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

    • Jan 07, 2014

    Sepideh Amin-Hanjani Elected to Executive Committee of the
    Congress of Neurological Surgeons

    SCHAUMBURG, IL – January 7, 2014 – Sepideh Amin-Hanjani, MD, FAANS, FACS, FAHA, was elected member-at-large of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Executive Committee for a 2-year term, effective October 22, 2013. Her nomination was confirmed at the CNS Annual Business Meeting in San Francisco. She currently serves as vice chair of the CNS/AANS Guidelines Committee and is a member of the CNS Portal Committee (Cerebrovascular). She is immediate past chair of the CNS/AANS Cerebrovascular Section.

    Dr. Amin-Hanjani grew up in Crieff, Scotland, where she attended Morrison’s Academy, before moving to the U.S. where she attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She graduated in three years, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. Thereafter, she entered Harvard Medical School as one of the institution’s youngest matriculants, receiving her medical degree in 1994. She completed her general surgery internship and neurosurgical residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital under the direction of Nicholas T. Zervas, MD, and Robert L. Martuza, MD, FACS, and had the honor of training under the late Robert G. Ojemann, MD.

    After completing her residency, she joined the faculty at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where she remained for two years before leaving to pursue her primary interest in cerebrovascular surgery. She completed a cerebrovascular and skull base fellowship with Robert F. Spetzler, MD, FACS, at the Barrow Neurological Institute, and assumed a faculty position at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) under Fady Charbel, MD, FACS. At UIC, Dr. Amin-Hanjani is Professor, Residency Program Director, and Co-Director of Neurovascular Surgery. She maintains an active research program, including serving as principal investigator for a National Institutes of Health-funded multi-site international study analyzing blood flow in vertebrobasilar disease.

    She is the recipient of numerous national honors and awards. Among these are the Best Doctors in America (2007-2013); Council of State Neurosurgical Societies Young Neurosurgeon Award (2003); and the CNS/AANS Cerebrovascular Section Galbraith Award (1999). Her UIC honors include: Department Faculty of the Year Award for Clinical Service (2013); Maurice F. Rabb, MD/Jose F. Pulido, MD Medical Student Teaching Award (2006); and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society – Faculty (2005).

    Dr. Amin-Hanjani is internationally recognized for her work in the field of neurovascular surgery. She initiated the first formal relationship with the Scientific Statement Oversight Committee of the American Heart Association in 2009, resulting in involvement and endorsement of multiple guidelines by the CNS and Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). A prolific author and presenter, she has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and currently serves as associate editor for Neurosurgery and on the editorial board of Stroke.

    She has been active in many professional societies and organizations. Among these are elected member of the Society of Neurological Surgeons, fellow of the American Heart Association, regional co-director of the Medical Advisory Board of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and the AANS, where she currently serves on the Education and Practice Management and MOC/CME Committees.

     

    Mustafa K. Baskaya Appointed to Executive Committee of theCongress of Neurological Surgeons

    SCHAUMBURG, IL – January 7, 2014 – Mustafa K. Baskaya, MD, was appointed ex-officio of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Executive Committee, by request of the CNS President, effective October 22, 2013. His appointment was confirmed at the CNS Annual Business Meeting in San Francisco. He is vice chair of the CNS International Division (Turkey), and a member of the CNS Portal Committee (Tumor).

    A native of Aydin, Turkey, Dr. Baskaya received his medical degree and completed his first neurosurgical residency at Ankara University. After completing his residency in Turkey, he undertook advanced fellowship training at multiple institutions: Cerebrovascular Fellow, Department of Neurosurgery, Nagoya University School of Medicine, Nagoya, Japan (1993-1994); Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, University of Kentucky (1994-1995); Research Associate, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison (1995-1997); Clinical Fellow, Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery, Department of Neurosurgery, Louisiana State University (1997-2000); and Clinical Fellow, Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Miami (2000-2001).

    In 2005, Dr. Baskaya completed his second neurosurgical residency and a fellowship at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Department of Neurological Surgery, under the direction of Roberto C. Heros, MD, FAANS.

    Commencing in January 2006, he worked in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he currently serves as associate professor of Neurological Surgery and director of the Skull Base Surgery Program. Dr. Baskaya was board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery in 2012.

    Dr. Baskaya is the recipient of numerous national and international awards. These include the Professor Kenichiro Sugita Scholarship; University of Kentucky Post-Doctoral Scholarship; Turkish Neurosurgical Society Young Promising Neurosurgeon Award; Resident Teaching Award, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison; 2011 Honorary Member of the Turkish Society of Anatomy and Clinical Anatomy; and the CNS/AANS Cerebrovascular Section Subcommittee for Cerebrovascular Research Award.

    A prolific author and lecturer, Dr. Baskaya has published numerous papers and presented at medical symposiums worldwide on the surgical management of intracranial aneurysms, subarachnoid hemorrhage, microsurgical anatomy of the skull base, and cerebral ischemia. He serves as an associate editor of Neuroanatomy and on the editorial boards of ISNR NeurologySurgical Neurology International and Contemporary Neurosurgery. His research interests include neurogenesis of stem cells in cerebral ischemia, microsurgical anatomy and approaches to the skull base, and neuroanatomy.

    He has been active in many professional societies and organizations. Among these are the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies Skull Base Committee, CNS/AANS Cerebrovascular Section Executive Committee, Turkish Neurosurgical Society, European Association of Neurological Surgeons, and North American Skull Base Society.

     

    Ricardo J. Komotar Appointed to Executive Committee of theCongress of Neurological Surgeons

    SCHAUMBURG, IL – January 7, 2014 – Ricardo J. Komotar, MD, FAANS, was appointed ex-officio of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Executive Committee, by request of the CNS President, effective October 22, 2013. His appointment was confirmed at the CNS Annual Business Meeting in San Francisco. He is co-chair of the CNS Fellowships Committee and a member of the CNS Member Development Committee.

    He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience from Duke University, spending a year at Oxford University in England to focus on neuropharmacology. He received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with highest honors and completed his internship and neurosurgical residency at Columbia University Medical Center/The Neurological Institute of New York. Upon completion, he undertook a surgical neurooncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, specializing in the treatment of brain tumors.

    Dr. Komotar is assistant professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He serves as director of the University of Miami Brain Tumor Initiative, director of Neurooncology at the University of Miami Hospital, and co-director of Neuroonoclogy at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center/University of Miami Health Clinics. His main clinical interests are surgical and radiosurgical treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors, as well as meningiomas and pituitary lesions.

    Dr. Komotar has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health as well as other national and regional grants. His research interests include clinical trial development and translational neurooncologic investigations designed to pioneer new therapies for brain tumors.

    A prolific author and presenter, Dr. Komotar has written more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, and invited editorials. He is a reviewer for NeurosurgeryJournal of Neurosurgery, and Journal of Neurooncology. He serves on the editorial boards of Frontiers in Neuro-oncology and Journal of Nuclear Medicine & Radiation Therapy.

    Dr. Komotar has been active in numerous professional societies and organizations. Among these are the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS); Society of Neurooncology, North American Skull Base Society, Society of Neurological Surgeons (guest member), Neurosurgical Society of America (guest member), CNS/AANS Section on Tumors, Florida Neurosurgical Society, and the Florida Brain Tumor Association.

    He is founder and director of the Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament to benefit brain tumor research. Launched by Dr. Komotar in 2003 when he was a neurosurgical resident, the game has grown into an international tournament that in 2013 included 32 teams representing the top neurological institutes from across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

    In 2012, Dr. Komotar received an Emmy nomination for his work on ABC Breakthrough Medicine – A Matter of the Mind: Extracting A Deadly Brain Tumor.

     

    Praveen V. Mummaneni Elected to Executive Committee of theCongress of Neurological Surgeons

    SCHAUMBURG, IL – January 7, 2014 – Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD, FAANS, was elected member-at-large of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Executive Committee for a 2-year term, effective October 22, 2013. His nomination was confirmed at the CNS Annual Business Meeting in San Francisco. He is a member of the CNS Portal Committee (Spine) and the CNS Development Committee. He currently serves as secretary of the CNS/AANS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves with past Section positions including Scientific Program and Annual Meeting chair.

    He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Boston University and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society as a junior medical student. He subsequently completed his general surgical internship at the University of California at Irvine and his neurosurgical residency at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). During his residency, he spent one year as a visiting scholar in biomechanics at the Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley. Following residency, Dr. Mummaneni completed fellowship training in complex spine surgery at Emory University. During his spine fellowship, he received advanced subspecialty training in adult spinal deformity surgery at Northwestern University and at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Dr. Mummaneni was board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery in 2005. He was an assistant professor of neurosurgery and orthopedics at Emory University from 2002-2006. In 2006, he returned to UCSF as an associate professor, co-director of the UCSF Spine Center, and director of the Minimally Invasive and Complex Spine Fellowship. In 2012, he was promoted to professor and vice-chairman of the UCSF Department of Neurosurgery.

    He is the recipient of numerous national and international awards. Among these are the U.S. News & World Report Best Doctors in America (2005-2013). He was the first neurosurgeon to be awarded the Edgar Dawson Scholarship from the Scoliosis Research Society, enabling travel to the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He was also the first neurosurgeon to be awarded the Scoliosis Research Society's European Traveling Fellowship Award. On this fellowship, he traveled to the University of Edinburgh, the Rehabilitation Clinic Langensteinbach in Karlsbad, Germany, and the Institut François Calot in Berck-sur-Mer, France. Additional honors include Honored Guest of the Japanese Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Taiwan Neurospinal Society, the Brazil Spine Society, and the Korean Cervical Spine Research Society.

    Dr. Mummaneni is internationally recognized for his work on cervical kyphosis and minimally invasive surgical modalities for spinal deformities and spinal tumors. A prolific author and presenter, he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. He has presented at hundreds of medical symposiums nationally and internationally. He is the editor of several textbooks including: Spinal Deformity: A Guide to Surgical Planning and ManagementHandbook of Minimally Invasive and Percutaneous Spine SurgeryHandbook of Spine Surgery, and Cervical Spine Surgery: Current Trends and Challenges.

     

    Krystal L. Tomei Appointed to Executive Committee of theCongress of Neurological Surgeons

    SCHAUMBURG, IL – January 7, 2014 – Krystal L. Tomei, MD, MPH, was appointed ex-officio of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Executive Committee, by request of the CNS President, effective October 22, 2013. Her appointment was confirmed at the CNS Annual Business Meeting in San Francisco. She is chair of the CNS Resident Committee, liaison to the CNS Portal Committee, and a member of the CNS/AANS Guidelines Committee and CNS/AANS Quality Improvement Workgroup.

    The daughter of an Air Force officer, Dr. Tomei moved around the country frequently, eventually settling in her adopted hometown of Orlando, Fla. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Florida (UF) in 2002, and subsequently received her medical degree from UF in 2006. In 2011, Dr. Tomei completed a Master of Public Health in health policy from the Harvard School of Public Health.

    Dr. Tomei recently completed her neurosurgical residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey Medical School (Now Rutgers New Jersey Medical School). She is currently the pediatric neurosurgery fellow at the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

    She has a demonstrated passion for medical education and was the recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award and the first NJMS Golden Apple Specialty Resident Teaching Award.

    Dr. Tomei has been active in numerous professional societies and organizations. Among these are the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), where she serves as the secretary of the Young Neurosurgeons Committee and is a member of the Neurosurgery PAC Board of Directors; American Medical Association, where she serves as resident/fellow member of the Council on Medical Education; and the American College of Surgeons. A special interest in neurotrauma and injury prevention led to her position on the Board of Directors of the ThinkFirstNational Injury Prevention Foundation.

    She has authored several book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. Her research interests include congenital spinal disorders, neurotrauma, and outcomes-based quality improvement.

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