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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

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

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
Chief of Neurosurgery, UPMC Mercy

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

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

R. Mark Richardson, MD, PhD
Associate 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
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

Monte B. Weinberger, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Degenerative spinal disorders and brain tumors

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

Taylor Abel, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Surgical Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program

Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery, Deep Brain Stimulation

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

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

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

J. Brad Bellotte, MD
Chief of Neurosurgery
Great Lakes Neurosurgery and Neurointervention

Neurosurgical and Spine Trauma, Brain and Spine Surgery

Gregory N. Bowden, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery

Brian E. Dalton, MD
Neurosurgeon
TriState Neurological Surgeons

William Diefenbach, MD
Neurosurgeon
Great Lakes Neurosurgery and Neurointervention

Brain Tumors, Neurosurgical and Spine Trauma

Salem El-Zuway, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor or Neurological Surgery
Cranial Neurotrauma, Neuro-Oncology, Spine Surgery

Steven A. Gilman, MD
Neurosurgeon
TriState Neurological Surgeons

Daniel V. Loesch, MD
Neurosurgeon
TriState Neurological Surgeons

Matthew R. Quigley, MD
Neurosurgeon
Great Lakes Neurosurgery and Neurointervention

Chikezie Eseonu, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Gliomas, Pituitary Adenomas, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Awake Craniotomy

Eva Flormarie Pamias-Portalatin, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Brain tumors, Spine Surgery, Chiari malformations

Robert J. Schlegel, Jr., MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
General Neurosurgery

Georgios Klironomos, MD
Neurosurgeon
Brain tumors, Skull Base Pathologies, Brain Aneurysm, Vascular Malformation

Rodwan Rajjoub, MD, FACS
Neurosurgeon
Spine Services

Hani Tuffaha, MD
Neurosurgeon
Spine Services


Neuroendoport® Surgery
This animation illustrates the removal of a metastasis using the Neuroendoport technique.


Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery
Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery Offers Hope


Adult Epilepsy Surgery
Dr. Mark Richardson discusses the benefits of epilepsy surgery for adult patients.


Meet MaryMartha

MaryMartha – Chiari Malformation patient story

An avid dancer and singer, MaryMartha faced a lifetime of symptoms caused by Chiari malformation. She found hope – and relief – at UPMC.

Read MaryMartha's full story.