2006-2007 Fellows

CNS Domestic Fellows

Andrew Jea, MD

The CNS Syringomyelia/Chiari Fellowship

Dr. Andrew Jea has been selected to receive the CNS Syringomyelia/Chiari Fellowship. Dr. Jea, a graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine, completed his neurosurgery residency from the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital under the guidance of Dr. Roberto C. Heros and Dr. Barth A. Green. During his residency, Dr. Jea completed a Spine Fellowship and was awarded the AANS/CNS Pediatric Section Traveling Fellowship Award spending one month at Boston Children’s Hospital with Dr. R. Michael Scott. He continues further training in Pediatric Neurosurgery as Chief Fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada under the mentorship of Dr. James M. Drake and Dr. James T. Rutka. He plans to use the CNS Syringomyelia/Chiari Fellowship to help design a mathematical model for syringomyelia.

Eric C. Leuthardt, MD

The CNS Cushing Fellowship

Dr. Eric C. Leuthardhas been selected to receive the CNS Cushing Fellowship. He completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1999. He then went on to complete his neurosurgical residency at Washington University in St Louis in 2005. He subsequently completed a combined epilepsy and spine fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2006. He plans to continue to pursue his study in neuroprosthetics with the CNS Cushing Fellowship. Dr. Leuthardt will collaborate with Dr. Jeffrey Ojemann in Seattle to further develop electrocorticography based brain computer interfaces.

Eric S. Stiner, MD

The CNS Wilder Penfield Fellowship

Dr. Eric S. Stiner has been selected to receive the CNS Wilder Penfield Fellowship. Dr. Stiner completed medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. His neurosurgical training has been at the University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Stiner’s research is focused on clinical investigations of molecular correlates of prognosis and response in malignant gliomas, specifically studying the protein granulin that is commonly overexpressed in malignant gliomas. He plans to continue his study under the supervision of Dr. Robert Prins, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at UCLA. Dr. Stiner is the proud father of two children Madeline and Logan. He and his wife Christe are expecting their third child.

Gordon T. Sakamoto, MD

The CNS Radiosurgery Fellowship

Dr. Gordon T. Sakamoto Dr. Sakamoto completed medical school at Stanford in 2003. He is currently in his research years within the neurosurgical training program at Stanford. Dr. Sakamoto plans to use the CNS Radiosurgery Fellowship to study stereotactic radiosurgery at Stanford with Dr. Steven Chang and Dr. John Adler, Jr. Dr. Sakamoto plans to compare the long-term neuropsychological outcomes of whole brain radiation and stereotactic radiosurgery in patients with brain metastases.

John H. Chi, MD

The CNS/DePuy Spine Clinical Fellowship

Dr. John H. Chi attended Yale for his undergraduate studies. He then attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University for his medical studies, during which time he received the Macy Fellowship at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and graduated with an MD, MPH in 2001. He recently completed an NIH Individual National Research Service Award (F32) post-doctoral fellowship in cancer immunology under Drs. Larry Fong and Andrew Parsa, and is currently chief resident at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Nader Sanai, MD

The CNS Dandy Fellowship

Dr. Nader Sanai Dr. Sanai has been selected to receive the CNS Dandy Fellowship. Dr. Sanai completed medical school at the University of California at San Francisco and has remained there for his neurosurgical training. Dr. Sanai is currently a fourth-year neurosurgical resident. He will complete the CNS Dandy Fellowship at UCSF under the guidance of Dr. Mitchel S. Berger, comparing the efficacy of awake versus asleep motor mapping for patients with gliomas. Upon completion of his training, Dr. Sanai will pursue a career combining neurosurgical oncology with human neural stem cell biology.

Sharad Rajpal, MD

The CNS/Synthes Spine Fellowship

Dr. Sharad Rajpal completed medical school at the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison. He remained at the University of Wisconsin Medical School where he started neurosurgical training in 2001. Dr. Rajpal is currently working in the spinal cord injury lab under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Resnick where the focus is on understanding the complex pathophysiologic mechanisms involved in the development of neuropathic pain after spinal cord injury. He plans to use the CNS Fellowship to further his education in the field of spine surgery and focus on specific underlying events to which a treatment for neuropathic pain may be targeted.

CNS International Fellows

Ashok K. Gupta, MD

The CNS George Ablin International Fellowship

Dr. Ashok Gupta from Jaupur, India was awarded the CNS George Ablin International Fellowship to study with Professor William Welch at Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Gupta completed his medical graduation from Medical College Ajmer, India and did his neurosurgical training from SMS Medical College Jaipur. Presently he is working as Associate Professor at the University of Rajasthan. Under Professor Welch, he will study complex spinal problems and economical instrumentation. When he returns to India, he plans to do spinal surgery.

Dwarakanath Srinivas, MD

The CNS Kenichiro Sugita International Fellowship

Dr. Srinivas has been awarded the CNS Kenichiro Sugita International Fellowship to study with Dr. Andres Lozano at Toronto Western Hospital. Dr. Srinivas is interested in specializing in stereotactic and function neurosurgery and setting up a dedicated team when he returns to New Dehli.

Jean Gonçalves de Oliveira, MD

The CNS Kenichiro Sugita International Fellowship

Dr. Jean Gonçalves de Oliveira from São Paulo, Brazil, was awarded the CNS Kenichiro Sugita International Fellowship. He will be trained under supervision of Dr. Robert F. Spetzler and co-workers at the Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix-AZ. Dr. de Oliveira completed his medical school at the Federal University of Pará (UFPA), and his neurosurgical training at Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP-EPM), Brazil. After expanding his knowledge and skills in cerebrovascular and skull base surgery during his fellowship, he will return to Brazil for practicing the new skills and for training neurosurgery residents at the Department of Neurosurgery, Center of Neurology and Neurosurgery Associates (CENNA), Hospital Beneficência Portuguesa de São Paulo, where he became Head of Division of Cerebrovascular Surgery in 2004.

Miroslav J. Vukiç, MD

The CNS George Ablin International Fellowship

Dr. Mirovlav Vukiç has been awarded the CNS George Ablin International Fellowship. Dr. Vukiç is from Croatia (formerly Yugoslavia) and has been a neurosurgeon since 1998. His surgical interest lies in skull base neurosurgery, neuro-oncology and spine. He will be studying carotid endarterectomies under Robert H. Harbaugh at Penn State University.

Nguyen Kim Chung, MD

The FIENS/Integra Foundation Fellowship

Dr. Nguyen Kim Chung from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam was awarded the FIENS/Integra Foundation Fellowship to study with Professor Dennis Spencer at Yale University. He completed medical school at the Hanoi University of Medicine, then graduated Master of Science at Medical University and neurosurgical training in Cho Ray University Hospital, both in Hochiminh city. Dr. Chung will study epilepsy surgery under Prof. Dennis Spencer’s supervision. When he returns to Vietnam, he will open the first practice for epilepsy surgery and then develop epilepsy surgery in Vietnam.