Dr. Tolchin is the Director of the Yale New Haven Health System Center for Clinical Ethics, and Assistant Professor of Neurology at Yale School of Medicine. His research focus is on the impact of crisis standards of care and triage protocols on racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic health disparities. In addition, Dr. Tolchin has a clinical and research focus on functional neurological disorders and epilepsy. He investigates the use of motivational interviewing, smartphone apps, and other novel behavioral and technological interventions to improve treatment adherence and outcomes for patients.
Dr. Tolchin completed medical school at Harvard University, neurology residency at Columbia University Medical Center, and fellowships in medical ethics, clinical neurophysiology, and epilepsy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. His research has been recognized with Young Investigator Awards from the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society and the American Epilepsy Society, the Rebecca Goldberg Kaufman Honor from the American Epilepsy Society, the Emerging Leaders Fellowship from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the 2020 Epilepsia Clinical Science Prize from the International League Against Epilepsy, and the 2021 OHER Award for Yale Research Excellence. Dr. Tolchin is a Fellow of the AAN and serves on the AAN’s Guidelines Subcommittee and Ethics, Law, and Humanities Committee.