Editorial Board: JNS: Case Lessons

Carl 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.


John R. W. Kestle

Dr. Kestle trained in neurosurgery in Toronto and clinical epidemiology at McMaster University. After 6 years at the University of British Columbia, he moved to the University of Utah and served as Residency Program Director and Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery. He is the founder and Chair of the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network and Professor and Vice Chair, Clinical Research for the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Utah. He has served on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, Scientific Chair for the International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery, and as a Director of the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. His clinical work focuses on hydrocephalus and craniosynostosis. Dr. Kestle was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Case Lessons in 2020.


Howard A. Riina

Dr. Riina is Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, Associate Director of the Neurosurgery Residency Training Program, Director of Endovascular Neurosurgery, and Director of the NYU Center for Stroke and Neurovascular Diseases at New York University Langone Health and the NYU School of Medicine. He received undergraduate degrees from both Franklin and Marshall College and the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. He also obtained an MPhil degree in neurobiology from the University of Cambridge. He completed his surgical internship and trained in neurological surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Riina has completed two fellowships: Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology and Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery. Dr. Riina specializes in the surgical and endovascular treatment of cerebrovascular disorders of the brain and spinal cord. Dr. Riina was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Case Lessons in 2020.


Timothy 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 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 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 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 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.