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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 18, 2013
Contact: Carolann Martines
Associate Writer
(516) 663-2234
cmartines@winthrop.org

WINTHROP-UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES TWO MAJOR APPOINTMENTS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF NEUROSCIENCES


John A. Grant, MD, FACS, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Winthrop-University Hospital.


Brian J. Snyder, MD, Director of Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery at Winthrop-University Hospital.
Mark Menniti Stecker, MD, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Neurosciences at Winthrop-University Hospital, is pleased to announce the appointment of John A. Grant, MD, FACS, to Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, as well as the appointment of Brian J. Snyder, MD, to Director of Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery.

John A. Grant, MD, is a board certified neurosurgeon who specializes in pediatric neurosurgery, including extensive experience handling difficult cases and conditions such as pediatric brain tumors, hydrocephalus and spina bifida. He also works in vascular neurosurgery and epilepsy surgery. He treats children of all ages, and is able to follow them and ensure they receive appropriate neurosurgical care as they transition into their teens and their health conditions become more complicated. Dr. Grant most recently served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery of the University of Kansas Medical Center’s School of Medicine.

A native of Ireland, Dr. Grant completed undergraduate studies at Belvedere College S.J., Dublin. He received his medical degree from the Medical School of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, where he was an Arthur Jacob Scholar.

Dr. Grant completed general surgery internships in Dublin and at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He completed a neurosurgery residency at the Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia University, and a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, where he operated for 11 years and received the inaugural A. Todd Davis Outstanding Physician Award.

Dr. Grant has published on pediatric and congenital neurosurgery as well as the history of neurosurgery and head trauma, and has been a member of the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal Pediatric Neurosurgery since 2006. He has presented internationally in English, French, Spanish and German.

Dr. Grant regularly visits Haiti, where he has a long-term humanitarian commitment to caring for children with hydrocephalus and other congenital malformations.


A member of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, the European Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery, the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the Nassau County Medical Society, Dr. Grant resides in Point Lookout, NY.

Brian J. Snyder, MD, is a board certified neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, tremor and dystonia, epilepsy and refractory pain syndromes. Dr. Snyder is an expert in deep brain stimulation (DBS) utilizing microelectrode recording, vagal nerve stimulation (VNS), and procedures for mapping, recording, and identifying seizure foci in the brain and the surgical resection of these foci, as well as spinal cord stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, occipital nerve stimulation and intrathecal pump placement.

Dr. Snyder received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine where he was honored as AOA (Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society).

At Mount Sinai School of Medicine he served as an intern in general surgery and advanced to a resident in neurological surgery and then chief resident in neurological surgery. Following this he pursued a fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery under Dr. Andres Lozano at the Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto. He has also obtained certification in both Gamma Knife® and CyberKnife® radiosurgery.

Dr. Snyder has published and presented extensively on fields in functional neurosurgery. His papers and presentations include works on surgery for primary dystonia, seizure outcomes associated with cavernous malformations, deep brain stimulation for depression and Parkinson’s disease as well as Gamma Knife treatment for tremor.

As a resident and fellow he was active in the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He was elected to the Young Neurosurgeons Committee and subsequently was elected to serve as the liaison from the Young Neurosurgeons Committee to the executive committee of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.

For more information about the breadth of services offered in Winthrop’s Department of Neurosciences, call 1-866-WINTHROP.

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