Griffith R. Harsh IV, MD, MA, MBA, Professor and Chair

Clinical Interests:
Innovative treatments of tumors of the brain, pituitary gland and skull base
Acoustic neuromas and chordomas


Surgical Expertise:
Stereotactic radiosurgery
Gamma knife surgery
Endoscopic endonasal skull base surgery

Research Interests and/or Investigations:
Molecular biology of brain tumors
Gene deletion and theraputic targets for glioblastoma

James E. Boggan, MD, Professor Emeritus

Clinical Interests
Pituitary region tumors
Pediatric neurosurgery
Malignant brain tumors
Tumors of the skull base
Lasers in the treatment of neurosurgical disorders and chronic pain

Surgical Expertise
Neuro-oncology, especially pituitary and skull base tumors
Pediatric neurosurgery
Chronic pain
Laser surgery

Research Interests and/or Investigations
Photodynamic therapy  of brain tumors
Use of laser light activation of photosensitizing localize drugs that in tumors

Kee D. Kim, MD, Professor and Vice Chair

Clinical Interests
Spinal neurosurgery

Surgical Expertise
Complex, computer-assisted, minimally-invasive spinal surgery including instrumentation

Research Interests and/or Investigations
Stem cell therapy for disc regeneration
Computer-assisted spinal surgery
Cadaveric study of the spine: spinal biomechanics
Disc replacement therapy and quality of life studies

Kia Shahlaie, MD, PhD, Associate Professor and Program Director

Clinical Interests
Pituitary region and skull base tumors
Minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery
Cranial nerve disorders
Epilepsy and movement disorders
Surgical and neurocritical care management of severe traumatic brain injury

Surgical Expertise
Minimally invasive neurosurgical approaches
expanded endoscopic endonasal approach surgery
supraorbital keyhole craniotomy
posterior fossa surgery
Pituitary region tumors (endoscopic)
Microvascular decompression (endoscopic-assisted)
Deep brain stimulation surgery
Epilepsy surgery

Research Interests and/or investigations
Principle investigator for various pre-clinical and clinical projects focused on improving cognitive performance in epilepsy
Parkinson’s disease
Traumatic brain injury
Minimally invasive surgery
Cranial reconstruction
Resident education

Marike Zwienenberg, MD, Associate Professor

Clinical Interest
Pediatric Neurosurgery

Surgical Expertise
Fellowship trained pediatric neurosurgeon with expertise in the treatment of:
Hydrocephalus (including endoscopic treatment)
Pediatric brain and spinal cord tumors
Spinal dysraphism (spina bifida, tethered cord syndrome, lipomyelomeningocele)
Epilepsy (including resection, callosotomy, multiple pial transections, and Vagus Nerve Stimulation)
Craniofacial disorders (including endoscopic treatment and cranial distraction)
Spasticity
Cerebral trauma

Research Interests
Traumatic brain injury: Development of clinically relevant Experimental pediatric brain injury models
Study of repetitive concussion in experimental and clinical brain injury

Ben Waldau, MD, Associate Professor

Clinical Interests
Vascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery

Surgical Expertise
Fellowship trained open and endovascular neurosurgeon with expertise in the treatment of aneurysms
Arteriovenous malformations
Stroke
Moya-Moya disease
Expert in carotid artery stenosis management, including stenting and endarderectomy

Research Interests
Stem cell therapy for stroke
Role of endogenous stem cells in recovery from intraventricular and subarachnoid hemorrhage

Fady Girgis, MD, Assistant Professor

Clinical Interests
Functional Neurosurgery
Peripheral Nerve Surgery

Surgical Expertise

Fellowship trained functional neurosurgeon with expertise in the treatment of epilepsy
Parkinson’s disease
Dystonia and essential tremor
Expert in peripheral nerve surgery, and in eloquent cortex surgery including awake craniotomy with language and motor mapping

Research Interests
Neurophysiology of cognition and decision making
Awake brain mapping
Brain stimulation techniques
Effects of DBS surgery on cognitive function

Julius Ebinu, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor

Clinical Interest
Spinal Neurosurgery

Surgical Expertise
Fellowship trained spine neurosurgeon with expertise in the treatment of spinal stenosis, spinal deformity, spinal cord tumor, and all other disease of the spine

Research Interests
Stem cell research
tumor research
minimally invasive and complex spine surgery techniques

Lara Zimmermann, M.D., Assistant Professor

Clinical Interests
Neurocritical Care
Neurology

Clinical Expertise
Fellowship trained neurocritical care neurologist with expertise in the treatment of traumatic brain inury
Stroke
Subarachnoid hemorrhage
All acute neurological conditions
Multimodal monitoring, including cEEG, PbtO2, and transcranial doppler

Research Interests
Effects of intracranial hemorrhage on long-term outcomes
Nutritional support and metabolic needs in the acute period following brain insults
Advanced training and education for Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) providers

Ryan Martin, M.D., Assistant Professor

Clinical Interests
Neurocritical Care
Neurology

Clinical Expertise
Fellowship trained neurocritical care neurologist with expertise in the treatment of traumatic brain inury
Stroke
Subarachnoid hemorrhage
All acute neurological conditions
Multimodal monitoring, including cEEG, PbtO2, and transcranial doppler

Research Interests
Outcome prediction in traumatic brain injury
Protocol-directed therapy for traumatic brain injury, subarachnoid hemorrhage, stroke, and other acute neurological insults
Advanced training and education for ENLS providers

Julian R. Youmans, MD, PhD, Professor Emeritus

Clinical and Surgical Expertise
Anatomic physiology
Abnormalities of cerebral circulation
Central nervous system trauma

Expertise
Author of Neurological Surgery textbook used world-wide