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Meet the Neurosurgeons

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

Robert M. Friedlander, MD
Chairman, Walter E. Dandy Endowed Professor of Neurological Surgery
Neurovascular Surgery, Neuro-Oncology

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

Robert L. Bailey, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Degenerative Spine Diseases, Spinal Tumors, Minimally Invasive Procedures, Complex Spine, Artificial Disc, Spinal Instrumentation

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

Spine Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Paul A. Gardner, MD
Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
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

Jorge Gonzalez-Martinez, MD, PhD, FAANS
Director, Epilepsy and Movement Disorders Division, Department of Neurosurgery
Co-Director, UPMC Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Adult and Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery, Movement Disorder Surgery

Bradley A. Gross, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Neuroendoport® Surgery Program, Adult Neurosurgical Oncology

Kojo Hamilton, MD
Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
Brain and Spine Trauma, Minimally Invasive Spinal 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
Chief of Neurosurgery, UPMC Mercy

Spine Surgery, Neuro-Oncology, Brain and Spine Trauma, Neurosurgical Treatment of Pain

Michael J. Lang, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Minimally invasive and Skull Base Surgery, Functional and Epilepsy Neurosurgery

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

Vincent J. Miele, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Spinal Disorders, Spine Tumors, 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
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Clinical Director, Brain Trauma Research Center
Director, Neurotrauma Program
Director, Spinal Deformity Program

Spine Surgery, Neurosurgical Trauma

Michael J. Rutigliano, MD, MBA
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
Spine Surgery, Brain Tumors

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

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

David S. Zorub, MD, MS
Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery
Director, Neuro Intensive Care, UPMC Shadyside

Brain and pituitary tumors, cranial nerve disorders, spine and peripheral nerve surgery


Neuroendoport® Surgery
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Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery
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Adult Epilepsy Surgery
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