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Neurological Surgery

Faculty & Research Interests


Our faculty comprises a wide range of backgrounds and interests with many holding dual certifications or other advanced degrees.  In addition to providing hands-on, 24-hour department supervision and teaching, all faculty members share a commitment to creating an atmosphere that is conducive to the advancement of our specialty. Faculty members also participate in regional and national professional organizations and research endeavors.  Many also serve on national committees and organizations dedicated to the growth and development of the practice of neurosurgery. 

Alan Boulos, M.D.
Head, Division of Neurosurgery
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Herman and Sunny Stall Chair in Endovascular Surgery
Neurosurgery Program Director

Neurosurgical Training: 
Residency - Albany Medical Center
Fellowship - Neuroendovascular Surgery, University of Buffalo

Board Certification:
American Board of Neurological Surgery, 2006

Clinical Interests:
Surgical and endovascular management of
aneurysms and AVMs, ECA-ICA bypass, stroke, tumor embolization, skull base surgery

Research Interests:
Endovascular neurosurgery, cerebral ischemia, skull base surgery

Honors, Awards, Achievements:
Editorial Staff, AANS Bulletin, 2005-present
Alpha Omega Alpha 

Matthew Adamo, M.D.
Assistant Professor of  Neurosurgery

Neurosurgical Training:
Residency - Albany Medical Center
Fellowship - Pediatric Neurosurgery, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Board Certification:
American Board of Neurological Surgery, 2012
      
Clinical Interests:
Epilepsy, brain and spinal cord tumors, Chiari malformations, spasticity, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, congenital and developmental abnormalities

Awards, Achievements:
Alpha Omega Alpha, Cerebrovascular Disease Award, Section of Cerebraovascular Surgery of the AANS/CNS, co-investigator

 

John Dalfino, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery 

Neurosurgical Training:   
Residency - Albany Medical Center
Fellowship - Endovascular Neurosurgery, Albany Medical Center   

Clinical Interests:
Arteriovenous malformations, cerebrovascular disease, deep brain stimulation, aneurysms

Research interests:
Cerebrovascular disease 

Darryl DiRisio, M.D.
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
John Popp Endowed Chair of  Neurosurgery
 

Neurosurgical Training:
Residency - Albany Medical Center
Fellowship - Reconstructive and complex  spine surgery & spinal cord injury medicine, University of New Mexico

Board Certification:
American Board of Neurologic Surgery, 1998

Clinical Interests:
complex spine surgery, cerebrovascular

Research Interests:
spine stabilization, spine biomechanics

Honors, Awards, Achievements:
Alpha Omega Alpha, AMC Employee of the Year, 2004

John German, M.D.
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Neurosurgical Training: 
Residency - University of New Mexico,  SUNY Buffalo
Spine Fellowship - University of Tennessee

Board Certification:
American Board of Neurologic Surgery, 2005

Clinical Interests:
Minimally invasive spine surgery, especially for cervical and lumbar spondylosis

      

Tyler Kenning, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Neurosurgical Training:
Residency - Albany Medical Center
Fellowship - Neuroendoscopy, Skull Base Surgery and Stereotactic Radiosurgery
Jefferson Medical College

Clinical Interests:
Skull base surgery, pituitary tumors, meningiomas, cranial nerve disorders, neuro-oncology

Research Interests:
minimally invasive endoscopic skull base surgery, skull base reconstruction, surgical neuroanatomy 

Honors, Awards, Achievements:
CNS/Karl Storz Endoscopy Fellowship 2010
Best Poster Presentation, Clinical Research Category, ACS Committee on Trauma, 2010
Best Abstract Presentation, Clinical Research Category, ACS Committee on Trauma, 2010 Resident trauma papers competition
Best Clinical Study, NYS Neurosurgical Society Annual Meeting, 2009

Julie Pilitsis, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate  Professor of Neurosurgery

Neurosurgical Training:
Residency - Wayne State University
Fellowship – Functional Neurosurgery- Rush University

Board Certification: American Board of Neurological Surgery, 2011

Clinical Interests:
Deep brain stimulation, surgical management of chronic pain, general adult brain and spine surgeries 

Honors, Awards, Achievements:
Academic Achievement Award, Dept. of Neurosurgery- Wayne State University
William H. Sweet Young Investigator Award, Pain section award - AANS/CNS
Resident Award – Best research presentation, Michigan Association of Neurological Surgeons
Semifinalist- Student research, National Neurotrauma Society

David Semenoff, M.D.
Associate  Professor of Neurosurgery

Neurosurgical Training:
Residency - Albany Medical Center
Surgery Fellowship – Georgetown University Hospital

Board Certification:
American Board of Neurological Surgery, 1988

Clinical Interests:
Spinal surgery (degenerative, minimally-invasive, and reconstructive); skull-base neurosurgery (tumor and vascular); stereotactic brain and spinal surgery

Honors, Awards, Achievements:
Cum Laude Society, McDonogh Chapter
Alpha Epsilon Delta, Johns Hopkins
Phil Lambda Epsilon, Johns Hopkins
Nominee, Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Service, 2003

Junichi Yamamoto, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Neurosurgical Training:
Residency - Mie University School of Medicine, Tsu-City, MI  Japan 
Research Fellow - Toshiba Stroke Research Center, SUNY Buffalo
Endovascular Surgery Fellowship - Millard Fillmore Gates Circle
Hospital, SUNY Buffalo

Board Certification:
Japanese Neurosurgical Society

Clinical Interests:
Cerebral aneurysms, carotid disease, stroke, arteriovenous malformations