Nnenna Mbabuike, MD

Clinical Assistant professor
Director, Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery and Comprehensive Stroke Program, UPMC Altoona

Nnenna Mbabuike




Nnenna Mbabuike, MD, is director of the Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery and Comprehensive Stroke Program at UPMC Altoona. She received her undergraduate and medical education in an accelerated combined seven-year BS/MD program at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at City College in New York in conjunction with NYU School of Medicine.

After medical school, Dr. Mbabuike completed a one year general surgery internship at her alma mater, the NYU School of Medicine, Department of General Surgery. Upon completion, she pursued a pre-residency research fellowship in neurosurgery at the University of California, Irvine. She then entered into neurosurgery residency at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, La. During this time she developed and cultivated an interest in cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery.

Following residency she entered into an endovascular neurosurgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, in Jacksonville, Fla. While there she was trained in advanced endovascular techniques involving the treatment of aneurysms, acute stroke intervention, embolization of brain tumors and vascular malformations, and diagnostic procedures for various neurologic and neurosurgical pathologies. Dr. Mbabuike also participated in clinical trials for flow diversion in aneurysm treatment, carotid stenting for carotid stenosis, and cerebral venous stenting in the treatment of pseudotumor cerebri.

Dr. Mbabuike was recruited to spear head the start of a comprehensive stroke center at UPMC Altoona, enabling patients to receive specialized care normally outsourced to Pittsburgh in their own community.

Specialized Areas of Interest

Brain aneurysm repair; open and endovascular neurosurgery; acute stroke intervention; carotid stenosis; cerebral and spinal arteriovenous malformations; cerebral venous stenosis and thrombosis.

Hospital Privileges

UPMC Altoona
UMPC Presbyterian

Professional Organization Membership

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Women in Neurosurgery

Education & Training

  • BS, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at City College of New York, 2005
  • MD, NYU School of Medicine, 2007
  • Internship, NYU School of Medicine, 2008
  • Residency, Tulane Medical Center/Ochsner Program, 2009
  • Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville 2015

Selected Publications

Mbabuike N, Gassie K, Brown B, Miller DA, Tawk RG. Revascularization of tandem occlusions in acute ischemic stroke: review of the literature and illustrative case. Neurosurg Focus 42(4):E15, 2017.

Kan P, Srinivasan VM, Mbabuike N, Tawk RG, Ban VS, Welch BG, Mokin M, Mitchell BD, Puri A, Binning MJ, Duckworth E. Aneurysms with Persistent Patency after Treatment with the Pipeline Embolization Device. J Neurosurgery 126(6):1894-1898, 2017.