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  • Maheen Mausoof Adamson

    Maheen Mausoof Adamson

    Clinical Associate Professor (Affiliated) [Vapahcs], Neurosurgery

    Bio Dr. Maheen Mausoof Adamson is clinical associate professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford School of Medicine and Senior Scientist at Department of Rehabilitation at VA Palo Alto. 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 School of Medicine. 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 neuronal insult.

  • 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.

  • Amit Bhasker Ayer

    Amit Bhasker Ayer

    Clinical Instructor, Neurosurgery

    Bio Dr. Ayer completed his undergraduate education at Queen?s University with a degree in life sciences and an honors thesis in immunology. He then completed his medical training at Wake Forest University and his neurosurgical training at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where during residency he also obtained a Master of Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management.

    As a clinical instructor at Stanford, Dr. Ayer will be focused on the surgical treatments of movement disorders, epilepsy and pain. Dr. Ayer has clinical interests in surgical treatment for epilepsy, movement disorders, skull base approaches, hydrocephalus and spine surgery. His research has focused on bioelectronic tools for the treatment of neurosurgical pathology and is interested in developing novel brain computer interfaces and biosensors for the restoration of sensorimotor function.

    In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, hockey, hiking, and traveling.?

  • Daniel Alves Neiva Barbosa

    Daniel Alves Neiva Barbosa

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Neurosurgery

    Bio Daniel A. N. Barbosa, M.D., is a Research Fellow working under the mentorship of Dr. Casey H. Halpern (Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery) and Dr. Jennifer McNab (Associate 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. The invaluable experiences with these patients shaped a great interest on the investigations of neurosurgical techniques to improve brain function. His clinical and academic training together with the research experience provided him with an excellent background in multiple biological disciplines including neurosurgery, neurology, psychiatry, and neuroimaging. He also had the opportunity of joining a team of neurosurgeons and clinical scientists in the largest clinical study on deep brain stimulation for morbid obesity to date. With Drs. Ricardo de Oliveira-Souza, Alessandra Gorgulho, and Antōnio De Salles (UCLA Emeritus Professor of Neurosurgery), Dr. Barbosa has led a systematic review on the topic. He also worked on the development and the publishing of this study protocol as well as that of a clinical trial of a novel neurosurgical therapy for depression. During his graduate career, these clinical investigations generated several peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and conference presentations.

    Now, his investigation is contributing to the ongoing first-in-human early feasibility trial of closed-loop neuromodulation of the nucleus accumbens for Loss of Control Eating. He is also working on the design of innovative, invasive clinical studies for conditions like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He is committed to investigate cutting-edge neuroimaging and neurophysiology modalities, including diffusion magnetic resonance imaging, as well as novel brain-clearing techniques to improve stereotactic targeting neuromodulation for pathological impulsivity, a pervasive symptom in a wide range of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders.

  • Mahendra Bhati

    Mahendra Bhati

    Clinical 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.

  • 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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