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For additional information on our neurological surgeons, please click on the physician’s name below.

Robert M. Friedlander, MD
Chairman, Professor of Neurological Surgery
Neurovascular Surgery, Neuro-Oncology

Adnan A. Abla, MD
Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery
Spine Surgery

Eric M. Altschuler, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Chief, Division of Neurosurgery, UPMC Mercy
Spine Surgery, Intracranial Surgery

Nduka M. Amankulor, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Associate Director, Neurosurgical Oncology
Neuro-Oncology, Spine Oncology

J. William Bookwalter III, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Spine Surgery

Daniel M. Bursick, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Spine Surgery, Neurosurgical Trauma

Andrew Ducruet, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Cerebrovascular Disease, Vascular Disease, Stroke

Matt El-Kadi, MD, PhD, FACS
Clinical Professor, Vice Chairman 
Neurological Surgery
Chief of Neurosurgery,
UPMC Passavant
Spine Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Johnathan Engh, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Chief, Endoport Neurosurgery Program
Director, Adult Neurosurgical Oncology

Neuro-Oncology

David J. Engle, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Spine Surgery, Neuro-Oncology, Neurosurgical Trauma

Juan C. Fernandez-Miranda, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Skull Base Surgery, Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, Neuro-Oncology

Paul A. Gardner, MD
Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
Co-Director,
Center for Skull Base Surgery
Minimally Invasive and Skull Base Surgery, Brain Tumors, Neurovascular Surgery

Peter C. Gerszten, MD, MPH, FACS
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Director, Percutaneous Spine Service

Spine Radiosurgery, Spine Oncology

Stephanie Greene, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Pediatric Neurosurgery, Neuro-Oncology, Neurovascular Surgery

Brian Jankowitz, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Neurovascular Surgery

Adam S. Kanter, MD
Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
Director, Minimally Invasive Spine Program
Co-director, Spine Biomechanics Research Laboratory

Spine Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

David L. Kaufmann, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Spine Surgery, Neuro-Oncology, Neurovascular Surgery

L. Dade Lunsford, MD
Lars Leksell Professor and Distinguished Professor of Neurological Surgery
Director, Center for Image-Guided Neurosurgery
Director, Residency Training Program

Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery, Neuro-Oncology

Joseph C. Maroon, MD
Heindl Scholar in Neuroscience
Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery

Spine Surgery, Neuro-Oncology, Sports Medicine

Edward A. Monaco III, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
General Neurosurgery, Stereotactic Neurosurgery, Neuro-oncology

John J. Moossy, MD
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Director, Center for Pain Management
Chief of Neurosurgery, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Pain Management, Spine Surgery

Ajay Niranjan, MD, MBA
Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
Director of Radiosurgery Research
Stereotactic Radiosurgery

David O. Okonkwo, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
Clinical Director, Brain Trauma Research Center
Director, Neurotrauma Program
Director, Spinal Deformity Program

Spine Surgery, Neurosurgical Trauma

Ian F. Pollack, MD
Walter E. Dandy Professor of Neurological Surgery
Vice Chairman of Academic Affairs
Chief, Pediatric Neurosurgery
Co-director, Neurosurgical Oncology

Pediatric Neurosurgery, Neuro-Oncology

R. Mark Richardson, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Director, Epilepsy and Movement Disorders Program
Director, Brain Modulation Laboratory
Adult Epilepsy Surgery, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

Michael J. Rutigliano, MD, MBA 
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
Director, Westmoreland County Community Neurosurgery

Chief of Neurosurgery, Latrobe and Westmoreland Hospitals
Spine Surgery, Brain Tumors

Raymond F. Sekula Jr., MD, MBA
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Director, Cranial Nerve Disorders Program
Cranial Nerve Disorders, Brain Tumors

Carl Snyderman, MD
Professor, Departments of Otolaryngology and Neurological Surgery
Co-Director, Center for Skull Base Surgery
Minimally Invasive Skull Base Surgery

Mandeep Tamber, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Pediatric Epilepsy, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Neuro-Oncology

Elizabeth Tyler-Kabara, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Bioengineering
Pediatric Neurosurgery, Minimally Invasive Skull Base Surgery

Daniel A. Wecht, MD, MSc, FACS 
Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery
Chief of Neurosurgery, UPMC St. Margaret
Chief of Neurosurgery, UPMC McKeesport
Spine Surgery, Neurovascular Surgery, Neuro-Oncology

Matthew M. Wetzel, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Spine Surgery

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