Faculty

Chairman

Robert Friedlander
Robert M. Friedlander, MD, MA
Chair, Walter E. Dandy Professor
412-647-6358
Aneurysms; vascular malformations; cerebrovascular disease; brain and spinal cord tumors; Huntington’s disease; ALS; stroke.

Professors

C. Edward Dixon
C. Edward Dixon, PhD
Professor
412-692-6471
Traumatic brain injury research.
Peter Gerszten
Peter C. Gerszten, MD, MPH, FACS
Peter E. Sheptak Professor
412-647-1700
Minimally invasive spine surgery; stereotactic radiosurgery of spinal lesions.
L. Dade Lunsford
L. Dade Lunsford, MD, FACS, FAANS
Lars Leksell Distinguished Professor
412-647-6781
Gamma Knife radiosurgery; brain tumor management; movement disorders; vascular malformations; concussion and sports medicine.
John J. Moossy
John J. Moossy, MD
Professor
412-647-0980
Surgical treatment of intractable spine pain problems.
Ajay Niranjan
Ajay Niranjan, MD, MBA
Professor
412-647-6781
Radiosurgery, magnetoencephalography for brain tumors.
David Okonkwo
David O. Okonkwo, MD, PhD
Professor
412-802-8010
412-647-1025
Brain and spine trauma; scoliosis; spinal deformity; minimally invasive spine surgery.
Ian Pollack
Ian F. Pollack, MD
A. Leland Albright Distinguished Professor
412-692-5881
Pediatric neurosurgery; neuro-oncology; craniofacial surgery; brain tumor clinical trials.
Mingui Sun
Mingui Sun, PhD
Professor
412-648-9234
Biomedical engineering; biomedical instrumentation; biomedical signal processing, computational neurophysiology.

Associate Professors

Jeffrey Balzer
Jeffrey Balzer, PhD
Associate Professor
412-648-9779
Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring; subarachnoid hemorrhage; concussion; cerebral blood flow.
Donald Crammond
Donald J. Crammond, PhD
Associate Professor
412-648-1385
Neurophysiological methods in the surgical treatment of movement disorders.
Paul Gardner
Paul A. Gardner, MD
Associate Professor
412-647-2827
Endoscopic endonasal neurosurgery; pituitary tumors; cranial nerve disorders; peripheral nerve surgery.
Avniel Singh Ghuman
Avniel Singh Ghuman, PhD
Associate Professor
412-648-0077
Dynamics of brain interactions; magnetoencephalography (MEG) research.
Stephanie Greene
Stephanie Greene, MD
Associate Professor
412-692-8142
Vascular malformations; MoyaMoya syndrome; Chiari malformation; spinal dysraphism; peripheral nerve disorders; brain tumors; fetal surgery.
D. Kojo Hamilton
D. Kojo Hamilton, MD
Associate Professor
412-471-4772
Scoliosis; adult spinal deformity; trauma.
Adam Kanter
Adam S. Kanter, MD
Associate Professor
412-864-3420
Minimally invasive spine surgery; artificial disc technology; spinal tumors; experimental therapies for spinal fusion.
R. Mark Richardson
R. Mark Richardson, MD, PhD, FAANS
Associate Professor
412-864-1839
412-864-3420
Epilepsy surgery; deep brain stimulation for movement and limbic disorders; awake surgery in eloquent brain areas.
Ray Sekula
Raymond F. Sekula Jr., MD, MBA
Associate Professor
412-647-3685
Trigeminal neuralgia; hemifacial spasm; skull base tumors; minimally invasive brain surgery.
Nilkantha Sen
Nilkantha Sen, PhD
Associate Professor
412-648-8728
Molecular mechanisms associated with pathology of traumatic brain injury.
Parthasarathy Thirumala
Parthasarathy D. Thirumala, MD
Associate Professor
412-648-2570
Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring.
Elizabeth Tyler Kabara
Elizabeth C. Tyler-Kabara, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
412-692-5881
Cerebral palsy; spasticity; dystonia; movement disorders; pediatric spinal and skull base disorders.

Assistant Professors

Taylor Abel
Taylor Abel, MD
Assistant Professor
412-692-8142
Pediatric epilepsy
Sameer Agnihotri
Sameer Agnihotri, PhD
Assistant Professor
412-692-9233
Pediatric and adult high-grade gliomas
Nduka Amankulor
Nduka Amankulor, MD
Assistant Professor
412-647-7614
Complex brain and spine tumors.
Katherine Anetakis
Katherine M. Anetakis, MD
Assistant Professor
412-648-2570
Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring
Diane Carlisle
Diane L. Carlisle, PhD
Assistant Professor
412-383-5828
Stem cells research for disease modeling and drug discovery.
Paola Grandi
Paola Grandi, PhD
Assistant Professor
412-648-9097
Gene therapy research for brain tumors.
Bradley Gross
Bradley Gross, MD
Assistant Professor
412-647-3685
Cerebrovascular neurosurgery.
Luke Henry
Luke C. Henry, PhD
Assistant Professor
412-647-6778
Neuropsychological function; clinical outcomes.
Baoli Hu
Baoli Hu, PhD
Assistant Professor
412-692-9457
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of brain tumor evolution and therapy.
Brian Jankowitz
Brian Jankowitz, MD
Assistant Professor
412-471-4772
Vascular neurosurgery.
Gary Kohanbash
Gary Kohanbash, PhD
Assistant Professor
412-623-1008
Immunotherapy for pediatric and adult central nervous system tumors
Edward A. Monaco III
Edward A. Monaco III, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
412-647-7744
Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery.
Ava Puccio
Ava Puccio, RN, PhD
Assistant Professor
412-648-9246
Secondary injury mechanisms following traumatic brain injury.
Fang-Cheng Yeh
Fang-Cheng (Frank) Yeh, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
412-256-8865
Diffusion MRI, tractography, high definition fiber tracking

Clinical Professors

Matt El-Kadi
Matt El-Kadi, MD, PhD
Clinical Professor
877-635-5234
Minimally invasive spine surgery; complex spine disorders; spinal stabilization; spinal tumors.
Joseph Maroon
Joseph C. Maroon, MD
Clinical Professor, Heindl Scholar in Neuroscience
412-647-3604
888-234-4357
Pituitary tumors; orbital tumors; acoustic tumors; brain tumors; concussion; sports medicine.
Daniel Wecht
Daniel A. Wecht, MD, MSc
Clinical Professor
412-647-9341
866-804-5282
Vascular neurosurgery; brain tumors; spinal and peripheral nerve microsurgery; trigeminal neuralgia, chiari malformation and hydrocephalus.
David Zorub
David S. Zorub, MS, MD
Clinical Professor
412-623-2972
Brain tumors; pituitary microsurgery; cranial nerve disorders; hemifacial spasm; spine surgery; peripheral nerve surgery; pain management

Clinical Associate Professors

Vincent Miele
Vincent J. Miele, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
412-748-7640
Spinal disorders; spine tumors; adult deformity/scoliosis surgery, sports-related head and spine injures; peripheral nerve disorders
Michael Rutigliano
Michael J. Rutigliano, MD, MBA
Clinical Associate Professor
724-532-0866
Spinal disorders; peripheral nerve disorders; brain tumors.

Clinical Assistant Professors

J. Brad Bellotte
J. Brad Bellotte, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
814-877-5330
Complex spine surgery; brain surgery.
Gregory Bowden
Gregory N. Bowden, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
814-877-5330
Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery
Salem El-Zuway
Salem El-Zuway, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
814-877-5330
Cranial neurotrauma; cervical spondylotic myelopathy
Chikezie Eseonu
Chikezie I. Eseonu, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
717-988-9370
Gliomas, pituitary adenomas, trigeminal neuralgia, awake craniotomy, metastatic cancer
David Kaufmann
David L. Kaufmann, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
412-471-4772
Brain and spine surgery.
Nnenna Mbabuike
Nnenna Mbabuike, MD
Clinical Assistant professor
814-889-3930
Cerebrovascular neurosurgery; acute stroke intervention.
Eva Pamias-Portalatin
Eva F. Pamias-Portalatin, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
717-988-9370
Brain tumors; spine surgery and Chiari malformations.
Rodwan Rajjoub
Rodwan K. Rajjoub, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
570-321-2820
Brain tumors; Spinal disorders; Peripheral nerves
Robert Schlegel
Robert J. Schlegel Jr., MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
717-988-9370
General neurosurgery.
Monte Weinberger
Monte S. Weinberger, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
412-623-2972
Spinal cord stimulators; degenerative spinal disorders; brain tumors.

Clinical Instructors

Jeff Bost
Jeffrey Bost, PA-C
Clinic Instructor
412-647-9334
Erin Thomson
Erin Thomson, PA-C
Clinical Instructor
412-418-6654

Research Associate Professors

Hideyuki Kano
Hideyuki Kano, MD, PhD
Research Associate Professor
412-864-3428
Stereotactic radiosurgery research.

Research Assistant Professors

Shaun Carlson
Shaun W. Carlson, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
412-692-9171
Mechanisms of synaptic dysfunction; plasticity following tbi.
Yue-Fang Chang
Yue-Fang Chang, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
412-647-3685
Longitudinal data analysis; survival analysis; statistical computing; research methodology; injury epidemiology.
Fellows-Mayle
Wendy Fellows-Mayle, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
412-648-9732
Immunotherapy and gene therapy of brain tumors; epilepsy; intracranial pressure; crainiosynostosis; traumatic brain injury.
Esther Jane
Esther Jane, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
412-692-6580
Mode of action of multi-target tyrosine kinase inhibitors in glioma cells.
Daniel Premkumar
Daniel R. Premkumar, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
412-692-9227
Molecular mechanisms of receptor tyrosine kinase inhibition and signaling in malignant human glioma cell lines.
Tanusree Sen
Tanusree Sen, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
412-647-3685
Oncogenic transcription factors on the TBI-pathology; immune response on cognitive dysfunction following TBI; microbial cells on TBI-pathology

Research Instructors

Vasileios Kokkinos
Vasileios Kokkinos, PhD
Research Instructor
412-517-2788
Slee/epilepsy neurophysiology; functional neuroimaging
Daniela Leronni
Daniela Leronni, PhD
Research Instructor
412-648-8763
Molecular biology; neurodegenerative diseases; gene therapy; mitochondria
Witold Lipski
Witold Lipski, PHD
Research Instructor
412-427-3869
Neurophysiological recording and systems neuroscience