Derek Chong, MD, Appointed as Vice Chair, Neurology and Director, Epilepsy Program at Lenox Hill Hospital

Derek Chong, MD

NEW YORK, NY – Derek Chong, MD, has been appointed as vice chair, department of neurology and director of the epilepsy program at Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of Northwell Health, the health system announced today. 

For the past three and a half years, Dr. Chong served as an attending neurologist at NYU Langone Medical Center and as assistant professor of neurology at New York University in Manhattan. He also served as director of NYU’s outpatient electroencephalogram (EEG) laboratory and director of the hospital’s consult epilepsy service.  At Columbia University Medical Center’s Epilepsy and Sleep Center, Dr. Chong served as director of clinical trials, outpatient seizure clinic and critical care EEG monitoring.

After receiving his medical degree from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, Dr. Chong completed his residency in neurology at the University of Western Ontario, where he served as chief resident for one year.  Both institutions are two of Canada’s largest neurology-neurosurgery combined programs, similar to the model of the integrated neuroscience program at Lenox Hill Hospital.

Post-residency, Dr. Chong completed a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at New York Presbyterian Hospital and a second fellowship in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology at Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan.

Dr. Chong has won numerous awards including the Epilepsy Foundation of America’s Post-doctoral Research Training Fellowship for Clinicians and twice has won the Early Career Physician-Scientist award from the American Epilepsy Society & the Milken Family Foundation to fund his research endeavors.

Dr. Chong, board certified in neurology, clinical neurophysiology and sleep medicine, is recognized for his novel research in epilepsy and has served as principal investigator and co-investigator of numerous studies including research regarding the gas exchange and autonomic function during seizures, mechanisms of drug-resistance in epilepsy, the responsive neurostimulator (RNS) System (NeuroPace) study and has collaborated on the maternal outcomes and neurodevelopmental effects of antiepileptic drugs (MONEAD) study, as well as the Human Epilepsy Project.

Dr. Chong is a member of numerous organizations including the American Academy of Neurology, the American Epilepsy Society, the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.  He has served on the editorial boards of prestigious publications including Epilepsia, Epileptic Disorders, Lancet Neurology, Frontiers in Epilepsy, and the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology.

To make an appointment with Dr. Chong, please call 212-434-6400 or click here.


About Northwell Health
Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System) is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer. With 21 hospitals and nearly 450 outpatient practices, we serve more than 1.8 million people annually in the metro New York area and beyond. Our 61,000 employees work to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our services in more than 100 medical specialties, visit

About Lenox Hill Hospital

Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of Northwell Health, is a 652-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. US News & World Report has ranked the hospital among the nation’s top 50 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery and among the top 10 hospitals in the state of New York with a total of 11 “high performing” designations for its clinical performance in Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology. For more information, go to

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