Journal of Health Science

Journal of Health Sciences is a peer-reviewed journal that disseminates information, scholarship and experience in education, practice and investigation between medicine, nursing and all the sciences involved in health care. Aim of journal is to supply scientists of health with resources in order to provide the scientific knowledge, intellection and research and especially to improve health status and qualification of care for individuals, families and communities.

Peterus Thajeb

Editorial Board Member of Journal of Health Science

Head of Academic Department/Faculty, National Yang-Ming University, School of Medicine, Taiwan

Research Areas

Stroke, Mitochondrial Disorders, Neurodegeneration, Movement disorders, Neuroprotection


2007DMedSci (Hon.)Yorker International University, NY, USA
2007Ph.DBloomberg School of Public Health (JHUSPH), Baltimore, MD, USA John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), UHM, HI, USA
2006Doctor of Public Health courseJohns Hopkins University
2003Master program courseNational Yang-Ming University School of Life Science, Institute of Genetics
2001-2002Master program courseNational Taiwan University School of Medicine


2011-presentClinical Professor of Medicine (Neurology), National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan
2010-present Vice Superintendent, Evergreen Hospital, Jhongli, Taiwan
2009-2010Vice-President, Council for Medical Education, China Medical University Hospital, Taipei Branch, Taiwan, ROC
2008-2009Director, Center for Stroke Care and Prevention, Cathay General Hospital Sijhih, Taiwan
2007Visiting neuroscientist, and PhD candidate, Biomedical Sciences, John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
2006Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
1999-2007Senior Attending Neurologist, Mackay Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
1999-2005Instructor, Department of Internal Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan, ROC
1999-2000Director, Department of Neurology, Mackay Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
1995-1996Visiting Researcher in Neuropharmacology, Neurological Sciences and Neural Transplantation, Rush-Presbyterian St Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA
1988-1999Attending Neurologist and Teaching Staff, Cathay General Hospital and Medical Center, Taiwan
1986-1986Trainee (3 months) in Neuropathology, University of Washington at Seattle, WA, USA
1984-1988Neurology Residency and Fellow, Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou, Taiwan, ROC
1982-1984Medical Residency, Internal Medicine, Mennonite Christian Hospital, Hualien, Taiwan, ROC

Academic Achievement

Recipient of Best overseas student, Taiwan, ROC, 1976
Championship in Neurology Board Examination (oral), Taiwan, ROC, 1987
Recipient of Best Attending Physician, Cathay General Hospital, Taiwan, ROC, 1992
Nomination in the Marquis Who's Who in the World, 1995-
First Runner-up Award, Best Platform Presentation (open category), 11th AOCN, 2004 (Singapore)
Honorary Doctorate in Medical Sciences, Yorker International University, USA (Dec 16, 2007)


1984-Member of the Chinese Medical Association
1984-Member of the Neurological Society ROC (Taiwan)
1987-Associate Clinical Member of the American Academy of Neurology
1987-2005 Active member of the International College of Angiology
1988-Active member of the New York Academy of Sciences
1989-Member of the International Society of Motor Disturbance and Movement Disorder Society, USA
1992-Inaugural member of the Charles Darwin Associates of the New York Academy of Sciences
1993-Fellow of the American Heart Association, Stroke Council (FAHA)
1996-Fellow of the American College of Angiology and International College of Angiology
1996-Fellow of the American Society for Neural Transplantation and Repair
1998-Regular member of the International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
2002-Active member, International Society of Neuroimmunology
2004-Active member, the American Society of Human Genetics
2005-International Active member of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine
2007-Member of the World Stroke Organization
2008-Member of the American College of Emergency Physician

Publications: Conferences/Workshops/Symposiums/Journals/Books

[1]  Thajeb P, Chee CY, Huang CC (1987) The distribution of HLA-A, B, DR antigens in Chinese myasthenia gravis. Tissue Antigens 29: 273-279 (SCI).
[2]  Thajeb P, Hsi MS (1987) Cerebral arteriovenous malformation: report of 136 Chinese patients in Taiwan. Angiology 38(11): 851-858 (SCI).
[3]  Thajeb P, Chen ST (1989) Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis: Clinical and radiological correlations. Neuroradiology 31: 8-12 (SCI).
[4]  Thajeb P, Lie SK, Huang JS, Chen TY, Chiang TR (1989) Paradoxical enlargement of intracranial tuberculomas during treatment of tuberculous meningitis: report of a case. J Formosan Med Assoc 88(10): 1067-1070.
[5]  Thajeb P, Chee CY, Lo SF, Lee N (1989) The POEMS syndrome among Chinese: association with Castleman's disease and some immunological abnormalities. Acta Neurol Scand 80: 492-500 (SCI).
[6]  Hung TP, Thajeb P (1990) Multi-infarct dementia: clinical features, computed tomographic findings and prevention. Current Clinical Practice 59: 293-297 (Excerpta Medica).
[7]  Thajeb P, Lie SK (1990) Multiinfarct progressive supranuclear palsy: report of a case. Chin Med J (Taipei) 46: 250-253.
[8]  Thajeb P (1993) Gait disorders of multi-infarct dementia: CT and clinical correlation. Acta Neurol Scand 87: 239-242 (SCI).
[9]  Thajeb P (1993) Large vessel disease in Chinese patients with capsular infarcts and prior ipsilateral transient ischaemia. Neuroradiology 35: 190-195 (SCI).
[10]  Thajeb P, Lie SK, Chiang TR (1993) Types of basilar artery syndrome: clinicoradiologic correlation. Angiology 44(5): 368-375 (SCI).
[11]  Thajeb P (1993) A case of Hallervorden-Spatz syndrome diagnosed antemortemly. Chin Med J (Beijing) 106(2): 153-156 (SCI).
[12]  Tsai CY, Wu TH, Tsai ST, Chen KH, Thajeb P, Lin WM, Yu HS, Yu CL (1994) Cerebrospinal fluid interleukin-6, prostaglandin E2 and autoantibodies in patients with neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus and central nervous system infections. Scand J Rheumatol 23: 57-63 (SCI).
[13]  Chen CC, Thajeb P, Lie SK (1994) Acute intermittent porphyria: clinical analysis of nine cases. Chin Med J (Taipei) 54: 395-399.
[14]  Thajeb P (1995) Progressive late delayed postirradiation encephalopathy with Kluver-Bucy syndrome: serial MRI and clinico-pathological studies. Clin Neurol Neurosurg 97: 264-268 (SCI).
[15]  Thajeb P, Huang KM, Jeng CM, Shih CC, Lie SK, Huang JS (1995) MRI appearance of spinal lesions: metastatic tumors or infections? Chin Med J (Beijing) 108(11): 839-843 (SCI).
[16]  Thajeb P, Huang KM (1995) Ventral pontine locked-in syndrome caused by a total occlusion at mid-portion of the basilar artery. Acta Neurol Sin 4(1): 34-38.
[17]  Thajeb P (1996) The syndrome of delayed posthemiplegic hemidystonia, hemiatrophy, and partial seizure: clinical, neuroimaging, and motor-evoked potential studies. Clin Neurol Neurosurg 98: 207-212 (SCI).
[18]  Thajeb P, Ling ZD, Potter ED, Carvey PM (1997) The effects of storage conditions and trophic supplementation on the survival of fetal mesencephalic cells. Cell Transplantation 6(3): 297-307 (SCI).
[19]  Thajeb P, Huang KM, Chi EY, Shih CC, Su ML, Huang JS (1997) Koshevnikov syndrome in a patient with MELAS plus syndrome: electron microscopic and neuroimage studies. Chin Med J (Beijing) 110(9): 726-730 (SCI).
[20]  Thajeb P (1998) Bibrachial sensory athetosis and dystonia in delayed postirradiation myelopathy. Movement Disorders 13(1): 186-188 (SCI).
[21]  Thajeb P, Huang KM, Shih CC (1999) Diaschisis in chronic viral encephalitis with Koshevnikov syndrome. J Neuroimaging 9(2): 122-125 (SCI).
[22]  Thajeb P (1999) Neurotrophic factors increase tyrosine hydroxylase immunoreactive cell density of fetal mesencephalic cells. Chin Med J (Beijing) 112(1): 49-52 (SCI).
[23]  Thajeb P, Lee HC, Pang CY, Jeng CM, Huang SF, Wei YH (2000) Phenotypic heterogeneity in a Chinese family with mitochondrial disease and A3243G mutation of mitochondrial DNA. Chin Med J (Taipei) 63: 71-76.
[24]  Thajeb P, Shih BF, Wu CM (2001) Crossed cerebellar diaschisis in herpes simplex encephalitis. Eur J Rad 38: 55-58 (SCI).
[25]  Thajeb P, Tsai JJ (2001) Cerebral and oculorhinal manifestations of "limited" form of Wegerner's Granulomatosis with c-ANCA-associated vasculitis. J Neuroimaging 11(1): 59-63 (SCI).
[26]  Yu CH, Thajeb P (2001) Glomus type of intramedullary spinal arteriovenous malformation (GIMSAVM) with spinal cord apoplexy: report of a case and review of the literature. Acta Neurol Taiwanica 10(3): 209-213.
[27]  Thajeb P, Lin MS, Chen PH, Shyu WC (2002) A double-blind placebo-controlled study of the efficacy of Ginkgo Biloba extract (EGb761) on diabetic neuropathy. CMJ (Beijing) 115(3): 38-43 (SCI).
[28]  Tzen CY, Thajeb P, Wu TY, Chen SC (2003) MELAS with point mutations involving tRNALeu (A3243G) and tRNAGlu (A14693G). Muscle Nerve 28: 575-581 (SCI).
[29]  Thajeb P, Kahn MT, Chang KM, Chang KH, Wong LY (2003) Progressive bilateral blindness, hearing loss, and paraneoplastic neuropathy due to metastatic prostate cancer. N Taipei J Med 5: 64-70.
[30]  Thajeb P, Thajeb T, Dai DF (2004) Fatal strokes in patients with rhino-orbito cerebral mucormycosis and associated vasculopathy. Scand J Infect Dis 36 (9): 643-648 (SCI) (IF 1.560; ranking 40).
[31]  Shyu WC, Lin SZ, Chiang MF, Yang HI, Thajeb P, Li H (2004) Neuregulin-1 reduces ischemia-induced brain damage in rats. Neurobiol Aging 25(7): 935-944 (SCI) (IF 5.607; ranking 24/211=11.3%).
[32]  Shyu WC, Lin SZ, Saeki K, Kubosaki A, Matsumoto Y, Onodera T, Chiang MF, Thajeb P, Li H (2004) Hyperbaric oxygen enhances the expression of prion protein and heat shock protein 70 in a mouse neuroblastoma cell line. Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology 24(2): 257-268. (SCI) (IF 2.483; ranking 99/211=46.9%).
[33]  Ho HT, Thajeb P, Lin CC (2005) Ondine's curse in a patient with unilateral medullary and bilateral cerebellar infarctions. J Chin Med Assoc 68(11): 531-534.
[34]  Thajeb P, Wu MC, Shih BF, Tzen CY, Chiang MF, Yuan RY (2005) Brain single photon emission computed tomography in patients with A3243G mutation in mitochondrial DNA tRNA. Ann NY Acad Sci 1042:48-54 (SCI).
[35]  Shyu WC, Lin SZ, Chiang MF, Pang CY, Chen SY, Hsin YL, Thajeb P, Lee YJ and Li H (2005) Early-onset Parkinson's disease in a Chinese population: 99mTc-TRODAT-1 SPECT, Parkin gene analysis and clinical study. Parkinsonism & Related Disorder 11(3): 173-180 (SCI) (IF 2.021; ranking 72/146).
[36]  Chang CS, Thajeb P, Chen HH, Wu CJ (2005) Mycotic aneurysms and death in a hemodialysis patient. Seminars in Dialysis 18(4):345-348 (SCI).
[37]  Thajeb P, Kuo JS, Shyu WC, Lin SZ (2006) Neuroprotection of methylaminochroman and lazaroids on embryonic dopaminergic neurons in cold storage. J Clin Neurosci 13(4): 467-470 (SCI) (IF 0.8; ranking 124/146).
[38]  Thajeb P, Ma YS, Tzen CY, Chuang CK, Wu TY, Chen SC, Wei YH (2006) Oculopharyngeal somatic myopathy in a patient with a novel large-scale 3,399 bp deletion and T5814C transition of the mitochondrial DNA. Clin Neurol Neurosurg 108(4): 407-410 (E-pub ahead, April 2, 2005) (SCI).
[39]  Thajeb P, Dai-DF, Chiang MF, Shyu WC (2006) Genotype-phenotype correlation of maternally inherited disorders due to mutations in mitochondrial DNA. Taiwanese J Obstet Gynecol 45(3): 201-207.
[40]  Chiang MF, Chiu WT, Lin FJ, Thajeb P, Huang CJ, Tsai SH (2006) Multiparametric analysis of cerebral subtrates and nitric oxide delivery in cerebrospinal fluid in patients with intracerebral haemorrhage: correlation with hemodynamics and outcome. Acta Neurochir (Wien) 148:615-621 (SCI) (IF 1.391; ranking 96/146=65.7%).
[41]  Thajeb P, Thajeb T, Dai DF (2007) Cross-cultural study using modified mini mental test (MMT) for healthy subjects and patients with various forms of vascular dementia. J Clin Neurosci 14: 236-241(E-pub ahead, August 9, 2006) (SCI) (IF 0.8; ranking 124/146=84.9%).
[42]  Chen YM, Lin CM, Thajeb P (2007) Paradoxical effects of sodium valproate that aggravates epilepsy of MELAS in a patient with A3243G mutation of the mitochondrial DNA. Central European Journal of Medicine 2(1):103-107 (DOI: 10.2478/s11536-007-0007-5).
[43]  Thajeb T, Chen YM, Dai DF, Thajeb DD, Thajeb P (2007) Botulism: A frequently forgotten old malady. Int J Gerontol 1(3): 118-124 (SCI).
[44]  Chen LA, Hu CM, Thajeb P (2007) Postherpetic multifocal long-segment myelitis responsive to intravenous immunoglobulin and steroid therapy. Eur J Radiol Extra 63(2): 57-60 (SCI) (IF 1.915; ranking 37/87=42.5%).
[45]  Thajeb P, Dai DF (2007) Current opinion on the clinical approach to the diagnosis of mitochondrial disorders. Int J Gerontol 1(1): 22-30 (SCI).
[46]  Lin CM, Thajeb P (2007) Valproic acid aggravates epilepsy due to MELAS in a patient with an A3243G mutation of mitochondrial DNA. Metab Brain Dis 22(1):105-109 (SCI) (IF 1.831; ranking 139/211=65.8%).
[47]  Thajeb P, Thajeb T, Dai DF (2007) Clinical analysis of first-ever acute ischemic stroke in the territory of paramedian mesencephalic arteries. Central European Journal of Medicine 2(1): 37-46.
[48]  Dai DF, Thajeb P, Tu CF, Chiang FT, Chen CH, Yang RB, Chen JJ (2008) Plasma concentration of SCUBE1, a novel platelet protein, is elevated in patients with acute coronary syndrome and ischemic stroke. J Am Coll Cardiol 51(22):2173-2180 (doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2008.01.060) (SCI, IF > 11.0).
[49]  Thajeb P, Wang P, Chien CL, Harrigan R (2009) Novel polymorphisms of the Amyloid Precursor Protein (APP) Gene in Chinese/Taiwanese Patients with Alzheimer's Disease. J Clin Neurosci 16:259-263 (SCI).
[50]  Chiu PY, Dai DE (Thajeb P), Hsu HP, Lee C, Lin JJ, Kuo HC, Huang YC, Liu YC, Tsai CP (2009) Safety/tolerability and efficacy of rivastigmine in Taiwanese patients with Alzheimer's disease: a prospective post-marketing surveillance study. Clin Drug Investig 29(11):729-738. (SCI).
[51]  Thajeb P, Lee WY, Shih CH, Davis J, Harrigan R, Chang L (2010) Silent brain infarction in Chinese with first-ever lacunar infarction. JBiSE 3:443-447.