Dr. Riley, a graduate of Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, completed his neurosurgical residency training at Emory University. While there, he completed an enfolded fellowship experience in epilepsy and stereotactic & functional neurosurgery under the mentorship of Drs. Robert Gross, Nicholas Boulis, and Jon T. Willie. He then went on to complete a post-graduate fellowship in the same at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital with a continued exposure to emerging techniques and newly developed neuromodulation-based technologies. Mentorship through this fellowship training was under the guidance of Drs. Ashwini Sharan and Chengyuan Wu. Dr. Riley placed emphasis on this subspecialized training to be best positioned to provide a full range of surgical treatment options to patients with afflictions affecting the function of the central nervous system. These include the broad spectrum of movement disorders, epilepsies, pain syndromes, and emerging psychiatric indications.

Throughout medical school and residency, Dr. Riley has meaningfully and longitudinally participated in translational and clinical research agendas under the mentorship of Nicholas Boulis, MD. These have included both small and large animal work and have focused on the clinical translation of biologics-based therapeutics with an emphasis on development of approaches to therapeutics delivery to the central nervous system. This has provided a background in all aspects of translation from large animal work through clinical trial completion. Active research interests include the use of small animal epilepsy models to develop and optimize neuromodulation-based candidate therapies for the treatment of medically refractory epilepsy.

Dr. Riley’s additional professional interests include international neurosurgical outreach and program development.