Mark Scher, MD

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Mark Scher, MD

Division Chief


  • Division: Neurology and Epilepsy


Dr. Scher attended the University of Rochester (1968-1972) graduating with honors in History and Biology. After attending the SUNY of New York at Downstate Medical School (1972-1976), he completed a 2-year residency in pediatrics at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center (1976-78), and subsequently completed a 3-year pediatric neurology fellowship at the University of Minnesota, where he concurrently completed a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology (1978-1981). He then completed a post residency research fellowship in neonatal EEG/ neonatal neurology and experimental epilepsy at Stanford University (1981-1983).

His first of two academic appointments was at the University of Pittsburgh where he established and directed the fetal/neonatal neurology service at Magee-Women’s Hospital. He remained on faculty in Pittsburgh from 1983-1997 where he achieved the rank of tenured associate professor of neurology and pediatrics. Since 1997, he has held the position of Chief of Pediatric Neurology at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, and is a tenured professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at the Case Medical Center at the Case Western Reserve University. He has established the fetal/neonatal neurology service, the pediatric epilepsy and pediatric sleep programs at Rainbow.

Dr. Scher’s career interests are fetal and neonatal neurology health and disease, primarily investigating the biomarkers of neonatal EEG sleep state and neonatal seizures. His overarching research objective has been to study of developmental neuroplasticity through interdisciplinary research studies involving pediatric nursing, pediatric neurology, neonatology, developmental pharmacology, engineering, epidemiology and pathology. He has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on multiple NIH sponsored studies, culminating at present in 148 peer-reviewed publications and 43 book chapters.