Brian V. Nahed, MD, Nader Pouratian, MD, PhD, and Martina Stippler, MD, Elected to Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons

SCHAUMBURG, Ill, February 2017 — Brian V. Nahed, MD, MSc, Nader Pouratian, MD, PhD, and Martina Stippler, MD were elected members-at-large of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Executive Committee for a two-year term, effective September 27, 2016. Their nominations were confirmed at the CNS Annual Business Meeting in San Diego, California.

Dr. Nahed is the associate director of the Neurosurgery Residency Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brain Tumor Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Additionally, Dr. Nahed is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on developing the first blood-based test to diagnose and monitor brain tumors. He serves on several national committees, including the executive committee for the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors and neurotrauma consultant for the National Football League (NFL). He is the lead author on several clinical guidelines for the CNS and he has authored more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and blogs.

Dr. Nahed attended UCLA, where he majored in neuroscience and graduated with Highest Honors. He attended the Yale School of Medicine, where he was awarded the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship Award. Dr. Nahed completed his internship and neurosurgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and completed his postdoctoral fellowship with Drs. Daniel Haber and Shyamala Maheswaran at the MGH Cancer Center. Dr. Nahed also completed a complex spine fellowship with Dr. Eric Woodard and obtained a Master’s degree in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Nader Pouratian is a board-certified neurosurgeon at UCLA's Neurosurgery Center. His research focuses on further developing advanced neuroimaging and brain and nerve mapping techniques in order to expand the surgical indications and to develop new therapies for functional preservation and restoration. He is particularly interested in studying brain mapping signals to develop brain-computer interfaces to help patients with severe motor and language disabilities.

Dr. Pouratian’s primary neurosurgical interest is in surgeries that preserve and restore function to patients, including movement disorder surgeries, surgeries for psychiatric conditions, and surgeries for peripheral nerve injuries and tumors.He has received many awards including the 2011 UCLA Neurosurgery Quality Care Award, as well as the 2010 UCLA Scholar in Translational Medicine Award. Dr. Pouratian received his PhD in 2001 and his medical degree in 2003 from UCLA School of Medicine. He went on to complete his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Virginia Medical Center in 2009.

Dr. Martina Stippler is the director of neurotrauma at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, as well as a visiting assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. clinical areas of expertise are neurotrauma, complex and minimally invasive spine surgery, brain tumor, and endoscopic pituitary surgery. Her research and education efforts are focused on using multimodality monitoring data to predict brain swelling and advanced imaging to triage mild TBI. She has co-authored numerous clinical guidelines, articles, and book chapters. She is also an ad hoc reviewer for Neurosurgery journal and the Journal of Neurotrauma.

Dr. Stippler received her medical degree in 2001 from Leopold Franzens University in Innsbruck, Austria. She completed her residency in neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2009, where she also earned a MSc degree in clinical science.



About the Congress of Neurological Surgeons

The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) is the largest neurosurgical society in the world and the global leader in neurosurgical education, serving to promote health by advancing neurosurgery worldwide through innovation and excellence in education. With more than 8,800 members worldwide, the CNS provides global leadership in neurosurgery by inspiring and facilitating scientific discovery and its translation into clinical practice. The Congress of Neurological Surgeons maintains the vitality of the profession through volunteer efforts of its members and the development of leadership in service to the public, to colleagues in other disciplines, and to neurosurgeons throughout the world in all stages of their professional lives. For more information, visit


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