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Dr. Alterman was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982 and his medical doctorate from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1986. After completing his neurosurgery residency at Montefiore Medical Center in 1994, he became the first fellow in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery at New York University Medical Center and was promoted to the NYU faculty in 1995. Over the next 16 years, Dr. Alterman established himself as the premier deep brain stimulation surgeon in New York, becoming chief of neurosurgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in October 2011.

An internationally recognized expert on stereotactic neurosurgery and the surgical management of movement disorders, Dr. Alterman is a regular speaker at national and international neurosurgical symposia and has published more than 100 scientific articles, reviews and book chapters. He has also participated in and served on the planning and clinical review committees for a number of pivotal trials of DBS and other biosurgical therapies for the treatment of both movement and psychiatric disorders.