Amar Dhand, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology


Board Certifications

  • Neurology

Research Interests

Social determinants of neurological diseases


  • Alpha Omega Alpha Housestaff Award, University of California, San Francisco, 2012
  • School of Medicine Clinical Teaching Excellence Award for Cherished Housestaff, University of California, San Francisco, 2011
  • Rhodes Scholarship, 2003-2006


  • Lewis SL, Józefowicz RF, Kilgore S, Dhand A, Edgar L. Introducing the neurology milestones. J Grad Med Educ. 2014 Mar;6(1 Suppl 1):102-4.
  • Dhand A, Engstrom J, Dhaliwal G. How experienced community neurologists make diagnoses during clinical encounters. Neurology. 2013 Oct 15;81(16):1460-6.
  • Dhand A, Aminoff MJ. The neurology of itch. Brain. 2014 Feb;137(Pt 2):313-22.
  • Dhand A. Right brain: The case library as a tool to enhance clinical observation. Neurology. 2012 Feb 14;78(7):512-3.
  • Kamel H, Dhaliwal G, Navi BB, Pease AR, Shah M, Dhand A, Johnston SC, Josephson SA. A randomized trial of hypothesis-driven vs screening neurologic examination. Neurology. 2011 Oct 4;77(14):1395-400.
  • Dhand A, Birdi S, Rajput AH. Frequency of respiratory disorders and bradycardia in essential tremor – consideration of treatment. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 1998 Jun;4(1):7-10.

Dr. Dhand is an Assistant Professor of Neurology with a joint appointment at the Brown School of Social Work. He cares for patients on the general neurology and stroke services. His clinical interests include neurohospitalist medicine, neuropathic itch, neurological manifestations of systemic diseases, diagnostic decision-making, and the history of neurology. He is highly involved in teaching trainees and building innovative medical education tools such as the NeuroBoard.

Dr. Dhand’s research concerns the social determinants of neurological diseases. He studies disease risk factors and recovery mechanisms that are socially mediated and propagated through friendship and family networks. Dr. Dhand addresses this topic through social network analysis, ethnography, and epidemiological approaches. The goal of this research is to determine what makes groups of individuals susceptible or resistant to disease, with the intention to translate these mechanisms into interventions that improve health communication, prevention, and rehabilitation.