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Vinita (Thakur) Acharya, MD, Neurology, Hershey, PA, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

VinitaJayant(Thakur)AcharyaMDMD, FANA,FAAN, FAES(She/Her)

Neurology Hershey, PA

Epilepsy, Neurophysiology

Associate Professor, Neurology and Distinguished Educator Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

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  • I am an academic epileptologist working at Penn State University. I am board certified in Neurology and Epilepsy. My research interests include intractable epilepsy, neurostimulation and epilepsy surgery involving the eloquent brain cortex. I am a recipient of American Epilepsy Society's Young Investigator award and Doris Flynn International Fellowship award. I serve on many national and international committees in my field, I have published several research papers, I have been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences. I am a recipient of Albert Nelson lifetime achievement award given by the Marquis Who's Who. I have been included in the best doctors of America and Top Physicians in America directories. I am very passionate about medical education and have completed two major courses at the Harvard Macy Institute. I have been selected to teach some of the courses at the Harvard Macy Institution. I have received multiple awards in education including the " Distinguished Educator Award" two "Scholarship In Education" awards and " Excellence in teaching and Mentoring award" which was given to me by the graduating class of 2021. American Academy of Neurology has honored me with the A.B. Baker Teacher recognition award. My goal is to incorporate medical innovation and technology as competencies in medical education. I am an epileptologist specializing in neurostimulation and I closely work with engineers in the field. I would like to create a curriculum for medical students who are also interested in engineering.

Education & Training

  • St Louis University School of Medicine
    St Louis University School of MedicineResidency, Neurology, 2006 - 2009
  • University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Joe and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine
    University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Joe and Teresa Lozano Long School of MedicineInternship, Transitional Year, 2005 - 2006
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Cleveland Clinic FoundationFellowship, Clinical Neurophysiology, 1995 - 1997
  • Topiwala National Medical College
    Topiwala National Medical CollegeMD, Internal Medicine and Neurology, 1986 - 1993
  • Topiwala National Medical College
    Topiwala National Medical CollegeClass of 1986

Certifications & Licensure

  • IL State Medical License
    IL State Medical License 2022 - 2026
  • PA State Medical License
    PA State Medical License 2009 - 2024
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Neurology
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Epilepsy
  • Harvard Macy Institution Education Leaders' Course
  • Harvard Macy InstitutionTransforming Teaching for Virtual Environment
  • Penn State College of MedicineHealth Science Systems Academy Certification

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Distinguished Educator Penn State College of Medicine, 2022
  • Scholarship in Education Penn State University, 2018, 2022
  • Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Penn State University College of Medicine, 2021
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Publications & Presentations



  • American Neurological Association, Awards Committee 2021 - 2023

Hospital Affiliations