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Maheen Mausoof Adamson
Clinical Associate Professor (Affiliated) [Vapahcs], Neurosurgery
Bio Dr. Maheen Mausoof Adamson is a clinical associate professor of Neurosurgery (Affiliated) at Stanford School of Medicine and Clinical Research Director for Rehabilitation Services at VA Palo Alto. Adamson completed her undergraduate degrees in neurobiology and women studies at the University of California, Irvine. She completed her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Southern California and a postdoctoral fellowship in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford School of Medicine.
Dr. Adamson’s expertise and interests span employing translational neuroscience methodologies for diagnostic and neuromodulation treatments (such as repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)) for frequent health problems in patients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), psychiatric problems, and Alzheimer's disease. She has employed advanced structural and functional imaging modalities and biomarker assessments in Veteran, active military and civilian populations with these health problems. She has been a leader in identifying gender differences in brain injury, particularly in the Veteran population. She currently serves as PI and Site-PI on numerous neuromodulation clinical trials and collaborates internationally for developing advanced diagnostic methods in neuroimaging, especially in underserved communities. In her position at VA Palo Alto, she is actively involved in translating research, such as non-invasive brain stimulation and other therapies, to clinical in-home use by patients using innovations such as virtual and augmented reality. Her latest efforts are deep phenotyping patients with Post Acute Sequalae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC) virus with blood and brain biomarkers affecting their cognition and quality of life.
Dr. Adamson has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications on the cognitive and neural basis of Alzheimer’s disease and on a wide range of topics in TBI. She has received recognition in national and international settings. She is also intricately involved in mentoring research postdoctoral fellows and clinical residents in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Neurosurgery departments at Stanford School of Medicine. Her goal is to incorporate advanced treatment and diagnostics tailored to each patient's needs into standard-of-care to improve their daily function, reintegration into society and long-term rehabilitation.
John R. Adler, MD
The Dorothy and Thye King Chan Professor in Neurosurgery, Emeritus
Current Research and Scholarly Interests The development and implementation of computerized, image-guided surgical tools to be used during minimally invasive brain operations. The clinical outcome of new technologies, and in particular the application of radiosurgery, for the treatment of brain tumors. The creation of new radiosurgical techniques for a wide array of brain and spine disorders.
Gregory W. Albers, MD
The Coyote Foundation Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery at the Stanford University Medical Center
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Our group's research focus is the acute treatment and prevention of cerebrovascular disorders. Our primary interest is the use of advanced imaging techniques to expand the treatment window for ischemic stroke. We are also conducting clinical studies of both neuroprotective and thrombolytic strategies for the treatment of acute stroke and investigating new antithrombotic strategies for stroke prevention.
Clinical Instructor, Neurosurgery
Bio Dr. Ayer completed his undergraduate education at Queen’s University with a degree in life sciences and an honors thesis in immunology. He then completed his medical training at Wake Forest University and his neurosurgical training at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where during residency he also obtained a Master of Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management.
As a clinical instructor at Stanford, Dr. Ayer will be focused on the surgical treatments of movement disorders, epilepsy and pain. Dr. Ayer has clinical interests in surgical treatment for epilepsy, movement disorders, skull base approaches, hydrocephalus and spine surgery. His research has focused on bioelectronic tools for the treatment of neurosurgical pathology and is interested in developing novel brain computer interfaces and biosensors for the restoration of sensorimotor function.
In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, hockey, hiking, and traveling.
Daniel Alves Neiva Barbosa
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Neurosurgery
Bio Daniel A. N. Barbosa, M.D., is a Research Fellow working under the mentorship of Dr. Casey H. Halpern (Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery) and Dr. Jennifer McNab (Associate Professor of Radiology). He received his medical degree from the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro in 2018. During his clinical education, Dr. Barbosa followed several renowned neurosurgeons and neurologists, and had a large experience with neurological and psychiatric patients. He developed great interest for the investigations of neurosurgical techniques to improve brain function. The invaluable experiences with these patients shaped a great interest on the investigations of neurosurgical techniques to improve brain function. His clinical and academic training together with the research experience provided him with an excellent background in multiple biological disciplines including neurosurgery, neurology, psychiatry, and neuroimaging. He also had the opportunity of joining a team of neurosurgeons and clinical scientists in the largest clinical study on deep brain stimulation for morbid obesity to date. With Drs. Ricardo de Oliveira-Souza, Alessandra Gorgulho, and Antônio De Salles (UCLA Emeritus Professor of Neurosurgery), Dr. Barbosa has led a systematic review on the topic. He also worked on the development and the publishing of this study protocol as well as that of a clinical trial of a novel neurosurgical therapy for depression. During his graduate career, these clinical investigations generated several peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and conference presentations.
Now, his investigation is contributing to the ongoing first-in-human early feasibility trial of closed-loop neuromodulation of the nucleus accumbens for Loss of Control Eating. He is also working on the design of innovative, invasive clinical studies for conditions like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He is committed to investigate cutting-edge neuroimaging and neurophysiology modalities, including diffusion magnetic resonance imaging, as well as novel brain-clearing techniques to improve stereotactic targeting neuromodulation for pathological impulsivity, a pervasive symptom in a wide range of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders.