Amir Faraji, MD, PhD

  • Chief Resident

Amir Faraji, MD, PhD, joined the University of Pittsburgh neurosurgical residency program in July of 2013 and will be a chief resident in 2019-20. He graduated from the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2012 after completing his PhD in chemistry in 2011, and graduating as valedictorian from the University of Florida in 2005. He recently completed an enfolded fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery with R. Mark Richardson, MD, PhD.

Dr. Faraji’s research interests focus on developing novel drug delivery systems for the central nervous system, including nanotechnology and convection-enhanced delivery. He is interested in the adoption of new surgical technologies into clinical practice, such as with robotic-assisted cranial and spine surgery. He has further interests in stereotactic radiosurgery, neuro-oncology, and peripheral nerve surgery.

Dr. Faraji is a native of Clearwater, Fla. His publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine’s publication database.

Specialized Areas of Interest

Neuro-oncology; stereotactic and functional neurosurgery; robotic neurosurgery; general spine surgery; radiosurgery; peripheral nerve surgery.

Professional Organization Membership

Allegheny County Medical Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Chemical Society
American Medical Association
American Physician Scientists Association
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Pennsylvania Medical Society
Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society

Education & Training

  • BS, Chemistry, University of Florida, 2005
  • PhD, Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, 2011
  • MD, University of Pittsburgh, 2012

Honors & Awards

  • Best Operative Technique Abstract, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Section, CNS, 2019
  • ASSFN Epilepsy Surgery Practical Workshop Attendee, 2019
  • Best Presentation Award, Stuart Rowe Society Resident Research Day, 2017
  • Society of Neurological Surgeons/RUNN Course Resident Award, 2016
  • MSTP Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, 2013
  • United States Delegate, Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting, 2010
  • Chemistry Graduate Excellence Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2010
  • Clinical & Translational Research Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowship, 2009-10
  • Valedictorian, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida, 2005
  • University of Florida Research Scholar, 2004-05
  • Florida Academic Scholars Award, 2001-05
  • Anderson Scholar, University of Florida, 2003