2003-2004 Fellows

CNS Domestic Fellows

Aurangzeb "Aury" Nagy, MD

CNS Cushing Clinical Fellowship

Dr. Aurangzeb “Aury” Nagy completed his undergraduate training in biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University, and obtained his medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine. He has recently completed his neurosurgical training at the Medical College of Virginia and George Washington University. Dr. Nagy will devote his fellowship time to basic and clinical research on peripheral nerve repair under the tutelage of Dr. David Kline at Louisiana State University.

Deepa Soni, MD

CNS Dandy Clinical Fellowship

Dr. Deepa Soni is a graduate from the University of Michigan with a degree in cellular and molecular biology, Dr. Soni matriculated at the Howard University College of Medicine. A winner of the World Federation of Neurosurgeons Young Neurosurgeon’s award, Dr. Soni is currently a neurosurgical resident at the Brigham & Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Boston. During her fellowship time, Dr. Soni will obtain clinical exposure in neuro-oncology under Dr. Andrew Kaye of the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and implement an epidemiological pilot study on the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme.

Elizabeth Tyler-Kabara, MD, PhD

CNS Margot Anderson Foundation Fellowship in Brain Restoration Research

Dr. Elizabeth Tyler-Kabara, is currently a resident at the University of Pittsburgh. After completing undergraduate training at Duke University, she obtained her MD and Ph.D. degrees at Vanderbilt University. Her fellowship is an outgrowth of previous post-graduate work she has done in the field of neuromodulation. She will work with Drs. Gobbel and Sclabassi at the University of Pittsburgh to study the development of stable neuronal-microelectrode interfaces.

Gyorgy Szeifert, MD, PhD

CNS Elekta Clinical Fellow in Radiosurgery

Dr. Gyorgy Szeifertis a faculty member at the National Institute of Neurosurgery in Budapest, Hungary. In anticipation of installation of a radiosurgical unit in his country in the near future, he will study current radiosurgical techniques with the Gamma Knife Model-C under Drs. Lunsford and Kondziolka at the University of Pittsburgh. He will also complete a radiosurgical clinicopathological project on radiated specimens.

Joshua Medow, MD

CNS Clinical Fellowship in Syringomyelia & Chiari Malformation

Dr. Joshua Medow received both his bachelors and medical degrees at the University of Illinois. He is currently a resident in neurosurgery at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He will use his fellowship to study the effects of venous hypertension on an animal model of syringohydromyelia.

Samir Lapsiwala, MD

CNS/Depuy AcroMed Fellowship in Spinal Neurosurgery

Dr. Samir Lapsiwala After graduating magna cum laude from the University of California San Diego, Dr. Lapsiwala completed his medical school training at the Penn State University School of Medicine. Currently a resident at the University of Wisconsin’s neurosurgery program, he will work with Drs. Resnick and Zdeblick in evaluating the biomechanical properties of a novel C1-C2 fusion technique.

Vishal Gala, MD

CNS Wilder Penfield Clinical Investigation Fellowship

Dr. Vishal Gala spent his undergraduate education time at the University of Michigan and Oxford University. He graduated with honors from Michigan Medical School, and is currently a resident in the neurosurgery department at Michigan. He spent time in Washington, D.C. as a Health Policy Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution. His fellowship will allow him to obtain a strong foundation in clinical, health services and outcomes research methods through study in the MPH program at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He will attempt to develop a clinical decision rule based on prospective data in evaluation of children with shunt malfunction.

CNS International Fellows

Foad Elahi, MD

The George Ablin International Fellowship

Dr. Foad Elahi is from Tehran, Iran, where he completed his neurosurgery training at the Shohada General Hospital/Shahid Beheshti Medical Sciences University in 1996. He is on the staff at Moftafa Khomaini Hospital in Tehran, Iran in the department of neurosurgery. Dr. Elahi has several publications and presentations and is interested in research in the field of neuroscience and skull base tumors. He will be training with Dr. Laligam Sekhar at the North Shore University Hospital in New York.

Khaled Mohamed El-Sayed, MD

The Elekta/Lars Leksell International Fellowship

Dr. Khaled Mohamed El-Sayed is from Ismailia, Egypt, where he completed his neurosurgery training at the Suez Canal University Hospital in 2001. He is currently on staff at the Suez Canal University Hospital in Ismailia, Egypt in the department of neurosurgery. Dr. El-Sayed’s interests include trauma care and endoscopic neurosurgery. Dr. El-Sayed will be training with Dr. Donald Marion in Boston, Massachusetts.

Raúl Andrés Pérez Falero, MD

The Kenichiro Sugita International Fellowship

Dr. Raúl Andrés Pérez Falero is from Pinar del Rio, Cuba, where he completed his neurosurgery training at the University Hospital Abel Santamaria in Pinar del Rio in 1997. He is also on the staff at the University Hospital Abel Santamaria in the department of neurosurgery. He has published over 20 scientific papers. Dr. Falero is interested in research related to hemorrhagic disease, particularly diagnosis and management of arteriovenous malformations. He will be training with Dr. Gary Steinberg at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

Rezeki Sembiring, MD, MSc, MD

The George Ablin International Fellowship

Dr. Rezeki Sembiring is from Bandung, Indonesia, where he completed his neurosurgery training at the Padjajaran University in 2003. His current position is at the Padjajaran University in the department of neurosurgery. Dr. Sembiring is interested in neurosurgical education and spinal neurosurgery and will be training with Dr. David Fairholm in Vancouver, Canada.