Speakers


Each year the Walter Grand Neurosurgery Forum proudly hosts the brightest minds in the Neurosurgical Field and this year we're excited to feature the following speakers.

Dr. Babak S. Jahromi, MD, PHD

Doctor Babak Jahromi, MD, PhD, Neurosurgeon

Vice Chair of Regional Neurological Surgery
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Jahromi is a dual-trained neurosurgeon with extensive experience in endovascular and cerebrovascular surgery. He holds fellowships from the Universities of Miami and Buffalo, and a PhD from the University of Chicago. His work has been widely published, with over 200 papers, abstracts and book chapters to date.
 
 

Dr. W. David Freeman, MD

The Founding Neurosciences ICU Medical Director & Co-Director of the Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Stroke Center at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL

Dr. Freeman is a clinical scientist with translational research interests in metabolomics, proteomics, and drug discovery for acute stroke and brain-injury mechanisms of disease. He is an expert in intrathecal drug delivery using minimally invasive brain catheters, and was on the steering committee of the international NIH-funded randomized trial called CLEAR III studying a drug to expedite intracranial blood clot resolution. Dr. Freeman has authored over 160 peer-reviewed publications and four textbooks in the fields of neurocritical care and neurohospital medicine, as well as a Mayo Clinic resident handbook.

Dr. Giuseppe Lanzino, MD

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 

Dr. Lanzino, M.D., specializes in the endovascular and surgical treatment of patients with cerebrovascular disorders, including brain aneurysms, brain and spinal arteriovenous malformations, dural fistulas, carotid stenosis, and cavernous malformations. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, and is the author of two textbooks.

Dr. Jody Leonardo, MD

Director of Adult Hydrocephalus Center
Assistant Director of Endoscopic Neuroendoscopy
Neurosurgical Residency Program Director
Department of Neurosurgery and Neuroendoscopy
Allegheny Health Network Neuroscience Institute

Dr. Leonardo Bio M.D., specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system including hydrocephalus, intraventricular tumors, pituitary and skull base tumors, brain tumors, trauma infections of the brain and spine, stroke and other diseases affecting the spine. She has particular interest in minimally invasive endoscopic brain and skull base surgical techniques as well as the surgical management of adult hydrocephalus. She's also the author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, and serves as an avid medical student and resident educator.

Dr. Brandon Kujawski, MD

Neurosurgery Resident at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA  

Dr. Selby Chen, MD

Assistant Professor at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL

Dr. Chen M.D., is a neurosurgeon, affiliated with Mayo Clinic, who specializes in treating Glioma and Spinal cord tumors through minimally invasive surgery. His interests include robotically assisted and minimally invasive spinal surgery, spinal oncology, spinal cord tumors, spinal fusions, gliomas, and metastatic disease to the CNS. 

Dr. Abode-Iyamah Kingsley, MD

Neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL  

Dr. Kingsley M.D., is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons who is passionate about specializing in complex spinal deformity. His research interest includes innovation in spine, cervical myelopathy, spinal cord injury, spinal cord tumors, finite element modeling and biomechanics of the spine. He is engaged and planning numerous clinical projects including retrospective studies and prospective studies. His accolades include Inventor of the Year Award from University of Iowa, Excellence in Leadership Award, Deans Scholar at the University of Iowa and numerous awards while in the military. 

Dr. Stephen Pirris, MD

Neurosurgeon at St. Vincent’s Spine and Brain Institute,  Jacksonville, FL

Dr. Stephen Pirris is a neurosurgeon in Jacksonville, Florida, affiliated with St. Vincent's Medical Center Southside. His specialties include glioblastoma, brain tumors, aneurysms, laminectomy,  craniotomy.

Dr. Carlos A. Arce, MD

Neurosurgeon at UF Health, Jacksonville, FL

Dr. Arce Bio is a Neurosurgery specialist in Jacksonville, Florida who has over 42 years of diverse experience, especially in Neurosurgery. He specializes in Allopathic & Osteopathic medicine and neurological surgery. He is affiliated with many hospitals including Uf Health Jacksonville and consults with other doctors and physicians in many medical groups including University Of Florida Jacksonville Physicians, Inc.

Dr. Dunbar Alcindor, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery at UF Health; Jacksonville, FL 

Dr. Alcindor is a neurosurgery specialist in Jacksonville, FL who specializes in functional and stereotactic neurosurgery, neurological surgery, and neurological spine reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Robert Plunkett, MD

Surgical Director, Comprehensive Movement Disorders Center 
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, at SUNY  Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical

Dr. Plunkett M.D., developed stereotaxic surgery at Buffalo General Medical Center and co-founded the Comprehensive Movement Disorder Center. His surgical expertise includes Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s disease and tremor and implantation of pumps to deliver Intrathecal Baclofen to treat spasticity. He is also on the Neurosurgical Staff at Roswell Park Cancer Institute where he performs Gamma Knife Radiosurgery to treat brain tumors, trigeminal neuralgia and tremor. In addition, his laboratory at Roswell studies novel approaches to treat brain tumors, radioprotection agents, and growth factors to promote nerve cell regeneration.

Dr. Kunal Vakharia, MD

PGY-7 Chief Resident, Neurosurgery Department at SUNY Buffalo, NY   

Dr. Vakharia M.D., is currently in his final year of residency at Buffalo University. His clinical interests include open and endovascular neurosurgery as well as minimally invasive spine surgery. 

 

Dr. J.A. Grotenhuis, MD

Neurosurgeon at Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. 

Dr. C.J Berg, MD

Neurosurgeon at Wright Patterson AFB, OH

Dr. Berg M.D., is a Neurosurgery specialist in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio and has over 13 years of diverse experience, especially in Neurosurgery. He is affiliated with many hospitals, including Good Samaritan Hospital, Grandview Hospital & Medical Center, Mercy St Vincent Medical Center, Miami Valley Hospital. 

Dr. Rabih Tawk, M.D.

Neurosugeon at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL

Dr. Andrew Fanous, MD

Neurosurgeon at Inova Health System in Arlington,  VA
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Dr. Fanous M.D., is a neurosurgeon in Alexandria, Virginia, affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Inova Alexandria Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital. His clinical interests include Back Pain, Brain Cancer/Tumors, Brain Injury, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Spinal Problems/Surgery and Treatments. He specializes in Brain & Spinal Tumor Surgery and Neurosurgical Spine Surgery.

Dr. Hector James, MD

Neurological Surgeon at UF Health in Jacksonville, FL

Dr. James M.d., is a neurosurgeon in Jacksonville, Florida, affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including UF Health Jacksonville and Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville. He received his medical degree from University of Buenos Aires and has been in practice for more for 51 years