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    Erin C. Prenger, DO


    Erin C. Prenger, DO, is a professor of neuroradiology and physician in the Neuroradiology Department at Barrow Neurological Institute, Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Prenger is board-certified in radiology and neuroradiology by the American Osteopathic Board of Radiology.

    Dr. Prenger’s expertise includes pediatric neuroradiology as well as spine imaging and intervention. He is a member of the Radiological Society of North America, American Society of Neuroradiology, Western Neuroradiology Society, American Osteopathic College of Radiology, American Osteopathic Association, American College of Radiology and a founding member of the American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology.

    Dr. Prenger received his medical degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa. He completed his internship at Oakland General Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Prenger then completed a fellowship in pediatric neuroradiology at The Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago and also completed a fellowship in neuroradiology at Barrow Neurological Institute.

    Dr. Prenger’s research studies include imaging of hypothalamic hamartomas, imaging evaluation of laser ablative therapies, and imaging of traumatic brain injury.

    For more information please call (602) 406-7783.

    Education & Training
    • Fellowship, Barrow Neurological Institute, Neuroradiology, 1988-1989
    • Fellowship, The Children’s Memorial Hospital, Pediatric Neuroradiology, 1987-1988
    • Residency, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology, 1984-1987
    • Internship, Oakland General Hospital, Detroit, 1983-1984
    • DO, University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, 1983
    • BS, University of Colorado – Boulder, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, 1979
    Professional Memberships
    • Radiological Society of North America
    • Senior Member, American Society of Neuroradiology
    • Founding Member, American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology
    • Western Neuroradiology Society
    • American Osteopathic College of Radiology
    • American Osteopathic Association
    • American College of Radiology
    Selected Publications
    1. Kerrigan JF, Parsons A, Rice SG, Simeone K, Shetter AG, Abla AA, Prenger E, Coons SW. Hypothalamic hamartomas: neuropathological features with and without prior gamma knife radiosurgery. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2013;91(1):45-55.
    2. Drees C, Chapman K, Prenger E, Baxter L, Maganti R, Rekate H, Shetter A, Bobrowitz M, Kerrigan JF. Seizure outcome and complications following hypothalamic hamartoma treatment in adults: endoscopic, open, and Gamma Knife procedures. J Neurosurg. Aug 2012;117(2):255-261
    3. Troester M, Haine-Schlagel R, Ng YT, Chapman K, Chung S, Drees C, Prenger E, Rekate H, Kerrigan JF. EEG and video-EEG seizure monitoring has limited utility in patients with hypothalamic hamartoma and epilepsy. Epilepsia. Jun 2011;52(6):1137-1143.
    4. Parvizi J, Le S, Foster BL, Bourgeois B, Riviello JJ, Prenger E, Saper C, Kerrigan JF. Gelastic epilepsy and hypothalamic hamartomas: neuroanatomical analysis of brain lesions in 100 patients. Brain. Oct 2011;134(Pt 10):2960-2968.
    5. Ng YT, Hastriter EV, Wethe J, Chapman KE, Prenger EC, Prigatano GP, Oppenheim T, Varland M, Rekate HL, Kerrigan JF. Surgical resection of hypothalamic hamartomas for severe behavioral symptoms. Epilepsy Behav. Jan 2011;20(1):75-78.
    6. Abla AA, Rekate HL, Wilson DA, Wait SD, Uschold TD, Prenger E, Ng YT, Nakaji P, Kerrigan JF. Orbitozygomatic resection for hypothalamic hamartoma and epilepsy: patient selection and outcome. Childs Nerv Syst. Feb 2011;27(2):265-277.
    7. Chan YM, Fenoglio-Simeone KA, Paraschos S, Muhammad L, Troester MM, Ng YT, Johnsonbaugh RE, Coons SW, Prenger EC, Kerrigan JF, Jr., Seminara SB. Central precocious puberty due to hypothalamic hamartomas correlates with anatomic features but not with expression of GnRH, TGFalpha, or KISS1. Horm Res Paediatr. 2010;73(5):312-319.
    8. Prigatano GP, Wethe JV, Gray JA, Wang N, Chung S, Ng YT, Prenger E, Kerrigan JF. Intellectual functioning in presurgical patients with hypothalamic hamartoma and refractory epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav.Jul 2008;13(1):149-155.
    9. Kerrigan JF, Ng YT, Prenger E, Krishnamoorthy KS, Wang NC, Rekate HL. Hypothalamic hamartoma and infantile spasms. Epilepsia. Jan 2007;48(1):89-95.
    10. Coons SW, Rekate HL, Prenger EC, Wang N, Drees C, Ng YT, Chung SS, Kerrigan JF. The histopathology of hypothalamic hamartomas: study of 57 cases. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. Feb 2007;66(2):131-141.

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