical trials. His expertise is in the subspecialty of clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular disease, EEG, and EMG.

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John P. Verdini, DO

Dr. John P. Verdini, DO

Dr. John Verdini received his B.S. in biology from Northeastern University and his M.S. in animal science-genetics at the University of Massachusetts. After several years as a biochemist for the University of Massachusetts Medical Center he went to Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri. He graduated in 1988, followed by an internship and residency at Albany Medical Center Hospital.

Dr. Verdini had been in private practice with Capital Neurological Associates since July 1992. He is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and holds membership in the American Academy of Neurology, Medical Society of the State of New York, and the Medical Society of the County of Albany. In addition he has served on the Samaritan Hospital Critical Care Committee, St. Mary's Hospital Medical Executive Committee, Chairman of St. Mary's Hospital Medicine Quality Improvement Committee, and was the Chairperson for the Department of Medicine at St. Mary's Hospital. He currently serves on the CDPHP Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.

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Mai Mona Rasoully, FNP-BC

Mai Mona Rasoully FNP-BC

Mai Mona was born and raised in Queens, NY. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Russell Sage College in 2009 and worked at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Albany Medical Center. She then pursued her Master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Sage Graduate School in 2012. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is also a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the New York State Nurse Practitioner’s Association.

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Valerie C. Whitney, RPAC

Dr. Bernadette A. Harte, R.N.

Valerie grew up in Upstate New York. She graduated from the Albany Medical College PA program in 2003. She worked in Cardiology first as a Physician Assistant then in Neurology. She joined Upstate Neurology Consultants in 2007. She is currently working with fellow providers in numerous clinical trials, primarily in Alzheimer’s disease. She also enjoys providing patient education lectures on Multiple Sclerosis.

Valerie is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and American Academy of Neurology. Since 2007 Valerie has been volunteering yearly doing medical mission work in the mountain villages of the Dominican Republic with Solid Rock International.

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Bernadette A. Harte, RN

Dr. Bernadette A. Harte, R.N.

Bernadette was born and raised in the Albany, New York, area. After attending Maria College and earning her AAS degree in nursing in 1982, she was employed at Albany Medical Center Hospital as a staff nurse on the Neuroscience Unit through 1996. Bernadette joined Capital Neurological Associates in October 1995. Bernadette is a multiple sclerosis certified specialist. She currently holds membership in the AANN (American Association of Neuroscience Nurses) and serves on the Professional Advisory Board for the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York.

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