Neurological Surgery Residency

About the Program

Dr. Menezes teaching resident in clinicThe seven-year neurosurgical residency program at the University of Iowa is designed specifically to prepare residents for a career as senior surgeon-scientists, and future leaders in the field of academic neurosurgery. It is the intent of this seven-year training program to develop world class neurosurgeons.

Residents completing the program will be eligible for certification by the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS) with a goal of a 100 % pass rate on both the qualifying and the certifying examinations. Categorical residents are required to pass the written examination for primary certification, prior to becoming chief resident. Visit the American Board of Neurosurgical Surgery for specifics on board certification requirements.

Clinical competencies

To attain these goals, the program requires residents to develop the following competencies:

  1. A solid foundation of basic and clinical knowledge of neurosurgery.
  2. The ability to provide compassionate and effective care to all patients.
  3. The ability to perform general neurosurgical procedures safely and effectively.
  4. The exercise of clinical judgment to critically select the appropriate course of action in the management of patients.
  5. The capacity to communicate effectively with all healthcare personnel and with patients.
  6. Knowledge about established and emerging biomedical, clinical and cognitive sciences, and the application of this knowledge to neurosurgical patient care.
  7. Ability to analyze practice experience and perform practice-based improvement activities using a systematic methodology.
  8. Apply knowledge of study designs and statistical methodology to the appraisal of clinical studies and information regarding diagnostic and therapeutic effectiveness.
  9. A demonstrated commitment to carrying out professional and administrative duties, adherence to ethical principles and sensitivity of diverse patient populations, required in the surgical profession.
  10. The constant pursuit of improvement in patient care practices by systematic evaluation of current practices in relation to outcomes and to new scientific knowledge.
  11. An awareness of and responsiveness to the underpinnings of the health care system, and the dilemmas of practicing healthcare that is of optimal value and cost effective.

Residents are expected to develop these elements of clinical competence by doing the following:

  • Assimilating the teaching provided by the faculty
  • Maintaining an active reading plan for neurosurgical sciences
  • Practicing their clinical/surgical skills
  • Attending the educational activities offered by the residency program

Assessments

During the seven years of intensive training, each of the above elements of clinical competence is periodically assessed by direct faculty supervision and by senior resident colleagues with subsequent review by the program director. Re-appointment and promotion to the subsequent PGY year requires a satisfactory progression in the development of these elements of clinical competence.

The educational program of the residency is designed to meet specific goals and objectives at each level of training as outlined in the following table. The program is designed in accordance with the ACGME core competencies. RRC requirements can be found on the ACGME Neurological Surgery site.

PGY by Year

two residents

PGY-1

During the PGY 1 year the resident spends six months on the neurosurgical service taking care of patients on the neurosurgical floor and getting early exposure to the operating room Residents learn the following in their first year:

  • Preoperative medical work-up for neurosurgical patients
  • Postoperative care & critical care management of the neurosurgical patient
  • Complex socioeconomic factors related to disposition

In addition to inpatient care, the resident is expected to become comfortable in operating room. Under the supervision of faculty and senior residents, the PGY-1 resident will be expected to become proficient with the following:

  • Positioning & Equipment Setup
  • Standard opening & closing of cranial & spinal procedures
  • Basic operative technique
  • Ventriculostomy Placement
  • Intracranial Pressure Monitor Placement
  • Lumbar Drain Placement

PGY 1 residents take "buddy call" with the PGY 2 and 3 residents and, in a graduated fashion, learn the structure, organization, and work-up necessary for being the independent on-call resident.

Off-service rotations

The remainder of the PGY 1 year is spent on off service rotations providing exposure to services that work closely with the neurosurgical service, cultivating a deeper understanding and appreciation for the overall care of the patients that we manage.

These include:

  • Trauma surgery
  • Stroke neurology
  • Neuroendovascular Surgery (working in the angiography suite with Neurosurgery/Neurology/Radiology)
  • Neuro-otology (exposure to lateral skull base approaches)
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Surgical-Neurological ICU

PGY-2 and PGY-3 (18 months on inpatient service)

During the PGY 2 and 3 years, residents are fully integrated into the neurosurgical service and assume the role of “junior resident,” including primary call responsibility, graduated autonomy in the operating room, and management of the inpatient service. 

Junior resident call is a 24-hour in-house call that, on average, is taken every 4 days. During the on-call period, the resident is responsible for every aspect of the neurosurgical service, allowing the resident to develop extensive knowledge and experience caring for critically ill patients on our service

Resident responsibilities

This includes the following responsibilities:

  • Knowing the neurologic exam and plan for every patient on the neurosurgical service
  • Reviewing the imaging studies acquired on such patients
  • Evaluating patients postoperatively
  • Seeing new consults in the emergency room

Promptly to any questions/pages regarding any patient on the neurosurgery service

During this time, each resident is also assigned to a primary service, with each rotation consisting of a 6-month block.

These include:

  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients
  • Pediatric Neurosurgical patients
  • Neurosurgery consultation patients

In the operating room, the junior resident continues to advance their operative skills, gaining progressive autonomy in increasingly complex procedures under the supervision of the attending neurosurgeon. This includes exposure to vascular neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, epilepsy surgery, complex spine surgery, and functional neurosurgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and endovascular neurosurgery.


PGY-3 – 6 months on Continuity of Care (CoC) rotation

During this 6-month rotation the resident begins to transition into a more senior resident role with an independent block with two faculty, Hiroyuki Oya, MD, PhD, and Satoshi Yamaguchi, MD, PhD.

The resident will be paired with these faculty in a “mentorship model” in which they follow their patients from clinic, to the operating room, and to follow-up.

During this time, the resident spends two days a week in the clinic with these faculty evaluating patients and then is able to follow these patients through their entire interaction with the neurosurgical service.

This time allows the resident to gain further experience in the following areas.

  • Outpatient evaluation of neurosurgical disease
  • Patient History & Physical
  • Imaging assessment
  • Formulating a surgical plan & discuss management strategies
  • Ongoing evaluation & management of neurosurgical patients
  • Review procedures and consent information with patients
  • Perform operate procedures with faculty oversight
  • Round on and manage postoperative patients
  • Patient follow-up in clinic after discharge

This rotation has been invaluable to the education of the neurosurgical resident in allowing them to gain a greater appreciation of the entire scope of patient care as they move toward independent practice, from outpatient evaluation, surgical intervention, and follow-up care. Focused mentorship during this time also allows the resident to gain autonomy in patient management as well as in the operating room, allowing significant advancement in operative skill.


PGY-4 and PGY-5 – 2 years of research time

After completion of the junior resident years, the transition to senior residency begins with two years of dedicated research time.

During the initial three years, it is expected that the resident has explored research opportunities and begun working with neurosurgical faculty and colleagues in both the clinical and basic science realms to establish a collaborative research plan.

The goal during this two-year period is to allow the resident dedicated time to be immersed in rigorous scientific research and acquire the skills necessary for a lifelong career as an academic surgeon scientist. Time should be spent executing experiments, analyzing data, and preparing manuscripts for publication.

Clinical responsibilities

Clinical obligations during this time are limited, with the resident covering “chief call” on average 1 of 4 weekends. This involves rounding with the team that weekend and taking home call while supervising the in-house junior resident on call.

All operative procedures during this call period are performed by the resident on “chief call” in conjunction with the attending on call.


PGY-6 - Chief Year

The chief residency year is divided into two six-month blocks during which the chief resident is assigned half of the neurosurgical service based on faculty member. The chief acts as the primary physician responsible for managing all aspects of neurosurgical patient care.

Responsibilities of the chief resident include:

  • Rounding on all patients
  • Formulating care plans, even for the most complex neurosurgical patients
  • Formulating operative plans
  • Overseeing the care provided by junior residents
  • Providing operative coverage for elective and emergent cases daily
  • Alternating call every other day to direct care of new consults

Upon completion of this year under the supervision of the neurosurgical faculty, the chief resident should be prepared to practice and operate independently as they transition independent practice.


PGY-7 – Transition to Practice

During the PGY-7 year, the resident spends six months at the University of Iowa where they will see patients in their own clinic and to formulate clinical and operative plans independently. These patients will be staffed with a supervising faculty member who ultimately is responsible for the case, however it is the expectation that the PGY-7 resident acts as the treating physician. 

Buddy call

In addition to the elective outpatient service, the resident also will take "buddy" faculty call to further the transition to practice experience, allowing for independent decision making regarding operative management.  Moreover, the PGY 7 resident is available to operate on any of the elective patients on the operative schedule to allow the trainee to further hone their operative skills in an independent, but mentored environment.

Off-site rotation

The other six months of the PGY-7 year is designed to allow the resident additional training in their field of choice. This is frequently done off site at another institution, however if desired the resident may also stay at the University of Iowa and work with any of the faculty in a one-on-one fashion to continue to develop skills of interest.

These experiences are typically arranged independently by the resident prior to their chief year with the guidance of faculty.  During this period, the resident is provided with a living expense stipend in addition to their current salary and benefits to offset the cost, allowing the pursuit of additional training in their subspecialty area of focus.

Overall, this has been an invaluable experience during this final year, allowing for significant professional and personal growth.

PGY-7 Elective Opportunities

Jermee Greenlee teaching resient

During the PGY-7 year, residents can spend six months at a location of their choice getting additional training in an area of interest. This may be done off-site or at the University of Iowa and is setup independently by each resident with the guidance of faculty.

Recent locations

Some sites visited by residents in the past include:

  • Melbourne, Australia (Pediatrics)
  • Sydney, Australia (Tumor/Minimally Invasive)
  • England (DBS)
  • Northwestern (Spine)
  • Rush (Spine)
  • Japan
  • Africa (Mission work)
  • Grenoble, France (sEEG)
  • Netherlands

Research Opportunities

Resident with medical student in labRegardless of your research interest, there is a mentor to be found at University of Iowa Health Care. The environment is collaborative, and whether you want to work inside or outside the Department of Neurosurgery, everyone here is open to receiving a neurosurgery resident with an interest in their area of expertise.

Presenting research

Our weekly Saturday conference gives an opportunity for you to present your research interests and progress to Dr. Howard for feedback, research mentoring, and career advice with the rest of your resident team. This is an opportunity to hone your research skills and receive guidance by Dr. Howard's expertise in collaborative research team building to help you become an academic surgeon scientist at the highest level.

Visiting professors

If there is an expert in your chosen field, it is easy to work with Dr. Howard to have that person come as a visiting professor to give a talk and give you a chance to form a collaboration together. For residents interested, there is also plenty of support during the research grant-writing process.

Resident Benefits

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Conference Schedule

Kathleen Dlouhy with residents

Mondays

Morbidity/Mortality Conference, Journal club (“Monday Talk”) - 5:00 p.m.

The department meets weekly to discuss Morbidities and Mortalities on the service. Discussion is facilitated to make this a learning experience for residents and faculty alike. Frequently, as time allows, residents can present on a topic of interest that has arisen on service. This is done through a brief presentation of the literature related to the topic and a summary of major points for discussion. The goal of this conference is to foster ongoing learning and improvement of patient care on the Neurosurgical service.

Tuesdays

Neuropathology/Tumor Board - 7:00 a.m.

This weekly conference is attended by neurosurgery faculty and residents, neuroradiology, medical and radiation oncology, as well as neuropathology. Conference alternates between a neuropathology-based teaching conference and tumor board.

The neuropathology conference focuses on the presentation of the histology and immunohistochemical stains used in deriving neurosurgical diagnoses. This is done in an oral board style format with high yield topics discussed in a way to prepare for the neurosurgical boards.

The tumor board conference is a format for presentation of complex tumor pathology with discussion of the radiology and pathology as well as a discussion of the medical and surgical treatment plans for the patient.

Residents are routinely given the opportunity to discuss their interpretation of the imaging and clinical course and devise a management plan can then be discussed in a multidisciplinary fashion and as such gives the resident ample educational opportunity to discuss complex case management.

Wednesdays

Rotating Vascular, Spine, Pediatric, and General Case Conference – 5:00 p.m.

This is a rotating case series once a month held every Wednesday at 5 PM.  Depending on the topic a neurosurgical board style presentation of cases including clinical presentation, neurologic exam and imaging studies are presented and each resident is given the opportunity to interpret and diagnose the clinical picture.  Residents then offer operative management as appropriate and discuss surgical approaches as well as potential risks and management of complications that may occur.  This is done with the neurosurgical faculty present and guiding the discussion and represents a fantastic learning opportunity for residents at all levels of training. 

Stroke Conference – 4:00 p.m.

This is an optional conference for residents interested in vascular disease, in the neuro-endovascular management of ischemic disease. Each week cases are discussed from the previous week, including interpretation of imaging as well as intervention taken and patient outcome.

Thursdays

Vascular Conference – 4:00 p.m.

This weekly vascular conference focusses on the endovascular diagnosis and treatment of intracranial and spinal vascular anomalies. This includes, but is not limited to, aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, and arteriovenous fistulas. Cases from the previous week are discussed and treatment plans are formulated with a multidisciplinary group from neurosurgery, neuroradiology, and neurology.

Fridays

Invited Guest Lecture/Research Conference – 5:00 p.m.

This conference represents our invited guest lecture series.  This is either an internal faculty member at the University of Iowa or a visiting professor from an outside institution presenting on their research.  This is a wonderful opportunity for residents to invite experts in their fields of interest to present their work and provides an opportunity to foster research collaborations. 

In weeks that e no uninvited guest lecture is scheduled, residents are given the opportunity to present an update on their research progress in front of the faculty, who provide constructive feedback and guidance as the resident advances towards their research goals.

Saturdays

Saturday Conference – 8:30 a.m.

Saturday conference is an opportunity for Dr. Howard to meet with all the residents.  The major goal of conference is for residents to present their research progress and to have the one-on-one opportunity with Dr. Howard for career counseling with the goal of becoming a successful academic surgeon scientist.  When Dr. Howard is out of town, there is opportunity to review anatomy or various other topics with Dr. Greenlee or Dr. Brian Dlouhy.

University of Iowa Human Skull Base Lab

Iowa Cadaver Dissection banner

The University of Iowa recently started a cadaver lab with support from industry partners equipped with surgical microscopes, endoscopy, and all the necessary surgical instruments to familiarize residents with common skull base approaches and appreciation of neuroanatomical structures and relationships.

These have included orbitozygomatic, far lateral, interhemispheric, supracerebellar infratentorial, transpetrosal, and expanded endoscopic endonasal approaches in conjunction with our ENT colleagues. Additionally, the University of Iowa has recently begun construction on new wet lab space in the Centers for Procedural Skills and Simulation that will be outfitted with 16 stations with microscopes, drills, and suctions that will be available 24/7 to residents.

Learn more about Center for Procedural Skills and Simulation (CPSS)

Life Outside the Hospital

Iowa City is a college town that provides the ease of living in a small town with the amenities of a big city. 

To learn more about housing, schools, transportation and things to do, visit our page about Iowa City.

Discover Iowa

Clinical Facilities

operating room

University of Iowa Health Care is located on the health sciences campus of the University of Iowa. UI Health Care consists of University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, and the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. 

UI Health Care is an integral part of the University of Iowa and has a longstanding tradition of excellence in patient care, education, and research. It has long been recognized as one of the leading health care centers in the world.

University of Iowa Hospitals & ClinicsUniversity of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is a large and well-supported teaching hospital. It provides tertiary level services for the entire state and region, while at the same time creating an environment for health education programs at all levels, and in all specialties.

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics clinical services are organized through 22 departments. These include the following:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
  • Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Rehabilitation Therapies
  • Respiratory Care
  • Surgery
  • Urology

Each clinical service offers residency and fellowship programs as applicable, which are directed by faculty members from the Carver College of Medicine and the College of Dentistry.

 

Residents who train at UI Hospitals & Clinics experience a commitment to clinical excellence, including quality care delivered in a wide range of services, the most up-to-date medical technology, a medical staff comprised of senior physicians who have national reputations in their fields, excellent nursing and professional staff member with rigorous requirements for quality, and highly respected clinical and basic science research programs.

University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital

University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital

University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital is an integral part of UI Health Care. The UI Hospitals & Clinics Pediatric Neurosurgery service provides the only pediatric neurosurgical care in Iowa and draws patients from areas throughout the Midwest.

For particularly complex procedures, UI Hospitals & Clinics Pediatric Neurosurgery attracts patients from across the United States, as well as international patients. The Pediatric Neurosurgery service performs approximately 250 procedures annually, treating patients with hydrocephalus, cranio-vertebral junction abnormalities, plagiocephaly, tumors (both cranial and spinal), and spinal dysraphisms.

Carver College of Medicine

Carver College of Medicine

University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine contributes significantly to the strength of University of Iowa Health Care. With a large full-time faculty, the college carries out its functions of education, research, and service. Talented faculty bring fresh ideas, new techniques, and enthusiasm to the teaching of medical students, residents, fellows, and graduate students in various training programs.

 

The College of Medicine's teaching and basic science facilities are located adjacent to University Hospitals & Clinics, allowing scientists from both basic science and clinical departments to easily pursue interdisc

iplinary research and education.

The faculty, students, resources, and funding at the Carver College of Medicine form the cornerstone of a first-class institution committed to the missions of the patient care, education, and research.

Neurosurgery Sub-Internship

Brian Dlouhy with residentThe Department of Neurologic Surgery at the University of Iowa encourages medical students from the University of Iowa, as well as students from other medical schools, to experience four-weeks immersed in the Iowa neurosurgical service.

Students are usually senior medical students interested in pursuing a career in neurosurgery with a desire to get more hands-on experience and see how the residency program works.

Sub-Intern activities

The Sub-intern will spend time on the adult and pediatric services rounding with the residents, scrubbing into the operating room cases, and working up patients with the on-call residents. Students will also have an opportunity to present to the department on a topic of their choice, typically a research topic they have spent time on.

Contact information

For additional information or to apply, please contact:

Kathy Escher

kathy-Escher@uiowa.edu

319-356-2771

Policies and Procedures

How to Apply

Matt Howard with residentIf you are interested in applying to the Neurosurgery Residency Program, applications are accepted through ERAS. Please include your USMLE scores, Dean's letter, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.

Application deadline

Applications must be received by December 31. Priority for interviews will be given to applicants with full applications received by November 1.

Interviews

The University of Iowa Department of Neurosurgery offers interviews to fill two residency positions each year.

Applications are accepted through the ERAS system and chosen applicants are offered a choice of interview days.

Upcoming interview dates

Interviews for the 2019-2020 interview season will be held on:

  • October 28
  • November 4, 8, 11, 18
  • December 13, 16, 20
  • January 6, 10

Interview day schedule

Applicants arrive on the day of the interview to hear an overview presentation about the program and city, get a tour of the facilities, spend the day with the residents, and interview with faculty. Applicant dinner with residents held on evening of interview. The program provides hotel accommodations for applicants

Residency coordinator

Kathy Escher

kathy-escher@uiowa.edu

319-356-2771

Getting to Iowa

Learn more about different transportation methods to get to your interview here.

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Our People

neurosurgeon and residents

Our people are the heart of our program. From the reception desk to the exam room, from laboratory to diagnostic suite, from administration office to faculty office, you will find our people eager to help you become the best neurosurgeon you can be.

At Iowa, you will be exposed to some of the best clinicians, researchers, and teachers in our profession. We provide high-powered opportunities for you to learn career-long lessons from these dedicated professionals.

Chair and Department Executive Officer

Welcome!

The overarching mission of our Department of Neurosurgery is to provide our residents the finest academic neurosurgery training experience possible. It is our goal to identify and train graduating medical students who have the greatest potential to be the future leaders of academic neurosurgery. We are committed to providing these select individuals the highest quality surgical and scientific training available anywhere.

We have all the resources needed to achieve this objective. Our clinical service is large, growing, and well balanced. We have an outstanding faculty with internationally recognized clinical leaders in the major subspecialties of neurosurgery. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is superbly equipped with leading edge technologies, including extensive experimental instrumentation. Patients travel to our institution from throughout the region, elsewhere in the U.S., and around the world to receive their neurosurgical care. This provides an ideal patient population for residency training.

The University of Iowa College of Medicine is consistently ranked in the top ten nationally in NIH funding per faculty member, and this institutional research strength is particularly strong in areas critical to the future of neurosurgery. Trainees are integrated into the research planning and training regime immediately upon acceptance into our program. Each resident is integrated into a continuous scientific mentoring process. During the internship and first two years of neurosurgery residency, we explore a wide range of research opportunities. Each resident then chooses an internationally renowned research laboratory in which to spend two years of protected time dedicated to research training. The scope of research opportunities includes leading research laboratories throughout the United States and overseas. This unique experience provides the critical scientific foundation necessary to launch the trainee’s career in academic neurosurgery.

Iowa City is a wonderful place to work and live. It is the ideal environment for residents who wish to pursue their professional ambitions at the highest level, while at the same time enjoying the many benefits of living in a safe, affordable, and culturally rich university town.

Medical students with outstanding academic credentials, who are committed to becoming leaders in the field of academic neurosurgery, are welcome to visit our program, meet the residents and faculty, and apply for the residency program. Please see the institution’s GME home page for more information about Graduate Medical Education at the University of Iowa.

Matthew A. Howard, III, MD

Chair and Department Executive Officer

Department of Neurosurgery Faculty

Learn more about our faculty members.

Current Residents

Chief Residents (PGY-7)

Muhammad Ali, MD

Mario Zanaty, MD

Medical school: Université Saint-Joseph Faculté de Médecine
Undergraduate: Université Saint-Joseph Faculté de Médecine
Hometown: Zahle, Lebanon

PGY-6

Luyuan Li, MD

Scott Seaman, MD

Medical school: Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Undergraduate: Saint Francis University
Hometown: Sewickley, Pa.

PGY-5

Colin Gold, MD

Brian Park, MD

Medical school: University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego
Hometown: Anaheim, Cali.

PGY-4

David Christianson, MD

Mark Dougherty, MD

Medical school: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Duke University
Hometown: Austin, Texas

PGY-3

Nahom Teferi, MD

Medical school: Addis Ababa University College of Health Sciences
Post-doctoral scholar/fellowship in neurosurgery: University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Timothy Woodiwiss, MD

Medical school: University of Washington School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Washington State University
Hometown: Moses Lake, Wash.                            

PGY-2

Michael Kritikos, portrait

Michael Kritikos, MD

Tyson Matern, portrait

Tyson Matern, MD

Medical School: University of Neveda, Reno School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Hometown: Bountiful, Utah

"During my interview day at the University of Iowa, it was clear that the neurosurgery program offered extremely well-rounded training with strong clinical, operative, and research experience. It was also clear that the residents and faculty at Iowa are a cohesive, friendly, and hard-working group that would provide excellent mentorship and collegiality. Overall, the program's vast resources and commitment to training future leaders in academic neurosurgery made Iowa the preferred choice for my residency training."

PGY-1

Anthony Marincovich, portrait

Anthony Marincovich, MD

Medical School: University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

Clayton Rosinski, portrait

Clayton Rosinski, MD

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine

Marshall Holland, MD

Marshall HollandMedical school: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: University of Miami, Coral Gables FL

Hometown: Mendota IL

“The Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Iowa has allowed me and other residents to perform high level research with incredible collaborators within a high-volume, quick paced service in a community that is great to live in. This residency fully prepares you to excel in a busy clinical practice, achieve successful rigorous scientific inquiries, and develop teaching proficiencies.”

Clinical Interests

  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Neuromodulation
  • Endoscopic and minimally invasive neurosurgery
  • Stereotactic surgery
  • Brain tumors

Current Research Inquires

Neurovascular and Autonomic Effects of Spinal Cord Stimulation in Humans: A Potential Novel Treatment Paradigm for Restless Legs Syndrome
Intradural Spinal Cord Stimulation: Device Development, Animal Models, and Translation to Humans, Treatment Options and Outcomes in Trigeminal Neuralgia

Planned fellowships

January 2020-June 2020: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, University of Florida, Kelly Foote, MD
July 2020-June 2021: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Oregon Health and Science University, Kim Burchiel, MD

Selected publications

Epidural Spinal Cord Stimulation: A Novel Therapy in the Treatment of Restless Legs Syndrome.

Holland MT, Rettenmaier LA, Flouty OE, Thomsen TR, Jerath NU, Reddy CG.

World Neurosurg. 2016 Aug;92:582.e15-582.e18. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2016.05.077. Epub 2016 Jun 3.

PMID: 27268311

Femoral vascular conductance and peroneal muscle sympathetic nerve activity responses to acute epidural spinal cord stimulation in humans.

Holwerda SW, Holland MT, Reddy CG, Pierce GL.

Exp Physiol. 2018 Jun;103(6):905-915. doi: 10.1113/EP086945. Epub 2018 May 5.

PMID: 29603444

Intradural Spinal Cord Stimulation: Performance Modeling of a New Modality.

Anderson DJ, Kipke DR, Nagel SJ, Lempka SF, Machado AG, Holland MT, Gillies GT, Howard MA 3rd, Wilson S.

Front Neurosci. 2019 Mar 19;13:253. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2019.00253. eCollection 2019.

PMID: 30941012

The cost-effectiveness of surgery for trigeminal neuralgia in surgically naïve patients: a retrospective study.

Holland M, Noeller J, Buatti J, He W, Shivapour ET, Hitchon PW.

Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2015 Oct;137:34-7. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2015.06.011. Epub 2015 Jun 18.

PMID: 26123528

Durotomy Surrogate and Seals for Intradural Spinal Cord Stimulators: Apparatus and Review of Clinical Methods and Materials.

Nagel SJ, Helland L, Woodroffe RW, Frizon LA, Holland MT, Machado AG, Yamaguchi S, Gillies GT, Howard MA 3rd, Wilson S.

Neuromodulation. 2019 Jan 11. doi: 10.1111/ner.12913. [Epub ahead of print]

PMID: 30632655

Liesl Close, MD

Medical school: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Willamette University, Salem OR

Hometown: Eugene, OR

“Iowa has given me the opportunity and the tools necessary to pursue my dreams. I felt at home here.  The faculty, staff, and residents are great to work with. Iowa City is a gem.”

Clinical and research interests

  • Trauma
  • Spine

Selected publications

Acute Hydrocephalus Resulting from Neuromyelitis Optica: A Case Report and Review of the Literature.

Close LN, Zanaty M, Kirby P, Dlouhy BJ.

World Neurosurg. 2019 Sep;129:367-371. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2019.05.177. Epub 2019 Jun 11.

PMID: 31200081

Thoracic meningocele and cervical syringomyelia treated with ventriculoperitoneal shunt.

Close LN, Park B, Woodroffe RW, Hitchon PW.

World Neurosurg. 2019 May 29. pii: S1878-8750(19)31481-0. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2019.05.204. [Epub ahead of print]

PMID: 31152885

Genome-wide DNA methylation investigation of glucocorticoid exposure within buccal samples.

Braun PR, Tanaka-Sahker M, Chan AC, Jellison SS, Klisares MJ, Hing BW, Shabbir Y, Gaul LN, Nagahama Y, Robles J, Heinzman JT, Sabbagh S, Cramer EM, Duncan GN, Yuki K, Close LN, Dlouhy BJ, Howard MA 3rd, Kawasaki H, Stein KM, Potash JB, Shinozaki G.

Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2019 Jun;73(6):323-330. doi: 10.1111/pcn.12835. Epub 2019 Mar 28.

PMID: 30821055

Genome-wide DNA methylation comparison between live human brain and peripheral tissues within individuals.

Braun PR, Han S, Hing B, Nagahama Y, Gaul LN, Heinzman JT, Grossbach AJ, Close L, Dlouhy BJ, Howard MA 3rd, Kawasaki H, Potash JB, Shinozaki G.

Transl Psychiatry. 2019 Jan 31;9(1):47. doi: 10.1038/s41398-019-0376-y.

PMID: 30705257

Epigenetics of Delirium and Aging: Potential Role of DNA Methylation Change on Cytokine Genes in Glia and Blood Along With Aging.

Shinozaki G, Braun PR, Hing BWQ, Ratanatharathorn A, Klisares MJ, Duncan GN, Jellison SS, Heinzman JT, Nagahama Y, Close L, Sabbagh S, Dlouhy BJ, Howard MA, Kawasaki H, Cho HR.

Front Aging Neurosci. 2018 Oct 23;10:311. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2018.00311. eCollection 2018.

PMID: 30405391

Volume of Brain Herniation After Decompressive Craniectomy in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury.

Abode-Iyamah KO, Stoner KE, Close LN, DeVries Watson NA, Flouty OE, Grosland NM, Howard MA 3rd.

World Neurosurg. 2018 Oct;118:e414-e421. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2018.06.204. Epub 2018 Jul 2.

PMID: 30257297

Cortical spreading depression as a site of origin for migraine: Role of CGRP.

Close LN, Eftekhari S, Wang M, Charles AC, Russo AF.

Cephalalgia. 2019 Mar;39(3):428-434. doi: 10.1177/0333102418774299. Epub 2018 Apr 25.

PMID: 29695168

Mario Zanaty, MD

Medical school: Université Saint-Joseph Faculté de Médecine

Undergraduate: Université Saint-Joseph Faculté de Médecine

Hometown: Zahle, Lebanon

“High volume, high quality research, and an unheard-of level of support from the staff. I remind myself everyday how lucky I am to have matched here.”

Clinical and research interests

  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Cognition
  • Delayed cerebral ischemia
  • Revascularization
  • Stroke

Awards and grants

T32 grant recipient (T32HL007344-40).

Selected publications

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Flow diversion versus conventional treatment for carotid cavernous aneurysms.

Zanaty M, Chalouhi N, Starke RM, Barros G, Saigh MP, Schwartz EW, Ajiboye N, Tjoumakaris SI, Hasan D, Rosenwasser RH, Jabbour P.

Stroke. 2014 Sep;45(9):2656-61. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.114.006247. Epub 2014 Jul 22.

PMID: 25052318

Flow-diversion for ophthalmic segment aneurysms.

Zanaty M, Chalouhi N, Barros G, Schwartz EW, Saigh MP, Starke RM, Whiting A, Tjoumakaris SI, Hasan D, Rosenwasser RH, Jabbour P.

Neurosurgery. 2015 Mar;76(3):286-9; discussion 289-90. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0000000000000607.

PMID:25584955

Flow-diversion panacea or poison?

Zanaty M, Chalouhi N, Tjoumakaris SI, Rosenwasser RH, Gonzalez LF, Jabbour P.

Front Neurol. 2014 Feb 28;5:21. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2014.00021. eCollection 2014. Review.

PMID:24592254

Diverse Use of the WEB Device: A Technical Note on WEB Stenting and WEB Coiling of Complex Aneurysms.

Zanaty M, Roa JA, Dandapat S, Samaniego EA, Jabbour P, Hasan D.

World Neurosurg. 2019 Jul 10;130:201-205. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2019.07.027. [Epub ahead of print]

PMID:31301439

Flow diversion for complex middle cerebral artery aneurysms.

Zanaty M, Chalouhi N, Tjoumakaris SI, Gonzalez LF, Rosenwasser R, Jabbour P.

Neuroradiology. 2014 May;56(5):381-7. doi: 10.1007/s00234-014-1339-x. Epub 2014 Feb 18.

PMID:24535072

Methods and Devices for Posterior VPS Placement Surgery: 25 Years of Iterative Refinement.

Zanaty M, Roa JA, Piscopo AJ, Kritikos ME, Teferi N, Howard MA 3rd.

World Neurosurg. 2019 May 24. pii: S1878-8750(19)31425-1. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2019.05.148. [Epub ahead of print]

PMID: 31132499

Complications following cranioplasty: incidence and predictors in 348 cases.

Zanaty M, Chalouhi N, Starke RM, Clark SW, Bovenzi CD, Saigh M, Schwartz E, Kunkel ES, Efthimiadis-Budike AS, Jabbour P, Dalyai R, Rosenwasser RH, Tjoumakaris SI.

J Neurosurg. 2015 Jul;123(1):182-8. doi: 10.3171/2014.9.JNS14405. Epub 2015 Mar 13.

PMID:25768830

Safety of tirofiban and dual antiplatelet therapy in treating intracranial aneurysms.

Samaniego EA, Gibson E, Nakagawa D, Ortega-Gutierrez S, Zanaty M, Roa JA, Jabbour P, Hasan DM.

Stroke Vasc Neurol. 2019 Feb 3;4(1):36-42. doi: 10.1136/svn-2018-000192. eCollection 2019 Mar.

PMID: 31105977

The Wishbone: A Cranial Midline Localizing Device.

Zanaty M, Banu M, Flouty O, Grady S, Holland MT, Isaacs A, Kung D, Limbrick DD Jr, McKhann G 2nd, Nagahama Y, Zipfel GJ, Howard MA 3rd.

World Neurosurg. 2019 May 14. pii: S1878-8750(19)31320-8. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2019.05.046. [Epub ahead of print]

PMID: 31100521

Feasibility, safety, and changes in systolic blood pressure associated with endovascular revascularization of symptomatic and chronically occluded cervical internal carotid artery using a newly suggested radiographic classification of chronically occluded cervical internal carotid artery: pilot study.

Hasan D, Zanaty M, Starke RM, Atallah E, Chalouhi N, Jabbour P, Singla A, Guerrero WR, Nakagawa D, Samaniego EA, Mbabuike N, Tawk RG, Siddiqui AH, Levy EI, Novakovic RL, White J, Schirmer CM, Brott TG, Shallwani H, Hopkins LN.

J Neurosurg. 2018 May 1:1-10. doi: 10.3171/2018.1.JNS172858. [Epub ahead of print]

PMID:29775153

Cognitive and cerebral hemodynamic effects of endovascular recanalization of chronically occluded cervical internal carotid artery: single-center study and review of the literature.

Zanaty M, Howard S, Roa JA, Alvarez CM, Kung DK, McCarthy DJ, Samaniego EA, Nakagawa D, Starke RM, Limaye K, Al Kasab S, Chalouhi N, Jabbour P, Torner J, Tranel D, Hasan D.

J Neurosurg. 2019 Mar 29:1-9. doi: 10.3171/2019.1.JNS183337. [Epub ahead of print]

PMID: 30925474

C1-C2 Motion During C-MAC D-Blade Videolaryngoscopy and Endotracheal Intubation in 2 Patients With Type II Odontoid Fractures: A Case Report.

Hindman BJ, Woodroffe RW, Zanaty M, Kawasaki H, Yamaguchi S, Puttlitz CM, Gadomski BC.

A Pract. 2019 Mar 20. doi: 10.1213/XAA.0000000000001000. [Epub ahead of print]

PMID: 30907749

Mechanical Thrombectomy of Acutely Occluded Flow Diverters.

Samaniego EA, Dandapat S, Roa JA, Zanaty M, Nakagawa D, Hasan DM.

Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2019 Mar 20. pii: opz023. doi: 10.1093/ons/opz023. [Epub ahead of print]

PMID: 30892631

In vitro accuracy and inter-observer reliability of CT angiography in detecting intracranial aneurysm enlargement.

Al Kasab S, Nakagawa D, Zanaty M, Bathla G, Policeni B, Soni N, Allan L, Hudson J, Limaye K, Ortega-Gutierrez S, Samaniego EA, Hasan D.

J Neurointerv Surg. 2019 Mar 6. pii: neurintsurg-2019-014737. doi: 10.1136/neurintsurg-2019-014737. [Epub ahead of print]

PMID: 30842308

Letter by Hudson et al Regarding Article, "Clinicopathological Insights From Vessel Wall Imaging of Unruptured Intracranial Aneurysms".

Hudson JS, Zanaty M, Hasan DM.

Stroke. 2018 Dec 7:STROKEAHA118023744. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.118.023744. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.

PMID: 30580746

Magnetic Resonance Vessel Wall Imaging in Human Intracranial Aneurysms.

Hudson JS, Zanaty M, Nakagawa D, Kung DK, Jabbour P, Samaniego EA, Hasan D.

Stroke. 2018 Dec 7:STROKEAHA118023701. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.118.023701. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.

PMID: 30580739

Letter to the Editor Regarding "Estimation and Recanalization of Chronic Occluded Internal Carotid Artery: Hybrid Operation by Carotid Endarterectomy and Endovascular Angioplasty".

Zanaty M, Samaniego EA, Hasan DM.

World Neurosurg. 2019 Jan;121:287. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2018.09.033. No abstract available.

PMID: 30557930

Plasma Soluble Human Elastin Fragments as an Intra-Aneurysmal Localized Biomarker for Ruptured Intracranial Aneurysm.

Nakagawa D, Zanaty M, Hudson J, Teferi N, Ishii D, Allan L, Jabbour P, Ortega-Gutierrez S, Samaniego EA, Hasan DM.

J Am Heart Assoc. 2018 Sep 4;7(17):e010051. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.118.010051.

PMID: 30371156

Hybrid Surgery for Internal Carotid Artery Revascularization.

Zanaty M, Samaniego EA, Teferi N, Kung DK, Nakagawa D, Hudson J, Ortega-Gutierrez S, Allan L, Jabbour P, Hasan DM.

World Neurosurg. 2019 Jan;121:137-144. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2018.09.230. Epub 2018 Oct 9.

PMID: 30312821

Resection of a Pediatric Intramedullary Spinal Cord Tumor: 2-Dimensional Operative Video.

Woodroffe RW, Zanaty M, Kirby P, Dlouhy BJ, Menezes AH.

Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2019 Apr 1;16(4):518. doi: 10.1093/ons/opy185.

PMID: 30085227

Same-Day Discharge After Treatment with the Pipeline Embolization Device Using Monitored Anesthesia Care.

Zanaty M, Daou B, Chalouhi N, Starke RM, Samaniego E, Derdeyn C, Jabbour P, Hasan D.

World Neurosurg. 2016 Dec;96:31-35. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2016.08.050. Epub 2016 Aug 23.

PMID:27565476

Scott Seaman, MD

Medical school: Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Undergraduate: Saint Francis University

Hometown: Sewickley, PA

“When choosing the neurosurgery residency program at Iowa, I was struck by the types of cases the chief residents described being able to do own their own and the team-based mentality the residents seemed to have. Having been in the program for several years now, I still am struck by the fantastic training with high clinical volume, hands-on operative experience, and extensive research opportunities. The residents have a great team-based mentality and camaraderie that make the challenges of neurosurgery enjoyable. My wife and I love living in Iowa and it is a wonderful place to raise our three young children. I would absolutely choose Iowa again.”

Clinical interests

Open and minimally invasive skull base approaches

Research interests

  • Radiographic and clinical variation in Chiari Malformation I
  • Neurocognition in Chiari Malformation I and cerebellar contribution to modulating cognitive tasks
  • Brainstem anatomy/histology
  • 7T MRI of brainstem/cerebellum
  • Clinical outcomes in endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery

Selected publications

Seaman SC, Dawson JD, Magnotta V, Menezes AH, Dlouhy BJ. Fourth ventricle enlargement in Chiari malformation type I. Word Neurosurg. 2019 Sept 9.

Seaman S, Kerezoudis P, Bydon M, Torner JC, Hitchon PW. Titanium vs. polyetherketone (PEEK) interbody fusion: Meta-analysis and review of the literature. Clin Neurosci. 2017. Oct;44:23-29.

Payne R, Seaman S, Sieg E, Langan S, Harbaugh K, Rizk E. Evaluating the evidence: is neurolysis or neurectomy a better treatment for meralgia paresthetica?  Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2017 May; 159 (5): 931-936.

Seaman S, elson P, Alexander J, Swift A, Fick J. Resolution of intractable retching following mobilization of a dolichoectatic vertebral artery: case report of a unique brainstem-cranial nerve compression syndrome. J Neurosurg. 2017 Oct; 127(4): 761-767.

Krishnamurthy V, Mukherjee D, Reider A, Seaman S, Singh G, Fernandez-Mendoza J, Saunders E. Subjective and objective sleep discrepancy in symptomatic bipolar disorder compared to healthy controls. J Affect Disord. 2018 Mar 15; 229:247-253.

Brian Park, MD

Medical school: University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego

Hometown: Anaheim, CA

Publications

Deep brain stimulation hardware-related infections: 10-year experience at a single institution.

Abode-Iyamah KO, Chiang HY, Woodroffe RW, Park B, Jareczek FJ, Nagahama Y, Winslow N, Herwaldt LA, Greenlee JDW.

Risk factors for surgical site infections and assessment of vancomycin powder as a preventive measure in patients undergoing first-time cranioplasty.

Abode-Iyamah KO, Chiang HY, Winslow N, Park B, Zanaty M, Dlouhy BJ, Flouty OE, Rasmussen ZD, Herwaldt LA, Greenlee JD.

Thoracic Meningocele and Cervical Syringomyelia Treated with Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt.

Close LN, Park B, Woodroffe RW, Hitchon PW.

Fibro-osseous lesion of the cranium in an adolescent patient.

Park B, Abode-Iyamah K, Lee SL, Kirby P, El-Khoury G, Wilson S.

Intraventricular foramen of Monro cavernous malformation.

Winslow N, Abode-Iyamah K, Flouty O, Park B, Kirby P, Howard M 3rd.

Value of Targeted Epidural Blood Patch and Management of Subdural Hematoma in Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension: Case Report and Review of the Literature.

Rettenmaier LA, Park BJ, Holland MT, Hamade YJ, Garg S, Rastogi R, Reddy CG.

IgG4 related disease of the craniovertebral junction

Park B, Starks R, Kirby P, Menezes A, Dlouhy B

 

Mark Dougherty, MD

Medical school: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Duke University

Hometown: Austin, TX

“‘At Iowa, you WILL learn to operate, whether you like it or not’ – this was said to me on my interview day, and was a big selling point. Strong research mentorship. Challenging but non-malignant environment, with good resident autonomy, in a place that’s easy to live.”

Clinical and research interests

  • Skull base surgery
  • Benign/low grade tumors
  • Novel surgical techniques
  • Functional neurosurgery

Selected publications

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31350851

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28973347

Article: Predictors of Reduced Opioid Use with Spinal Cord Stimulation in Patients with Chronic Opioid Use
Journal: Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface

Nahom Teferi, MD

Medical school: Addis Ababa University College of Health Sciences

Post-Doctoral scholar/fellowship in neurosurgery: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

“Having had the chance to pursue a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Iowa, I was able to witness firsthand the cutting-edge scientific research and world class patient care that is rendered to our patients on a day to day basis. The diverse array of clinical presentations as well as volume of operative cases was also unparalleled. In addition, the utmost emphasis in training future academic neurosurgeons, who are leaders in their respective subspecialties along with the camaraderie and friendship among the residents, made choosing Iowa neurosurgery training program an easy choice.”

Clinical and research interests

I have keen interest in pursuing novel treatment approaches and research in the field of neuro-oncology, particularly in immunotherapy and the role of nanotechnology in the design and delivery of cell-specific anticancer molecule and their effect in GBM tumor kinetics.

Publications

Zanaty, M., Samaniego, E.A., Teferi, N., Kung, D.K., Nakagawa, D., Hudson, J., Ortega-Gutierrez, S., Allan, L., Jabbour, P. and Hasan, D.M., 2019. Hybrid surgery for internal carotid artery revascularization. World neurosurgery, 121, pp.137-144.

Holland, M.T., Teferi, N., Noeller, J., Swenson, A., Smith, M., Buatti, J. and Hitchon, P.W., 2017. Stereotactic radio surgery and radio frequency rhizotomy for trigeminal neuralgia in multiple sclerosis: A single institution experience. Clinical neurology and neurosurgery, 162, pp.80-84.

Teferi, N.T., Hadera, F.A. and Gudeta, M., 2017. Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice of Health Extension Workers in Prescribing Antimalarials in Assosa Zone of Benishangul Gumuz Regional State (BGRS), Northwestern Ethiopia, Ethiopian Medical Journal, 55(3).

M.S., Zanaty, M., Teferi, N., Kung, D., Limaye, K., Al Kasab, S., Nakagawa, D., Jabbour, P., Samaniego, E.A. and Hasan, D.M., 2019. Abstract TP561: The Effects of Recanalization of Chronically Occluded Internal Carotid Artery on Patients' Neurocognition. Stroke, 50(Suppl_1), pp.ATP561-ATP561.

Nakagawa, D., Zanaty, M., Hudson, J., Teferi, N., Ishii, D., Allan, L., Jabbour, P., Ortega‐Gutierrez, S., Samaniego, E.A. and Hasan, D.M., 2018. Plasma Soluble Human Elastin Fragments as an Intra‐Aneurysmal Localized Biomarker for Ruptured Intracranial Aneurysm. Journal of the American Heart Association, 7(17), p.e010051.

Zanaty, M., Roa, J.A., Piscopo, A.J., Kritikos, M.E., Teferi, N. and Howard III, M.A., 2019. Methods and Devices for Posterior Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Placement Surgery: 25 Years of Iterative Refinement. World neurosurgery.

Chieng, L., Madhavan, K., Teferi, N., Wang, M. and Vanni, S., 2018. 329 Prolonged Use of Narcotic Following Lumbar Spine Surgery: Predictive Factors and Outcome Analysis. Neurosurgery, 65(CN_suppl_1).

Submissions

Hitchon P., Teferi, N., Abukhiran, I., Noeller, J., Helland, L., Bathla, G., Nourski, K., 2019. Vertebral Hemangiomas: diagnosis and management. A single center experience. World Neurosurgery- Submitted

Timothy Woodiwiss, MD

Medical school: University of Washington School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Washington State University

Hometown: Moses Lake, WA

“During my sub-internships around the country, I was impressed with the uniform consensus around the excellent track record of producing well trained academic neurosurgeons at the University of Iowa.  During my interview at the University of Iowa, I was struck by the enthusiasm for and commitment to structured resident mentorship by Dr. Howard and Dr. Greenlee, as well as the two dedicated years for research which can take place anywhere in the world. After ranking Iowa highly and being fortunate enough to match here, I can say with confidence that if being an academic neurosurgeon is your career goal, then the University of Iowa should be a program on your radar.”

Clinical and research interests

  • Primary brain tumors

Selected publications

Ruzevick J, Woodiwiss T, Emerson S, Patel A, Sekhar L, Ferriera M. Adjuvant radiation does not decrease the risk of short-term tumor recurrence or improve overall survival in patients with atypical meningioma. Journal of Neuro-Oncology (2019). Submitted

Chibawanye E, Kreuser S, Zhang H, Arora S, Moyes K, Szulzewsky F, Wirsching H, Patel A, Kong P, Woodiwiss T, Houghton A, Pierce R, Crane C, Holland E. Anti-PD-L1 antibody direct activation of macrophages contributes to an abscopal response in murine brain tumors. Cancer Cell (2019). Submitted

Woodiwiss TR, Whipple M, Wu PC. Student satisfaction and the value of participation in a structured medical student research program. J Investig Med (2017) 65 (1): 111

Puthiyaveetil S, Woodiwiss T, Knoerdel R, Zia A, Wood M, Hoehner R, Kirchhoff H. Significance of The Photosystem II Core Phosphatase PBCP For Plant Viability and Protein Repair in Thylakoid Membranes. Plant Cell Physiol (2014) 55 (7): 1245-1254

Alumni Residents

Our residents have many choices available after completing their residency training.

Below is a summary of recent resident destinations.  

Alumni destinations

  • 2018, Olatilewa Awe, Mosaic Life Care
  • 2018, Yasunori Nagahama, UCLA Health
  • 2017, Kingsley Abode-Iyamah, Mayo Clinic
  • 2016, Taylor Abel, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • 2016, Andrew Grossbach, The Ohio State University
  • 2015, Brian Dalm, The Ohio State University
  • 2015, Stephanus Viljoen, The Ohio State University
  • 2014, Raheel Ahmed, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • 2014, Daniel Hansen
  • 2013, Kelly Mahaney, Stanford University
  • 2013, Brian Dlouhy, University of Iowa
  • 2012, David Kung, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2012, Adam Jackson, Sanford Health
  • 2011, Nadar Dahdaleh, Northwestern Medicine
  • 2011, Timothy Vogel, Hackensack University Medical Center
  • 2011, Timothy Lindley, Heartland Orthopedic Specialists
  • 2010, Chandan Reddy, University of Florida Health
  • 2010, Fangxiang Chen, Mercy Health System
  • 2009, Gregory Albert, Arkansas Children's Hospital
  • 2009, Saul Wilson, University of Iowa
  • 2008, Albert Fenoy, McGovern Medical School at UT Health
  • 2008, Bryan Bertoglio, Amita Health Medical Group
  • 2007, Meryl Severson, Durham VA Health Care
  • 2006, David Hasan, University of Iowa
  • 2006, Steven Kraljic, CHI St. Alexius Health
  • 2005, Kurt M. Eichholz, St. Louis Minimally Invasive Spine Center
  • 2005, Dan Guillaume, University of Minnesota
  • 2004, Christopher Barry, Neurological Services
  • 2004, Jeremy Greenlee, University of Iowa
  • 2003, Laurie Ackerman, Indiana University

Post Doctoral Clinical Trainees

Masoom Chainani, portrait

Masoom Chainani, MD

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Asad Lak, MBBS

Asad Lak, MBBS

Medical School: King Edward Medical University