David Bass, MD, PhD

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Job Title
Resident, PGY-6

David was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. He completed his undergraduate training at Cornell University in 2007 with a B.A. in Psychology, concentrating in Biopsychology.. He then went to Emory University as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program, where he completed his doctoral dissertation on amygdala-mediated enhancement of memory for specific events by modulating the hippocampus prior to finishing his medical degree in 2016. He currently is working with Drs. Andrew Ko and Christine Mac Donald analyzing advanced imaging in functional neurosurgery. In his free time, he also enjoys getting outdoors to go hiking or skiing on the local slopes.

Select awards and honors:

Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award

Research Interests

Functional Neurosurgery


Undergraduate Education

Cornell University

Doctorate of Philosophy

Emory University

Medical Education

Emory University

Contact Information


  1. Manns JR, Bass DI. The Amygdala and Prioritization of Declarative Memories. Curr Dir Psychol Sci. 2016;25(4):261-265.
  2. Bass DI, Manns JR. Memory-Enhancing Amygdala Stimulation Elicits Gamma Synchrony in the Hippocampus. Behav Neurosci. 2015;129(3):244-256.
  3. Holland CM, Bass DI, Gary MF, Howard BM, Refai D. Thoracic lateral extracavitary corpectomy for anterior column reconstruction with expandable and static titanium cages : Clinical outcomes and surgical considerations in a consecutive case series. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2015;129:37-4
  4. Miller BA, Bass DI, Chern JJ. Development of a de novo arteriovenous malformation after severe traumatic brain injury. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014;14(4):418-420.
  5. Bass DI, Nizam ZG, Partain KN, Wang A, Manns JR. Amygdala-mediated enhancement of memory for specific events depends on the hippocampus. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2014;107:37-41.
  6. Bass DI, Partain KN, Manns JR. Event-specific enhancement of memory via brief electrical stimulation to the basolateral complex of the amygdala in rats. Behav Neurosci. 2012;126(1):204-208.
  7. Melrose HL, Dächsel JC, Behrouz B, et al. Impaired dopaminergic neurotransmission and microtubule-associated protein tau alterations in human LRRK2 transgenic mice. Neurobiol Dis. 2010;40(3):503-51
  8. Melrose HL, Kent CB, Taylor JP, et al. A comparative analysis of leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (Lrrk2) expression in mouse brain and Lewy body disease. Neuroscience. 2007;147(4):1047-105