Almefty, Kaith
Barrow Neurological Institute 
Estados Unidos


Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Barrow Neurological Institute



Al-Mefty, Ossama
Harvard School of Medicine 
Estados Unidos


He was the Chairman of Neurosurgery at the University of Arkansas from 1993- 2009. Professor Dr. Al-Mefty is currently the Director of the Skull Base Surgery Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Dr. Al-Mefty’s area of interest and expertise is skull base surgery, pioneering, and contributing to this field through numerous publications. His scientific contributions are reflected in over 500 publications that include authoring or editing nine books and over 236 peer reviewed journal 



Andrews, Russell
World Federation Of Neurosurgical Societies
Estados Unidos


Russell Andrews has two major interests: (1) international neurosurgery (including neurosurgical education), and (2) new technologies for neurosurgery (specifically the brain-machine interface).  He is currently Editor, WFNS Newsletter, and previously was chair of the AANS International Outreach Committee.  He has been an advisor to Nanotechnology and Smart Systems at NASA Ames Research Center for 20 years; the collaborations with NASA have received multiple USA NIH grants and patents. 



Benzel, Edward C.
Cleveland Clinic
Estados Unidos

Boulis, Nicholas
Emory University School of Medicine
Estados Unidos




1984-1988 Yale University, New Haven, CT B.S., summa cum laude Majors in Intensive Biology and Philosophy, both awarded with distinction

1991-1992 Howard Hughes Research Fellowship for Medical Students Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA 1989-1993 Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA M.D. magna cum laude


1994-1995 Intern, Department of Surgery, University of Michigan Medical Center

1995-2001 Resident, Section of Neurological Surgery, University of Michigan Medical Center

1998-1999 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Neurology and Department of Microbiology and Immunology: University of Michigan.


2001-2007 Associate Staff, Department of Neurosurgery, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Lerner Institute

2001-2007 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Michigan School of Medicine.

2004-2007 Assistant Professor, The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

2007-2010 Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Emory University

2010-pres Associate Professor, Tenure, Department of Neurosurgery, Emory University


National Board of Medical Examiners Diplomate – June 1995

Neurosurgical Boards; Written Examination, – May, 1999 Oral Examination, – May 2006

Ohio Medical License #35-07-9749-B (inactive)

Georgia Medical License #059605 (active)


Chesnut, Randall M.
Harborview Medical Center
Estados Unidos

Demetriades, Andreas
Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
Reino Unido


Consultant Neurosurgeon and Spinal Surgeon, Departement of Clinical Neurosciences at Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

Titles and membership:

  • Secretary of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS)
  • Previous Chairman of the EANS Young Neurosurgeons Committee, and, Individual Membership Comittee
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Member of the British Association of Spinal Surgeons
  • Member of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons
  • Member of the British Medical Association
  • Member of the North American Spine Society
  • Member of the Scottish Society for the History of Medicine

Areas of interest: Spinal Surgery, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Neuroncology, Brain Trauma, Surgical outcomes


Dempsey, Robert
University Of Wisconsin 
Estados Unidos


Dr. Robert J. Dempsey is the Manucher Javid Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Wisconsin.  He specializes in cerebrovascular surgery of intracranial aneurysms, carotid endarterectomy and brain tumors, and co-directs the stroke program.  With over 30 years of NIH funding, Dr. Dempsey has multiple research projects with a focus on cerebral ischemia, vascular cognitive decline, and repair of the injured brain with over 300 refereed publications and over 90 research grants.  

Farias, Joao Paulo
Hospital CUF Descobertas, Lisboa

Francaviglia, Natale
Civico Hospital


Born March 28th, 1953 in Motta S. Anastasia (CT).

Graduated from Convitto “M.Cutelli” in Catania in academic year 1970/71 with an average of 54/60.

Graduated from the University of Catania in academic year 1976/77, with a Degree in Medicine and Surgery, and an evaluation of 110 summa cum laude, with right to publish the thesis (Tortuosity, coiling and kinking of the internal carotid artery).

Enrolled in Specialization School of Neurosurgery at the University of Genoa in academic year 1977/78. Graduated with a Specialization Degree in academic year 1980/81 with a score of 50/50 summa cum laude, discussing the thesis on “Mielopathy and cervical spondylosis”.

Interned at the Neurosurgery Clinic at the University of Genoa during the April-September 1978 semester.

Intern assistant at the Neurosurgery Clinic at the University of Genoa from November 15th , 1978 to May 14th , 1979, and role assistant from July 1st , 1980.

Attended the Neurosurgery Division of Slotervaart Hospital in Amsterdam from March to June 1982, performing activities of research and surgery

Took advantage of a commanded mission from November 1983 to June 1984, to complete the studies on pre-operative embolization of cerebral tumours and to learn new operation techniques of the spine, at the Slotervaart in Amsterdam.

In December 1986, achieved the specialization qualification as head Neurosurgeon.

Since April 1987 has worked as a role Hospital Aid at the Neurosurgical Clinic at the University of Genoa, being on call as first surgeon for cranial and spinal traumas.

From June 6th to the 24th , 1989, attended the Neurosurgery Department of the National Traumatology Institute in Budapest.

From July 2nd  to the 5th, 1989, attended the Orthopaedic Clinic in Upsala in order to learn new spine fixation techniques with PSF.

From July 2nd to the 20th, 1990, attended the National Hospitals for Nervous Diseases in London with Prof. Crockard, in order to perfect the transoral approach technique at the cranial base.

From April to June 1991, attended the Neurosurgery Department in Hannover, lead by Prof. Samii, for cranial base studies.

From 1991 to 1996 was professor at the Neurosurgery Specialization School at the University of Genoa, teaching cranial base surgical techniques.

From september to December 1994, attended the Neurosurgery Department at the G. Washington University, lead by Prof. Sekhar, to learn new cranial base surgical techniques.

Held two Lectures in 1994 and 1996 at the World Federation of Neurosurgery Education Program held yearly in Hannover.

Participated as a teacher in two spinal surgery courses held in Florence in 1994 and in Paris in 1997.

From January 1st, 2001 to July 31st ,2001, held the charge of Substitute Director of the Emergency Department of the Sant’Elia Hospital in Caltanissetta

Since August 1st, 2001, has been Director of the Emergency Department  of the Sant’Elia Hospital in Caltanissetta

From February 1st, 2000 to 15th of January 2012  have been director of the Neurosurgery Operative Unit of the Sant’Elia Hospital in Caltanissetta.

Was appointed by the Faculty Council of Medicine and Surgery as Professor, to teach the integrative  didactic activity of the University of Caltanissetta for the academic year 2002/2003.

Performed activities of integrative didactics for Medical and Surgical graduate students at the University of Caltanissetta during the academic years 2000/01, 2001/02 and 2002/03.

The scientific activities are expressed in more than 100 publications in national and international reviews and in participations to many Congresses.

From 16th January 2012 until now Chairman of the Neurosurgerical Department of the ARNAS Civico Hospital in Palermo.

From 2012 to 2014 member of the board of Italian Neurosurgical Society.

Author of more than 30 publications in international journals 

Gardner, Paul A.
University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Estados Unidos


Paul A. Gardner, MD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at  the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Neurosurgical Director of the Center for Cranial Base Surgery as well as Executive Vice Chairman for Surgical Services for the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).  



Iaccarino, Corrado
University Hospital of Parma

Khan, Tariq
Northwest School Of Medicine


– Professor and Head of Neurosurgery in Northwest School of Medicine, Peshawar, Pakistan .
– Presently Chairman Neurotrauma Committee WFNS


Kim, Se-Hoon
Korea University Medical Center Ansan Hospital
Corea del Sur


Professor & Director of Spinal Neurosurgery,
Department of Neurosurgery,
Ansan Hospital, Korea University Medical Center,
Republic of Korea  

Lafuente, Jesús
European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS)


El Dr Lafuente, nacio en Zaragoza, España. Vivio en Barcelona, ciudad de la que se siente tremendamente orgulloso y  donde curso sus estudios de Medicina, en la UAB ( Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona), licenciandose en 1991. Tras trabajar durante un año como medico general en la Barcelona Olimpica, se traslado a Inglaterra para cursar su especialidad en Neurocirugia. La especialidad la realizo principalmente en el centro “National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery” de la ciudad de Londres, centro pionero de la Neurocirugia. Tras acabar su  residencia en 2003, permanecio en dicho centro para realizar un “fellowship” en columna y finalizar su tesis titulada “ Artroplastia como alternativa a la artrodesis en el tratamiento de la espondilosis cervical”, que defendio en la UAB en el año 2004. Este trabajo le permitio ser consultor para la compañía Medtronic durante 4 años, viajando internacionalmente para asistir y dar soporte a cirujanos con la tecnica de implantacion del disco de Bryan ( primera artroplastia efectiva cervical). Durante ese año tambien obtuvo el reconocimiento al mejor trabajo original en la CSRS ( Cervical Spine Research Society) mediante la obtencion del prestigioso premio Mario Boni con su trabajo sobre “ Asociacion de la Apolipoproteina E4 con la espondilosis mielopatica”, Una vez trasladado a España, trabajo como neurocirujano en Gerona para mas tarde trasladarse a Barcelona, ciudad donde reside en la actualidad y trabaja. Asistencialmente es en la actualidad director de la Unidad de cirugia de Columna del Hospital del Mar.  Una vez trasladado a Barcelona, el Dr Lafuente formo parte del comité de “ Ethics& Bylaws” de la Federacion Mundial de Neurocirugia durante 8 años desde 2005. Alterno durante este periodo  con la Sociedad Europea de Neurocirugia (EANS), como profesor de la seccion de Columna desde 2007 hasta la actualidad , tambien como profesor de la seccion de Cirugia de Columna de la Federacion Mundial de Neurocirugia (WFNS) desde 2010. El Dr Lafuente es autor de mas de 25 articulos en revistas indexadas asoi como de mas de 10 capitulos en libros especializados. En 2015 fue nombrado presidente electo de la EANS, asumiendo el cargo de presidente en 2017, cargo que todavia sustenta y que comparte con la presidencia de la Sociedad catalana de Neurocirugia. El objetivo principal trazado durante su presidencia, consiste en la estandarizacion de la educacion pre y post grado a nivel global como primer paso a la estandarizacion en el tratamiento  de los pacientes neuroquirurgicos. Para ello, lidera el Global Neurosurgical Educational Committee que incluye a todos los presidentes de las sociedades neuroquirugicas continentales asi como los responsables de educacion. 



Lozano, Andrés
University of Toronto


Dr. Lozano is Professor and Chairman of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto and holds the Tasker Chair in Functional Neurosurgery at Toronto Western Hospital and a Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience.

He is best known for his work in the field of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS).

His team has mapped out cortical and subcortical circuits in the human brain and pioneered applications of DBS beyond Parkinson’s disease for depression, dystonia, anorexia, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

 Dr. Lozano has over 550 publications and serves on the board of several international organizations.

He is the most cited neurosurgeon in the world according to Thompson Reuters.

He has received a number of honors including the Olivecrona Medal and Pioneer in Medicine Award, been recognized as Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Sevilla and has been elected to the Royal Society of Canada, Order of Spain and Order of Canada.

Ley Urraiz, Luis
Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal, Madrid


El Dr. Luis Ley Urzaiz es uno de los profesionales más relevantes en la especialidad de neurocirugía. Hijo, nieto y sobrino de neurocirujanos se puede decir que lleva la especialidad en la sangre, o como él dice: “implantada en el cerebro”.

Considera que la neurocirugía, es una especialidad muy peculiar, dado que se ocupa de lo que nos hace diferentes: el sistema nervioso. Por ello, opina que no se trata sólo de ver y operar casos, sino de hablar, comprender, conocer y tratar a cada paciente como si cada paciente tuviera una enfermedad diferente, porque realmente es así, cada caso es distinto, aún siendo la misma enfermedad, ya que cada sistema nervioso es único.

Dentro de su especialidad, se ha orientado al tratamiento específico de la neurocirugía vascular(aneurismas, malformaciones arteriovenosas, cavernomas), neuralgia del trigémino y espasmo hemifacialneurooncología (tumores cerebrales y medulares) y problemas de la columna cervical(hernias discales, espondilosis cervical); tratamientos en los que goza de reconocimiento nacional e internacional.

En la actualidad el Dr. Luis Ley desempeña su actividad profesional como Jefe del Servicio de Neurocirugía en el Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal de Madrid, y es Consultor especialista en el Hospital Universitario Quirón de Madrid. Es también profesor de neurocirugía en la Universidad Europea de Madrid y de la Universidad de Alcalá de Henares.

Participa con frecuencia en conferencias y congresos de ámbito nacional e internacional, es miembro de diferentes sociedades científicas, siendo Presidente de la Sociedad Madrileña de Neurocirugía en el periodo 2014-2016.

Ha sido nombrado por votación entre los médicos Top Doctor 2016 en la especialidad de Neurocirugía, en 2017 fue nominado por la web Doctoralia para los Doctoralia Awards. Y la revista Forbes lo incluye en la lista de los mejores médicos de España


Mangiola, Annunziato
Santo Spirito Hospital Pescara


Born in Reggio Calabria, Italy on  August 1th, 1958. Degree in scientific studies in 1976.


  • 1982 Degree in Medicine and Surgery, Catholic University School of Medicine Rome, Italy
  • 1988 Specialist in Neurosurgery, Catholic University School of Medicine Rome, Italy.
  • 1989-94 Senior Resident in Neurosurgery Dept of Neurosurgery, Catholic University, School of Medicine, Rome Italy.
  • 1995-2000 Assistant Professor Dept of Neurosurgery, “ S. Maria di Terni”- Hospital, Terni
  • October 2000-present Assistant Professor Dept of Neurosurgery, Neurotraumatology and Neurosurgery UNIT of Catholic University- Rome
  • October 2017-present Associate Professor and Director of Neurosurgery Medical School – G. D’Annnunzio University – Chieti- Pescara; Chief of Neurosurgery Unit – “Santo Spirito” Hospital  Pescara  


  • 1999 Chef de clinique Neurosurgeon-Hopital Lariboisiere-Paris under the guidance of Prof. Bernard George.
  • Current research activities:

–  brain tumours

–  head trauma

–  hypothalamus-pituitary pathology

–  hydrocephalus


  • Results of his scientific work in 162 publications and numerous reports in national and international congresses and courses.


–    1650 major neurosurgical operations (principal surgeon) performed until January  2018.


  • Brain tumors, Hypothalamus-Pituitary pathology, Head Trauma, Hydrocephalus.
  • Courses of Neurology and Neurosurgery for medical students.
  • Courses of general Neurosurgery and Neurotraumatology for the residents in Neurosurgery.
  • Course of Neurosurgery for nurse students


–    SINCH (Società Italiana di Neurochirurgia)

–    AINO  (Associazione Italiana di Neurooncologia)

–    EANO (European Association of Neuro-Oncology)


2002, 2003, 2006, 2010 by  ITALIAN RESEARCH OFFICE  (MIUR)


Misra, Basant K.
Hinduja National Hospital and MRC, Mumbai



President Asian Australasian Society of Neurological Surgeons 2nd Vice President, World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, President, International Conference of Cerebrovascular Surgery. President, World Federation of Skull Base Societies, Head, Dept. of Neurosurgery and Gammaknife Radiosurgery P. D. Hinduja National Hospital and MRC, Mumbai, India


Morcos, Jacques
University of Miami
Estados Unidos


Dr. Jacques Morcos is a Professor and Co-Chairman in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Miami, with a joint appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology. He is Director of Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami. He is Division Chief of Cranial Neurosurgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital and Director of the Skull Base and Cerebrovascular Fellowship Program. He obtained his Medical Degree from the American University in Beirut, Lebanon in 1985, and then spent four years in England, including spending time as Registrar at the National Hospital for Neurological Diseases at Queen Square and Maida Vale in London. During his time in the UK, he won the Henry Arthur Dalziel Ferns Prize from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland, “for the most outstanding candidate in the worldwide Primary FRCS examinations for the year 1987/1988 among more than 1,400 candidates”. He then moved to the USA and completed neurosurgical residency at the University of Minnesota from 1990 to 1994, where he won the Peyton Society Award, “for ranking 1st in the USA on the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS) written exam of 1993”. He then completed a six month Fellowship at the University of Florida under Dr Arthur Day in Cerebrovascular Surgery, and then a one year Fellowship at the Barrow Neurological Institute 1994/1995 in Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery under Dr Robert Spetzler. He joined the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Miami in 1995 where he has been ever since.


His range of clinical and research expertise includes all skull base and complex brain tumors, endoscopic skull base surgery, and all aspects of cerebrovascular surgery including bypass surgery for complex aneurysms, Moyamoya and ischemic disease. Dr. Morcos is very active in organized and academic neurosurgery, nationally and internationally. He is Past Chair or Past President of: the Joint AANS/CNS Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery, the North American Skull Base Society (NASBS), the Society of University Neurosurgeons (SUN) and the World Association of Lebanese Neurosurgeons (WALN). In the AANS, he is Chair of the Annual meeting for 2018, Board of Directors for 2018-2021, and past Chair of the International Outreach Committee. He is also very involved in the WFNS (World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies) where he is past Chair of the Cerebrovascular Committee, past Continental Second Vice President representing North America, and currently Chair of the Constitution & Bylaws Committee and member of the Skull Base Committee. He was Scientific Chairman of the Boston 2009 WFNS 14th World Congress of Neurological Surgery. In the Senior Society, he is most recently Chairman of Task Force for establishing Skull Base CAST Fellowship Guidelines. Among his other commitments, he is member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, WFNS delegate of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery, member of the Senior Society, and several other societies. He serves on several Editorial Boards, including “Journal of Neurosurgery”, “Neurosurgery”, “World Neurosurgery”, “Journal of Neurological Surgery Part B: Skull Base” and others. His most recent awards include being inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (March 2018), named Yasargil Lecturer at the AANS 2018 Annual Meeting (April 2018), named Alan Hudson Lecturer at the University of Toronto (May 2018), as well as selected again by US World and News Report (top 1% of US physicians, 2017), Patients’ Choice Award (top 5% of US physicians, 2017) and International Who’s Who of Professionals (2015).


Dr. Morcos is passionate about education, nationally and globally. He is dedicated to teaching, and has led and participated in numerous courses and symposia over the years. His academic and scholarly activities as of April 2018 include: 575 invited national and international presentations, 182 presentations at practical courses/symposia, 115 peer reviewed /chapters/other publications, 101 abstracts/posters and 75 Visiting Professorships/Guest Lectureships. He has trained 24 Fellows to date. He greatly enjoys trips with his family, his wife Fiona and their three children Isabella, John and Christina. His hobbies include alpine skiing, cycling, swimming, traveling and math/physics.


Moser, Richard
University of  Massachusetts Medical School
Estados Unidos

Pereira, Paulo
Portuguese Society of Neurosurgery


Head of the Spine Unit – Department of Neurosurgery – Centro Hospitalar S. João.
Professor of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto – Portugal.

President of the Portuguese Society of Neurosurgery (SPNC) and Past Vice-President of the Portuguese Spine Society (SPPCV).
Chairman of the Young Neurosurgeons Award Committee of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS).
Member of the Programme Committee of EuroSpine and Co-chairman in EuroSpine Education Week.
Co-Secretary of the World Spinal Column Society  

Rasulic, Lukas
University Of Belgrade, Clinic For Neurosurgery


Prof. Dr Lukas Rasulic, Neurosurgeon, Professor of School of Medicine, University of Belgrade and Head of the Department of peripheral nerve surgery, functional neurosurgery and pain management surgery, Clinic for Neurosurgery, Clinical Centre of Serbia.

Rosseau, Gail
World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies 
Estados Unidos


Dr. Gail Rosseau attended medical school and residency at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She completed clerkships in London, Glasgow, Paris, and Sydney, as well as a cranial base surgery fellowship in Pittsburgh. She has held multiple leadership positions in national and international organized neurosurgery; she has also served as a University Trustee and Director of multiple philanthropies.

She was an early pioneer of endoscopic surgical techniques to treat pituitary tumors and other cranial base disorders. Involved in the prevention of head and spine injuries for over 25 years, she has served on the Board of Directors of USA Football, and was Guest Editor of the 2014 Sports Concussion Supplement in the journal, Neurosurgery. She currently advocates for global neurotrauma prevention on the ThinkFirst Board of Directors and as World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies Liaison to the World Health Organization.

She and her husband, orthopedic surgeon, Rick Rosseau, enjoy running and have completed 16 Marathons. They have two children: Natalie, who is studying medicine and Brendan, who is studying economics and astronomy.


Samii, Amir
Hannover Medical School


Prof. Dr. med. Amir Samii was born on July 1st, 1970 in Mainz, Germany.

He has graduated from Hannover Medical School and received his neurosurgical and neuroscience training at Charité University in Berlin, University of California Los Angeles and at Nordstadt Hospital Hannover. He did his fellowship in skull base surgery with Prof. Madjid Samii.

Currently he is Vice President and Deputy Medical Director of the International Neuroscience Institute-Hannover, Head of the “Intraoperative Mapping and Visualization of the Human Brain” Program of the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology-Magdeburg and Professor of Neurosurgery at Hannover Medical School.   

Prof. Amir Samii published more than 150 peer revued scientific paper and has editorial functions in numerous journals. He is a fellow of the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology and received the honorary membership from several international neurosurgical societies and is honorary professor of the Burdenko Institute in Moscow.

He has worked on the surgical integration and scientific evaluation of neuronavigation and intraoperative visualization for more than 20 years. Furthermore, his scientific and surgical focus is in skull base and in neuro-oncological surgery. He is also known for his pioneering work in the field of hearing restoration with neurobionics implants in the midbrain.



Sawaya, Raymond
Md Anderson Cancer Center
Estados Unidos


Dr. Sawaya is the founding chair of Neurosurgery at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, as well as an advisor to the leaders of the Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) Moon Shot™. He also served as the past director of the Brain Tumor Center and is holder of the Anne C. Brooks & Anthony D. Bullock, III Distinguished Chair in Neurosurgery.

Dr. Sawaya earned his medical degree from St. Joseph University of Beirut, Lebanon, and completed a surgical internship at Beekman Downtown Hospital in New York City. Multiple residencies followed: in general surgery at Upstate Medical Center State University of New York, in pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati and in neurosurgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. In 1980, he accepted the position of chief resident in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and then held a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a Fogerty International fellow. At NIH, he found his career focus: brain tumors and, in particular, glioblastomas. He was recruited back to the University of Cincinnati in 1982, where he spent eight years building that institution’s brain tumor program.

Dr. Sawaya has influenced the field of neurosurgical oncology in several major ways. Ever since he was recruited in 1990 to establish a newly formed Department of Neurosurgery at MD Anderson, he has built the most comprehensive and best recognized neurosurgical oncology program in the country (Neurosurgery 56: 841-50, 2005).

Dr. Sawaya is an internationally recognized leader in neurosurgery, with particular expertise in primary and metastatic brain tumors. His laboratory work helped identify molecular determinates of brain tumor invasiveness, and in particular, the role of serine proteases and their roles in glioma oncogenesis (over 60 publications). On the clinical side he has helped identify brain metastases as a major threat to the well-being of cancer patients, and was the first to promote the treatment of patients with multiple brain metastases (J Neurosurg 79: 210-6, 1993; 368 citations). Dr. Sawaya is renowned for his great strides in enhancing the accessibility and safety of brain tumor surgery. This can best be demonstrated in his landmark paper on the importance of extent of resection on the survival of glioblastoma patients (J Neurosurg 95: 190-8, 2001; 1440 citations). He has also conducted the first prospective trial on the use of intraoperative MRI to maximize the extent of resection (Neurosurgery 64: 1073-81, 2009; 105 citations).

Dr. Sawaya has published more than 300 articles and book chapters and has served as both reviewer and editor for a number of peer-reviewed journals. He is the past president of the American Radium Society, the past president of the Houston Neurological Society and past chair of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Section on Tumors. He is in demand as a lecturer across the nation and around the world and has received a number of awards in recognition of his expertise.

In a 2016 article, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons’ online journal Neurosurgeon referred to Dr. Sawaya as a “triple threat” who has excelled as a surgeon, researcher and teacher and noted that he was very successful as a leader and an advocate for the field. Dr. Sawaya considers his greatest achievement the building and maintaining of MD Anderson’s comprehensive brain tumor program, which has allowed him to touch the lives of many patients.



Servadei, Franco
Humanitas University


– Graduated in Medicine University of Bologna , 1976 , Cum Laude 
– Full Training in Neurosurgery 1985 
– Experience of work abroad : Sweden (Stocholm) , UK (Sheffield , Edinburgh) 
– Staff Neurosurgeon at Bellaria Hospital Bologna (1985-1990) , Director of Neurotrauma and Emergency Dept. Bufalini Hospital Cesena (1990-2007) , Director of Neurosurgery-Neurotraumatology, University Hospitals of Parma and Reggio Emilia , Italy (2007-2016) Professor of Neurosurgery , Humanitas University 2017
– Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Padua and Parma, Italy 
– Honorary Professor of Neurosurgery Burdenko Institute , Moskow
– Honorary Professor of Neurosurgery, Universita’ Italiana di Buenos Aires 
– Chairman the Neurotrauma Committee of the WFNS (2002-2009) 
– President Italian Neurosurgical Society 2010-2012
– President Elect , WFNS (2015) and President , the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies 2017
– Invited speaker in the last 10 years to 57 international meetings in all the 5 Continents of the WFNS
– Visiting professor in UK, Taiwan, Russia, Argentina, Indonesia, USA, Brazil, Vietnam, France, 
– Chairman of 5 international training course for young Neurosurgeons, teacher in other 17 Courses
– Organizer of 5 International World Meetings 
– 190 peer reviewed papers published together with 4 book chapters 
– H-index=37 5907 total citations by 4105 documents
– In last 5 years : 20 papers on head injuries, 13 papers on brain tumors , 9 papers on spine and other topics


Sufianov, Albert
Federal Centre of Neurosurgery (Tyumen)


Chief physician and Medical director of Federal Centre of Neurosurgery (Tyumen, Russia); Head of Academic department of neurosurgery of First Moscow State Medical University. Practicing neurosurgeon – surgical performance rate 800 surgeries per year Active member of WANS, A member of ACNS Executive Committee A member Neuroendoscopy Committee of the WFNS, A member of Executive Board of the Association of Neurosurgeons of Russia Chief Council of Regional Public Organization “Association of Neurosurgeons of the Tyumen Region” Editorial Board member of Arquivos Brasileiros de Neurocirurgia (Brazillian Neurusrgery) Fields of interest: minimally invasive neurosurgery, pediatric neurosurgery and neuroendoscopy.


Timmons, Shelly
Penn State University Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Estados Unidos

Turel, Keki
Bombay Hospital Institute Of Medical Sciences


Prof. Emeritus , Department of Neurosurgery, Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences
Chairman, WFNS Committee on “Complications in Neurosurgery”
Chairman , 2nd ICCN


Wolf, Aizik
The Miami Neuroscience Center @ Larkin
Estados Unidos



1973 – 1977 University of Chicago (Early Admission) A.B. Biological Sciences with Honors

1977 – 1981 Yale Medical School, Summa Cum Laude


1981 – 1982 Intern, General Surgery
Hennepin County Medical Center

1982 – 1987 Resident, Neurosurgery
University of Minnesota Hospital

1986 – 1987  Fellow, Research on brain transplantatio
New York University, Dr. C. Jaeger

1992 Visiting Scholar, Gamma Knife
Under Professor Christer Lindquist, M.D., Ph.D.
Brown University – Rhode Island Hospital
Providence, Rhode Island


Minnesota – November, 1983   #A028138-1

Maryland – June, 1987   #D35310

Florida – July, 1992   #ME0062504

Board Certified May 28, 1992

Colorado – September, 1999   #38215


  • Effects of seizure surgery on seizure control; especially corpus callosotomy and extra-temporal resections
  • Gamma Knife Treatment of Intracranial Lesions
  • Treatment of head injury/spinal cord injury
  • CNS transplantation in relationship to developmental models and Regeneration


1987 – 1993     Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
University of Maryland Hospital
Baltimore, MD

1987 – 1993 Chief of Epilepsy Surgery
University of Maryland Hospital
Baltimore, MD

1990 – 1993 Assistant Professor of Neurology
University of Maryland Hospital
Baltimore, MD

1990 – 1993 Chief of Gamma Knife – Skull Base Surgery
University of Maryland Hospital
Baltimore, MD

1993 – 2011 Director – Miami Neuroscience Center
Doctors Hospital
Coral Gables, FL

2011- Present   Director, Miami Neuroscience Center @ Larkin Hospital
South Miami, Florida


Ulkatan, Sedat
Mount Sinai Health System  
Estados Unidos


Graduated from Ankara University Medical Faculty and did Neurology residency in the same Institute. IOM director of Mount Sinai West Hospital in Mount Sinai health system. Did fellowship in the same department and worked as an IOM Specialist.

Collaborates with ISIN and other centers in Europe for IOM research. Runs a fellowship program which is established by Dr. Vedran Deletis In New York.