Dura Resources for Neurosurgery Residents

Nandan Lad, M.D., Ph.D.


Dr. Lad completed his training in neurosurgery at Stanford in 2011. He studied Biology and as an undergraduate at California State University, Los Angeles in the Early Entrance Program (EEP), starting college at age thirteen.  He then pursued his medical and graduate school training at Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University.  His graduate research focused on Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) structure, function and signaling and its applications in neurodegenerative diseases in the lab of Dr. Ken Neet for which he received the John L. Nickerson Award for best graduate thesis.  During his residency at Stanford, Dr. Lad pursued a Biodesign Fellowship in Surgical Innovation and developed an interest in logical medical device design for large unmet clinical needs. He is currently working on a platform technology targeting many neurological diseases that presently lack any effective therapies.  Outside of neurosurgery, he enjoys running, basketball, reading and spending time with his family.  Dr. Lad specializes in Functional Neurosurgery and Minimally Invasive Spine and is currently on staff at Duke University.


2005-2011 Resident in Neurological Surgery, Stanford University
2008 Enfolded Fellowship in Functional Neurosurgery
2007 Stanford Biodesign Lucile Packard Innovation Fellow
2004-2005 General Surgery Internship, Stanford University
1999-2002 PhD, Chicago Medical School/ Rosalind Franklin University
1997-2004 MD, Chicago Medical School/ Rosalind Franklin University
1993-1997 BS Biology, Cal State University, Los Angeles- Early Entrance Program

Research Interests:  Neurotrophin biology; Neuroregeneration; Bioengineering; Medical Device Design; Clinical Trials; National & institutional neurosurgical outcomes analysis.

Program Completion: 2011


2008 Finalist in CNS Resident SANS Challenge
2008 NIH-LRP Grant Award
2008 Council of State Neurosurgical Societies (CSNS) Socioeconomic Fellow
2007 Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship
2007 National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) Grant Award
2006 American Heart Association (AHA) Western Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award
2004 START-MH Grant Award
2002 John L. Nickerson Award for best graduate thesis
2002 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Travel Award
2002 First Place in Sigma Xi Annual Research Poster Competition



Contact Info: Nandan Lad [nlad]

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