A.B., Columbia University
MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Internship: Internal Medicine, The University of Iowa
Residency: Department of Neurology, The University of Iowa
Fellowship: Department of Neurology, Division of Behavioral Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience, The University of Iowa
Dr. Rizzo is Professor of Neurology, Engineering and Public Policy at the University of Iowa. In Neurology he is Vice Chair of Translational and Clinical Research, Director of the Division of Neuroergonomics and its laboratories which include a state of the art driving simulator (the SIREN) and two instrumented vehicles (ARGOS and NIRVANA), a senior member of the Division of Behavioral Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience, and a senior attending physician in the Memory Disorders Clinic. He is a graduate of Columbia University in New York City and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He belongs to many professional organizations and committees including the US Federal Drug Administration's Panel for Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs, and was appointed by the US Secretary of Transportation to the US Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration's Medical Advisory Committee. He has been advising the American Association of Automobile Administrators as well as the American Academy of Neurology, states of California and South Carolina, and governments of Australia, Canada and Sweden on developing licensing guidelines for impaired drivers. He is also advising the US Army Research Laboratory Human Resources and Engineering Directorate (ARL/HRED) on establish a neurosciences program. Dr. Rizzo has long-standing research grant support from the US National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has also worked with Development Executives at a New York City-based media company producing documentaries for major television venues.
Behavioral disturbances resulting from CNS injury
Neural substrates of human vision (attention and visuomotor coordination)
Aging and dementia
Driving performance in neurological disease
Rizzo M, Eslinger P. Eds. Principles and Practice of Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychology. W.B. Saunders (November 2003)
Rizzo M. Head trauma, brain injury, and postconcussional syndrome. In: Johnson RT, Griffin JW, McArthur JC, eds. Current Therapy in Neurologic Disease. Vol. 6. St. Louis, MO: Mosby, 2002
Rizzo M, Vecera SP. Psychoanatomical substrates of Bálint's syndrome. Review series: Nosological Entities. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry 2002;72:162-178.
Rizzo M, Akutsu H, Dawson J. Increased attentional blink after focal cerebral lesions. Neurology 2001; 57:795-800.
Rizzo M, McGehee D, Dawson J, Anderson S. Simulated car crashes at intersections in drivers with Alzheimer disease. Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders 2001; 15:10-20.
Damasio AR, Tranel D, Rizzo M. Disorders of complex visual processing. In: Mesulam M, ed. Principles of Behavioral Neurology. Philadelphia: Davis, 2000. 332-372.
Nawrot M, Rizzo M, Rockland KS, Howard, M III. A transient deficit of motion perception in human. Vision Research 2000; 40:3435-3446.
Rizzo M, Anderson SW, Dawson J, et al. Visual attention impairments in Alzheimer's disease. Neurology 2000; 54:1954-1959.
Rizzo M, Anderson SW, Dawson J, et al. Vision and cognition in Alzheimer's disease. Neuropsychologia 2000; 38:1156-1169.