Reid C. Thompson, MD
Dr. Reid Thompson is the William F. Meacham Professor of Neurological Surgery, Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery, and Director of Neurosurgical Oncology at Vanderbilt Medical Center. He also holds a secondary appointment as Professor of Otolaryngology. His clinical interests are in all aspects of neurovascular surgery and brain tumor surgery, including skull base surgery.
Oran S. Aaronson, MD
Dr. Oran Aaronson is Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery. His clinical interests include surgery of the spine with emphasis on minimally invasive techniques, degenerative spinal disorders, complex spinal reconstruction and spinal tumors.
George S. Allen, MD, PhD
Dr. George Allen is Professor, Emeritus and Former William F. Meacham Professor & Chairman of Neurological Surgery.
Richard A. Berkman, MD
Dr. Richard Berkman is Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery. He completed his residency in Neurological Surgery at Vanderbilt after finishing his undergraduate degree at Harvard University and his medical education at New York University School of Medicine. Following completion of a two-year medical staff fellowship in Surgical Neurology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD and a fellowship in complex spine surgery at Emory University Medical Center, he returned to Vanderbilt as an assistant professor of Neurosurgery from 1994 to 1997. Since that time, Dr. Berkman has been in private practice and now brings his clinical practice to Vanderbilt to share with our residents the attributes fundamental to a successful practice.
Christopher M. Bonfield, MD
Dr. Chiristopher Bonfield is Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery. He joins our surgical faculty, in the Department of Neurological Surgery, after completing his fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery at University of British Columbia/BC Children's Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His clinical and research interests include pediatric neurosurgery, craniofacial surgery outcomes, minimally-invasive craniosynostosis correction, spinal deformity/scoliosis correction, Chiari malformation and scoliosis, and international neurosurgery.
Lola B. Chambless, MD
Dr. Chambless is Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery. She developed the clinical outcome program for the Vanderbilt Brain Tumor Center and participates in a number of projects evaluating the impact of metabolic disorders on brain cancer.
Rohan V. Chitale, MD
Dr. Chitaleis Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery.His clinical areas of interest include intracranial aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and dural arteriovenous fistulae, cavernomas, carotid artery stenosis, and stroke.
Mark A. Cobb, MD, FAANS, FACS
Dr. Mark Cobb is Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery. As an integral part of our Community Practice Program, Dr. Cobb primarily sees patients at Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia, TN. His clinical interests are in general neurosurgery.
Matthew R. Fusco, MD
Dr. Matthew R. Fusco is Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery. He joins our surgical faculty, in the Department of Neurological Surgery, after completing his cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery fellowship in the Harvard Medical School at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston MA.
Peter E. Konrad, MD, PhD
Dr. Peter Konrad is Professor of Neurological Surgery. He is Director of Functional Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt Medical Center. His clinical interests are in all areas of functional neurosurgery, with special emphasis on the surgical treatment of movement disorders (including Parkinson's disease, tremor, dystonia and spasticity), epilepsy and medically refractory pain.
Robert P. Naftel, MD
Dr. Naftel is Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery. He comes to Vanderbilt from the University of Pittsburgh where he served as a fellow in the Department of Neurosurgery. His clinical and research interests include pediatric hydrocephalus, epilepsy surgery, spine surgery, brain tumors and pediatric vascular disorders. He has trained in minimally invasive endoscopic techniques for the treatment of hydrocephalus, brain tumors and spinal disorders. His research also focuses on patient satisfaction, patient education, and the use of technology and social media for patient outreach.
Jacob P. Schwarz, MD
Dr. Jacob Schwarz is an Assistant Professor in Neurological Surgery. He graduated from Washington University before receiving his medical education at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he did his residency and obtained advanced specialty training in neuro-oncology and complex spine procedures. Dr. Schwarz became a Neurosurgery instructor at Johns Hopkins before he went into private practice.
Allen K. Sills, MD
Dr. Allen Sills is Professor of Neurological Surgery. His clinical interests are brain tumors, sports neurosurgery, and general neurosurgery.
Gary S. Solomon, PhD
Dr. Solomon is Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Psychiatry. As a clinical neuropsychologist, he specializes in assessment. His research interests include sports-related concussions, neuro-oncology, and the neuropsychological aspects of central nervous system disorders.
Kyle D. Weaver, MD
Dr. Kyle Weaver is Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and holds a secondary appointment as Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology. His clinical interests include all aspects of intracranial Neurosurgery with a focus on surgery for benign and malignant tumors, metastatic disease to the brain and spine, and skull base surgery.
John "Jay" Wellons, III, MD, MSPH
Dr. Wellons is Professor of Neurological Surgery and Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery, holds a secondary appointment as Professor of Pediatrics, and is Residency Program Director in Neurosurgery. He was the Site Investigator for the private and NIH-funded Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (HCRN), and continues as the Primary Investigator for ongoing studies related to HCRN. His additional research and clinical interests include the role of neuroendoscopy in the treatment of pediatric brain tumors and hydrocephalus, improving surgical outcomes in Chiari and Chiari-related disorders, and anatomic and surgical studies of the brachial plexus and peripheral nerves.
Hong Yu, MD
Dr. Yu joins our surgical faculty as Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery after serving as Assistant Professor at Stanford University Medical Center in California. Her clinical interest is in general neurosurgery with a specialized interest in advancing the application of deep brain stimulation for the treatment of neurologic and psychiatric diseases. Dr. Yu's research focuses on the development of a statistical, physiologic brain atlas and its application in DBS targeting and programming.
Aqeela Afzal, PhD, MBA, MS
Dr. Afzal is Assistant Research Professor of Neurological Surgery. Her research interests include Ischemic Stroke and Diabetic Retinopathy.
Bree L. Burks, RN, BSN, MSN, CCRP
Ms. Burks is Director of Clinical Research in the Section of Surgical Sciences, Assistant in Neurological Surgery. She beganher research career by supporting trials based on prevention, treatment, and recoveryof patients suffering from cerebrovascular disease. More recently,her involvement has broadened to encompass supporting all surgical faculty involved in clinical research at Vanderbilt. In addition, she focuses on the overall coordination and oversight for national and international multicenter clinical trials that are managed at Vanderbilt.
Michael Harvey, PhD
Dr. Harvey is Research Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery. His clinical interest ismicroelectrode brain mapping for target localization of deep brain stimulation treatment of movement disorders. His research focus is the neural substrate ofsensorimotor integration.
C. Chris Kao, MD, PhD
Dr. Kao is Research Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery. His clinical interest is microelectrode brain mapping for target localization of deep brain stimulation treatment of movement disorders. His research focus is on electrophysiology in nerve stimulation, epilepsy, pain control and head injury.
Michael S. Remple, PhD
Dr. Remple is Research Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery. His clinical interest is microelectrode brain mapping for target localization of deep brain stimulation treatment of movement disorders. His research focus is on electrophysiology in cortical and subcortical stimulation, primate sensori-motor physiology, and neural prosthesis development.
Chevis Shannon, MBA, MPH, DrPH
Dr. Shannon is a ResearchAssociate Professor of Neurological Surgery. She also serves as director of the Vanderbilt Pediatric Neurosurgery Clinical Research Initiative. Her research interests include quality improvement initiatives to reduce surgical site infections, comparative effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and decision analysis research related to surgical intervention, long-term clinical and quality of life outcomes in children with hydrocephalus, traumatic brain injury (including abusive head trauma, sports-related concussions), epilepsy, spina bifida and tumors. She also has an interest in the economic impact of surgical intervention in tumor, AVM and epilepsy adult patients.
Jialiang Wang, PhD
Dr. Wang is Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Cancer Biology, and Director, Neurosurgical Oncology Laboratory. His research focuses on the study of signaling pathways implicated in the therapeutic resistance of brain tumor stem cells, particularly the Notch pathway, with a long-term goal of translating understanding of these pathways into innovative treatments that effectively target cancer stem cells or sensitize these cells to conventional chemo-radiotherapy. Dr. Wang's laboratory also works on developing novel molecular probes specific to cancer stem cells that may facilitate study of cancer stem cell biology.
Trisha L. Cooper, PA-C
Ms. Trisha L. Cooper is Assistant in Neurological Surgery. As a Physician Assistant, she works in the Pediatric Neurosurgery Program.
Barrett Raburn, PA-C
Mr.Barrett Raburn is Assistant in Neurological Surgery. As a Physician Assistant, he works closely with Dr. Mark Cobb in the Neurosurgical Community Practice Program.
Edward Osuigwe, PA-C
Mr. Edward Osuigwe is Assistant in Neurological Surgery. As a Physician Assistant Assistant, he works with the Spine Neurosurgery Program.
Ryan Raburn, PA-C
Mr. Ryan Raburn is Assistant in Neurological Surgery. As a Physician Assistant, he works closely with Dr. Allen Sills in the Neurosurgical Community Practice Program.
Amanda Wright, PA-C
Ms. Amanda Wright is Assistant in Neurological Surgery. As a Physician Assistant, she works closely with Dr. Richard Berkman.
Vishad V. Sukul, MD
Dr.Sukul joins the Vanderbilt surgical faculty as an Instructor in Clinical Neurological Surgery, specializing in Functional Neurosurgery.