Five Towns Neuroscience Research is a well-established division of Five Towns Neurology, PC, a busy Southern Long Island/Queens practice that began in 1999 and has grown at an exponential pace to meet the diverse needs of the surrounding Long Island and Queens community. The practice was founded by David Steiner, MD, a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Neurology program and alumni of the Montefiore Headache Unit, where he trained with leaders in the field of headache and pain management.


Dr. Steiner went on to chair the Department of Neurology at Penninsula Hospital Center, a North Shore/LIJ Affiliate, and served as Medical Director of their traumatic brain injury unit. He founded and directed the hospital’s DOH designated Stroke Center. Dr. Steiner ran the hospital’s Neurology clinic and was responsible for teaching both residents and medical students. He has served as director of the local Parkinson’s Chapter, serves on the Clinical Advisory Board of the Long Island chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and has lectured for the Long Island Epilepsy Association. Dr. Steiner has been affilated with South Nassau Communities Hospital and recently joined the staff of Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, NY. The combination of a busy office practice and local hospital has provided a unique connection to patients.This has served to create unparalleled access for clinical studies and offers cutting-edge therapy for study candidates, who may otherwise not have access to such cutting edge opportunities.

Migraine/Pain Management Professionals

Dr. Steiner has worked on several pivotal migraine trials within residency, fellowship and practice and is a frequent lecturer for many Pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, and OrthoMcNeil. He has worked on stroke trials and epidemiological studies regarding medical versus surgical management for Spinal Epidural Abscess.

Stroke Expertise

Dr. Steiner was the founder of the Peninsula Hospital Center Stroke Center and Stroke Unit in 2003, one of the first New York State Department of Health approved stroke centers in the New York City area. He has served as medical director of the Peninsula Hospital Stroke Program, Medical Director of their Traumatic Brain Injury Unit (one of only 5 in New York City) specializing in all areas of brain rehabilitation and specializing in post-stroke recovery and served for many years as the hospital’s Chief of Neurology. Five Towns Neuroscience Research has been part of both inpatient and outpatient stroke trials research including NIH sponsored studies.

Epilepsy Specialists

Our epilepsy practice has worked on a number of pivotal trials with the newer antiepilepsy drugs and has a strong interest in synergy in polypharmacy and application of new agents for epilepsy management. We have been involved in all aspects of epilepsy testing including ambulatory and video EEG and work closely with regional epilepsy specialists in treating and staying on the cutting edge of epilepsy research.