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Neurosurgeons

Michael Brisman, MD
Chief, Division of Neurosurgery
Co-Director, Institute for Neurosciences
516.255.9031


Dr. Michael Brisman, proficient in adult neurological surgery, specializes in stereotactic surgery and radiosurgery for brain tumors and trigeminal neuralgia. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. His post-graduate training includes a neurosurgical residency and surgical internship at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, where he was Chief Resident. He received his medical degree from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Brisman has published numerous articles in professional journals. He is also on the Board of Directors of the New York State Neurosurgical Society and the Nassau County Medical Society.


Jonathan Brisman, MD
Director, Cerebrovascular & Endovascular Neurosurgery
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Dr. Jonathan Brisman, Board Certified in Neurosurgery, specializes in cerebrovascular and endovascular surgery for diseases of the central nervous system. As one of fewer than 100 neurosurgeons nationwide with dual training in microneurosurgery and endovascular techniques (and the first on Long Island), he is skilled in aneurysm clipping and endovascular coiling for brain aneurysms, as well as in advanced procedures to treat brain arteriovenous malformations (AVM), carotid stenosis and acute stroke. Dr. Brisman was the first neurosurgeon on Long Island to coil a cerebral aneurysm and the first physician in Nassau County to place an intracranial FDA-approved stent for artherosclerotic disease. His post-graduate training includes an Interventional Neuroradiology Fellowship at Roosevelt Hospital in New York and a Microvascular Neurosurgical Fellowship at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. He completed a neurosurgical residency and surgical internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was Chief Neurosurgery Resident. Dr. Brisman received his medical degree from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has published over 30 articles in peer-reviewed neurosurgery journals, including a recent one entitled "Medical Progress: Cerebral Aneurysms" in the New England Journal of Medicine and one on stroke management in Lancet.


Jeffrey Brown, MD
Neurosurgical Director, CyberKnife Center
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Dr. Jeffrey Brown, Board Certified in Neurosurgery, is a pioneer in the development and use of motor cortex stimulation (MCS). He is nationally recognized for his expertise in complex and chronic pain syndromes, especially facial pain. Before joining Winthrop, he was Professor of Neurological Surgery on the full-time faculty at Wayne State University, where he retains his research activities. His post-graduate training includes a residency in neurosurgery at The University of Chicago Hospitals and clinics. He obtained his medical degree at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.  Dr. Brown is a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and chair of the Joint Section on Pain of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons.  Currently, he is co-chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the TNA-Facial Pain Society, an international support group for patients in pain. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed research articles on pain, spine and vascular, brain tumor and functional neurosurgery in the neurosurgical literature in addition to 20 book chapters, and has delivered more than 200 invited lectures at local, regional, national and international venues.


Stephen Burstein, MD
Neurosurgeon
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Dr. Stephen Burstein, Board Certified in Neurosurgery, has a special interest and expertise in surgical and non-surgical treatment of the spine, second opinions and independent insurance examinations. He offers the new X-Stop™ procedure to patients with pain from spinal stenosis. His post-graduate training includes a Fellowship in Neurological Surgery at the Mayo Clinic Foundation in Rochester, MN. He also received a Master's Degree in neurosurgery from the University of Minnesota and completed a surgical internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD. Dr. Burstein earned his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, where he was president of Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. A member of numerous prestigious medical societies and organizations, Dr. Burstein has received many honors and awards. He plays an active role in establishing medical policies and working on medical legal issues for neurosurgeons. He is the former New York State representative for the Joint Council of State Neurological Societies. Dr. Burstein has represented Neurosurgery on the Interspecialty Committee for the New York State Medical Society. He sat on the Medical Legal Committee for the Joint Council of State Neurological Societies and was Medical Director for Think First, Long Island, NY, an organization started by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Burstein has taught numerous post-graduate courses and made significant contributions to academic literature.


Benjamin Cohen, MD
Neurosurgeon
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Dr. Benjamin Cohen, Board Certified in Neurosurgery, specializes in spinal surgery and is an expert on the cervical spine. His practice includes revision spine surgery, adult scoliosis surgery and the correction of various forms of spinal deformity. Fully versed in standard laminectomy and fusion techniques, Dr. Cohen has a special interest in minimally invasive procedures including kyphoplasty and microdiscectomy as well as surgery for spinal tumors. His post-graduate training includes a Fellowship in Complex Spinal Surgery at the University of Alabama. He completed a neurological surgery residency and an internship in general surgery at the Albany Medical Center. Dr. Cohen received his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School. He has authored and co-authored numerous manuscripts and articles published in the fields of neurosurgery and the spine and has given many presentations on these topics.


Louis Cornacchia, MD
Neurosurgeon
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Dr. Louis Cornacchia, Board Certified in Neurological Surgery, performs general neurosurgery of the brain and spine.


Nancy Epstein, MD
Chief, Neurosurgical Spine, Education and Development
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Dr. Nancy Epstein, Board Certified in Neurosurgery, is well known for her expertise in numerous cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal disorders. Her post-graduate training includes a residency in neurosurgery and internship in general surgery at New York University-Bellevue Medical Center. She earned her medical degree at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Epstein is a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. She was a President of the Cervical Spine Research Society in 2001, and has served as Program Chair for both the Cervical Spine Society and the AANS/CNS Spine Sections. She has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers in medical journals, as well as many book chapters in major neurosurgical and orthopaedic surgical textbooks. Currently, Dr. Epstein serves on six spine journal editorial boards [Spine, The Spine Journal, Journal of Spinal Disorders/Techniques, Surgical Neurology (Associate Editor), Spinal Cord (England), Spinal Surgery (Japan)], and presents regularly at national and international conferences.


Richard Johnson, MD
Neurosurgeon
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Dr. Richard Johnson, Board Certified in Neurological Surgery, performs general neurosurgery of the brain and spine.


Donald Krieff, DO
Neurosurgeon
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Dr. Donald Krieff, Board Certified in Neurosurgery, treats adult and pediatric patients, performing complex cranial and spine surgery. He has special interests in computer-assisted resection of brain tumors and the management of traumatic injuries to the brain and spine. Before relocating to Long Island, Dr. Krieff served as Chief of Neurosurgery at Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Subsequently, he was appointed Chief of Neurosurgery at Nassau University Medical Center then joined Winthrop's medical staff. His post-graduate training includes a neurological surgery residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center; during his last year, he served as Neurological Surgery Chief Resident at LIJ and North Shore University Hospital-Manhasset. He obtained his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Krieff has received several honors, ranking first place in achievements with the Annual Clinical Assembly of Osteopathic Specialists and American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. He is intimately involved with the training, testing and board certification of young neurosurgeons and has lectured to surgical and pediatric departments as well as the Nassau County Paramedics on many topics, including "The Role of the Neurosurgeon on the Stroke Team" and "Contemporary Management of Head Injury".


Michael Lefkowitz, MD
Neurosurgeon
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Dr. Michael Lefkowitz, Board Certified in Neurological Surgery, specializes in minimally invasive and complex spinal surgery. His post-graduate training includes Fellowships in Interventional Neuroradiology at the UCLA Medical Center, and in Complex Spine Surgery at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He has published widely and presented lectures on complex spine surgery, interventional neuroradiology and general neurosurgery.


Alan Mechanic, MD
Neurosurgeon
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Dr. Alan Mechanic, Board Certified in Neurosurgery, specializes in spinal surgery, brain tumors and trigeminal neuralgia. Dr. Mechanic's professional interests include the surgical treatment of herniated lumbar and cervical discs, spinal stenosis, trigeminal neuralgia and brain tumors including gliomas, meningiomas and pituitary tumors. He has extensive experience with minimally invasive surgical techniques including minimal access spinal surgery, microneurosurgery, stereotactic neurosurgery, endoscopic neurosurgery and stereotactic radiosurgery. Dr. Mechanic was the first neurosurgeon on Long Island to employ minimally invasive endoscopic techniques to treat pituitary tumors. His post-graduate training includes a Neurosurgical Research Fellowship and residency at the Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, where he served as Chief Resident in his final year. Dr. Mechanic also served as a surgical resident at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and as an intern in internal medicine at Brown University in Providence, RI. He received his medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and was a Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Texas Sensory Sciences Center in Houston, TX. He has lectured frequently at professional conferences on a variety of neurosurgical topics, and has co-authored articles in peer-reviewed medical journals on spine trauma, stereotactic neurosurgery and trigeminal neuralgia.


Mark Mittler, MD
Pediatric Neurosurgeon
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Dr. Mark Mittler is Board Certified in Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neurological Surgery. In addition to surgical neuro-oncolocy, his interests include pediatric vascular malformations, craniosynostosis, hydrocephalus and traumatic brain injury. He is experienced in minimally invasive techniques, including microsurgery, neuroendoscopy and stereotactic radiosurgery. His post-graduate training includes a residency at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, and he served as Chief Resident at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Rhode Island. He is a member of the Pediatric Section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, as well as the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, and lectures to peers and the lay audience frequently.


Harrison Mu, MD
Neurosurgeon
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Dr. Harrison Mu is Board Certified in Neurosurgery. He treats brain tumors and trauma, hemorrhage and hydrocephalus; performs spine surgery to relive back pain, herniated disc stenosis, fractures and tumors; and provides peripheral nerve surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar nerve entrapment. His post-graduate training includes a six-year residency in neurosurgery at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Mu received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College.


Ramin Rak, MD
Neurosurgeon
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Dr. Ramin Rak, specializes in brain and spine surgery, using complex and minimally invasive procedures, as well as stereotactic radiosurgery to treat brain tumors and cerebrovascular and skull base diseases. He is also an expert in micro-neurosurgical techniques. Dr. Rak's post-graduate training includes Fellowships in: Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery at North Shore/LIJ; Clinical Neurosurgery at NIH/NINDS/Surgical Neurology Branch, Bethesda, MD; and Micro-Neurosurgery Clinical and Research at Mid-Atlantic Brain and Spine Institute in Annandale, VA and the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD. His residencies included: neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico in Albuqerque, where he was Chief Neurosurgery Resident; neurosurgery at George Washington University in Washington, DC; and general surgery at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, where he also completed an internship and externship in general surgery. Dr. Rak received his medical degree from the Free University of Brussels in Brussels, Belgium. For 20 years, he has conducted basic neuroscience and clinical research in a variety of brain and spine conditions, including reperfusion injuries after treatment of stroke, micro-neurosurgical techniques, outcomes of difficult skull base and cerebrovascular diseases and usage of adult Olfactory Ensheathing Glial and Schwann Cells (OEC) in spinal cord injuries. He has published several dozen articles and book chapters in neurosurgical journals and book atlases and presented at many professional meetings on a wide range of neurological surgery topics.


Steven Schneider, MD
Pediatric Neurosurgeon
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Dr. Steven Schneider, Board Certified in Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neurosurgery, is an expert in image-guided microneurosurgery for tumors of the brain, brainstem and spinal cord, combined with functional mapping of the nervous system to remove tumors once thought inoperable. While his primary focus is pediatric neurosurgery, his adult practice specializes in pediatric disorders found in adulthood. His post-graduate training includes a Fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at New York University. He completed a neurosurgical residency at Baylor college of Medicine, where he also earned his medical degree. Active in many professional organizations, he is also active in clinical research and has published widely.


Brian Snyder, MD
Neurosurgeon
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Dr. Brian Snyder specializes in the surgical treatment of movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, tremor and dystonia, seizure disorders and epilepsy, as well as the surgical management of pain. He is an expert in deep brain stimulation (DBS), utilizing microelectrode recording; procedures for mapping, recording and identifying seizure foci in the brain; the surgical resection of these foci; vagal nerve stimulation (VNS); motor cortex stimulation (MCS); and spinal cord stimulation (SCS). His post-graduate training includes a Fellowship in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery under Dr. Andres Lozano at the Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto. He completed a neurological surgery residency and general surgery internship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he was Chief Neurosurgical Resident. Dr. Snyder received his medical degree from the Temple University School of Medicine. He has published and presented extensively on functional neurosurgery, including works on deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease, primary dystonia and depression, as well as stereotactic radiosurgery for tremor and seizure outcomes associated with cavernous malformation.


William Sonstein, MD
Neurosurgeon
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Dr. William Sonstein, Board Certified in Neurosurgery, has a special interest in complex spine surgery. He is one of Long Island's most experienced practitioners of Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF), which relieves intractable back pain. When indicated, he uses minimally invasive procedures, such as kyphoplasty and X-Stop™, to treat spinal compression fractures and spinal stenosis. His post-graduate training includes a Fellowship in Spine Surgery at Tampa General Hospital, as well as a neurosurgical residency at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, where he was Chief Resident. He earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Sonstein has participated extensively in neurosurgery research and clinical trials, and has authored and co-authored journal articles, scientific abstracts and book chapters.


Lee Tessler, MD
Neurosurgery Quality Improvement Committee Chairman
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Dr. Lee Tessler specializes in the multimodality treatment of malignant and benign brain tumors, which includes stereotactic surgery and radiosurgery. He is proficient in CyberKnife® Radiosurgery. His post-graduate training includes a residency in neurosurgery and internship in general surgery at the New York University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center, where he was Chief Resident. He earned his medical degree at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health in Columbus, Ohio, with clinical honors in neurosurgery and general surgery. Dr. Tessler has written about advanced MRI for brain tumors. He has also published comments on articles about robotic neurosurgery and intracranial surgery with three-dimensional ultrasound.  


Elizabeth Trinidad, MD
Pediatric Neurosurgeon
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Dr. Elizabeth Trinidad specializes in treating complex disorders of the brain and spine in children. An expert in neuroendoscopy used for tumors, congenital malformations, hydrocephalus, epilepsy, trauma and degenerative disease, she is also skilled in stereotactic radiosurgery for tumors and arteriovenous malformations. Her post-graduate training includes a Fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery at the University of Colorado/The Children's Hospital. Dr. Trinidad completed a neurosurgical residency at the University of Texas, and served as Clinical Research Chiari/Springomyelia Clinical Coordinator at SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn. She completed a surgical internship at the University of Connecticut and earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Trinidad has conducted numerous clinical research studies on the use of stereotactic radiosurgery and chemotherapy, as well as clinical drug trials for head injury, bone marrow rescue after high-dose chemotherapy in leukemia and neuropsychological evaluation of children. She has published extensively and presented at many professional meetings.


Artem Vaynman, MD
Neurosurgeon
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Dr. Artem Vaynman specializes in complex spinal surgery, minimally invasive spinal surgery and 3D spinal navigation. He treats a variety of spine conditions, including degenerative scoliosis, spinal stenosis, compression fractures, back pain, herniated disc and sciatica. His post-graduate training includes a Fellowship in Complex Spine Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and residencies in general surgery and neurosurgery at the New Jersey Medical School, University Hospital in Newark, where he served as Chief Resident in Neurosurgery. He also served as Chief Resident in Neurosurgery at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ. He obtained his medical degree at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn. Dr. Vaynman has authored "Spinal Cord Injury and Paralysis" a chapter in Essentials of Orthopedic Surgery: Spine.

Endovascular Neuroradiologists

John Pile-Spellman, MD, FACR
Endovascular Neuroradiologist
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Dr. John Pile-Spellman is Board-Certified in Radiology. He is internationally recognized for his leadership in interventional neuroradiology, specializing in the diagnosis, management and treatment of cerebral aneurysms, strokes, tumors, vascular malformations and the development of innovative image-based services. Dr. Pile-Spellman has over 20 years' experience in developing high impact, clinically relevant imaging and treatment paradigms through clinical care, research, mentoring and organizational leadership. His post-graduate training includes Fellowships in Neuroradiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and in Interventional Neuroradiology at New York University Medical Center. He was a visiting Fellow in Endovascular Neurosurgery at the Kiev Neurosurgical Institute, Kiev, Ukraine. He completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Pile-Spellman earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Society, the medical honor society. He also received the Sadek Hilal Faculty Research Award at Columbia University. Prior to joining Winthrop, he was an attending radiologist and Director of Academic Interventional Neuroradiology at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He was also Vice Chair of Research and Director of Interventional MRI at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Pile-Spellman continues his research at Columbia University's School of Engineering in the Biomedical Engineering Department, and has been an investigator in at least six pivotal clinical trials for endovascular treatment. He has numerous patents for endovascular treatment and advances in imagery. Dr. Pile-Spellman has been published in more than 150 peer review journals and has served as a reviewer of numerous academic publications, including Stroke, The Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow, Radiology, and Lancet.

Neuro-Oncologists

Paul Duic, MD
Neuro-Oncolocist
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Dr. Paul Duic specializes in the medical management of brain tumors and spine tumors, including central nervous system (CNS) tumors, gliomas, metastatic tumors,and CNS lymphoma. His post-graduate training includes a Fellowship in Neuro-Oncology at the Neuro-Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH.) He completed three years of a neurological surgery residency and a surgical internship at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, as well as a residency in emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Duic published "Central Nervous System Tumors" in the Bethesda Handbook of Clinical Oncology and has several manuscripts in preparation. An experienced co-investigator on multiple clinical trials at NIH, involving many novel molecularly targeted agents, he has lectured about his research.


Jai Grewal, MD
Neuro-Oncologist
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Dr. Jai Grewal specializes in the management of patients with primary and metastatic tumors of the brain and spine, including glioblastoma, astrocytoma, oliodendroglioma, ependymoma, meningioma and lymphoma. He has a particular interest in central nervous system metastases resulting from cancers of the lung, breast, kidneys, melanoma and lymphoma and utilizes multi-modality treatment options, including surgery, limited-field radiotherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, as well as standard and experimental chemotherapy. Dr. Grewal personally supervises traditional and targeted chemotherapy, which may be administered intravenously, orally, into cerebrospinal ?uid and directly into the tumor. In addition to treating tumors, he develops strategies to preserve quality of life, collaborating with specialists in neurosurgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology, neuropsychology, neuropathology and neuroradiology in order to improve outcomes and minimize side effects. His post-graduate training includes a Neuro-Oncology Fellowship at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, a neurology residency at the University of Texas, Southwestern, and an internal medicine internship at Griffin Hospital in Connecticut, which is affiliated with Yale University. He is the principal investigator leading several active clinical trials and an executive board member of the American Cancer Society (Nassau region). Dr. Grewal has authored numerous publications and is frequently an invited speaker at universities and hospitals nationwide.

Pain Management Specialists

Richard Fuss, MD



Edward Rubin, MD
Anesthesiologist
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Dr. Edward Rubin, Board Certified in Anesthesiology, specializes in the treatment of chronic pain of the low back and neck, and muscle pain related to sports injuries. He works in collaboration with neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons in managing pain in the joints and spine, using a wide range of modalities, including non-invasive laser therapy, medication and the most cutting-edge interventional techniques. His post-graduate training includes a Fellowship in Pain Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He completed a residency in anesthesiology at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell campus. He also trained at Columbia University, the Hospital for Special Surgery and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Rubin received his medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada. He takes an active interest in research, has a Certificate in Clinical Investigation from Cornell Medical College and has an ongoing study involving the use of lasers in the treatment of pain.

Neurophysiologist

Joseph Moreira, MD
Neurophysiologist
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Dr. Joseph Moreira, a Board Certified Neurologist, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, specializes in intraoperative neurophysiology - the science of evaluating the integrity of the nervous system during surgical procedures. He also has expertise in evaluating and treating disorders of the spine and neuromuscular system. His post-graduate training includes Fellowships in Electromyography and Neuromuscular Disease at Cornell University Medical Center's Hospital for Special Surgery. He completed a residency in neurology and neuromuscular research/clinical neurology at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center in New York, where he also completed an internship in internal medicine. Dr. Moreira earned his medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada. His awards include the Rizzo Award and the St. Vincent's Alumni Research Award. Prior to joining Winthrop, Dr. Moreira was Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology at New York Medical College and served as the Director of both the electromyography lab and intraoperative neurophysiology service at St. Vincent's Hospital. Dr. Moreira has conducted extensive research, been widely published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented various techniques of intraoperative monitoring using transcranial motor-evoked potentials.

Neurologists

Malcolm H. Gottesman, MD
Chief, Division of Neurology
Co-Director, Institute for Neurosciences
Director, MS Treatment Program
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Dr. Gottesman specializes in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS), and is the founder of Winthrop's MS Treatment Program. The program conducts original clinical research and participates in state-of-the-art clinical trials. Dr. Gottesman was instrumental in the establishment of the Stroke Program and Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at Winthrop. He is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. His post-graduate training includes a residency in neurology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where he was Chief Resident. He also completed an internship and residency in psychiatry at Boston University Medical Center. Dr. Gottesman received his medical degree in an accelerated BS-MR program jointly sponsored by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Albany Medical College. He has published numerous articles in professional journals and presents at national and international conferences. Dr. Gottesman received an MS Leadership award from the Long Island MS Society.


Sakshi Bajaj, MD
Movement Disorders Specialist
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Dr. Bajaj specializes in evaluating and treating patients with movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease, tremor and dystonia; she has a special interest in deep brain stimulation. Dr. Bajaj is Board Certified in Neurology. Her post-graduate training includes a Fellowship in Movement Disorders at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina. She completed a neurology residency at Seton Hall University, JFK Medical Center, NJ Neuroscience Institute in New Jersey and an internship in internal medicine at Staten Island University Hospital. She also completed an honorary internship in psychiatry at the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Medical College in Bangalore, India, where she earned her medical degree. Dr. Bajaj has been a co-investigator in several recent clinical trials.


Alan Ettinger, MD
Epilepsy Neurologist
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Dr. Alan Ettinger is a nationally-known epilepsy specialist dedicated to helping individuals with seizures and related disorders. He has conducted landmark research related to advancing epilepsy patients' quality of life. His post-graduate training includes Fellowships in Neurology and EEG/Epilepsy at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Ettinger has directed numerous national and regional epilepsy symposia. He has published widely in peer-review journals on depression in epilepsy and psychogenic non-epileptic seizures and has edited several journal supplements and textbooks. He has also written books, including Psychiatric Issues in Epilepsy, Managing Epilepsy and Co-Existing Disorders and The Essential Patient Handbook (a guide for patients to better advocate for their needs). Dr. Ettinger is on the editorial board of several epilepsy journals, has served on national committees of the American Academy of Neurology, American Epilepsy Society and the National Epilepsy Foundation, as well as the International League Against Epilepsy. He is president of the Long Island Epilepsy Foundation Professional Advisory Board and is a member of the National Professional Advisory Board and the Executive Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of America.


Shicong Ye, MD
Epilepsy Neurologist
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Dr. Ye specializes in evaluating and treating patients with epilepsy. He has a special interest in treating refractory seizure patients with vagal nerve stimulation and surgery. Dr.Ye is Board Certified in Neurology. His post-graduate training includes a Fellowship in EEG/Epilepsy at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He completed a neurology residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where he was a Chief Resident, and an internship at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Ye received a medical degree from the prestigious Shanghai Medical University in China. He has been a primary investigator in several epilepsy clinical trials and co-investigator in many other trials.


Huiying Yu, MD
Director, Neurodiagnostic Laboratory
Director, Electrodiagnostic Laboratory


Dr. Huiying Yu is a neurologist specializing in EMG evaluations.

Neurocritical Care Neurologists

Mohammad Ibrahim, MD
Neurointensivist
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Dr. Ibrahim is a neurointensivist with a special interest in neurosonology (sonographic imaging of the brain, intracranial vessels, spine and nerves). His post-graduate training includes a Fellowship in Vascular Neurology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He completed a neurology residency at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn and training in internal medicine at the Flushing Hospital Medical Center. He also completed a residency in internal medicine and received his medical degree at Dow Medical College and Civil Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan.


Jay Yasen, MD
Associate Director, Cerebrovascular Disorders
Director, Neurovascular Laboratory
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Dr. Yasen's primary areas of interest include acute stroke management and cerebral venous thrombosis. He joined Winthrop from Montefiore Medical Center, where he served as Director of Stroke Service for more than six years. Dr. Yasen is Board Certified in Neurology and is a Diplomate in the subspecialty of Vascular Neurology. His post-graduate training includes a Fellowship in Stroke and Neurocritical Care at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. He completed a residency in neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an internal medicine internship at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, and earned his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr.Yasen has conducted research into the prevention of second strokes and has authored several publications dealing with stroke.


Elzbieta Wirkowski, MD
Director, Cerebrovascular Disorders and Stroke Program
Co-Director, Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit
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Dr. Wirkowski specializes in cerebrovascular neurology and neurocritical care. She is Board Certified in Neurology, Vascular Neurology and Neurocritical Care. Her post-graduate training includes a Cerebrovascular Fellowship at Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJ), where she participated in multiple research trials dealing with neurocritical and cerebrovascular problems. She also completed a residency and internship in neurology at LIJ. Dr. Wirkowski earned her medical degree with honors from Warsaw University in Poland, where she also studied molecular biology. She is the author of many publications dealing with neurocritical care and stroke, and presents regularly at national and international meetings.

Pediatric Neurologists

Vijaya Atluru, MD
Chief, Division of Pediatric Neurology
516.663.9494


Dr. Vijaya Atluru specializes in neurological conditions in children. She works closely with colleagues in pediatric neurosurgery.


Chaula Kharode, MD
Pediatric Neurologist
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Dr. Chaula Kharode specializes in neurological conditions in children. She works closely with colleagues in pediatric neurosurgery.


Robert Trepel, MD
Pediatric Neurologist
516.663.9494


Dr. Robert Trepel specializes in neurological conditions in children. He works closely with colleagues in pediatric neurosurgery.
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