Robert (Rusty) P Turner MD MSCR QEEG-D BCN
Dr Robert ‘Rusty’ P. Turner is owner of Network Neurology Health LLC, an integrative neuroscience mentoring business based out of Charleston, South Carolina.
His mission is to provide online guidance and mentoring for both healthcare providers and healthcare consumers in order to promote whole-person brain and physiologic health. Dr Turner also provides cutting edge EEG and qEEG review and interpretation to better help understand brain functioning and brain health.
In addition to his passion for helping others grow toward better health, Dr Turner also periodically works in children’s hospitals in other states—due to the shortage of pediatric neurologists around the world—to provide inpatient pediatric neurology consulting services for the ever-increasing numbers of children being hospitalized for brain-related disorders.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Turner owned Network Neurology LLC from 2013-2020, a busy clinical and research-based neurology and neuromodulation practice which provided comprehensive neurological evaluations, education, and training, as well as brain-focused treatment modalities using EEG and qEEG-guided non-invasive neuromodulation and neurofeedback.
He is a physician and neuroscientist with more than 40 years of training and experience in EEG, clinical neurophysiology, electrodiagnostic medicine, child/adult neurology, epilepsy, neuromuscular diseases, and neurodevelopmental medicine, as well as pediatrics, clinical research, biostatistics, and epidemiology. He holds clinical, academic, and research positions at:
- Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Charleston, South Carolina
- University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Prisma Health Children’s Hospital, Columbia, South Carolina
- Bon Secours Roper-St Francis Hospital System, Charleston, South Carolina
- MIND Research Institute, Irvine, California
After internship and residency training in pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, Dr Turner completed two specialty fellowships in neurology and clinical neurophysiology at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals in Richmond, Virginia, followed by both academic and private practice work in Richmond.
Dr Turner has earned multiple board certifications, including:
- National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)
- American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) With Special Qualification in Child Neurology
- American Board of Pediatrics (ABP)
- American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM)
- American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology (ABCN)
- American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) With Added Qualification in Clinical Neurophysiology
- American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) With Added Qualification in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
- American Society of Neurorehabilitation (ASNR)
- Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) in Neurofeedback
- International Quantitative EEG Certification Board (IQCB) in Quantitative EEG
- American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) With Added Qualification in Epilepsy
Dr Turner progressed to tenured associate professor of pediatrics, neurology, and biostatistics/epidemiology/bioinformatics at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) from 1997-2013, and then a training sabbatical in neuromodulation, neuroregulation, and neurofeedback in 2013. During his tenure at MUSC, he also served as Medical Director of the Clinical Neurophysiology Lab and was a member of the senior faculty of the MUSC Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.
While a full-time faculty member at MUSC, and due to his growing long interest in the effects of music on brain health, he completed the Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) graduate fellowship training in 2001-2003 in order to pursue clinical research interests combining music, EEG analysis, neuromodulation/neurostimulation, and neuroepidemiology to help people with epilepsy, neuropsychiatric disorders, and traumatic brain injury. With this training, he conducted four clinical research trials documenting the beneficial and healing properties of music on the brain, particularly in persons with epilepsy (see publications).
Studying piano since four years of age, Dr Turner initially majored in piano performance and foreign languages during college, but transitioned to a science/pre-med major at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) in order to go to medical school (1980-1984) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska.
While in medical school, he also pursued graduate studies in piano performance at the UNO College of Graduate Studies, completing his studies with a graduate piano recital in 1984 after graduating from medical school. He continues to love piano and also plays intermittently for Sunday brunch at a famous restaurant in downtown Charleston.
He cherishes each day of life, and enjoys time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and close friends as life-giving priorities–along with being an avid reader and life-long learner of languages.
Believing in the importance of physical health and wellness, Dr Turner is an avid runner.