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Vascular Neurology Fellowship

Faculty


The Neurosciences Institute Stroke team is lead by physicians with specialized fellowship training in diagnosis and treatment of stroke.  Our faculty is comprised of 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 Vascular Neurology.

Neurology Faculty

Colum Amory, MD
Program Director
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Amory received his medical degree from Albany Medical College. Following an internship at Montefiore Medical Center, he completed his residency training in neurology – and later became chief resident – at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. While there, he also completed a fellowship in stroke. Dr. Amory is board certified in neurology and vascular neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He also serves as an assistant professor at Albany Medical College.

 

Tarek Dakakni, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Dakakni received his MD degree from Damascus Medical School in Syria. He went on to complete his residency in neurology at Temple University, followed by a fellowship in neurocritical care and stroke at Duke University. He is Board certified in Neurology and Neurocritical Care.

 

Kathleen Ward, DO
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Ward received her degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her neurology residency and fellowship in vascular neurology at Albany Medical College. 

Neurosurgery Faculty 
 

 Alan Boulos, MD
Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery
Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology

Dr. Boulos specializes in the surgical and endovascular management of cerebrovascular disorders of the brain and spine including stroke, cerebral aneurysm, carotid and intracranial vessel stenosis, and arteriovenous malformation (AVM). His expertise includes skull-base surgery for brain tumors, such as meningiomas and acoustic neuromas.  Dr. Boulos received his medical degree from Albany Medical College. He completed his neurosurgery residency at Albany Medical Center Hospital.  Dr. Boulos then completed a fellowship in neuroendovascular surgery at Millard Filmore Hospital in Buffalo, New York. He is the author of numerous publications and has received several grants, including a prestigious one from the American Heart Association to examine medications that protect the brain from stroke. He is board certified in Neurosurgery by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.

 

Junichi Yamamoto, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. Yamamoto specializes in the surgical and endovascular management of cerebrovascular disorders of the brain and spine. His clinical interests include cerebral aneurysms, carotid disease, stroke and arteriovenous malformations.  He completed his neurosurgery residency at Mie University School of Medicine, Tsu-City, MI  Japan. Dr. Yamamoto became a Research Fellow at Toshiba Stroke Research Center, SUNY Buffalo followed by an Endovascular Surgery Fellowship at the Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital, SUNY Buffalo. He is board certified by the  Japanese Neurosurgical Society.

John Dalfino, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. John Dalfino received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. He completed his neurosurgery residency followed by a fellowship in endovascular neurosurgery at Albany Medical Center. He specializes in the surgical and endovascular management of cerebrovascular disorders of the brain including stroke, cerebral aneurysms, carotid and intracranial vessel disease.

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