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Dr. Ramakrishna Awarded Healthcare Leadership Fellowship

Dr. Rohan Ramakrishna of Weill Cornell Medicine

He is one of seven young physicians selected for the program, which fosters professional development and leadership.

Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center Team Contribute to AANS/CNS Joint Section 2017

AANS/CNS Joint Section 2017

The experts of the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center made a significant contribution to this year’s meeting of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, held last month in Las Vegas. Our faculty members directed and lectured at courses and moderated panel discussions, and several of our residents and a past fellow presented, spoke, and won awards for their work.

Dr. Marongiu Selected for NY Academy of Sciences Interstellar Initiative

Roberta Marongiu, Ph.D.

The program cultivates and mentors promising young investigators in the fields of cancer, regenerative medicine, and neuroscience research.

Raymond Chang Wins ABTA Award for Summer Sprint Project

Raymond Chang Wins ABTA Award for Summer Sprint

Raymond Chang, a medical student who participated in the Children’s Brain Tumor Project “summer sprint” in 2016, has been named winner of the American Brain Tumor Association’s Lucien Rubinstein Award.

Dr. Härtl Wins AOSpine’s Regional Educator of the Year Award

Michael Grevitt presents the AOSpine Regional Educator of the Year Award to Dr. Roger Härtl in Davos, Switzerland.

Dr. Härtl was honored by the global spine society for his international leadership role in educating neurosurgeons in minimally invasive spinal surgery (MIS) techniques.

Dr. Hussain Wins Charlie Kuntz Scholar Award

Ibrahim Hussain, M.D.

Fourth-year resident Ibrahim Hussain, M.D., has been named one of 2017’s Charlie Kuntz Scholar Award winners.  This prestigious award is given each year to the top 30 neurosurgical residents or fellows for outstanding laboratory or clinical research on spinal disorders. Dr. Hussain won the award for his oral paper presentation, based on work he's done with Dr. Ilya Laufer and Dr.

Dr. Moussazadeh Wins Distinguished Housestaff Award

Dr. Nelson Moussazadeh

Dr. Nelson Moussazadeh, chief resident in neurological surgery, was honored with a 2016 Distinguished Housestaff Award by the NewYork Weill Cornell Medical Center Alumni Council. The award is presented to one member of each department for all-around excellence.

Dr. Ramakrishna Named Alvina and Willis Murphy Assistant Professor

Dr. Rohan Ramakrishna

The endowed professorship was created to support a promising neurosurgeon early in his or her career

Medical Student Christopher Marnell Wins Summer NREF Fellowship

Weill Cornell Medical Student Christopher Marnell

The first-year med student will work with Dr. Souweidane on his clinical trial using CED against DIPG

Dr. Pennicooke Wins at World Forum for Spine Research in Dubai

Brenton Pennicooke, MD

The fourth-year resident won Best Oral Presentation for “Annular Repair Using High-density Collagen Gel with Riboflavin Crosslinkage: Preliminary results in an in vivo ovine model”

Dr. Navarro-Ramirez Awarded Best Basic Research Oral Presentation at AO Spine Fellows Forum

Dr. Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez (left) receives the award for Best Basic Research Oral Presentation from Dr. Michael Fehlings, president of AO Spine North America

The fellow won for his abstract on biological disc replacement in a canine model

St. Baldrick’s Awards Summer Fellowship to Weill Cornell

Raymond Chang and Emilie George, the 2016 St. Baldrick's Summer Fellows

Emilie George and Raymond Chang will test new drugs against gliomatosis cerebri and DIPG.

Dr. Navarro-Ramirez Chosen to Present at AOSNA Fellows Forum

Dr. Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center

Dr. Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, a research fellow on Dr. Roger Härtl’s team, has been invited to present his abstract, “Total disc replacement using tissue-engineered intervertebral discs: In vivo outcome in a canine model,” at the 2016 meeting of the AOSpine North America (AOSNA) Fellows Forum. The forum, Advancing Spine Care Worldwide, will be held in Banff Springs, Alberta, from March 31 to April 1, 2016.  The AOSNA Fellowship Committee scores each abstract submitted, and the 10 highest scoring abstracts are selected for podium presentations at the forum.


Weill Cornell Medical Student Wins Alex’s Lemonade Stand Grant for DIPG Summer Project

Umberto Tosi

Umberto will be testing a kinase inhibitor that has been shown to be effective against leukemia as a potential treatment agent against DIPG in mice.

Dr. Navarro-Ramirez Wins Young Investigator Award

Dr. Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center

Dr. Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, a research fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Roger Härtl, has been awarded a 2016 Young Investigator Award by the Society of Lateral Access Surgery (SOLAS). The award is given to the highest ranking abstracts presented; Dr. Navarro-Ramirez was honored for his abstract, entitled: “Radiological correlation of facet degeneration and indirect decompression after Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion.”

Dr. Nelson Moussazadeh Awarded Charlie Kuntz Scholar Award

Dr. Nelson Moussazadeh

Our sixth-year resident won for his paper "Epigenetic Profiling Reveals a Unique Histone Code in Chordoma.”

Dr. Knopman Named Winner of Young Heart Award

Dr. Jared Knopman

The American Heart Association’s Young Professionals of NYC will honor Dr. Jared Knopman with the Young Heart Award at the 2016 Red Ball. The award will be presented to Dr. Knopman for his work as an advocate for heart health and for his pioneering work in new approaches to treating stroke.

Dr. Bernardo Receives Grand Award of Merit from ASILM

Dr. Antonio Bernardo receives the Grand Award of Merit from ASILM President Dr. Lucio Caputo

Antonio Bernardo, M.D., Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Co-Director of the Surgical Innovations Laboratory for Skull Base Microneurosurgery, was a Guest of Honor and a recipient of the Grand Award of Merit at the 50th Anniversary Gala and Awards Ceremony by the American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit (ASILM) in New York.

Dr. Pennicooke Wins Charlie Kuntz Scholar Award

Dr. Brenton Pennicooke

This prestigious award is given each year to neurosurgical residents or fellows for outstanding research on spinal disorders.

Dr. Härtl’s Team Wins CSRS Basic Science Research Paper Award

Dr. Roger Härtl

Dr. Roger Härtl, Dr. Lawrence Bonassar, and their inter-campus spine research team were awarded the Third Place Basic Science Research Paper Award at the annual meeting of the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS). The paper, “Total Disc Replacement Using Tissue-Engineered Intervertebral Discs: In Vivo Outcome In A Canine Model,” was authored by Dr. Härtl, Yu Moriguchi, Rodrigo Navarro, Peter Grunert, and Thamina Khair in New York and Dr. Lawrence Bonassar,  Jorge Mojica Santiago, and Katherine Hudson in Ithaca. The annual meeting was held  December 2-5, 2015, in San Diego.


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