Michael K. Matthews, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Matthews worked in biological psychology until 1981, when he went to medical school, did a neurology residency and fellowship and began work in 1990 as assistant professor, and then associate professor of neurology at Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University (AHERF).  Dr. Matthews’ main research interest was recovery of function and computer-based cognitive prostheses; however, this position was eliminated in 1998.  Starting at UPMC in May 1990, in a non-academic general neurology position, Dr. Matthews’ work is mostly clinical, with a lot of effort in medical staff leadership, and in supervising student and resident rotations in neurology.

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Biological Psychology
  • Post Doc Fellow, North Carolina State University, Human Resources / Mental Health / Research/ Zoology
  • Post Doc Fellow, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Anatomy
  • MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Medicine

Specialized Areas of Clinical, Research and/or Educational Interests 

  • Research:  Behavioral neurology; psychology (including recovery of function and cognitive prostheses, neurology-psychiatry liaison, computational theory of mind, neurological basis of consciousness and the “explanatory gap” between biological processes and psychological functioning, art and neurology, the evolution of behavior

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Professional Organization Membership

  • American Academy of Neurology (Geriatric Neurology, Behavioral Neurology, A.B. Baker Section and Stroke
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society
  • Mercer County Medical Society
  • Behavioral Neurology Society (not active)

Honors & Awards

  • Phi, Beta, Kappa – University of Pittsburgh
  • Magna Cum Laude, University of Pittsburgh
  • Physician of the Year, UPMC Hamot

Selected Publications

Cole E, Matthews MK. Cognitive prosthetics and telerehabilitation: approaches for the rehabilitation of mild brain injuries. HWS-Distorsion (Schleudertrauma) & Leichte Traumatische Hirnverletzung.  Behandlungskonzepte. Therapy Congress, Basel, Joseph Murner and Thierry M. Ettlin, 1999, 111-120. 

Matthews MK, Pickholtz J, Shue H. Neuroimaging in Behavioral Neurology. Chapter in Greenberg J (Ed.). Neuroimaging: A Companion to Adams and Victor's Principles of Neurology, 2nd edition.  McGraw-Hill, New York, 1999, 199-269.  

Matthews MK, Cole E. High-achieving individuals with brain injury:  asymmetric improvement of cognitive function after cognitive rehabilitation. J Neuropsychiatry 9:639, 1998. 

Tracy JI, Faro S, Matthews M, Koenigsberg R, Azizi A, Mohammed F. An investigation of the role of the cerebellum in sequencing functions utilizing fMRI.  J Neuropsychiatry 9:706, 1998.  

Lippa C, Koffler S, Matthews MK. Pick's disease, lobar atrophy, and memory:  how does medial temporal lobe area compare with Alzheimer's disease? J Neuropsychiatry 9:694, 1998.