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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.

    Jennifer Robblee, MD

    Jennifer Robblee, MD, is a neurologist in the Jan and Tom Lewis Migraine Treatment Program and an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Barrow Neurological Institute.

    Dr. Robblee’s expertise includes the diagnosis and treatment of migraine and other headache disorders. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Headache Society, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, and the International Headache Society. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

    Dr. Robblee earned both her Master of Science degree in quality improvement and patient safety and her medical degree from the University of Toronto in Canada, where she also completed her neurology residency. She completed a headache fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    Dr. Robblee’s research interests include headache medicine.

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

    Nicholas Flores, MD

    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.