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  • Elsa Baena, PhD

    Elsa Baena, PhD, is a neuropsychologist in the Department of Clinical Neuropsychology and the inpatient neuro-rehabilitation unit at Barrow Neurological Institute.

    Dr. Baena’s expertise includes the neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation of individuals with a variety of neurological diagnoses, including neurodegenerative conditions, acquired brain injuries, cardiovascular diseases, and brain tumors. She also conducts pre- and postsurgical evaluations for deep brain stimulation (DBS) and epilepsy surgery. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is a member of the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society, the National Latinx Psychological Association, the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

    Dr. Baena earned her master’s degree in psychology and doctorate in neuropsychology from the University of Arizona. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Spanish/cross-cultural adult neuropsychology at Baylor College of Medicine.

    Dr. Baena’s research interests include the neuropsychological assessment of Spanish-speaking individuals; cultural neuroscience of cognitive aging, healthy aging, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and Alzheimer’s disease among Hispanic and Latin American peoples; culturally appropriate cognitive rehabilitation interventions for treatment of MCI and Alzheimer’s disease, and effective training strategies to work with underserved and linguistically diverse communities.

    For more information or to request an appointment with Dr. Baena, please call (602) 406-3671.

    Ekokobe Fonkem, DO

    Ekokobe Fonkem, DO, is the director of neuro-oncology and an associate professor in the Department of Neurology at Barrow Neurological Institute. He is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

    Dr. Fonkem’s expertise includes the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Society for Neuro-Oncology.

    Dr. Fonkem earned his medical degree from the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University in Athens. He completed his neurology residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus and a fellowship in neuro-oncology at Harvard Medical School Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

    Dr. Fonkem’s research interests include brain tumor biomarkers in blood and saliva, new drug treatments for brain cancer, vulnerable populations with brain cancer, global oncology, and quality-of-life challenges in people with brain tumors.

    For more information or to request an appointment with Dr. Fonkem, please call (602) 406-6262.

    Grace Maloney, MD

    Grace Maloney, MD, is a neurophysiatrist and back pain specialist at Barrow Neurological Institute. She is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

    Dr. Maloney’s expertise includes interventional spine care and sports medicine. Her practice includes vertebral augmentation, spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain, and spinal injections for degenerative disc and joint diseases.

    Dr. Maloney earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. She completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Stanford Medicine in Redwood City, California and an interventional spine and sports fellowship at Barrow Brain and Spine in Phoenix.

    For more information or to request an appointment with Dr. Maloney, please call (602) 406-4630.

    Artak Tovmasyan, PharmD, PhD

    Artak Tovmasyan, PharmD, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Neurobiology at Barrow Neurological Institute. He directs the pharmacokinetics core laboratory at the Ivy Brain Tumor Center.

    Dr. Tovmasyan’s expertise includes pharmaceutical sciences and drug development, particularly in the field of neuro-oncology. He is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, the Society for Neuro-Oncology, the Society for Redox Biology and Medicine, and the Society for Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines.

    Dr. Tovmasyan earned his PharmD and PhD degrees from the Yerevan State Medical University School of Pharmacy in Armenia, where he also completed a residency in drug development. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Radiation Oncology, Division of Cancer Biology at Duke University Medical Center.

    Dr. Tovmasyan’s work in the pharmacokinetics core laboratory involves evaluating drugs used in Phase 0 clinical trials for brain tumor patients. The results obtained in this state-of-the-art laboratory enable doctors to implement the most efficient brain tumor treatment regimens. The lab also provides services in the assessment and design of preclinical pharmacokinetics studies for experimental drugs, collection and processing of specimens, publishing guidance, and assistance with grant applications. Dr. Tovmasyan’s research interests also include medicinal chemistry in the design and development of agents that target the brain, particularly novel radio-modulators for brain tumor therapy.

    About Barrow Neurological Institute
    Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premier destinations in the world for neurology and neurosurgery. Our experienced, highly skilled, and comprehensive team of neurological specialists can provide you with a complete spectrum of care–from diagnosis through outpatient neurorehabilitation–under one roof. Barrow Neurological Institute: Discover. Educate. Heal.