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  • Atman Desai, MD

    Atman Desai, MD

    Clinical Associate Professor, Neurosurgery

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Our laboratory aims to analyze and solve healthcare problems relating to neurosurgical care and spine care on a population level. Through the development of algorithms that can be applied to various large national and state-level healthcare datasets, our goal is to harness big data to:

    1. Understand how quality in neurosurgical care and spine care can be defined in both short and long-term measures

    2. Develop appropriate measures of quality neurosurgical and spine care

    3. Create benchmarks for care in neurosurgery and spine surgery

    4. Create multivariate bio-statistical models of pre-operative, peri-operative and post-operative events and long term patient outcomes

    5. Understand how existing paradigms in neurosurgical care and spine care can be potentially improved to improve patient outcomes

    In addition to our population level research, our laboratory has been a national pioneer in integrating prospective outcomes driven medical informative and database systems into the electronic health record. This allows us to identify pre- and post-operative treatment measures that influence patient outcomes, and in doing so improve patient safety and maximize the efficacy of current treatments for neurosurgical and spine patients.

  • Jun Ding

    Jun Ding

    Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and of Neurology

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Neural circuits of movement control in health and movement disorders

  • Robert Dodd, MD, PhD

    Robert Dodd, MD, PhD

    Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, of Radiology and, by courtesy, of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Dodd is involved in clinical trials using endovascular coils that have a fiber coating that help heal aneurysms of the neck and can prevent an aneurysm from reforming. He uses minimally invasive endoscopic techniques to treat brain tumors.

    Dodd's research interests are in cerebral blood vessel reactivity and stroke.

  • James R. Doty, MD, FACS, FICS, FAANS

    James R. Doty, MD, FACS, FICS, FAANS

    Clinical Professor, Neurosurgery

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My interest for many years has focused on neuro-oncology (brain tumors) and utilizing both surgery and stereotactically focused radiation to treat solid tumors of the nervous system primarily utilizing the CyberKnife.

    In addition, I am an expert in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery.

    More recently, my interests revolve around understanding the neural, social and mental bases of compassion and altruism using a multi-disciplinary approach.