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  • Neurosurgery
  • Brain Cancer
  • Pediatric Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Center

Clinical Interests:

  • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Skull-base surgery
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Hemifacial spasm
  • Benign intracranial tumors
  • Spina bifida

Board Certification:


Medical School:

University of Vermont, College of Medicine, Burlington, VT


Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA


Oxford University – University Department of Clinical Neurology (Clinical Trials)

Leadership Roles:

  • President, Neurosurgical Society of America, 2013 – 2014
  • President, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 1995 – 1996

Education Institution:

Leadership for Physician Executives, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, April 3-8, 2011
Nucleus Auditory Brainstem Implant System Course, House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, CA Nov, 2008
Introduction to Radiosurgery-Cranial and Spine Applications, BrainLAB Academy, Chicago, IL Jan, 2008
Complications and Outcomes Endoscopy Course, Grandview Lodge, Nisswa, MN, August 2007
Blood Brain Barrier Training , Oregon Health & Science University, Portland OR, July 2007
University of Pittsburgh, Center for Skull Base Surgery, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Advanced Course
University of Pittsburgh, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Center for Image Guided Neurosurgery
University of Pittsburgh, Center for Skull Base Surgery, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery
Presbyterian Institute of Minimally Image Guided Spinal Surgery Invasive Therapy, Dallas, TX (BrainLab Spine Masters)
Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Kyphoplasty Training, 2002
Harvard School of Public Health, Advanced Course for Chairs of Clinical Department, Boston, MA, 2000
American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), Program for Department Chairs, 1998
Harvard School of Public Health, Course for Chairs of Clinical Departments, Boston, MA, 1998
Radionics Stereotactic Radiosurgery Training Course, Boston, MA, 1996
Orthopedic Learning Center, Spinal Endoscopy, Minneapolis, MN, 1993
Cincinnati and Phoenix Children's Hospitals (Boston), Introduction to Neuroendoscopy, 1991
1991 Mayfield Neurological Institute, Use of Lasers in Endoscopic Neurosurgery
1990 UCLA, Cranial Base Surgery Workshop
1988 University of Utah, BRW Image Guided Stereotactic Workshop
1988 Delray Community Hospital, Florida, Automated Percutaneous Discectomy Workshop
1986 University of Minnesota/Midas Rex Institute, Pneumatic Instrumentation Workshop
1983 University of Tennessee, Neurosurgery Laser Workshop
1983 AANS/AAOS, Chicago, IL, Intradiscal Therapy Course


  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors (2012, 2015)
  • Best Doctors in America® (2004-2010, 2011 – 2012, 2013)
  • Patients' Choice Award (2008-2009)
  • Elected honorary member, American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons (ASPN), 2008