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Fellowship Program Receives CAST Certification

June 8, 2023

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to announce that the Neuroendovascular Surgery Advisory Committee (NESAC) and Committee on Accreditation of Subspecialty Training (CAST) of the Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS) have certified our CNS endovascular fellowship program. These organizations work to develop and clarify advanced subspecialty training requirements within the field of neurosurgery so that […]


Team Members Publish New Article and Operative Video

May 26, 2023

The Department of Neurosurgery is excited to announce that Oluwaseun Omoba, MS, Samon Tavakoli, MD, and Justin Mascitelli, MD, have published a new article in Operative Neurosurgery: “Right Retrosigmoid Craniotomy for Microvascular Decompression and Glioneuronal Hamartoma Resection for Trigeminal Neuralgia: 2-Dimensional Operative Video.” You can read their article and watch their operative video using the […]


Upcoming Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy Seminar Will Feature Alexander Papanastassiou, MD

May 25, 2023

Curious about Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy for Parkinson’s disease? Patients, family, friends and caregivers are invited to join neurosurgeon and DBS expert, Alexander Papanastassiou, MD, and neurologist Okeanis Vaou, MD, for a free seminar on July 8th to learn about DBS, an effective treatment that can relieve fluctuations of symptoms and dyskinesias caused by Parkinson’s […]


Dr. Sayre’s Laboratory Publishes New Manuscript

May 19, 2023

The Department of Neurosurgery is excited to announce the publication of a new manuscript from the laboratory of Naomi Sayre, PhD: “Loss of LRP1 in adult neural stem cells impairs migration to ischemic lesions.” In their study, the authors describe how the lipoprotein receptor family member, LRP1, regulates the expression of chemokine receptor CXCR4 to […]


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Graduate Research Assistant Nahin Radit Defends Master’s Thesis and Receives Award

May 16, 2023

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to announce that graduate research assistant Nahin Radit successfully defended her master’s thesis: “A Novel Astrocyte-Targeting Drug, AST-004, as a Potential Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury.” Nahin is actively involved in several organizations and campus-wide committees as an elected student leader, including the organization “Women in Science: Development, Outreach, […]



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Denise Rios ACANP-BC, APRN, RN, MSN, Awarded Agnes Marshall Walker Foundation Research Grant

May 2, 2023

The Department of Neurosurgery is excited to share the news that Denise Rios, ACANP-BC, APRN, RN, MSN, has been awarded the Agnes Marshall Walker Foundation Research Grant through the American Association of Neuroscience Nursing. The Agnes Marshall Walker Foundation (AMWF) is dedicated to supporting neuroscience nursing through education, research, professional development, and certification to promote […]



Dr. Mascitelli to Present at 2023 AANS Annual Meeting

April 21, 2023

Justin Mascitelli, MD, FAANS, will be a presenting his talk, “On-Call Toolkit,” at the 2023 AANS annual meeting Sunday afternoon, April 23rd. You can catch him by attending Section Session: Cerebrovascular (SSC) at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 408A.


Dr. Smerin to Present Award-Winning Study at 2023 AANS Meeting

April 21, 2023

Congratulations to Daniel Smerin, MD, Molly Farrell, DO, Margaret Moran, MD, Carlos Garcia, MD, and David Momtaz, MS3! Under the mentorship of Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, FNCS, FCCM, Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurocritical Care, their study, “Association of Traumatic Brain Injury and Seizure development in the United States, during 2016-2020 a Cross-Sectional Study,” was selected […]


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Spring Hike 2023

April 6, 2023

Team members from the Department of Neurosurgery gathered together this past weekend for an invigorating spring hike at Government Canyon. The weather was perfect and everyone had a great time enjoying the outdoors. The outing also included a visit to Hops and Hounds, a local restaurant with an on-site dog park. It was a perfect […]




2023 Sub-Internship Registration Reminder

March 23, 2023

The Department of Neurosurgery encourages interested medical students to come spend a month with us through our sub-internship. Learn the fundamentals that will form the foundation of your surgical skills. Registration is expected to open April 15th. Visit the link below to register. Our course is NRSR 4010. http://www.aamc.org/vsas