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Anil Nanda is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport, Louisiana . He has held the post since the department’s establishment in 1995. Prior to this, Dr Nanda served five years as the Chief of Neurosurgery, then a section of the Department of Surgery. In the spring of 2002, Dr Nanda successfully obtained accreditation of a neurosurgery residency program at LSUHSC-Shreveport, the first such program to be approved in the five preceding years.
A native of New York, Dr Nanda earned his medical degree with honors from JIPMER, Madras University in 1982. He completed his neurosurgery residency at the Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, followed by fellowship training in micro-neurosurgery and cranial base surgery at the University of Pittsburgh in 1990. In the spring of 2012, Dr Nanda received his Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. As part of his curriculum, Dr Nanda helped pass the Louisiana Youth Concussion Law, requiring all schools, clubs, and other organizations that sponsor youth athletics to provide athletes and their parents with information about concussions and the potential long-term effects of playing after a head injury. In 2017 he was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters by Centenary College and gave their commencement address.
Committed to the expansion of higher education, Dr Nanda has been the invited guest lecturer and visiting professor at over 400 national and international conferences and institutions. He has also published over 425 peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as two books including “Principles of Posterior Fossa Surgery.” His efforts have been acknowledged and rewarded both on a local and national level—he has been honored with the Living Legend Award in 1996, recognition as an Outstanding Leader of 2005 by The Times in Shreveport, induction into the Junior Achievement of North Louisiana 2011 Business Hall of Fame for leadership, determination, ethics, and giving back to the community, and inclusion among the Best Doctors in America consecutively from 1996 to 2012. Dr Nanda has served as President of the North American Skull Base Society (2005-2006), Louisiana State Neurosurgical Society (2005-2007), Southern Neurosurgical Society (2006-2007), and Society of University Neurosurgeons (2010-2011). He was awarded with the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of University Neurosurgeons in 2015.
Russ Lonser received his MD from Loma Linda University Medical School and completed his Neurological Surgery residency training at the University of Utah. During his residency training, he completed a Research Fellowship at the Surgical Neurology Branch at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in the National Institutes of Health. Returning to the Surgical Neurology Branch in 2001, he was later appointed Branch Chief. Dr Lonser initiated the NINDS Neurological Surgery Residency Training Program in 2010 and was its inaugural Program Director.
Recruited to the Ohio State University in 2012, Dr Lonser is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery. He has authored more than 200 scientific and clinical publications, is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Neurosurgery and Neurosurgery and is Consulting Editor for the Neurosurgery Clinics of North America. President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and Head of the Research Subcommittee for the National Football League, his current research is focused on drug delivery for treatment of neurologic disorders, as well as tumour biology and treatment.
Shekar Kurpad received his MD from Bangalore Medical College, India and his PhD from Duke University Durham, Northern Carolina, USA. He completed an internship in general surgery followed by a residency in neurosurgery at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University. After completing three clinical fellowships - Skull Base Surgery at the University of Tennessee, Memphis; Neuro-Oncology at the University Hospitals of Cleveland and Spinal Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin - he joined the Medical College of Wisconsin. First as Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, later promoted to Associate Professor and then achieving the rank of Professor with Tenure. Dr Kurpad has amongst other appointments served as Adjunct Faculty in the Departments of Neuroscience, Speech Pathology & Audiology at Marquette University and as Adjunct Professor in the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Department of Cell Biology, Neurology and Anatomy.
A specialist in the treatment of spinal and cranial disorders, his clinical expertise lies in surgery for spinal trauma, tumors of the spine and spinal cord, degenerative disease of the spine, spinal deformities, skull base tumors, general neurosurgery and minimally invasive methods for the treatment of spinal disorders. As the recipient of the prestigious Van Wagenen fellowship from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Dr Kurpad conducted cellular transplantation research for spinal cord injury at the internationally recognized Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. He runs a laboratory at MCW with international collaborators for the study of spinal cord injury and has served as principal investigator on several peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed grants. An internationally recognised authority in the field of imaging biomarkers for spinal cord injury and cervical myelopathy, Dr Kurpad has extensive research experience and receives significant extramural grant funding support from the National Institute of Health as well as several private foundations.
Dr Kurpad holds membership to several associations, including the North American Skull Base Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for Neuroscience and the American Association of South Asian Neurosurgeons. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), a fellow of the American Association for Neurological Surgeon, (AANS), Chair of the International Division of the CNS, Executive Committee member of the Joint AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care and a honorary life member of the Neurological Society of India. In his capacity as an Invited Member of AO Spine North America, he serves on the Knowledge Forum for spinal cord injury where he has led the development of international guidelines for imaging in spinal cord injury.
An editorial board member of several journals, Dr Kurpad has published over 150 articles, original papers, book chapters and reviews and is a regular presenter at local, regional, national and international lectures and workshops. In 2012 Dr Kurpad filed a patent for algorithm sequence for human spinal cord diffusion tensor imaging. The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine has honored Dr Kurpad with the Distinguished E Harry Botterell Professorhip in Neurosurgery. Other appointments include Guest Scientist - Intramural Program, National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health; Guest Scientist - Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; Invited Guest Faculty - University of Toronto School of Medicine and Chief, Neurosurgery Service - Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center