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John R. Adler, MD
The Dorothy and Thye King Chan Professor in Neurosurgery, Emeritus
Current Research and Scholarly Interests The development and implementation of computerized, image-guided surgical tools to be used during minimally invasive brain operations. The clinical outcome of new technologies, and in particular the application of radiosurgery, for the treatment of brain tumors. The creation of new radiosurgical techniques for a wide array of brain and spine disorders.
Gregory W. Albers, MD
The Coyote Foundation Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery at the Stanford University Medical Center
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Our group's research focus is the acute treatment and prevention of cerebrovascular disorders. Our primary interest is the use of advanced imaging techniques to expand the treatment window for ischemic stroke. We are also conducting clinical studies of both neuroprotective and thrombolytic strategies for the treatment of acute stroke and investigating new antithrombotic strategies for stroke prevention.
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Bio Dr. Bhati is a board certified neuropsychiatrist with expertise in psychiatric diagnosis, psychopharmacology, and neuromodulation. He completed postdoctoral research studying transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) evoked potentials in schizophrenia and was a principle investigator for the DSM-5 academic field trials. His research experience included roles as an investigator in the first controlled clinical trials of deep brain stimulation and low field synchronized TMS for treatment of depression. His current interests include studying TMS-evoked potentials as biomarkers for neuropsychiatric disorders, augmented-reality TMS, closed-loop responsive neurostimulation for treatment of impulse and fear-related disorders, and magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound for treatment-resistant obsessive compulsive disorder and depression.
Mark G Bigder
Clinical Instructor, Neurosurgery
Bio Dr Bigder was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Canada where he completed Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology degrees through Lakehead University. He subsequently completed medical school and neurosurgical residency in Winnipeg at the University of Manitoba. During his residency, Dr Bigder completed a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. He has published research articles on Gamma Knife radiosurgery, microvascular decompression and various public health topics, and has presented his work at international conferences including the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society Congress, Congress of Neurological Surgeons and European Public Health Conference among others.
Dr Bigder has been involved in several leadership roles including serving as the Canadian Neurosurgical Society National Resident Representative, member of the Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation Scientific Planning Committee and member of the Canadian Neurosurgical Research Collaborative.
Dr Bigder, along with his wife Sara, together enjoy running, hiking and spending time in the outdoors with their daughter and two dogs. His love for travel and adventure has taken him on journeys to a number of destinations worldwide including the summits of Mt Batur, Cotopaxi, Kilimanjaro and Kala Patthar.
Nikolas Blevins, MD
Larry and Sharon Malcolmson Professor in the School of Medicine and Professor, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery at the Stanford University Medical Center
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Inner ear microendoscopy -- Developing techniques for minimally-invasive imaging of inner ear microanatomy and neural pysiology. Applications include improved cochlear implant development, inner ear regenerative techniques, inner ear surgery, and auditory physiology.
Microsurgical robotics -- Developing scalable microsurgical instrumentation and robotic techniques for use in head and neck surgery.
Surgical Simulation -- Immersive environment for temporal bone surgical simulation.
Clinical Instructor, Neurosurgery
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Mandel obtained his medical degree from the University of São Paulo Medical School, Brazil. He received the “Prof. Dr. Edmundo Vasconcelos Award” as the best student on all surgical disciplines upon completion of medical school. He subsequently completed his neurosurgical residency at the Hospital das Clinicas of University of Sao Paulo Medical School, Brazil.
After his residency, Dr. Mauricio started a busy private practice at Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
His clinical and research interests are focused on minimally invasive neurosurgery. Dr. Mauricio attended a Ph.D. program at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he discussed a doctoral thesis entitled “Employment of minimally invasive neurosurgical techniques for treatment of unruptured brain aneurysms of the anterior circulation.” During his Ph.D. thesis, he described an innovative minimally invasive approach for the treatment of middle cerebral artery aneurysms (transpalpebral “eyelid” approach). He has published several peer-reviewed articles and has presented his work at different international conferences.
As Clinical Instructor at Stanford, Dr. Mauricio is currently concentrating on gaining operative exposure to cerebral revascularization procedures with Dr. Gary Steinberg.
Dr. Mandel, along with his wife Suzana, enjoys running, hiking and traveling. He also enjoys playing the cello. He has been a cellist in several university symphony orchestras in Sao Paulo.
Helen Bronte-Stewart, MD, MS
John E. Cahill Family Professor, Professor of Neurology and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery at the Stanford University Medical Center
Current Research and Scholarly Interests My research focus is human motor control and brain pathophysiology in movement disorders. Our overall goal is to understand the role of the basal ganglia electrical activity in the pathogenesis of movement disorders. We have developed novel computerized technology to measure fine, limb and postural movement. With these we are measuring local field potentials in basal ganglia nuclei in patients with Parkinson's disease and dystonian and correlating brain signalling with motor behavior.
Marion S. Buckwalter, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurology and of Neurosurgery at the Stanford University Medical Center
Current Research and Scholarly Interests The goal of the Buckwalter Lab is to improve how people recover after a stroke. We use basic research to understand the cells, proteins, and genes that lead to successful recovery of function, and also how complications develop that impact quality of life after stroke. Ongoing projects are focused on understanding how inflammatory responses are regulated after a stroke and how to make recovery faster and better after stroke.