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Houston, Texas

The Cullen Building at Baylor College of Medicine.
Department of Neurology
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Joseph S. Kass, M.D., J.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Medical Ethics & Health Policy

Vice-Chair for Education, Department of Neurology

Director, Neurology Residency Program

Chief of Neurology Service, Ben Taub General Hospital

Clinical Service Area



Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry

Board Certification

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology

Clinic Appointments




Medical School

M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Graduate School

J.D., Columbia University School of Law, New York, N.Y.


Internal Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas


Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Clinical Fellowship

Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Contact Information

Joseph S. Kass, M.D., J.D.
Department of Neurology
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza, MS NB302
Houston, Texas 77030

Tel: 713-798-6151
Fax: 713-798-5339

BCM Honors

  • 2012 Fulbright & Jaworski LLP Faculty Excellence Award for Educational Leadership
  • 2010 Fulbright & Jaworski LLP Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching and Evaluation and has become a member of the Academy of Distinguished Educators, which recognizes the educational scholarship of faculty members involved in all of the educational missions of Baylor College of Medicine.

Journal Publications (Selected out of 28)

  • Abers MS, Shandera WX, Kass JS. Neurological and psychiatric adverse effects of antiretroviral drugs. CNS Drugs. 2014;28(2):131-45. [View journal article]
  • Murthy SB, Khalaf N, Shah S, Ma B, Goldsmith CE, Kass JS. Churg-Strauss syndrome: an uncommon cause of intracerebral hemorrhage. JAMA Neurol. 2014;70(12):1580-1. [View journal article]
  • Abers MS, Iluonakhamhe EK, Goldsmith CE, Kass JS. Central nervous system vasculitis secondary to systemic sclerosis. J Clin Neurosci. 2013;20(8):1168-70. [View journal article]
  • Hannawi Y, Goldsmith CE, Kass JS, Olar A, Ubogu EE, Kalkonde YV. A Case of Severe Chronic Progressive Axonal Polyradiculoneuropathy Temporally Associated With Anti-CV2/CRMP5 Antibodies. J Clin Neuromuscul Dis. 2013;15(1):13-8. [View journal article]
  • Murthy SB, Chmayssani M, Shah S, Goldsmith CE, Kass JS. Clinical and radiologic spectrum of corpus callosum infarctions: clues to the etiology. J Clin Neurosci. 2013;20(1):175-7. [View journal article]
  • Murthy SB, Izadyar S, Dhamne M, Kass JS, Goldsmith CE. Osmotic demyelination syndrome: variable clinical and radiologic response to intravenous immunoglobulin therapy. Neurol Sci. 2013;34(4):581-4. [View journal article]
  • Murthy SB, Khalaf N, Shah S, Ma B, Goldsmith CE, Kass JS. Churg-Strauss Syndrome: An Uncommon Cause of Intracerebral Hemorrhage. JAMA Neurol. 2013;:. [View journal article]
  • Mayer RR, Warmouth GM, Troxell M, Adesina AM, Kass JS. Glioblastoma multiforme of the conus medullaris in a 28-year-old female: A case report and review of the literature. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2012;114(3):275-7. [View journal article]
  • Friedlander MJ, Andrews L, Armstrong EG, Aschenbrenner C, Kass JS, Ogden P, et al. What can medical education learn from the neurobiology of learning? Acad Med. 2011;86(4):415-420. [View journal article]
  • Kung DH, Hubenthal EA, Kwan JY, Shelburne SA, Goodman JC, Kass JS. Toxoplasmosis myelopathy and myopathy in an AIDS patient: a case of immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome? Neurologist. 2011;17(1):49-51. [View journal article]

Poster and Platform Presentations (Selected out of 29)

  • Anand A, Hussein H, Ezzeddine M, Kass J, Suarez J. New risk score improves vasospasm prediction following subarachnoid hemorrhage using markers of vascular compliance. Neurology. 2014;82(Meeting Abstracts 1):P5.129. [View poster]
  • Goyal M, Gildersleeve K, Tomko S, Kass J. Multiple autoimmune antibody limbic encephalitis: A case in a pregnant woman. Neurology. 2014;82(Meeting Abstracts 1):P5.030. [View poster]
  • Robles L, Anand A, Kass J. Reversible dementia with myoclonus due to concurrent HSV-2 and syphilis central nervous system infection in an immunocompetent man. Neurology. 2014;82(Meeting Abstracts 1):P5.230. [View poster]
  • Strowd RE, Wong VSS, Aragón García R, Haut S, Kass J, Mays MA, et al. Mentored peer review of standardized manuscripts for teaching neurology residents biostatistics, research methodology, and peer review. Neurology. 2014;82(Meeting Abstracts 1):P1.335. [View poster]
  • Dhungana S, Nunez-Wallace KR, Van Hook C, Tarakad A, Abers MS, Kass JS. Anti-GABAB receptor limbic encephalitis case report and literature review. Presented at the XXI World Congress of Neurology (WCN), Vienna, Austria (Sept. 21-26, 2013). [View poster]
  • Abers MS, Zafar S, Kass J. FDG-PET reveals reduced metabolic activity in the basal ganglia of a patient with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. Neurology. 2013;80(Meeting Abstracts 1):P06.222.
  • Chu J, Dhungana S, Johnson P, Woc-Colburn L, Kass J. BK virus-related progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy. Neurology. 2013;80(Meeting Abstracts 1):P03.258. [View poster]
  • Daye J, Zafar S, Basra S, Greenberg S, Kass J. A case of limb shaking transient ischemic attacks associated with middle cerebral artery stenosis and functional aortic stenosis. Neurology. 2013;80(Meeting Abstracts 1):P04.062.
  • Hannawi Y, Majmudar S, Shah J, Johnson PW, Goodman C, Kass J. Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome patients with high t-helper cell count: Report of two cases. Neurology. 2013;80(Meeting Abstracts 1):P06.179. [Previously Presented] [View poster]
  • Zafar S, Tobias R, Gill S, Friedman D, Kass J, Goldsmith C. Knowledge and attitudes about epilepsy in a low socioeconomic population. Neurology. 2013;80(Meeting Abstracts 1):P03.124.

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