Dr. Kenneth Kutner
Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology
Weill Cornell Medicine-Cornell University
Department of Neurological Surgery
Dr. Kutner is currently in his 31st year as the team Neuropsychologist
for the New York Giants. He is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine-Cornell University where he conducts clinical research on concussions and is involved in the training of residents. Dr. Kutner has more than 30 years of experience evaluating individuals who have sustained head trauma, ranging from mild concussion to severe brain injury. He also specializes in the evaluation of stroke, brain tumor, epilepsy, hypoxia/anoxia, neurotoxicity, dementia, Parkinson's disease, and other neurological disorders. Additionally, he performs disability evaluations and law enforcement exams for both local and federal agencies. Dr. Kutner divides his time each month between his Southeast Florida and New Jersey offices.
Memory problems are experienced as one ages. However, memory difficulty does not always indicate a form of dementia. Actually, memory difficulty is typically experienced as a normal part of aging. It can also be a sign of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), which is not a form of dementia. Memory problems can also be due to depression, medication side effects, alcohol use, thyroid disease, and B12 deficiency. At other times, memory impairment is due to dementia which can be caused by Alzheimer's Disease, Vascular Dementia, Dementia with Lewy bodies, Frontotemporal Dementia, and Mixed Dementia; or it can be a result of other disorders linked to dementia such as Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is important to obtain a Neuropsychological Examination by a Board-Certified Neuropsychologist to determine if an individual has normal aging, MCI, or dementia.
The Neuropsychological Evaluation facilitates early detection of dementia, determines the level of severity, defines salient clinical features, aids in differential diagnosis, and points to a pathway for care planning. It can also offer strategies for managing the often-challenging behaviors of people with dementia.
Dr. Kutner is a nationally recognized concussion expert who examines professional athletes from the NFL, NHL, Professional Boxing, Rugby, and Mixed Martial Arts. He also evaluates collegiate and amateur athletes. For active, players, evaluations focus on determining when it's safe to return-to-play or in some cases retire. He understands the importance of maximizing career playing time, while protecting the safety and long-term health of the player. Dr. Kutner also evaluates retired athletes who may be experiencing difficulties from repetitive concussions.
Listen to Dr. Kutner on the podcast
"This is Your Brain with Dr. Phil Stieg"
New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and the founder of the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain & Spine Center. On this episode, Dr. Kutner talks about what the latest research has revealed about concussion, and how it affects physical health and cognitive function. From the military to the NFL, and even in the corporate boardroom, Dr. Kutner discusses how this invisible injury is finally emerging from the shadows.
New York Giant and Hall of Famer, Harry Carson, explains in his book, “Captain for Life: My Story as a Hall of Fame Linebacker,” how Dr. Kutner was the doctor who diagnosed him with Post-Concussion Syndrome. In 1990, two years after he retired, Carson sought Dr. Kutner for Neuropsychological testing. Dr. Kutner continues to see retired NFL players who are seeking determination if they have effects of repetitive head injury from their playing days.
Dr. Kutner is Clinical Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology in the Neurological Surgery Department at Weill Cornell Medicine-Cornell University. He has been at Weill Cornell for over two decades where he trains residents in concussion management and is involved in seminal research on sports-related traumatic brain injury. Dr. Kutner was a Course Director and presenter at Weill Cornell's conference on Sports-Related Head Trauma. He was the lead author on the study identifying neurogenic factors (APOE-4) in NFL players, which was published in Neurosurgery. He was also one of the principal investigators of a 6-year study measuring effects of head trauma in active NFL players. This study was published in 2019 in the journal, Neurosurgery.