Our Doctors

Thomas Chippendale, M.D. Emeritus Benjamin Frishberg, M.D. Jay Rosenberg, M.D.


Thomas Chippendale, M.D. Emeritus

Thomas Chippendale 1/14/1949 ~ 4/2/2014

Dr. Thomas Chippendale started practicing with The Neurology Center in 1985, and has touched many lives as a physician, healer and friend.

He had an extensive research background, having received a PhD in Neuroscience from Princeton University before entering medical training, and was board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and by the American Board of Holistic Medicine.

His special interests were multiple sclerosis, stroke, and clinical research. For over 20 years he was the research director for The Neurology Center and Director of the MS Center of Southern California. He also worked in multiple capacities with Scripps Health. Dr. Chippendale was Chief of Staff at Scripps Encinitas, Chair of the Scripps Neuroscience Steering Committee, Chair of the Scripps Stroke Task Force, Stroke Director at Scripps Encinitas, and served as Physician Advisor to Utilization Review on the Encinitas campus.

Dr. Chippendale focused on how stress affects the body, especially in relationship to chronic disease. This interest led to the implementation of a program called Mindfulness- Based Stress Reduction that he co-lead with his wife, Julie, who is a Registered Nurse. www.MBSRencinitas.com.

He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, colleagues and the many patients whose lives were greatly improved by his contributions to their care.  All of us at The Neurology Center are deeply saddened by his passing.


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Benjamin Frishberg, M.D.

Dr. Frishberg was board certified in Psychiatry & Neurology in 1985. Dr. Frishberg received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 1979. He served his internship specializing in Internal Medicine at UCSD Medical Center and served his residency specializing in Internal Medicine and Neurology at UCSD Medical Center. Subsequently he did a fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology at Emory University School of Medicine. He is active as a board examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, course director at the Annual American Academy of Neurology meeting, and course director of the local “Neurology for Primary Care” annual course in La Jolla.

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Jay Rosenberg, M.D.

I have practiced neurology 29 years at Kaiser Permanente and 9 years with the Neurology Center. Over this period of time, my medical experience has been extensive and I consider it a privilege and honor to be a physician. I have faced head on the medical revolution as it pertains to the doctor patient relationship and economic reimbursement. Being the first chief of neurology and a founding member of the Kaiser Permanente group in San Diego, the bureaucracy of System Medicine at times was very challenging but I never lost sight of the fact that my patients were my patients. I continuously advocated for my patients even it if meant that I had to place individual patient needs ahead of the systems concern.

At the very beginning of my career, “Neurology” was just emerging from a “diagnose and adios” mentality and transitioning to an aggressive treatment approach. Throughout my career I have considered symptom management as one of the foundations of aggressive therapy. Now that we have an extensive armamentarium of many potential successful disease interventions, we can approach neurological issues with the confidence to achieve true “disease management” (treatment interventions and symptom management with emphasis on improving and maintaining quality of life).

My background is unique in that I grew up in a family where my father was a psychoanalyst and my brother was an autistic savant with seizures. I suffered with an orthopedic problem that warranted some 40 operative procedures before the age of 21. I married a wonderful woman and with her raised two children. This was despite her long-term struggle with multiple sclerosis and her ultimate demise in 2004 to the ravages of metastatic Breast Cancer. This background combined with my wife and I interacting with many different physicians cemented in my mind the need to be a competent, compulsive, compassionate and above all empathetic physician!

I was involved with the Academy of Neurology for the last 25 years and as such developed and chaired the Guidelines Committee. We were responsible for creating the standards of care for such varying condition as coma and vegetative state, brain injury (concussion and sports injury), seizure management, and the diagnosis and treatment of Multiple Sclerosis.

My practice at the Neurology Center is predominantly focused on Multiple Sclerosis as I am one of the staff physicians with the Southern California Multiple Sclerosis Center. I am rendering numerous second opinions for difficult diagnostic dilemmas, diagnosis and treatment of Multiple Sclerosis, Neuromyelitis Optica, and the diagnosis and management of the chronic conditions of brain injury and brain tumor. I am a staff physician at the Scripps Encinitas Hospital providing consultative services to the hospital staff along with the primary care for patients of the Scripps Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. There we care for a variety of neurological problems including stroke, spinal cord and brain injury.

I consider it a privilege and an honor to be a part of the most advanced, competent, exciting and compassionate Neurological Group in Southern California.