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Current Residents

Chief

Jonathan Yun, M.D.

education
  • UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, M.D. 2011
  • The Johns Hopkins University, B.A. Neuroscience, 2006
Honors / Awards
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Research Fellowship, 2010
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Research Fellowship, 2009
  • Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2009
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2009
  • Howard Hughes Summer Research Fellowship, 2005
  • Nu Rho Psi Undergraduate Honor Society for Neuroscience, 2005
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Honor Society, 2005
Research Interests
  • Convection-enhanced delivery of chemotherapeutics in brain tumors
Professional Memberships
  • The Congress for Neurological Surgeons, Resident Member
  • American Association of Neurologic Surgeons, Resident Member

NS 6 - Senior

Randy D’Amico, M.D.

education
  • Robert Wood Johnson Medical School – UMDNJ, M.D., 2012
  • New York University, B.S., Neuroscience/Psychology, 2003
Honors / Awards
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Carolyn L. Kuckein, Student Research Fellowship, 2008
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Research Fellowship, 2010-2011
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Inductee, 2011
Research Interests
  • Neuro-oncology, with specific focus on gliomas, skull base neurosurgery, surgical adjuncts, clinical outcomes, and drug delivery.
Professional Memberships
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Resident Member
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), Resident Member

Brett Youngerman, M.D.

education
  • Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, M.S. in Patient Oriented Research, expected 2018
  • Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, M.D., 2012
  • Yale University, B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics with Honors, 2006
Honors / Awards
  • Council of State Neurosurgical Societies Socioeconomic Fellowship, 2016-2017
  • Patient Oriented Research Scholarship, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, 2016
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2012
  • Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship, 2010-2011
Research Interests
  • Epilepsy, Movement Disorders, and Psychiatric Disease
  • Outcomes, Quality Improvement, and Bioinformatics
  • Health Policy and Finance
Professional Memberships
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Housestaff Quality Council
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Resident Member
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Resident Member

NS 5 - Lab Senior

Nikita Alexiades, M.D.

education
  • University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, MD, 2013
  • Lehigh University, BS in Neuroscience, BA in History, 2009
Honors / Awards
  • The Steven Lukes Memorial Prize for Excellence in the fields of both Medicine and Neurology
  • The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, 2013
  • The Leon O. Jacobson Basic Science Prize, for the best oral presentation given by a non-PhD student in the area of the basic biological sciences.
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, 2013
  • The Brain Research Foundation Award for Neuroscience. The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, 2010
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Lehigh University, 2009
Research Interests
  • Neuro Oncology, drug delivery
Professional Memberships
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Resident Member
  • Alpha Omega Alpha

Hannah Goldstein, M.D.

education
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, MD, 2013
  • Brown University, BS in Neuroscience, 2008
Honors / Awards
  • NINDS R25 Research Education Grant recipient, Columbia University (2014-2015)
  • Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2011-2012
  • Magna Cum Laude, Brown University, 2008
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Brown University, 2008
  • Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Scholar Athlete of the Year, 2008, 2006
  • Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Outstanding Academic Achievement, 2007
Research Interests
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Epilepsy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Pediatric spine growth
Professional Memberships
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Resident Member
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Resident Member
  • AANS/CNS Section of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, Resident Member

NS 4 - Junior/Senior

Brian Gill, M.D.

NS 3 - Junior

Garrett Banks, M.D.

education
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, MD, 2015
  • Boston University College of Engineering, BS in Biomedical Engineering, 2008
Honors / Awards
  • World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Travel Grant
  • New York State Psychiatric Institute MRI Pilot Grant
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2013 Neurocritical Care Top Poster
  • Columbia University Department of Neurosurgery Fellowship
  • NIH Summer Medical Research Fellowship (T35)
  • Boston University Engineering Scholar Award
Research Interests
  • Functional Neurosurgery
  • Psychiatric Neurosurgery
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Image-guided Neurosurgical Navigation
  • Diffusion Imaging and Tractography
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
Professional Memberships
  • American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN)
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
  • Biomedical Engineering Honor Society (AEMB)

Dominique Higgins, M.D., PhD.

education
  • Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, MD, PhD, Molecular Neuroscience, 2015
  • Stanford University, MS, Biological Sciences, 2007
  • Stanford University, BS, Biological Sciences, 2006
Honors / Awards
  • American Academy of Neurology Minority Scholars Fellowship 2011
  • Mayo Medical Scientist Training Program Bonner Scholarship, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, 2007
  • Co-terminal Masters Program in Biological Sciences, Stanford University, 2006
  • Honors in Neurobiology, Stanford University, 2006
Research Interests
  • Brain and spine tumors
  • Neural and tumor stem cells
  • Glioma invasion
Professional Memberships
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Resident Member
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Resident Member

Justin Neira, M.D.

education
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, MD, 2015
  • Cornell University, BA, 2010
Honors / Awards
  • Alfred M. Markowitz Endowment for Scholars in Surgery, Columbia University, 2015
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Columbia University, 2014
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Cornell University, 2010
  • Tanner Dean’s Scholar, Cornell University, 2006
Research Interests
  • Neuro-oncology: convection-enhanced delivery
  • Drug delivery systems
  • Intraoperative fluorescence guidance
Professional Memberships
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Resident Member
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Resident Member

NS 2 - Lab Year

Matei Banu, M.D.

education
  • Carol Davila University, Bucharest, Romania, MD, 2011
Honors / Awards
  • Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian, Carol Davila University 2011
  • GlaxoSmithKlein Award for Excellence, Carol Davila University 2011
  • National Merit Scholarship, Carol Davila University 2011
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Brain Tumor and Stem Cell Laboratory, Weill Cornell Medical Center 2012-2014
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Bartoli Brain Tumor Laboratory, Columbia University Medical Center 2014-2016
Research Interests
  • Cellular and molecular heterogeneity in glioma
  • Glioma microenvironment
  • Immunotherapy in glioma
  • Systems biology approach to cancer
  • Precision medicine based clinical trials
  • Drug delivery techniques: convection enhanced delivery and intra-arterial therapy
  • Open and endoscopic approaches for skull base lesions
  • Surgical approaches for pineal tumors
  • History of neurosurgery
Professional Memberships
  • Fellow American Association Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Resident Member
  • Fellow Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), Resident Member
  • Fellow Society for Immunotherapy in Cancer

Paul McCormick, M.D.

education
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, MD, 2016
  • Columbia College, Columbia University, English and Comparative Literature, BA, 2010
Research Interests
  • Treatment Refractory Depression, Spine
Professional Memberships
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Resident Member
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Resident Member

PGY 1 - Surgery Intern Year

Jonathan Sisti, M.D.

education
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, MD, 2017
  • Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, B.Sc., 2012
Honors / Awards
  • NIH Summer Research Presentation Award; August 2014; Columbia University Medical Center
Research Interests
  • Applications of mobile technology and data science to the field of neurosurgery
Professional Memberships
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Resident Member
  • American Medical Association
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Resident Member

Eleonora Spinazzi, M.D.

education
  • Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, MD, 2017
  • Columbia University in the City of New York, BA, Biological Sciences, 2010
Honors / Awards
  • Peter W. Carmel, M.D. Award in Neurological Surgery, 2017
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2016
  • Columbian Foundation Scholarship, 2013
  • President’s Volunteer Service Award, Bronze, 2012
Research Interests
  • Neuroregeneration
  • Neuronal Stem Cells
  • Olfaction
Professional Memberships
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • The European Association of Neurosurgical Societies
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Resident Member

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