My education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Master’s degree from University of California-Santa Barbara, and medical degree from Albany Medical College. I recently completed a 7-year neurosurgical residency at Los Angeles’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Research is my passion and I have been honored with national awards including: Congress of Neurological Surgery’s Galbraith Award, Spine Section’s Mayfield Clinical Scientist Award, Haid Award, Charles Kuntz Award and Clinical Trial Award, American Association of Neurological Surgeons’ Young Neurosurgeons Award. The Cedars-Sinai Neurosurgery Department has four times awarded me the Physician Scientist Award for excellence in research. I have published over 130 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and have spoken at over 50 national and international neurosurgical conferences.
On September 2016, I became a Complex & Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Fellow at Seattle’s Swedish Medical Center. Although I am interested in all aspects of neurosurgery, I am particularly drawn to spine surgery innovations—minimally-invasive surgical techniques, emerging technologies, stem cell delivery—and clinical outcomes.
My biggest research obstacle is keeping up with constantly evolving innovations. To help researchers and clinicians learn about current advancements in the field, I am co-chairing a conference at Seattle Science Foundation, “Spinal Navigation, Emerging Technologies and Systems Integration” (SNETSI) on December 3, 2016.
I am proud to be part of the CARS/ISCAS community. CARS/ISCAS could help us reach the international medical communities and scientists by providing visibility and networking regarding this conference. The more well-attended this event is, the more beneficial it will be to the attendees and the field of computer-aided surgery.