Bina Kakusa, MD

Bina was born in Blantyre, Malawi and moved to the DC/Virginia area when he was 11. He graduated from the College of William and Mary with a bachelors in neuroscience and computer science. He then attended medical school at Stanford University where he was awarded funding to complete functional neurosurgery research examining cortical and deep brain electrophysiology underlying reward and impulse control under the mentorship of Dr. Casey Halpern and global neurosurgery research in Uganda under the mentorship of Dr. Gerald Grant. His additional interests include cooking (and eating), traveling (largely to eat), hiking/exploring the outdoors, playing various sports, and dabbling in home DIY projects. 


2021 - Present
Stanford University
 – Stanford, CA
Department of Neurosurgery
Resident Physician 

2016 - 2021
Stanford University
 – Stanford, CA

College of William and Mary
 – Williamsburg, VA
B.A. Neuroscience and Computer Science (Honors), Summa Cum Laude

Research Interests: 

Pediatric, Functional, and Global Neurosurgery, human electrophysiology and machine learning 

Honors and Awards: 

Mary Duke Biddle Fellow (2019) 

Stanford Society of Physician Scholars Fellow (2018) 

Stanford Medical Scholars Research Fellow (2017-20) 

1st Place in TribeHacks Hackathon (2016) 

Monroe Scholar (2012, 2016) 

William and Mary Scholar (2012, 2014) 



Bina Kakusa