Faculty Areas of Expertise

Sameer Agnihotri, PhD
Pediatric and adult high-grade gliomas.

Nduka Amankulor, MD
Surgical treatment of complex brain and spine tumors.

Jeffrey Balzer, PhD
Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring, subarachnoid hemorrhage, concussion, cerebral blood flow.

J. Brad Bellotte, MD
Complex spine surgery; brain surgery.

Daniel M. Bursick, MD
Spine surgery and neurosurgical trauma.

Diane L. Carlisle, PhD
Use of stem cells for disease modeling and drug discovery. Specific interests in the mechanisms by which chemical exposures during pregnancy lead to childhood and adult disease and the use of induced pluripotent cells from patients for the development of novel drugs.

Yue-Fang Chang, PhD
Longitudinal data analysis; survival analysis; statistical computing; research methodology; injury epidemiology.

Donald J. Crammond, PhD
The application of neurophysiological methods in the surgical treatment of movement disorders, functional localization in cerebral cortex; motor system physiology and peripheral nerve regeneration.

C. Edward Dixon, PhD
Mechanisms of induction and recovery of functional deficits following traumatic brain injury; neurotransmitter agonist therapies for recovery of post traumatic functional deficits; models of traumatic brain injury; clinical studies of pharmacotherapy in TBI patients.

Matt El-Kadi, MD, PhD
Minimally invasive spine surgery; complex spine disorders; spinal stabilization; spinal tumors.

Johnathan Engh, MD
CNS tumors, minimally invasive surgery, neurosurgical technology and innovation.

Wendy Fellows-Mayle, PhD
Immunotherapy of brain tumors; gene therapy of brain tumors; epilepsy; intracranial pressure; craniosynostosis; traumatic brain injury.

Juan C. Fernandez-Miranda, MD
Endoscopic pituitary surgery; minimally invasive endoscopic skull base and brain surgery; open skull base surgery; brain tumors. Research focuses on surgical neuroanatomy (micro-surgical neuroanatomy, endoscopic skull base anatomy, and white matter anatomy), advanced brain imaging techniques, and brain connectivity.

Robert M. Friedlander, MD
Aneurysms, vascular malformations, brain tumors, carotid disease, cerebrovascular disease, Chiari malformation, spinal cord tumors. Research focuses on mechanisms of apoptosis, Huntington’s disease, ALS, and stroke.

Paul A. Gardner, MD
Endoscopic endonasal and open skull base surgery; pituitary tumors; vascular surgery; cranial nerve disorders; minimally invasive surgery; peripheral nerve surgery.

Peter C. Gerszten, MD, MPH
Outcomes research applied to spinal surgical interventions; failed back syndrome; epidural fibrosis; stereotactic radiosurgery of spinal lesions; minimally invasive spine surgical techniques; spinal motion preservation techniques.

Avniel Singh Ghuman, PhD
The dynamics of brain interactions; visual cognition; magnetoencephalography (MEG), intracranial EEG (iEEG); face recognition; reading; social and affective perception.

Paola Grandi, PhD
Gene therapy for brain tumors using HSV-based vectors; molecular targeting to tumor cells; molecular mechanisms of tumor cell migration and the role of miRNAs in cancer progression; extra-cellular Matrix (ECM).

Stephanie Greene, MD
Vascular malformations; MoyaMoya syndrome; Chiari malformation; spinal dysraphism; peripheral nerve disorders; brain tumors; fetal surgery.

Bradley Gross, MD
Intracranial aneurysms; arteriovenous malformations; arteriovenous fistulas; cavernous malformations; brain tumors; carotid stenosis; intracranial stenosis; venous sinus stenosis; ischemic stroke.

D. Kojo Hamilton, MD
Scoliosis, adult spinal deformity, trauma.

Luke C. Henry, PhD
Neuropsychological function, clinical outcomes.

Esther Jane, PhD
Mode of action of multi-target tyrosine kinase inhibitors in glioma cells.

Brian Jankowitz, MD
Vascular neurosurgery.

Wenyan Jia, PhD
Biomedical signal and image processing; wearable electronic device; mobile health.

Hideyuki Kano, MD, PhD
Stereotactic radiosurgery for benign and malignant brain tumors, for vasucular diseases, and for pain and functional disorders.

Adam S. Kanter, MD
Minimally invasive spine surgery; endosurgical complex spine surgery; artificial disc technology; spinal tumors; experimental therapies for spinal fusion.

David L. Kaufmann, MD
Spinal surgery.

Gary Kohanbash, PhD
Immunotherapy for pediatric and adult central nervous system tumors.

L. Dade Lunsford, MD
Brain tumor management; Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery; movement disorders and trigeminal neuralgia; vascular malformations; concussion and sports medicine.

Joseph C. Maroon, MD
Microdiscectomy; lumbar laminectomy; anterior cervical discectomy; Arnold-Chiari Malformation; pituitary tumors; orbital tumors; acoustic tumors; brain tumors; concussion; sports medicine.

Vincent J. Miele, MD
Spinal disorders; spine tumors; revision spinal surgery, adult deformity/scoliosis surgery, sports-related head and spine injures; peripheral nerve disorders.

Eddie A. Monaco III, MD, PhD
Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery.

John J. Moossy, MD
The surgical treatment of intractable pain problems through neuro-augumentative and neuro-ablative procedures.

Ajay Niranjan, MD, MBA
Radiosurgery for benign and malignant brain tumors; radiosurgery for brain vascular malformations; radiosurgery for functional brain disorders; pre-surgical brain mapping using MEG.

David O. Okonkwo, MD, PhD
Brain and spine trauma; scoliosis; spinal deformity; minimally invasive spine surgery; experimental therapies for brain and spinal cord injuries.

Daniel R. Premkumar, PhD
Molecular mechanisms of receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors and signaling in malignant human glioma cell lines.

Ian F. Pollack, MD
Pediatric neurosurgery; pediatric neuro-oncology; craniofacial surgery; congenital spinal abnormalities; brain tumor clinical trials.

Ava Puccio, RN, PhD
Exploring secondary injury mechanisms following traumatic brain injury to improve neurological outcomes in mild, moderate and severe traumatic brain injury patients. Focused mechanisms include use of controlled normothermia and hypothermia, brain oxygenation, genetic expression and variances and clinical studies of pharmacotherapy in TBI patients.

R. Mark Richardson, MD, PhD
Epilepsy surgery, deep brain stimulation for movement and limbic disorders (including interventional-MRI guided DBS surgery), awake surgery in eloquent brain area.

Michael J. Rutigliano, MD, MBA
Spinal, peripheral nerve disorders; brain tumors.

Raymond Sekula, Jr, MD
Trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm; skull base tumors, minimally invasive brain surgery.

Nilkantha Sen, PhD
Molecular mechanisms associated with pathology of traumatic brain injury

Mingui Sun, PhD
Biomedical engineering; biomedical instrumentation; biomedical signal, computational neurophysiology, image and video processing; computer-assisted neurosurgery and diagnosis.

Parthasarathy D. Thirumala, MD
Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring; functional cortical mapping during awake craniotomies; neurophysiological monitoring during minimally invasive endonasal approach to skull base surgeries, electroencephalography in the intensive care unit and telemedicine.

Elizabeth C. Tyler-Kabara, MD, PhD
Cerebral palsy; spasticity; dystonia; movement disorders; pediatric spinal ans skull base disorders.

Daniel A. Wecht, MD, MSc, FACS
Vascular neurosurgery (aneurysms and vascular malformations); brain tumors; spinal and peripheral nerve microsurgery; trigeminal neuralgia, chiari malformation and hydrocephalus.

Monte S. Weinberger, MD
Spinal cord stimulators; degenerative spinal disorders; brain tumors.

Fang-Cheng (Frank) Yeh, MD, PhD
Diffusion MRI, tractography, high definition fiber tracking

David S. Zorub, MS, MD
Brain tumors, pituitary microsurgery, cranial nerve disorders like trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, treatment for benign and malignant disease and spine surgery.