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Department of Neurological Surgery: 2022 Kalsbeck Lecture
September 14
“Brainstem Tumors in Pediatrics”
Invited guest lecturer: Frederick Alan Boop, MD, FACS

Stark Neuroscience Research Building

Department of Neurological Surgery: 9th Annual Mealey Lecture

October 19
“Enhanced Recovery Following Brain Tumor Surgery”
Invited lecturer:  Ricardo J. Komotar, MD, FAANS, FACS

Stark Neuroscience Center (Goodman Hall)

Women in Medicine


A mom of nine children, ages 8 to 20, Sarah Merrill earned her MD from Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Phoenix and is now beginning a seven-year residency program in neurological surgery at IU School of Medicine.

Laura Gates  |  Jun 22, 2022

Faculty News

Brain Tumor Specialists Host Q&A Session for Patients and Caregivers

In recognition of Brain Tumor Awareness Month, four IU School of Medicine brain tumor specialists hosted “Go Gray in May,” a virtual question and answer session for brain tumor patients and their caregivers.

Glenda Shaw  |  May 25, 2022


Shelly Timmons, MD, PhD, named to the American College of Surgeons Board of Regents

Shelly Timmons, MD, PhD, FACS, was elected to The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Regents at its annual meeting in October.

Glenda Shaw  |  Nov 15, 2021

Faculty News

New Neurosurgeon-Scientists Strengthen Scope of Care and Neuroscience Research

The IU School of Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery continues to the broaden its scope in providing world-class clinical care and research with the addition of three new neurosurgeon-scientists who bring a wealth of specialized training to the Department and the citizens of Indiana and the region.

Glenda Shaw  |  Oct 19, 2021

Faculty News

Gordon Mao Joins the Department of Neurological Surgery

The IU School of Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery is welcoming a new faculty member whose advanced training in spine care will add clinical expertise to the department’s team of dedicated spine surgeons.

Glenda Shaw  |  Jul 20, 2021

Research Updates

Neurological Surgery Residents Well Represented at Patient Safety Day

Presenting research at medical conferences is an important milestone during residency programs, and for residents in the IU School of Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery, the recent 5th Annual Resident Quality and Patient Safety Day proved a banner day for sharing their hard work.

Glenda Shaw  |  Jun 23, 2021

IU School of Medicine researcher develops new technique that may restore sensory loss after injury, stroke

Patients who suffer from loss of sensory function, such as touch and proprioception, caused by neurological injury may soon be treated with spinal cord stimulation to restore these critical functions.


New Faculty Join the Department of Neurological Surgery

In a show of its dedication to expand the expertise of its faculty, the IU School of Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery recently welcomed two new neurosurgeons, Kunal Gupta, MD, PhD, and Brandon Lane, MD


Shelly Timmons, MD, PhD, appointed to prestigious accreditation committee

Shelly D. Timmons, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery, has been appointed to the Neurological Surgery Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The ACGME accredits all residency and fellowship programs in the United States and dedicates resources to address areas of importance in graduate medical education.

Timmons was nominated by the American College of Surgeons and chosen from a highly selected group of national leaders with expertise in education and post-graduate training. The ACGME also employs best practices, research and advancements across the continuum of medical education to enhance health care and graduate medical education.

Timmons will join six neurosurgeon colleagues, a resident member and a public member on the Neurological Surgery Review Committee in July 2021 for a six-year term. The group accredits the country’s neurosurgical training programs and provides insight to issues affecting training to the ACGME at large.


Robert James joins the IU Department of Neurological Surgery

The Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery celebrates the arrival of Robert (Rob) James, MD, as tenured Professor of Neurological Surgery and Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.  Dr. James will also assume the directorship of the CAST-accredited vascular/endovascular fellowships in the coming year and will work closely with Brad Bohnstedt, MD, Chief of the Neurovascular Division of the Department of Neurological Surgery, to continue to build on the department’s multidisciplinary clinical care, educational and research efforts.

Dr. James joins IU School of Medicine from the University of Louisville, where he had 11 years of practice experience in open and endovascular neurosurgery.  He trained at Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center.  He then completed a two-year fellowship in Open Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

At the University of Louisville, Dr. James held multiple leadership roles, including Chief of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery for the Department of Neurosurgery and Chief of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital.  At the institutional level, he held multiple leadership roles, including on the Medical Staff Executive Committee, Operating Room Executive Committee, Quality Steering Committee, Stroke Executive Committee and Medical Device Value Analysis Committee.  At the university level, he has participated on the Admissions Committee, the Faculty Forum and he chaired the orthopaedic surgery chair and departmental review committee, among other activities.  Dr. James was instrumental in the AHA Stroke Center Certification of the academic medical center at the University of Louisville and will bring significant expertise to our comprehensive stroke center.  

Dr. James has an established international presence in the field, with 43 peer-reviewed publications, 47 national/international presentations, 22 local/regional presentations and is a well-known educator and proctor for neuroendovascular courses.  He is the principal investigator for a self-generated international multi-institutional clinical trial currently (which is transferring to IU), and he has conducted numerous clinical trials in neurovascular neurosurgery in the past.  



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