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  • Reena P. Thomas, MD PhD

    Reena P. Thomas, MD PhD

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

    Bio Dr. Reena Thomas received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC and her PhD from the City of Hope Graduate School in Duarte, California. She completed her training as a resident in Neurology as well as her fellowship training in Neuro-Oncology at Stanford University Hospital. Her research background and interests are focused on immune based cancer therapies and chemokine signaling in glioblastoma brain tumors. She has also been involved in advanced imaging studies of glioblastoma. She is the Director of the Adult Neuro Oncology Fellowship at Stanford.

  • Anand Veeravagu

    Anand Veeravagu

    Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Stanford University Medical Center

    Bio Dr. Anand Veeravagu is Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, by courtesy, and Director of Minimally Invasive NeuroSpine Surgery here at Stanford. Dr. Veeravagu is focused on advancing minimally invasive surgical techniques for diseases of the spine and cares for patients with a wide range of spinal disorders.

    Dr. Veeravagu graduated from the Johns Hopkins University Biomedical Engineering program with a focus on spinal cord injury and regeneration. Committed to medical device development, neuroregeneration, and non-invasive imaging he accepted a position to complete his MD at the Stanford University School of Medicine. While a medical student, Dr. Veeravagu worked with neurosurgery and the molecular imaging program to develop novel, non-invasive imaging tools and treatments for malignant neoplasms of central nervous system.

    Dr. Veeravagu subsequently completed his neurosurgical residency at Stanford University. As a resident, Dr. Veeravagu was appointed by the President of the United States as a White House Fellow in 2012, serving as Special Assistant to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel to guide Department of Defense Policy on traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and mental health treatment for the United States military. One of 14 people from around the nation to be selected, Dr. Veeravagu served as a speech writer, national security advisor, and health consultant directly to the Secretary of Defense.

    After completion of his neurosurgical residency, Dr. Veeravagu was awarded the prestigious Neurosurgical Research and Education Foundation Post-Residency Clinical Fellowship Grant and completed his fellowship training in minimally invasive and complex deformity spine at Stanford University with both neurosurgical and orthopeadic training. Dr. Veeravagu also completed a clinical scholar rotation at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine focused on endoscopic and robotic spine surgery.

    Dr. Veeravagu’s research efforts are focused on the utilization of large national databases to assess cost, quality, and effectiveness of various treatment alogirthms as well as predictive analytics. Dr. Veeravagu is also an author and writes about current events, health policy, and public health-related topics for the San Francisco Chronicle, The Daily Beast, The BBC, and the Huffington Post.

  • Otto Hannes Vogel

    Otto Hannes Vogel

    Professor of Pathology and of Pediatrics (Pediatric Genetics) and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery, of Neurology and of Comparative Medicine at the Stanford University Medical Center

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My research interests include nerve and muscle pathology, mitochondrial diseases, pediatric neurooncology, and transgenic mouse pathology.

  • Xinnan Wang

    Xinnan Wang

    Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Mechanisms underlying mitochondrial dynamics and function, and their implications in neurological disorders.

  • Thomas J. Wilson

    Thomas J. Wilson

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery

    Bio Dr. Thomas J. Wilson was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, earning his MD with highest distinction. While a medical student, he was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Training Fellowship and spent a year in the lab of Dr. Rakesh Singh at the University of Nebraska. He was also elected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his residency training in neurological surgery at the University of Michigan and was mentored by Dr. Lynda Yang and Dr. John McGillicuddy in peripheral nerve surgery. Following his residency, he completed a fellowship in peripheral nerve surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, working with Dr. Robert Spinner. He is now Clinical Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Peripheral Nerve Surgery at Stanford University. He is also currently endeavoring to earn a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. His research interests include peripheral nerve outcomes research using large data sets and multi-institutional registries, clinical trials advancing options for patients with peripheral nerve pathologies, and translational research focused on deriving methods for data-driven intraoperative decision making using intraoperative electrophysiology, advanced imaging techniques, and genetic expression information. His wife, Dr. Monique Wilson, is a practicing dermatologist in the Bay Area.

  • Max Wintermark

    Max Wintermark

    Professor of Radiology (General Radiology) and, by courtesy, of Neurology, of Neurosurgery and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University Medical Center

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Stroke, cerebrovascular diseases, cardiovascular diseases, carotid arteries, coronary arteries
    Stroke diagnosis, stroke triage, stroke treatment
    Traumatic brain injury
    Traumatic brain injury diagnosis and prognosis
    Psychiatric disorders, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorders
    Movement disorders, including essential tremor and Parkinson’s tremor
    Brain tumors
    Image-guided clinical trials
    CT, multidetector-row CT, perfusion-CT, CT angiography
    MRI, diffusion-weighted MRI, perfusion-weighted MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, functional MRI
    Brain perfusion imaging techniques
    Functional imaging
    Post-processing techniques of medical images, signal and image processing
    3D visualization
    MR-guided focused ultrasound

  • Albert J. Wong, M.D.

    Albert J. Wong, M.D.

    Professor of Neurosurgery

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Our goal is to define targets for cancer therapeutics by identifying alterations in signal transduction proteins. We first identified a naturally occurring mutant EGF receptor (EGFRvIII) and then delineated its unique signal transduction pathway. This work led to the identification of Gab1 followed by the discovery that JNK is constitutively active in tumors. We intiated using altered proteins as the target for vaccination, where an EGFRvIII based vaccine appears to be highly effective.

  • Heng Zhao

    Heng Zhao

    Associate Professor (Research) of Neurosurgery

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My lab is focused on developing novel therapeutic methods against stroke using rodent models. We study protective effect of postconditioning, preconditioning and mild hypothermia. The rationale for studying three means of neuroprotection is that we may discover mechanisms that these treatments have in common. Conversely, if they have differing mechanisms, we will be able to offer more than one treatment for stroke and increase a patient’s chance for recovery.