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Ralph H. Benedict

SUNY Distinguished Professor of Neurology
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo


Multiple sclerosis (MS); impact of MS, concussion and other brain diseases on personality, cognition and psychiatric stability

Portrait of Ralph H. Benedict, University at Buffalo multiple sclerosis and brain injury expert.

Ralph H. Benedict is a leading neuropsychologist and an expert on the psychological, behavioral and cognitive consequences of multiple sclerosis (MS) and other brain diseases.

Benedict can speak to media about how MS and head injury affect cognition and personality. He developed two tests now widely used by clinicians to evaluate impaired cognitive function. The tests are also used by the National Hockey League and National Football League to assess athlete concussions. Among his work in sports, Benedict has provided concussion management consultations for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres.

Benedict is an expert on how mental, cognitive and physiological measures can predict quality of life for MS patients, especially with regard to their ability to work. He can also discuss dementia in MS. He pioneered the discovery that a specific type of brain atrophy is the primary driver of cognitive dysfunction in MS.


Ralph H. Benedict PhD
SUNY Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
Director of Neuropsychology Service, UBMD Neurology and the Jacobs Multiple Sclerosis Center
Neuropsychologist for In-Patients, Erie County Medical Center