Ali R. Rezai

2013, San Francisco

Ali R. Rezai, MD is Associate Dean of Neuroscience, Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanley and Joan Ross Chair in Neuromodulation, and the Director of the Neuroscience Program and the Center for Neuromodulation at the Ohio State University.

Dr. Rezai majored in Biology at UCLA, earned his medical degree with honors from the University of Southern California, and received neurosurgical training at New York University under the direction of Joseph Ransohoff and Patrick Kelly. He completed his subspecialty training in functional neurosurgery at the University of Toronto, then joining the neurosurgical faculty at New York University Medical Center. Subsequently, he moved to the Cleveland Clinic to become the director of functional neurosurgery and the Center for Neurological Restoration. In August 2009, Dr. Rezai joined the neurosurgical faculty at the Ohio State University.

Dr. Rezai’s expertise is functional neurosurgery, neuromodulation, and neurosurgical management of patients with movement disorders, chronic pain and neurobehavioral psychiatric disorders. His research focuses on mechanisms of neurostimulation and novel clinical applications. Dr. Rezai has trained over 35 fellows in functional neurosurgery.

Dr. Rezai is the editor of two books, author of over 135 peer reviewed publications and over 30 book chapters. He is on the Editorial Board of Neurosurgery and five other journals. He has been a principal or co-investigator on eight NIH grants, has delivered over 400 lectures internationally. He holds 30 issued US patents.

Dr. Rezai has been actively involved in numerous capacities with the Congress of Neurological Surgeons including Annual Meeting and Scientific Program Chairman and has served on its Executive Committee for the past eleven years. Dr. Rezai is also the Past President for the American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN), and the President of the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS).