SCHAUMBURG, Ill, February 2017 — Shekar Kurpad, MD, PhD, and Elad Levy, MD, were appointed as ex-officio members of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Executive Committee. Their appointments were confirmed at the CNS Annual Business Meeting in San Diego, California.
Dr. Shekar Kurpad is the medical director of the Spinal Cord Injury Center, clinical director of SpineCare, and interim chair and professor of neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Dr. Kurpad received his medical degree in 1991 from Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore, India, and a PhD from Duke University in 1995. He completed an internship in general surgery in 1996 and a residency in neurosurgery in 2001 at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Kurpad completed clinical fellowships in skull base surgery at the University of Tennessee, neuro-oncology at University Hospitals of Cleveland, and spinal neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Dr. Kurpad's career focus is in the treatment of both spinal and cranial disorders. His clinical expertise lies in surgery for spinal trauma, tumors of the spine and spinal cord, degenerative disease of the spine, spinal deformities, skull base tumors, general neurosurgery, and minimally invasive methods for the treatment of spinal disorders. He has been listed in Best Doctors America since 2007. He is considered an expert in malignant brain tumor surgery, and he has extensive research experience in brain tumor biology and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Kurpad has published more than 140 articles, original papers, book chapters, and reviews, and has presented about 50 local, regional, national, and international lectures and workshops.
Dr. Kurpad joined the faculty of MCW Professor with Tenure in 2014. Dr. Kurpad has served as adjunct faculty in the departments of Neuroscience and Speech Pathology and Audiology at Marquette University since 2005, and as adjunct professor in MCW’s department of Cell Biology, Neurology and Anatomy since 2007.
Dr. Elad Levy is currently the chairman of Neurological Surgery and professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology at State University of New York at Buffalo. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Levy is the director of Stroke Research, co-director of Kaleida Health Stroke Center and Cerebrovascular Surgery, and director of Endovascular Stroke Treatment & Research. Dr. Levy graduated from Dartmouth College and received his Doctor of Medicine degree with distinction from George Washington University. He completed a surgical internship and his neurosurgical residency at the University of Pittsburgh and his fellowship at UB. He also received his MBA from Northeastern University in 2013.
In 2011, Dr. Levy spearheaded a local non-profit organization called Program for Understanding Childhood Concussion and Stroke (PUCCS). Dr. Levy, who serves as president and founder, has led the organization in raising more than $290,000, which has been used to fund concussion research and education in the western New York area. Dr. Levy's research interests focus on developing new and better treatments for patients with stroke and stroke symptoms due to atherosclerotic disease of intracranial and extracranial vessels.
Dr. Levy’s most recent accomplishments include; recipient of the “Chancellor Award” from State University of New York, for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities; winner of “2014 Hero of the Heart Award” for the American Heart Association of WNY; 2014 “Spirit Award” winner, recognizing significant and spirited support of Kaleida Health and all of Dr. Levy’s contributions to seek to improve the health of the Western New York Community; 2013 winner of the “D’Youville College Achievement in Health Care Award;” and winner of the George Thorn Investigator Award from University at Buffalo School of Medicine (2012).