2009-2010 Fellows

CNS/CSNS Medical Student Fellow

Evan Trupia

CNS/CSNS Medical Student Summer Fellowship in Socioeconomic Research

Evan Trupia was born in Omaha, NE and raised in Ronkonkoma, NY. After graduating from Connetquot High School in 2003, he majored in biology at Loyola College in Maryland. During his junior year, he studied biomedical science at Newcastle University in Northern England where he also started at outside linebacker for the school's American football team. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loyola in 2007 and spent a year working as a research assistant at Stony Brook University Medical Center. He is currently a second year at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and will spend this summer working in Dr. Connolly's Cerebrovascular Lab.

Maya Babu

CNS/CSNS Medical Student Summer Fellowship in Socioeconomic Research

Maya Babu is a fourth-year MD/MBA candidate at Harvard Medical School/Harvard Business School. She graduated summa cum laude with high distinction from the University of Minnesota with a BS (Neuroscience) and BA (Psychology) in 2005. Maya has worked at the Department of Health and Human Services, and served in leadership roles with the Committee on Legislation and Advocacy of the American Medical Association, Association of Women Surgeons, and Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Legislation. She has studied the developmental effects of iron deficiency on learning and memory and more recently, the impact of welfare reform on mothers’ access to treatment. Under the mentorship of Dr. William Curry and Dr. Brian Nahed at Massachusetts General Hospital, Maya will study socioeconomics associated with patient transfers under EMTALA.

CNS Domestic Fellows

Ali K. Ozturk, MD

CNS/Boston Scientific Fellowship

Dr. Ali K. Ozturk is currently a 4th year neurosurgery resident at Yale University Department of Neurosurgery. He received his BA degree from Johns Hopkins University, and his MD degree from Yale University School of Medicine. Under the mentorship of Dr. Murat Gunel, M.D., he has focused his research on the genetic foundation of vascular diseases of the brain, specifically intracranial aneurysms and cavernous malformations. He is pleased to be the recipient of the CNS/Boston Scientific Fellowship in Cerebrovascular Research for 2009-2010.

Angel N. Boev, MD

CNS/MicroVention Vascular Fellowship

Dr. Angel N. Boev is currently a fifth year resident in neurosurgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Following completion of his undergraduate studies in biology and chemistry at Valdosta State University, he attended Mercer University school of medicine in Macon, Georgia.

Once enrolled in residency training, Dr. Boev became interested in cerebrovascular neurosurgery, and the treatment of vasospasm following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. As the CNS/MicroVention Vascular fellow, he will study the effects of SAH on the microcirculation, and how these effects can be ameliorated by different therapeutic agents.

His studies will be conducted under the guidance of Dr. Edward Vates MD, PhD, in the Center for Translational Neuromedicine at the Department of Neurosurgery.

Azadeh Farin, MD

CNS/Medtronic Spine Fellowship

Dr. Azadeh (Azzie) Farin graduated with Honors from Yale in 3 years, majoring in Molecular Biophysics/ Biochemistry and Economics. Subsequently, Azzie worked at McKinsey as a management consultant, optimizing strategy for international corporations. Azzie earned her MD from UCSD, publishing several TBI manuscripts with Dr. Larry Marshall, and presenting research at CNS as a student. At UCSD, she won the prestigious Whipple Endowed Scholarship. After a year at Bartoli Tumor Laboratory of Dr. Bruce at Columbia, she first authored a cover-featured manuscript, the first dynamic analysis of glioma infiltration in the brain. Azzie then began residency at USC. She completed an infolded spine fellowship under Dr. Christopher Ames (UCSF) studying spinal deformity/tumors and with Dr. Carl Lauryssen studying nonfusion alternatives. She has presented research internationally and nationally.

David W. Cadotte MD

CNS/Synthes Spine Fellowship

Dr. David W. Cadotte graduated from medical school and entered the Neurosurgical Residency training program at the University of Toronto. He is currently a fourth year surgical resident and undertaking his PhD in translational research with a focus on functional MRI of the spinal cord. The aim is to achieve a better understanding of the pathophysiology of spinal cord injury while demonstrating the feasibility of functional imaging of the spinal cord. In addition, he has a fond interest in International Surgery and is currently involved with a collaborative partnership between the University of Toronto and Addis Ababa University in order to improve Neurosurgical care in Ethiopia. Lastly, he is President of Aqua Vitae, a small Scotch club based in Toronto.

Eric C. Chang, MD

CNS Wilder Penfield Fellowship

Dr. Eric C. Chang is a neurosurgery resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his undergraduate degree in biology with minors in chemistry and biomedical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and his medical degree from the Health Science and Technology program at Harvard Medical School. Eric’s prior research interests include applying lithographic micro-patterning techniques towards studying cell migration. Now, with the support of the CNS Wilder Penfield Fellowship and the under the tutelage of Dr. A. Gregory Sorensen at the MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Eric will be using high resolution diffusion tensor imaging to study and predict glioblastoma recurrence.

Gabriel Zada, MD

CNS Dandy Fellowship

Dr. Gabriel Zada is currently a senior resident at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. After completing his undergraduate degree in neurobiology at UC Berkeley, he attended UC San Francisco School of Medicine. During residency, Dr. Zada developed a keen interest in skull base and pituitary tumor surgery, and was responsible for developing a new skull base/endoscopy microsurgical laboratory at USC.

Dr. Zada will work under the guidance of Dr. Edward Laws as the pituitary/anterior skull base fellow at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. His research will focus on the biology of pituitary adenomas and correlations of tumor invasion to molecular and neuroradiological markers. Following this, he will spend several months learning skull base endoscopic surgery with Dr. Paolo Cappabianca in Naples, Italy.

Jared Knopman, MD

CNS/Micrus Endovascular Neurosurgery Fellowship

Dr. Jared Knopman was a Weinberg Scholar at Northwestern University, where he was awarded the Erwin Macey Scholarship for Independent Research. He graduated cum laude and with Departmental Honors in Neurobiology in 2001. He then entered Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he was awarded the AHA Scholarship in Cerebrovascular disease to study acute microvascular changes after subarachnoid hemorrhage. He was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and graduated in 2005. He began his neurosurgery residency at Weill Cornell Medical College in 2005 and is currently working in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Kaplitt to study the roles of gene therapy in the treatment of vasospasm after subarachnoid hemorrhage. He plans to complete an inter-residency fellowship in endovascular neurosurgery.

Kristopher T. Kahle, MD, PhD

CNS/Eisai Fellowship in Tumor Research

Dr. Kristopher T. Kahle, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a neurosurgery resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago. At Yale Medical School, he did his Ph.D. training with Dr. Richard Lifton, where he cloned a novel human gene required for blood pressure regulation. Under the current mentorship of principal investigator Dr. Stephen Elledge at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Harvard Medical School, and as co-PI Dr. Clark Chen at The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, he is performing a genome-wide shRNAi screen to identify genes that are selectively lethal to glioblastoma cells, with the hope of identifying novel pharmacotherapeutic targets. Dr. Kahle has clinical and research interests in pediatric neurosurgery and neuro-oncology.

Marie-Noëlle Hébert-Blouin, MD

CNS Cushing Fellowship

Dr. Marie-Noëlle Hébert-Blouin completed her medical degree and neurosurgery residency at McGill University. She is presently undergoing a fellowship with Dr. Robert J Spinner at the Mayo Clinic in peripheral nerve surgery and completing her master’s degree in neurological sciences on the use of tissue-engineering techniques for the design of alternatives to autologous nerve graft. The Cushing fellowship will allow her to extend her clinical and research training in peripheral nerve surgery for another six months. During the award period, her focus will be on the study of new imaging techniques in various peripheral nerve pathologies. She plans to return to McGill where she will join Dr. Line Jacques performing peripheral nerve surgery.

Nirav J. Patel, MD

CNS/Codman Fellowship

Dr. Nirav J. Patel is a senior neurosurgery resident at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. He received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the University of Chicago, and MS and MD degrees at Georgetown University. While at the University of Wisconsin, he developed an interest in epigenetics, and in particular the possible role of DNA methylation in CNS repair and recovery. Under the mentorship of Dr. Iskandar, Dr. Patel will use the Codman/CNS fellowship to continue his detailed analysis of this relationship and how it relates to folate-induced CNS repair, using a series of molecular, biochemical and surgical approaches. He hopes that his efforts will get us closer to understanding fundamental mechanisms of CNS repair while providing a novel and low-risk treatment modality.

CNS International Fellows

Jeong Eun Kim, MD, PhD

CNS/CINN Foundation International Traveling Fellowship

Dr. Jeong Eun Kim graduated with a medical degree from Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea and completed both an internship and a residency in neurosurgery at Seoul National University Hospital. Now he is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery, Seoul National University College of Medicine. Specializing in the surgical treatment of cerebrovascular diseases, he is also interested in skull base and brain tumor surgery. In addition to his clinical duties, he is an active and enthusiastic research scientist. His primary research interests are ischemic cerebral diseases, especially moyamoya disease which is highly prevalent in Korea. He plans to work with Dr. Robert Friedlander for the research regarding the cerebral ischemia at Harvard Medical School in Boston.