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Leadership

James D. Kang, MD

James D. Kang, MD
Chairman, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Thornhill Family Professor of Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. James Kang is the Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital. A specialist in spinal surgery, he is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery and recently completed his recertification.

He is an internationally recognized leader in the field of intervertebral disc degeneration research. In the past two decades, he has done pioneering work in understanding the biology and molecular mechanisms of disc degeneration as well as devising novel therapeutic interventions using stem cells and gene therapy. In addition to basic science research, Dr. Kang has published numerous clinical research studies on spinal surgeries and their outcomes. For all his research efforts, he has won countless national and international awards which have recognized the quality and excellence of his work.
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E. Antonio Chiocca, MD, PhD, FAANS

E. Antonio Chiocca, MD, PhD, FAANS
Harvey W. Cushing Professor of Neurosurgery
Neurosurgeon-in-Chief and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery
Co-Director, Institute for the Neurosciences

Dr. Antonio Chiocca was appointed Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and the Harvey W. Cushing Professor of Neurosurgery in 2012. Dr. Chiocca's clinical practice is focused on brain tumors and peripheral nerve tumors, entrapment and trauma. Dr. Chiocca's goal as the Department Chair has been to foster the neurosurgical faculty's clinical and scientific neuroscience programs so that they can discover the best treatments for patients. Delivering advanced, comprehensive and compassionate care remains a priority and is at the center of the department.
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Spine Care Surgeons

Tracy L. Ansay, MD

Tracy L. Ansay, MD
Instructor in Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Tracy Ansay is a board-certified neurosurgeon in the Department of Neurosurgery and instructor in neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ansay believes in a humanistic approach to medicine. The patient deserves a certain level of excellence in care that is achieved by addressing patient needs on an individual basis with compassion and an understanding of the patient as a person.
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Omar Arnaout, MD

Omar Arnaout, MD
Co-Director, Computational Neuroscience Outcomes Center (CNOC)
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Omar Arnaout is a neurosurgeon in the Department of Neurosurgery with a particular interest and subspecialized training in treating patients with brain tumors. In addition to traditional surgical approaches, he specializes in minimally invasive brain surgery including endoscopic surgery. To him, the field of neurosurgery is not about the procedures but rather the long-term relationships he builds with his patients. Good outcomes are tied closely to having strong therapeutic relationships. As a result, he often sees patients more than once prior to discussing surgery and then regularly in the post-operative period. For the patients he sees that do not need surgery, it is still crucial to him to have a close relationship so that he can help guide them to the outcome they are looking for.
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 John H. Chi, MD, MPH

John H. Chi, MD, MPH
Director of Neurosurgical Spinal Cancer
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. John Chi is the Director of Neurosurgical Spinal Cancer in the Department of Neurosurgery and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. He strives to approach each of his patients with individualized care to maximize positive recovery and surgical outcomes. His clinical practice is focused on personalizing comprehensive care for patients with spinal disorders and spinal tumors.
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Kurtus Dafford, MD
Neurosurgeon

Dr. Kurtus Dafford is a neurosurgeon in the Department of Neurosurgery specializing in spine surgery. He completed fellowships at both Harborview Medical Center in 2004 and at Oregon Health and Science University in 2010. Dr. Dafford embodies the philosophy of patient-centered care in his daily practice. He strives to understand the goals of the patient and thoroughly explain the course of treatment to both the patient and the caregiver. His clinical interests include spinal deformity and spinal revisions.
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Marco L. Ferrone, MD

Marco L. Ferrone, MD 
Orthopedic Surgeon
Instructor in Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Marco L. Ferrone, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in orthopedic oncology at Brigham and Women's Hospital as well as the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and received fellowship training in musculoskeletal oncology and spine surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Ferrone currently specializes in orthopedic oncology, focusing on the diagnosis and complex treatment of spinal tumors.
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Michael W. Groff, MD

Michael W. Groff, MD
Vice-Chair Neurosurgery
Director Spinal Neurosurgery
Co-Director Comprehensive Spine Surgery

Dr. Michael Groff is the Vice-Chairman and Director of Spinal Neurosurgery. He earned his MD at the University of Pittsburgh and then went on to the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York for internship and residency training in Neurological Surgery. He completed his training at the Medical College of Wisconsin with a fellowship in Spinal Surgery.

Dr. Groff is actively involved in national neurosurgical societies. He is a past-Chairman of the AANS/CNS Joint Section of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, the national neurosurgical spine organization. He serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, as well as Neurosurgery, World Neurosurgery, and Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery.
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Yi Lu, MD, PhD

Yi Lu, MD, PhD
Director of Neurological Trauma
Co-Director, Adult Spinal Deformity and Scoliosis Program
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Yi Lu is a spine surgeon and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and is the Director of Neurosurgical Trauma. Dr. Lu's clinical practice is focused on minimally invasive spine surgery, spinal deformity and scoliosis correction, spinal tumor (primary and metastasis), spinal trauma. Dr. Lu's research involves spinal cord injury, namely the axon regeneration and locomotion recovery after spinal cord injury.
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Melvin C. Makhni, MD

Melvin C. Makhni, MD
Spine Surgeon

Trained in both orthopaedic and neurosurgical aspects of spine surgery, Dr. Melvin C. Makhni performs the most up-to-date advanced techniques of cervical spine, minimally invasive, computer navigation, and complex spinal reconstructive surgery.  He has internationally published two textbooks, and has published / presented over fifty scientific articles, abstracts, and chapters to national and international audiences, covering topics ranging from "Cervical Disc Arthroplasty: Tips and Tricks" to "Epidemiology of Spine-Related Neurologic Injuries in Professional Baseball Players," as well as novel technical approaches to reconstruction such as the "Kickstand Rod Technique for Correction of Coronal Imbalance."  

Dr. Makhni is a fellowship-trained Spine Surgeon affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School.  He completed his Orthopaedic training and then his combined Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Spine Fellowship training at the prestigious Columbia University Spine Hospital.
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Stephen C. Saris, MD
Director of Neurosurgery Clinic, Brigham and Women's/ Mass General Health Care Center at Foxborough

Dr. Stephen Saris is a neurosurgeon in the Department of Neurosurgery and the Director in our Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Care Center at Foxborough. He is also a Lecturer in Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Saris has been a neurosurgeon since the late 1970s and has endeavored to become the best neurosurgeon he can be in that time. Dr. Saris's clinical practice is focused on degenerative spinal problems people experience as they get older such as herniated disks and stenosis.
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Dr. Saris

Andrew J. Schoenfeld, MD, MSc
Orthopedic Surgeon
Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Andrew Schoenfeld is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, specializing in disorders of the spine and a graduate of Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Akron General Medical Center and his fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Schoenfeld has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications, authored 15 book chapters, and has served as a Deputy Editor for Evidence and Methods at the Spine Journal. Dr. Schoenfeld currently specializes in the diagnosis and non-operative management of spine conditions.
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Andrew J. Schoenfeld, MD, MSc

Andrew K. Simpson, MD, MHS
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Director of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Dr. Andrew K. Simpson is the Director of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery in the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program. He later completed his spine fellowship at Emory University and trained in microendoscopic surgery in Japan. His clinical interests include the treatment of degenerative spine pathologies of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, with a special interest in microendoscopic and minimally invasive treatment options. His expertise is in treating diagnoses such as cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis, herniated discs, sciatica, spondylolisthesis, as well as other entities that afflict the spine.
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Dr. Andrew K. Simpson

Timothy R. Smith, MD, MPH, PhD
Director, Computational Neuroscience Outcomes Center
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Timothy Smith is a neurosurgeon-scientist, in the Department of Neurosurgery, who seeks to understand, predict, and improve clinical outcomes for neurosurgical patients by combining the use of epidemiological data, advanced statistical analysis, machine learning, and emerging biological/information system technologies. Dr. Smith's clinical interests focus on tumors of the brain and spine that arise innately from the central nervous system and the meningeal covering of the brain or metastasize from other primary cancer sites.
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Timothy R. Smith, MD, MPH, PhD

Hasan A. Zaidi, MD
Director Spine Research, Computational Neurosurgical Outcomes Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Co-Director, Adult Spinal Deformity and Scoliosis Program
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Hasan Zaidi is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and director of spine research at the Computational Neurosurgical Outcomes Center. Given the complex nature of spine diseases, Dr. Zaidi believes in tailoring surgical techniques and individualizing care to treat each patient's unique set of circumstances. He strongly adheres to the philosophy of caring for his patients as if they were his own family members. Dr. Zaidi believes that developing a surgical plan depends on a thoughtful conversation with his patients and their families and tailoring surgery to meet the patient's goals and specific needs.
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Hasan A. Zaidi, MD

Jay M. Zampini, MD

Jay M. Zampini, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon
Instructor in Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Jay M. Zampini is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery specializing in spine surgery. He studied chemistry and biology as an undergraduate at Drew University before attending UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He then completed an internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine. In 2008, he completed a fellowship in orthopedic spine surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. His clinical interests include degenerative spine pathologies of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, complex spinal problems and revision surgery.
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