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Dr. Philip Kennedy is an innovative, top-rated, award winning Neurologist, with the commitment to do whatever it takes to help his patients. He sees patients with all types of neurological problems. Some of the most common medical concerns he takes care of include: Epilepsy, seizures, sleep disorders, headaches, neuropathies, radiculopathies, strokes, myasthenia gravis, myopathies, multiple sclerosis, ALS, post-concussion syndromes, Bell’s palsies, carpel tunnel syndromes, Pyriformis syndromes, etc.


Philip R. Kennedy, MD, PhD, a Neurologist with Neural Signals, Inc. & Robert A. Gadlage, MD FACS & Associates P.C.

Get to know Neurologist Dr. Philip R. Kennedy, who serves patients in Atlanta and Duluth, Georgia.

Working as a neuroscientist and neurologist, Dr. Kennedy is Chief Scientist & CEO of Neural Signals, Inc. which he founded in 1989. 

Dr. Kennedy's goal was to develop a brain-computer interface that would give paralyzed patients the ability to communicate with the external world and to control external devices. Dr. Kennedy personally funded the research company’s initial development of a novel implantable device for detecting and transmitting signals from the cerebral cortex.

“For many decades, the idea that we could control computers with little more than our thoughts has been the stuff of science fiction and the dream of many scientists. Neural Signals is fortunate to be the historic first to allow a locked-in man — who is alert and intelligent but unable to move or speak — the ability to control a computer directly with neural signals,” expressed the doctor.

Seeing patients with all types of neurological problems, Dr. Kennedy also joined the illustrious office of Dr. Gadlage – Robert A. Gadlage, MD FACS & Associates P.C. Most common problems coming through the door are seizures, sleep disorders, headaches, neuropathies, radiculopathies, strokes, myasthenia gravis, myopathies, multiple sclerosis, ALS, post-concussion syndromes, Bell’s palsies, carpal tunnel syndromes, Piriformis syndromes, and so forth.

Born in Sussex, United Kingdom, Dr. Kennedy graduated with his medical degree from the University College Dublin School of Medicine in 1972 and received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Northwestern University in Chicago in 1983. 

Dr. Kennedy spent four years with the Department of Physiology at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada, with Prof. V. Brooks. He completed his PhD in Northwestern university in Chicago from 1980 to 1983. In 1983, he then became a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. D. Humphrey at the Department of Physiology at Emory University in Atlanta, before acquiring a position as a research scientist at the Biomedical Center, Georgia Institute of Technology in 1986. Concurrently, he held an associate position at Yerkes Primate Center at Emory University. In 1993, he returned to clinical work at Emory University and completed a residency in neurology. 

With over five decades of experience, Dr. Kennedy is board eligible in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). The ABPN is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to promoting high-quality patient care for the public through the initial and continuing certification of psychiatrists and neurologists.

In good standing with a number of professional organizations, Dr. Kennedy is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the International Brain Research Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Neurology, and the American Medical Association.

An inventor and pioneer in his field, Dr. Kennedy’s work has been published in major scientific journals and has been funded by the NIH and other agencies. Dr. Kennedy's current research interests include long-term recording from the human brain for communication and prosthetic purposes.

Dr. Kennedy is the author of “Unlocking Erik: A Freedom Journey to Restore the Speech of Those with Locked-In Syndrome”, a book that depicts the trials and tribulations when trying to restore speech to Erik who was locked-in (paralyzed and mute) at age 16.

Neurology is a branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the nervous system. Neurologists are licensed medical specialists who diagnose and treat disorders that affect the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles of patients. They examine a patient’s mental and physical status, conduct medical tests and scans, and evaluate the results to diagnose and treat the patient.

Among Dr. Kennedy’s most notable achievements include: Top Doctor (2021), On-Time Doctor Award (2015), Gold Electrode Award, Neurotech (2014), Alfred Mann Foundation Scientist of the Year (2004), World Technology Network Award, London (2000), Discover Magazine, 1st Place in Assistive Technology (1999), and Atlanta Magazine Health Care Heroes Award (1999).

Learn More about Dr. Philip R. Kennedy:

Through his findatopdoc profile,, through Neural Signals, Inc., or through Robert A. Gadlage, MD FACS & Associates P.C., 


We are honored to announce Dr. Kennedy, who has established himself as a leading innovator in the world of  BCI- Brain Computer Interfacing, presented at the International Brain Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark from Sept 13 to 15th where some of the top experts gathered to share the latest information and innovations in Brain Disorders and Therapeutics.

His Presentation was entitled “To invade or not to invade, that is the question for Brain Computer Interfacing."

Presentation Overview:

Pros and cons of external versus internal brain computer interfacing devices. The answer to the question is that it depends on the aim of the communication, for example, if it is simply communication for locked-in people who need to control a computer, then external devices are sufficient. If, however, if it is for fine movements of paralyzed digits or conversational speech, then invasive devices are needed.

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