Editorial Board: JNS: Case Lessons

Editor-in Chief
James Rutka

Associate Editor
Carl B. Heilman

Editorial Board
Timothy F. Witham (9/20 – 5/25)
Ali Bydon (5/21 – 5/26)

Eveline Teresa Hidalgo (5/21 – 5/26)
Irene Kim (5/21 – 5/26)
Marie Roguski (5/21 – 5/26)
Omar Tanweer (7/21 – 5/26)
Carlos A. David (5/22 – 5/27)
Jonathan Pindrik (5/22 – 5/27)
Mina G. Safain (5/23 – 5/28)
Suganth Suppiah (5/23 – 5/28)

Editorial Boards members are selected by a vote undertaken by standing members of each journal’s Editorial Board. Members serve approximately 2 years, with the option for a second term, if they so choose. Editorial Board members usually review 75+manuscripts per year.

Carl B. HeilmanCarl B. Heilman

Dr. Heilman earned his MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986. He trained in neurosurgery at Tufts Medical Center and performed a skull base surgery fellowship at the Semmes Murphey Clinic. In 2005, he became the Chair of Neurosurgery at Tufts. His CV includes over 75 peer-reviewed publications and 11 patents. He has served as President of the Society of University Neurosurgeons, the Boston Society of Neurology and Psychiatry, the New England Neurosurgical Society, and the North American Skull Base Society. He is currently the Chair of the American Board of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Heilman was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Case Lessons in 2020.


Timothy F. WithamTimothy F. Witham

Dr. Witham was born in the rural community of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. He was the valedictorian of his high school class and attended Penn State, where he majored in biochemistry and graduated as the Marshall of the College of Science. Dr. Witham entered medical school at Johns Hopkins University in 1990. He entered neurosurgery training at the University of Pittsburgh under the direction of Drs. Peter Jannetta and L. Dade Lunsford. His research interests continued to be focused on the experimental treatments of malignant glioma utilizing immunotherapy techniques.

Dr. Witham graduated from residency in 2001 and entered the United States Air Force as a neurosurgeon at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Mississippi. In 2002, he was appointed the chief neurosurgeon of that base. Due to a change in his clinical focus shifting from neuro-oncology to a heavy practice in spine, he elected to spend an additional year doing fellowship training in complex spine at Johns Hopkins under the direction of Dr. Ziya Gokaslan following his Air Force commitment. He was recruited to stay on the faculty at Johns Hopkins and has remained there since 2005. Tim is currently a professor of neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery at Johns Hopkins. His clinical interests include degenerative disorders of the spine and deformity. He heads up the Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery Spinal fusion lab and has published over 200 manuscripts. He is currently the Associate residency program director. He was awarded the Chairman’s Award for excellence in Teaching in 2014. Dr. Witham was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Case Lessons in 2020.


Ali BydonAli Bydon

Dr. Bydon is a professor of neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed residency training in neurological surgery at Henry Ford Hospital, where he graduated with distinction. He also completed a fellowship in minimally invasive spine surgery at Henry Ford, as well as a fellowship at Louisiana State University on the surgical treatment of peripheral nerves.

Dr. Bydon is the Director of the Spinal Column Biomechanics and Surgical Outcomes Laboratory at Johns Hopkins. His research interest focuses on spinal outcomes with over 200 peer-reviewed co-authored manuscripts.

His clinical practice focuses on degenerative disorders of the spine, spinal tumors, and complex reconstruction and restoration of the spine. He is the recipient of the prestigious Richard Otenasak Faculty Teaching Award and serves as the co-director of neurosurgical medical student education. He has received “Baltimore Magazine’s Top Doctor” award multiple years. He has served on the Johns Hopkins Faculty Senate and has previously served as a medical director with Johns Hopkins Medicine International. Dr. Bydon was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Case Lessons in 2021.


Eveline Teresa HidalgoEveline Teresa Hidalgo

Dr. Hidalgo is an assistant professor of neurosurgery and director of clinical research of pediatric neurosurgery at NYU Langone Health and the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She graduated from Bern University and trained in neurosurgery at University Hospital Inselspital Bern, Kantonsspital Aarau, and Kantonsspital Bern in Switzerland. Dr. Hidalgo completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at NYU and obtained a Master of Science in clinical investigation from NYU Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Her clinical and research interests include brain tumors and epilepsy surgery in children. Dr. Hidalgo was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Case Lessons in 2021.


Irene KimIrene Kim

Dr. Kim is currently an assistant professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She obtained her undergraduate degrees in biochemistry, biology, and psychology at Indiana University. She earned her medical degree at Duke University School of Medicine. She completed her neurosurgical residency at New York University and her pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at Children’s of Alabama/University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her clinical and research interests include pediatric brain tumors and epilepsy surgery. Dr. Kim was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Case Lessons in 2021.


Marie RoguskiMarie Roguski

Dr. Roguski is a neurosurgeon specializing in neurosurgical oncology at Tufts Medical Center. She is an assistant professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine. Her career has focused on the dual purpose of providing excellent clinical neurosurgical care while systematically evaluating decision-making and quality-of-life assessment in patients with central nervous system tumors undergoing neurosurgical procedures. Dr. Roguski was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Case Lessons in 2021.


Omar TanweerOmar Tanweer

Dr. Omar Tanweer specializes in the treatment of cerebrovascular diseases and currently serves as the Director of Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. His interest in cerebrovascular and endovascular approaches started while in medical school at the University of Buffalo. He continued his residency and fellowship training at New York University, and later joined as faculty. He and his wife, both native New Yorkers, now live in Houston and are the proud parents of two daughters and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. Dr. Tanweer was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Case Lessons in 2021.


Carlos A. DavidCarlos A. David

Carlos A. David is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Director of Skull Base Surgery. Dr. David graduated with a major in biochemistry from the University of Miami in 1986. He completed medical school, graduating Alpha Omega Alpha from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1990. He completed his internship and neurosurgical residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital and an 18-month clinical Cerebrovascular and Skull Base fellowship at the Barrow Neurological Institute from 1996 through 1997 under Dr. Robert Spetzler. He joined the neurosurgery department at the University of Missouri from 1998 to 2000 and later the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center from 2000 to 2022. Dr. David specializes in the surgical treatment of cerebrovascular disorders of the brain and spinal cord and skull base tumors. He has particular interest in the treatment of intracranial aneurysms and cerebral bypass surgery, as well as tumors of the lateral skull base and jugular foramen. Dr. David’s research focuses on the morphological differences between ruptured and unruptured aneurysms, 3D modeling of arteriovenous malformations, and evaluation of the efficacy and cognitive effects of cerebral bypass surgery for ischemic occlusive disease. Dr. David also has a strong interest in education and teaching methods for both residents and medical students. Dr. David is past vice chair of the AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section and past member of the executive board of the North American Skull Base Society. He is also an active member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. David was elected to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Case Lessons in 2022.


Jonathan Pindrik

As an Associate Professor in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) and the Department of Neurological Surgery at The Ohio State University (OSU) Wexner College of Medicine, Dr. Pindrik serves as the NCH Epilepsy Surgery Program surgical director and the NCH site principal investigator for the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network. With a strong interest in education, he also fulfills responsibilities as the Associate Fellowship Program Director, member of the OSU Neurological Surgery Residency Enrichment Committee, and course director for an OSU Wexner College of Medicine Clinical Elective in medically intractable epilepsy. Dr. Pindrik graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a 4.0 GPA and a BS degree in mathematics, with additional scholarship honors and awards, including presentation of the commencement speech for the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences. Dr. Pindrik completed his medical school education and neurological surgery residency at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During residency, Dr. Pindrik received the Hartwell Foundation Biomedical Research Fellowship and the Johns Hopkins Department of Neurosurgery Chairman’s Award for Improving Patient Safety. Following his chief resident year, Dr. Pindrik completed his pediatric neurological surgery fellowship training at Children’s of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, under several well-established and highly respected mentors in the field. Dr. Pindrik joined the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at NCH in 2015. With research interests in mathematics, pediatric epilepsy surgery, and hydrocephalus, Dr. Pindrik has led or contributed to the publication of several manuscripts and textbook chapters. Dr. Pindrik was elected to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Case Lessons in 2022.


Mina G. SafainMina G. Safain

Dr. Mina G. Safain grew up in Holliston, Massachusetts, and completed his undergraduate education at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst where he majored in biochemistry and molecular biology. He completed medical school at Yale University School of Medicine. He then returned to Boston for neurosurgical residency at Tufts Medical Center under Dr. Carl Heilman and Dr. Julian Wu, serving as chief resident in his final year. He added an additional year of fellowship in pituitary and neuroendoscopic surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School under Dr. Edward Laws. Dr. Safain started his career and continues to practice at Tufts Medical Center. He is Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Tufts University School of Medicine. He treats patients at both MelroseWakefield Hospital, a Tufts Medicine hospital, and the main campus at Tufts Medical Center.

Dr. Safain has specific clinical interest and expertise in minimally invasive treatments for brain tumors, including neuroendoscopy, as well as minimal access procedures for degenerative, infectious, and oncological spine disorders. His research focuses on two major patient populations within neurosurgery. First, Dr. Safain is interested in studying clinical outcomes after endoscopic endonasal resection of pituitary tumors. Second, Dr. Safain has a significant interest in minimally invasive spine surgery and outcomes associated with implementation of minimally invasive access to the spine. Dr. Safain is passionate about the education of medical students and residents and has received the Excellence in Teaching Award from Tufts University School of Medicine. He has contributed to more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and 14 book chapters. Outside of work, Dr. Safain enjoys the beach, ocean, and the outdoors with his wife, two sons, and daughter. Dr. Safain was elected to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Case Lessons in 2023.


Suganth Suppiah Suganth Suppiah

Dr. Suganth Suppiah is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto and a peripheral nerve surgeon at the Toronto Western Hospital. Dr. Suppiah is the recipient of the Elizabeth Raab Early Career Investigator Chair in Neurofibromatosis Research. He was also awarded the prestigious Francis S. Collins Scholar in Neurofibromatosis Clinical and Translational Research award, supporting his early career launch as surgeon-scientist. Dr. Suppiah’s clinical focus is treatment of benign and malignant tumors associated with neurofibromatosis, including neurofibromas, schwannomas, and malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors. Dr. Suppiah’s research focus is on uncovering the molecular drivers of oncogenesis and malignant transformation of tumors associated with neurofibromatosis. Dr. Suppiah was elected to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Case Lessons in 2023.