Our Center was founded in 2014, and is part of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Stanford School of Medicine and Stanford Health Care. The Center Director is Dr. Jamshid Ghajar, a Stanford neurosurgeon and international leader in the field of traumatic brain injury (TBI), including concussion. Dr. Jamshid Ghajar has consistently impacted the science and clinical care of TBI. In 1986, he established the Brain Trauma Foundation, providing best practice guidelines to doctors and trauma centers, decreasing the death rate following injury in some centers by 50%. Our clinical team at the Stanford Concussion and Brain Performance Center provides compassionate and expert care to our patients every day.  

Dr. Ghajar directs the Stanford Brain Trauma Evidence-Based Consortium (B-TEC), a national research collaboration focused on classifying all types of TBI and integrating evidence-based medicine for children and adults, in the hospital setting as well as in the pre-hospital setting. Clinical research operations at the Center are directed by Dr. Angela Lumba-Brown, an emergency medicine physician at Stanford, as well as pediatrician. As the Director of Research and Co-Director of the Stanford B-TEC, Dr. Lumba-Brown works with colleagues nationwide to advance the science behind TBI and concussion subtypes with a goal of delivering cutting-edge care to children and adults. Dr. Lumba-Brown is a lead author on the Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention's (CDC) Guidelines for the management of mild traumatic brain injury among children, and also works clinically at the Stanford Pediatric Emergency Department.

Leadership Team

Jamshid Ghajar, MD, PhD, FACS
Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Stanford Brain Performance Center
President, Brain Trauma Foundation

Dr. Jamshid Ghajar completed the MD/PhD program at Cornell University Medical College. During his residency training in neurosurgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital, he invented and patented several neurosurgical devices that are currently used worldwide. After residency, he joined the faculty at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and was a founder of the Brain Trauma Foundation (BTF) in 1986. The mission of the BTF is to improve the outcome of patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). He joined the neurosurgery faculty at Stanford in February 2014.

Angela Lumba-Brown, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
Co-Director of the Stanford Brain Performance Center; Director of Research

Dr. Lumba-Brown completed her pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at the University of California San Diego in 2012. Dr. Lumba-Brown is an expert workgroup member and the first-author on the Centers for Disease Control's Guidelines on pediatric mild traumatic brain injury. Dr. Lumba-Brown joined Stanford in 2018 and works clinically in the Stanford Emergency Department seeing infants, children, and young adults. Dr. Lumba-Brown also directs clinical research at the Center, focusing on traumatic brain injury including concussion subtypes and therapeutics. 

Gerald Grant, MD, FACS
Professor of Neurosurgery 
Chief, Pediatric Neurosurgery 
Director, Stanford Children’s Health Concussion program

Dr. Grant completed his medical education at Stanford University School of Medicine in 1994, and his residency at the University of Washington in 2001 and Fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital in 2002. Dr. Grant entered active duty with the United States Air Force and was Chief of Neurosurgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base Texas. Dr. Grant deployed to Balad Air Base, Iraq, as Chief of Neurosurgery, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he developed the first prospective study in a combat zone on blast concussive injury. Dr. Grant attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal prior to his separation. In 2013, Dr. Grant was recruited back to Stanford.

Team Members

Stanford Neuroscience Health Center

Viet Nguyen, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Maya Yutsis, PhD, ABPP-CN
Neuropsychologist, Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated) (SHC), Neurology

Melissa Lewis, MSN, ANP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, Neurology & Neurosurge

Jordan Cornwell
Research Manager

Surbhi Bansal, OD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology

Kristen K. Steenerson, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Pamela Triano, PT, NCS
Neurologic Physical Therapist

Erin Isanhart, PT, DPT, NCS
Physical Therapist

Kristin Morris, PT, DPT, NCS
Physical Therapist

Stanford Sports Medicine

William J. Maloney, MD
Boswell Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Chair, Orthopaedic Surgery

Geoffrey Abrams, MD
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical Director, Lacob Family Sports Medicine Center

Calvin Hwang, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopeadic Surgery
Team Physician, Stanford Athletics and Golden State Warriors

Andrea Kussman, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

Susan Hock Hanson, RN
Assistant Nurse Manager, Sports Medicine

Stanford Pediatric Concussion Clinic

Christine Boyd, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical Director, Stanford Children's Sports Medicine Program

Emily Kraus, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

Erin Moix Grieb, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

Tawna Roberts, OD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology (Pediatric) 

Anna Viet, NP
Nurse Practitioner

Research Collaborators

Annette M. Totten, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University

Masaru Teramoto, PhD, MPH
Research Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Utah Health

Cynthia Davis O'Reilly, BS
Research Associate, Oregon Health and Science University

Erica Hart, MST
Research Assistant, Oregon Health and Science University

Contact Us:

Falene Garcia
Administrative Associate
P: 650.498.1482
E: Falene@stanford.edu

Interested in joining our research team? Please contact us to learn more about our research opportunities:

P: 650.497.7045
E: braincenter@stanford.edu

Support Group

Stanford Synapse
Brain Injury Support Group

A student-run service organization based at Stanford University and a chapter of Synapse National. Stanford Synapse provides individuals with acquired brain injuries with support, exposure to additional resources, and opportunities to connect with and learn from one another; and provides Stanford students an opportunity to serve as leaders within the local community and learn about the patient perspective of living with a brain injury.