I grew up in New York City where I attended the oldest school in the Country, Collegiate, from 2nd grade to high school. I then went to college at Harvard, receiving both a BA and MA, and Medical School at Yale. Along the way I did graduate work in Neurobiology at Stanford. I then returned to New York City and did an internship and neurosurgical residency at the Neurological Institute. I was then given a wonderful opportunity to do a one year traveling Peripheral Nerve Fellowship in which I spent time at the University of Toronto in Canada and time at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. I then joined the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Washington in Seattle. There between 1991 and 2011 I rose through the academic ranks eventually becoming a Professor and Director of the Peripheral Nerve Center, as well as Acting Head of the section of neurosurgery at the Puget Sound VA Health Care System. I then moved to UCSF in 2012 where I headed up their peripheral nerve effort and established their Center for Evaluation and Surgical Management of Peripheral Nerve Disorders. In the summer of 2014 I moved to join the Department of Neurosurgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine as Professor and Director of the Peripheral Nerve Center. During the past year I was asked to serve as interim Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery when the Chair, a close friend and colleague, suddenly died. At Northwestern I continue to pursue and develop my interests in the following areas: pushing the frontiers of peripheral nerve surgery by pioneering new imaging and surgical techniques; teaching residents and medical students; collaborating with clinical and research colleagues; and continuing my ongoing interest in biotechnology by taking ideas from their inception into the clinical arena. I am currently working part-time in the Dept of Neurosurgery at Stanford. I remain very interested in finding ways to use the internet as a platform to educate patients and improve their care. I also am dedicated to improving the overall patient experience.
- The evaluation and treatment of peripheral nerve disorders.
- Simple and complex nerve entrapment syndromes.
- Peripheral nerve tumors both benign (eg Schwannomas and Neurofibromas) and malignant.
- Peripheral nerve massess such as ganglion cysts.
- Traumatic peripheral nerve injuries.
- Diagnostic nerve biopsies.
- Neurological Surgery
Clinical Professor, Neurosurgery
Clinical Professor & Co-Director of Peripheral Nerve Center, Stanford Department of Neurosurgery (2016 - Present)
Board Certification: Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery (1996)
Fellowship: Louisiana State University GME Office (1991) LA
Fellowship: University of Toronto (1990) Canada
Residency: Columbia University Medical Center (1990) NY
Residency: Columbia and New York Presbyterian General Surgery Residency (1985) NY
Medical Education: Yale School of Medicine (1984) CT
BA, Harvard College, Biology (1977)
MA, Harvard University, Neurobiology (1977)