Derek Chong, MD, MSc

Office Location:

223 East 34th Street
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 646.558.0876
Fax: 646.385.7164

Dr. Chong is a neurologist, board certified in the subspecialties of clinical neurophysiology and sleep medicine. He was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He completed his bachelor's degree which focused on neurobiology, then a Master's degree in Brain and Behavior. His medical degree was completed at the University of Calgary and he was a resident and chief resident in neurology at the University of Western Ontario. He then spent two years training on clinical neurophysiology (EEG, evoked potentials), sleep medicine and the clinical and surgical approaches to epilepsy at Columbia University Medical Center and then spent six years as faculty as an Assistant Professor. He became the Director of Clinical Trials, the outpatient seizure clinic and the program in EEG monitoring in the intensive care setting. He joined the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in 2012. He has been awarded with the Epilepsy Foundation of America research & training fellowship, and on two occasions with the American Epilepsy Society/ Milken Family Foundation he received an Early Career Clinician Scientist award to fund his research projects.

Medical Specialty:

Neurology, Epilepsy & Seizure Disorders, and Sleep Disorders 

Medical Interests:

The relationship between sleep and epilepsy, why seizures continue to occur in some people despite using multiple medications, new therapies, mechanisms and drug deliveries.


Hon.B.Sc (summa cum laude) McMaster University, Hamilton, ON Canada
M.Sc (Brain & Behavior) Mcmaster University, Hamilton, ON Canada

Medical Education:
University of Calgary, Calgary, AB Canada

Internship and Residency:
University of Western Ontario, ON, Canada

Clinical Fellowship:
Clinical Neurophysiology, NY Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia Campus, New York NY
Epilepsy, Columbia University Department of Neurology

Board Certifications:
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, Neurology
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, Sleep Medicine
Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, Neurology
Diplomat, Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology (Electroencephalography)