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  • Maheen Mausoof Adamson

    Maheen Mausoof Adamson

    Clinical Associate Professor (Affiliated) [Vapahcs], Neurosurgery

    Bio Dr. Maheen Mausoof Adamson is the senior scientific research director for Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She is also the clinical associate professor of Neurosurgery and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford School of Medicine. Adamson completed her undergraduate degrees in neurobiology and women studies at the University of California, Irvine. She completed her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Southern California and a postdoctoral fellowship in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford School of Medicine.

    Dr. Adamson?s expertise and interests span employing translational neuroscience methodologies for diagnostic and neuromodulation treatments (such as repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)) for frequent health problems in patients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). She has employed advanced structural and functional imaging modalities and biomarker assessments in Veteran, active military and civilian populations with brain injury. She has been a leader in identifying gender differences in brain injury, particularly in the Veteran population. She currently serves as PI and Site-PI on numerous neuromodulation clinical trials under the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense funded grants.

    Dr. Adamson has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications on the cognitive and neural basis of Alzheimer?s disease and on a wide range of topics in TBI. She has received recognition in national and international settings. She is also intricately involved in mentoring research postdoctoral fellows and clinical residents in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Neurosurgery departments at Stanford Medical School. Her goal is to incorporate advanced treatment and diagnostics tailored to each patient's needs into standard-of-care to improve their daily function, reintegration into society and long-term rehabilitation after brain injury.

  • John R. Adler, MD

    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

    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.

  • Daniel Alves Neiva Barbosa

    Daniel Alves Neiva Barbosa

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Neurosurgery

    Bio Daniel A. N. Barbosa, M.D., is a Postdoctoral Scholar sponsored by Dr. Casey H. Halpern (Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery) and co-sponsored by Dr. Jennifer McNab (Assistant Professor of Radiology). He received his medical degree from the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro in 2018. During his clinical education, Dr. Barbosa followed several renowned neurosurgeons and neurologists, and had a large experience with neurological and psychiatric patients. He developed great interest for the investigations of neurosurgical techniques to improve brain function. Now, he is working on multimodal imaging techniques to improve stereotactic targeting in on-demand, responsive neuromodulation (RNS) of the nucleus accumbens for pathological impulsivity, a pervasive symptom in a wide range of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. After a couple of years working on research, Dr. Barbosa plans to start his residency in Neurological Surgery and ultimately pursue his career in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.

  • Mahendra Bhati

    Mahendra Bhati

    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

    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

    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.

  • Mauricio Mandel

    Mauricio Mandel

    Clinical Instructor, Neurosurgery

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Mandel obtained his medical degree from the University of Sćo 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

    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.

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