• New to the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons

    • Dec 19, 2014

    Congress of Neurological Surgeons names Nathan Selden, MD, FACS, FAAP, as President for 2015-2016

    SCHAUMBURG, IL, December 11, 2014 – Nathan R. Selden, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP, has been named president for 2015-1016 by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS). His appointment was announced at the CNS Annual Business Meeting held in Boston, October 21, 2014.

    Dr. Selden is the Campagna Chair of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Neurosurgery Residency program director, and vice chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery.

    A member of the CNS since 2005, Dr. Selden has served the CNS as secretary, chair of the SANS Scientific Program, on the Annual Meeting and Education Committees, co-chair of the Public Advocacy Review Committee, and as member of the NEUROSURGERY EIC and CNS Executive Director Search Committees.

    "I am a passionate believer in the Congress’ mission to enhance health and improve lives worldwide through neurosurgical education,” says Dr. Selden. “We are expanding our innovative educational offerings as never before. I believe the work of our huge group of neurosurgical volunteers makes a real difference." His term theme is Mentorship: Service, Education and Progress.

    Dr. Selden was raised in Portland, Oregon, and educated at Stanford University. As a Marshall Scholar, he completed a Ph.D. in neuroscience at Cambridge University, England. He also graduated from Harvard Medical School, with honors in neuroanatomy. Dr. Selden trained in neurological surgery at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and in pediatric neurosurgery at Northwestern University. His post-doctoral research won the 1998 Academy of Neurological Surgery Award.

    Dr. Selden’s clinical focus is on neurosurgery for children, including epilepsy, congenital malformations, brain tumors, and hydrocephalus. At OHSU, he performed the first transplantation of neuronal stem cells in a human patient in 2007.

    Dr. Selden is a leader in the science of neurosurgical education. He is currently chair of the committee on Resident Education of the neurosurgery program directors’ organization, the Society of Neurological Surgeons. He chaired the national group that developed new educational outcome measures for all U.S. neurosurgery training programs, the ACGME Milestones. He also founded the Neurosurgery PGY1 Boot Camps, which are attended by all incoming U.S. neurosurgery residents and are designed to improve safety and quality in training programs. In 2013, Dr. Selden received the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award from the ACGME.

    A prolific author, he has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles on pediatric neurosurgical and scientific topics and twice served as an author of the Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Guidelines. His scientific work has been funded by the NIH, the Oregon Child Health Research Center, and the Cameron Foundation.

    Dr. Selden’s wife, Karen, is a plastic surgeon, and they have 3 children: Ryan, Lauren, and Megan. The focus of Dr. Selden’s free time is his family. They enjoy skiing, hiking, traveling, and participating in the kids' many activities.

     

    Congress of Neurological Surgeons names Zoher Ghogawala, MD, FACS, as Vice President for 2015-2016

    SCHAUMBURG, IL, November 11, 2014 —Zoher Ghogawala, MD, FACS, has been named vice president for 2015-2016 by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS). His appointment was announced at the CNS Annual Business Meeting held in Boston, October 21, 2014.

    Among his many prestigious memberships, Dr. Ghogawala serves on the Executive Committee for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons as well as the CNS/AANS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. He is currently the Scientific Program chair for the 2015 Spine Section Meeting, and is on the board of directors of the Collaborative Spine Research Foundation, the North American Spine Society (NASS), and the Neuropoint Alliance.

    He completed his undergraduate degree magna cum laude at Harvard University and graduated from Harvard Medical School with high honors in 1991. He completed his residency training in neurological surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

    Dr. Ghogawala serves as the Charles A. Fager Chair of Neurosurgery at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts. Previously at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut, Dr. Ghogawala founded and directed the Wallace Clinical Trials Center, which measured patients’ quality of life after surgery. He is the principal investigator for several national, externally funded clinical trials, including the SLIP (spine-slip-study.org), a randomized clinical trial that compared fusion versus no fusion following spinal decompression.

    Active in the surgical treatment of patients with disorders of the spine, carotid vascular disease, and pituitary brain tumors, his research focuses on comparative effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and neurosurgical outcomes, a patient-oriented type of research that explores the effectiveness, benefits and sometimes harmful effects of different treatment options.

    Recently, Dr. Ghogawala edited and published a textbook, “The Evidence for Neurosurgery,” and co-authored the newly updated, Lumbar Fusion Guidelines.

     

    Congress of Neurological Surgeons names Ganesh Rao, MD, as Treasurer for 2015-2016

    SCHAUMBURG, IL, December 8, 2014 — Ganesh Rao, MD, has been named treasurer for 2015-2016 by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS). His appointment was announced at the CNS Annual Business Meeting held in Boston, October 21, 2014. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the CNS since 2007, as a Member-at-Large and Ex-Officio. He has been involved with the Scientific Program committee since 2002, and recently served as the 2012 Annual Meeting chairman. He has also served as chairman of the Information and Technology Committee, SANS, and the Portal Committee.

    Dr. Rao was born in Edmonton, Alberta, but soon moved south to Texas and then to Arizona. He attended college and medical school at the University of Arizona. He fulfilled his neurosurgery residency at the University of Utah where he spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Fults. He completed a fellowship in neurosurgical oncology at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and joined the faculty in 2006. He is currently an associate professor of neurosurgery at M.D. Anderson.

    Dr. Rao is a member of the Section on Tumors and the Society for Neuro-oncology, as well as the American Association for Cancer Research. He currently holds a K08 (mentored clinical scientists grant) from the National Institutes of Health, and studies brain tumor biology using a unique mouse model.

    He is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Brain Tumor Society's Young Investigator Award and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Preuss Award for Excellence in Basic Neurosurgical Research.

    Dr. Rao's laboratory efforts are focused on modeling the genetic basis of malignant gliomas in mice, an endeavor that is currently supported by the National Institutes of Health. His clinical interests include the surgical management of primary and metastatic brain tumors.

    A prolific author, Dr. Rao has written over 50 manuscripts on a wide variety of topics in neurosurgical oncology and has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report and Best Doctors in America.

     

    Peter Nakaji Elected to Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons

    SCHAUMBURG, IL, December 11, 2014 — Peter Nakaji, MD, was elected a member-at-large of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Executive Committee for a 2-year term, effective October 21, 2014. His nomination was confirmed at the CNS Annual Business Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Dr. Nakaji is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurosurgery Program Director at the Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) in Phoenix, Arizona. He has been a member of the CNS since residency. Dr. Nakaji is a native and longtime former resident of San Diego, and completed his neurosurgery training at the University of California at San Diego. His fellowships were in Minimally Invasive and Endoscopic Neurosurgery and Neuro-oncology in Sydney, Australia, and in Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery at the BNI.

    He joined the faculty at BNI where he has a diverse cranial practice with a focus on cerebrovascular disease and neuro-oncology. His research interests include fluorescence technologies, advanced intraoperative molecular neuropathology, microRNA, and cerebrovascular diseases. In 2010 he became neurosurgery residency program director.

    Among other activities in organized neurosurgery, Dr. Nakaji is active in the Cerebrovascular Section. He is currently working on a multiyear cycle as a meeting planner for the AANS, CNS, and CV Section meetings. Dr. Nakaji also serves a number of roles at the BNI, including as a member of the BNI Co-management Board, and as vice chair of the Institutional Review Board for Human Research.

    Dr. Nakaji’s primary focus as a CNS Member-at-Large will be on the educational mission, with equal emphasis on serving the needs of residents, academic neurosurgeons, and those in private practice. The centerpiece of this effort will be realizing CNS Nexus, a highly accessible, expert online resource for conveying both the basics and high-level nuances of operative and technical neurosurgery. This resource will be integrated with teaching sessions at CNS annual meetings and with the CNS’s journal, “Operative Neurosurgery.”

     

    John Ratliff Elected to Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons

    SCHAUMBURG, IL, December 11, 2014 —John Ratliff, MD, FACS, was elected as a member-at-large of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Executive Committee for a 2-year term, effective October 21, 2014. His nomination was confirmed at the CNS Annual Business Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Dr. Ratliff is a native of Kentucky. He attended medical school at Tulane University and fulfilled his internship and residency at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Dr. Ratliff completed a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health Surgical Neurology Branch and a spine fellowship at New York University.  

    He is presently an associate professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University, where he acts as vice chair for Operations and Development and co-director of Division of Spine and Peripheral Nerve Surgery. His clinical practice focuses upon complex spinal surgery and peripheral nerve surgery. Dr. Ratliff’s research focuses on the use of “big data” in health care and on improving outcomes assessment in spine surgery patients.

    He is active in many professional societies and organizations. Among these are the CNS/AANS Coding and Reimbursement Committee, AANS RUC Advisor, delegate to the AMA House of Delegates, co-chairman of the CNS/AANS Quality Improvement Workgroup, he represents the CNS/AANS as a member of the National Quality Forum National Priorities Partnership Overuse Work Group, and the NQF’s Bone and Joint Technical Advisory Panel.

    He was recently nominated to be corresponding secretary for the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies and is active in the Joint Spine Section, where he is Northwest Quadrant representative for the Rapid Response Team and acts as editor for the Spine Section newsletter. He serves as a California delegate to the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies and is a director for the California Association of Neurological Surgeons. A previous recipient of the American College of Surgeons/American Association of Neurological Surgeons Health Policy Scholarship, he served as a Health Policy Scholar for 2009-2010. 

     

    Stacey Quintero Wolfe Elected to Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons

    SCHAUMBURG, IL, December 11, 2014 —Stacey Quintero Wolfe, MD, FAANS, was elected as a member-at-large of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Executive Committee for a 2-year term, effective October 21, 2014. Her nomination was confirmed at the CNS Annual Business Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Dr. Wolfe graduated from a six-year combined BA/MD program at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She completed her neurosurgical residency at the University of Miami, followed by Cerebrovascular/Skull Base and Endovascular Neurosurgical fellowships.

    She served four years as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy at Tripler Army Medical Center as the Chief of Cerebrovascular Surgery. She is currently assistant professor, Surgical Sciences-Neurosurgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.  
     
    Dr. Wolfe is new to the CNS Executive Committee. She is also serving as chair of the AANS Young Neurosurgeons Committee, chair of the CSNS AANS Caucus, and secretary of the CNS/AANS Section on Women in Neurosurgery (WINS). She also serves on the CNS Education Committee, the AANS Neurosurgeon Editorial board, and the CNS/AANS CV Section.
     
    Dr. Wolfe is committed to education and mentorship, working with WINS and the Young Neurosurgeons committee to develop and expand a mentorship program, as well as expanding the opportunities for medical student involvement. She is proud to have been a part of creating the AANS Young Neurosurgeons MISSION Fellowship for medical students, and developing a nationwide network of AANS Medical Student Chapters. She looks forward to the challenge of expanding the CNS Case Based Learning program.

    She is married to Bryan, who runs Winston-Salem Christian School, and is the proud mother of Kelsey and Tyler.

     

    Alexander Khalessi Elected to Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons

    SCHAUMBURG, IL, November 11, 2014 — Alexander Khalessi, MD, MS, FAHA, was appointed as an ex-officio member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Executive Committee by request of the CNS President, effective October 21, 2014. His appointment was confirmed at the CNS Annual Business Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

    A South California native, Dr. Khalessi graduated from Stanford University with departmental honors in public policy and Master of Science training in health services research. After earning his MD at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Dr. Khalessi completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Southern California (USC) and his endovascular neurosurgery fellowship at SUNY Buffalo.

    At the University of California San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Khalessi serves as director of Endovascular Neurosurgery and surgical director of Neurocritical Care. As an assistant professor of Surgery and Neurosciences, he specializes in complex cranial and endovascular neurosurgery. Dr. Khalessi is the associate program director of the Neurosurgery Residency Program.

    He has served the CNS as a member of the Cerebrovascular Section, Joint Guidelines Committee, the Quality Improvement Workgroup (QIW), and the Scientific Program Committee among other responsibilities. He is also a member of the Residency Review Committee (RRC) for Neurological Surgery and course director for the Western Region Intermediate Resident Course (Boot camp II) for the Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS). He is the sitting president of the San Diego Academy of Neurosurgery and a fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA). He leads the Southern California Region Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultant Program for the National Football League (NFL).

    Dr. Khalessi has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications and over 130 abstract or invited presentations.

     

    Matthew McGirt, MD, Elected to Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons

    SCHAUMBURG, IL, December 11, 2014 —Matthew McGirt, MD, was appointed as an ex-officio member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Executive Committee by request of the CNS President, effective October 21, 2014. His appointment was confirmed at the CNS Annual Business Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

    A North Carolina native, Dr. McGirt attended college and medical school at Duke University. He completed his neurosurgery residency and spine fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland.

    Dr. McGirt is a practicing neurosurgeon at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates and Carolinas HealthCare System, as well as an adjunct associate professor at the University of North Carolina. His clinical neurosurgery practice is based at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he specializes in complex spinal surgery and reconstruction.

    His academic interests have focused largely on observational research and registry methodologies, quality, cost, value, and comparative effectiveness research. At the CNS, Dr. McGirt serves as the chair of the Technology and Innovations Committee and is working to develop a Neurosurgery Resident Outcomes Registry and Quality Improvement Databank as a tool to power resident education in quality improvement.

    He is active in committees of the AANS, NASS, AO North America, and the CNS/AANS Spine Section Executive Committee, and serves as the vice director of the AANS National Neurosurgery Quality & Outcomes Database (N2QOD). Previously, Dr. McGirt served 3 years as Director of Patient Safety and Quality at Vanderbilt University Department of Neurosurgery.

    A prolific author, Dr. McGirt has published over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and is an active advocate for organized neurosurgery’s role in shaping value-based healthcare reform.

     

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