I grew up in New York City where I attended the oldest school in the Country, Collegiate, from 2nd grade to high school. I then went to college at Harvard and Medical School at Yale. Along the way I did graduate work in Neurobiology at Stanford. I then returned to New York City and did an internship and neurosurgical residency at the Neurological Institute. I was then given a wonderful opportunity to do a one year traveling Peripheral Nerve Fellowship in which I spent time at the University of Toronto in Canada and time at Louisiana State University in New Orleans where I not only learned a lot about surgery on nerves but also became good friends with Emeril Lagasse before he became such a famous Chef. I then joined the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Washington in Seattle. There between 1991 and 2011 I rose through the academic ranks eventually becoming a Professor and Director of the Peripheral Nerve Center, as well as Acting Chair of the section of neurosurgery at the Puget Sound VA Health Care System. I then moved to UCSF in 2012 where I head up their peripheral nerve effort. In the summer of 2014 I moved to join Dr. Andrew Parsa and the Department of Neurosurgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine where I am a Professor and Directory of the Peripheral Nerve Center. This very exciting opportunity is allowing me to pursue my interests in the following areas: pushing the frontiers of peripheral nerve surgery by pioneering new imaging and surgical techniques; teaching a wonderful group of residents and medical students; collaborating with wonderful clinical and research colleagues; and continuing my ongoing interest in biotechnology by taking ideas from their inception into the clinical arena. Since I have been at Northwestern, I have felt like a kid in a candy store with so may wonderful resources and colleagues to work with. My wife and our four grown children are enjoying Chicago’s many culinary and cultural treats as well. I am very grateful to be in such a stimulating, supportive, and resource rich environment where patients can receive the very best care.
|Research Interest :
Evaluation and Treatment, both medical and surgical, of peripheral nerve problems.