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University of Kentucky Department of Neurology


  • Director, Division of Neuropsychology
  • Professor of Neurology
  • Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

College Unit(s)

Other Affiliation(s)
  • SCOBIRC - Faculty Associates

Biography and Education


Dr. Dan Han is a Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He serves as the Director of the Neuropsychology Division at UK HealthCare. Dr. Han is a James B. Beam Institute Fellow, a Fellow of the American Neurological Association, and an elected International Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has previously served as the president of the International Society of Neurogastronomy, and of the Lexington Board of Brain Injury Alliance. Currently, Dr. Han chairs the Medical & Scientific Advisory Board for the Association of the U.S. Army – McMillan Chapter, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Traumatic Brain Injury Trust appointed by the governor. Clinically, Dr. Han oversees a neurocognitive consult service for 24 hospital service lines and 62 regional hospitals and clinical practices. His work has been sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Department of Education, foundation grants, industry clinical trials, and various national think tanks, focusing on brain–behavior and program development. His work has been featured in Newsweek, National Geographic, BBC, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and CNN, among many others, with globally syndicated coverage spanning 17 countries, in 12 languages.


2024:  Vision Award: The Mission, Vision, Pillar, and Enabler (MVPE) Awards, University of Kentucky College of Medicine
2024:  William R. Young Jr. Endowed Lecturer, Brescia University
2021:  Excellence in Medical Education Award - Category: Mentorship, The Academy of Medical Educators
2020:  Visionary Award, 150th Anniversary of Alfred Adler: 2020 Adlerian Summit
2019:  Excellence in Medical Education Award - Category: Teaching, The Academy of Medical Educators
2019:  Psychologist of the Year Award, Kentucky Psychological Association
2017:  Blavatnik Nominee for Life Sciences, The New York Academy of Sciences
2016:  Excellence in Medical Education Award - Category: Leadership, The Academy of Medical Educators
2016:  Jack Runyon Service Award, Kentucky Psychological Association
2015:  Founder's Recognition, International Society of Neurogastronomy
2014:  Honor the Fallen Soldier Patriot Coin Medallion, Association of the United States Army – CPL Bill McMillan Chapter


Acquired brain injury
Artificial Intelligence and neuromodulation technology
Global health and sustainability
Neurobehavioral performances
Neurogastronomy and chemosensory disorders

Selected Publications

NIH National Library of Medicine
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