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Mill Etienne, M.D., M.P.H., FAAN, FAES

Mill Etienne, M.D, M.P.H.Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology
School of Medicine House Advisory Dean

E-mail: Mill_Etienne@nymc.edu

Phone: (914) 594-4498


Department of Neurology
New York Medical College
Valhalla, NY 10595

Area of Expertise:

Neurology, epilepsy and brain injury medicine, disaster medicine

Personal Profile:

As an officer of the U.S. Navy with first-hand understanding of the high-rate of brain-related injuries sustained by service members and veterans, Mill Etienne, M.D.'02, M.P.H., FAAN, FAES, created the first-of-its-kind comprehensive epilepsy center for the U.S. military—the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.  “The signature wounds in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were head injuries,” he explains, “since one of the sequela of many head injuries tends to be post-traumatic epilepsy, I thought it was important that the military had a good epilepsy center to address the large number of cases that were developing.”

Dr. Etienne, who is associate dean for student affairs, clinical assistant professor of neurology, and a School of Medicine House Advisory Dean at New York Medical College (NYMC), was inspired to answer the call to duty while still a medical student at NYMC. “I recall being on rounds during an elective in Boston, when I first observed a plane crash into the first and then the second of the twin towers on September 11, 2001.  As the nation was gripped by this terrorist attack, I realized my calling to become a military physician,” he explains. “I was a senior at NYMC, so I graduated and then joined the Navy as a reservist during my residency.”

Combining his two areas of interest—traumatic brain injury and epilepsy—Dr. Etienne says he realized he could use his expertise to help the men and women in uniform who were suffering from traumatic brain injury, many of whom would later develop epilepsy. “I volunteered to go on active duty and established the comprehensive epilepsy center at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  This epilepsy center is the largest such center on any military installation.  For me, a great satisfaction in medicine is treating and rehabilitating a fellow service member, who has made the decision to make the ultimate sacrifice for our country.“