Editorial Board: Neurosurgical Focus


William T. Couldwell, Editor-in-Chief, Neurosurgical Focus

Dr. William T. Couldwell is the current Editor-in-Chief of Neurosurgical Focus, a freely accessible online journal offering a new topic each month. Dr. Couldwell is professor and chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Utah. He has served as the Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery as well as the President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American Academy of Neurological Surgery, and the World Academy of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Couldwell is recognized internationally for his expertise in skull base and vascular neurosurgery. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Neurosurgical Focus: Video.



Aaron Cohen-Gadol, Deputy Editor, Neurosurgical Focus

Dr. Aaron Cohen-Gadol performed his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Southern California, respectively. He completed his residency training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He also completed fellowship training in two subspecialties: epilepsy surgery (Yale University) and skull base/cerebrovascular surgery (University of Arkansas.) Dr. Cohen-Gadol has a master’s degree in clinical research from the Mayo Graduate School. His areas of interest include surgical treatment of complex intracranial tumors and vascular lesions. He is a professor at the Indiana University Department of Neurosurgery as well as the director of neurosurgical oncology and its fellowship and co-director of the Signature Center for Neurological and Brain Tumors. He is the founder and president of The Neurosurgical Atlas, the most reliable and popular resource for microneurosurgical techniques. Dr. Cohen-Gadol’s clinical research interests include neurosurgical operative anatomy, innovative operative approaches to deep-seated lesions, and intraoperative fluorescence/mass spectroscopy. His basic science research is focused on novel drug therapies for glioblastoma. He has over 450 publications on the aforementioned topics. Dr. Cohen-Gadol is also currently Associate Editor-in-Chief for Neurosurgical Focus: Video.


Jason P. Sheehan, Deputy Editor, Neurosurgical Focus

Dr. Jason P. Sheehan graduated with highest distinction in chemical engineering at the University of Virginia. Later, he completed a master of science degree in biomedical engineering and a doctorate in biological physics at the University of Virginia, where he also received his medical degree. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Virginia and did fellowships in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh and microsurgery at the Auckland Medical Center in New Zealand. After his neurosurgical training, he joined the faculty of the University of Virginia’s Department of Neurological Surgery, where he currently serves as the Harrison Distinguished Professor of Neurological Surgery, the vice chairman of academic affairs, neurosciences and behavioral health service line director, and director of stereotactic radiosurgery. He served as editor of the Self Assessment in Neurological Surgery (SANS). He also helps direct the AANS national SRS registry. Dr. Sheehan's research effort focuses on translational and clinical studies for minimally invasive image-guided intracranial and spinal surgery. He has published more than 500 papers and served as the editor for several books. He has received the National Brain Tumor Foundation’s Translational Research Award, Young Neurosurgeon Award from the World Federation of Neurological Surgeons, the Integra Award, the Synthes Skull Base Award, Brainlab Neuro-Oncology Award, the Covey Pevehouse Award, AANS/CNS Tumor Section Basic Science Research Gold Award, Leksell Radiosurgery Award, and the Crutchfield Gage Research Award. Dr. Sheehan is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Society for Neuro-Oncology, Society of Neurological Surgeons, International Radiosurgery Research Foundation, Neurosurgical Society of America, Society of Pituitary Surgeons, American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society, Leksell Gamma Knife Society, and Neurosurgical Society of the Virginias. He was elected to the Journal of Neurosurgery Editorial Board in 2013. Dr. Sheehan is also Associate Editor of Neurosurgical Focus: Video.


Martin H. Weiss, Editor Emeritus, Neurosurgical Focus

Dr. Weiss received his MD from Cornell University. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha, he is now Professor and Chairman (Emeritus) of Neurological Surgery at the University of Southern California and The Martin H. Weiss Chair in Neurological Surgery (Emeritus) at the University of Southern California. Dr. Weiss' research interests have focused on studies of the dynamics of cerebrospinal fluid circulation, subcellular markers of neoplastic activity, and the clinical management of pituitary and parasellar tumors. He is a past Chairman of the Neurology B Study Section of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the Residency Review Committee for Neurosurgery and Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Neurosurgery. Dr. Weiss has served as President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Society of Neurological Surgeons as well as Vice President of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He is the recipient of the Cushing Medal from the AANS, the Jamieson Medal from the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia and the Cloward Medal from the Western Neurosurgical Society. Dr. Weiss served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery from 1987 to 1996 (Chairman 1995–1996) and is the Editor Emeritus of Neurosurgical Focus.