Neurosurgery Faculty

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Fernando Vale, MD

  • Professor and Marshall Allen Distinguished Chair
  • Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
  • General Neurosurgery, Epilepsy Neurosurgery, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Brain Tumor
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Klepper Alfredo Garcia, MD

  • Associate Professor,
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Joint Appointment-Neurology
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M. Salman Ali, MD

  • Assistant professor of Neurosurgery
  • Director of Skull Base,
  • Pituitary Surgery, and Surgical Neuro-oncology
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John Henson, MD

  • Professor of Neurology, Medicine & Neurosurgery
  • Director, MCH Brain Tumor Program
  • Director, Hereditary Cancer Clinic
  • Neuro-oncology
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Samuel D. Macomson, MD

  • Associate Professor,
  • Residency Program Director
  • General Neurosurgery, Hydrocephalus, Peripheral Nerve Surgery
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Khoi Nguyen, MD

  • Assistant Professor,
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • General Adult Neurosurgery
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Michel Pare, MD

  • Associate Professor,
  • Complex Spine Surgery
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Alexander Post, MD

  • Assistant Professor,
  • Spine Surgery,
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery
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Scott Y. Rahimi, MD

  • Professor
  • Director Cerebrovascular & Endovascular Services
  • Co-Director, Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Program Director, Neuroendovascular Fellowship
  • Associate Program Director, Neurosurgery Residency
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Manan Shah, MD

  • Assistant Professor,
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Joint Appointment-Neurology
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John R. Vender, MD

  • Professor
  • Director, Gamma Knife Center
  • Surgical Management of Pain
  • Surgical Oncology, General Neurosurgery
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Nilufer Yalcin, MD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Neurocritical Care


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David Blake, PhD

  • Professor
  • Director, Human Brain Lab
  • Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
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Darrell W. Brann, PhD

  • Professor Rehired Retiree
  • Neurosurgery
Dr. Darrell W. Brann is Professor Rehired Retiree in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia. According to a recent analysis published in PLoS Biology, Dr. Brann is ranked in the top 0.3% of all cited scientists in the world (PLoS Biology 2020, 18:e3000918). Dr. Brann is also ranked in the top 0.1% of scientists in the field of “Estrogen”, according to Expertscape. Dr. Brann’s research has contributed significantly to enhancing understanding of the actions and mechanisms of estrogen and brain-derived-estrogen in the brain, and has helped elucidate the mechanisms underlying stroke and traumatic brain injury. His research has led to publication of 199 peer-reviewed articles in leading scientific journals with over 14,391 citations and an H-index of 70. Dr. Brann previously served as Regents’ Professor and Virendra B. Mahesh Distinguished Chair in Neuroscience. He also served as Interim Chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (DNRM) from 2017 to 2019, Vice Chair of DNRM from 2015 to 2017, Director of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience from 2006 to 2020, Chief of the Developmental Neurobiology Program from 2009 to 2013, Associate Director of the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics from 2005 to 2014, and Associate Director of the Institute of Neuroscience at Augusta University from 2005 to 2014. He has also served as Director and Co-Director of two NIH Training Grants. Dr. Brann received his Ph.D. in Endocrinology “With Distinction” in 1990 from the Medical College of Georgia. His postdoctoral work was in the area of neuroendocrinology at the Medical College of Georgia. His mentor was renowned endocrinologist, Dr. Virendra B. Mahesh, former Regents’ Professor and Chair of the Department of Endocrinology at MCG. Dr. Brann has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health throughout his career, as well as supported by funding from the Veteran’s Administration and the American Heart Association. He has served on many Editorial Boards and NIH Study Sections, and as Editor and Associate Editor of several leading journals. Dr. Brann also established and served as Chair and Vice Chair of the prestigious Gordon Conference on Excitatory Amino Acids and Brain Function (now named “Excitatory Synapses and Brain Function”). Finally, Dr. Brann has strongly supported graduate students throughout his career. He has mentored or co-mentored 11 PhD students, with 7 of them receiving the Ph.D. "with distinction". He has also served on 60 Ph.D. student advisory committees. Dr. Brann has also endowed two scholarships at the Medical College of Georgia that have supported over 40 graduate students since 2005 - 1) the Darrell W. Brann Scholarship in Neuroscience ($1,000 award that goes to the most outstanding graduate neuroscience student each year), and 2) the Brann Alumni Award, ($250 award that goes to up to 3 Biomedical Ph.D. Program graduate students each year).
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Molly Braun, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
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Krishnan Dhandapani, PhD

  • Vice Chair, Research
  • Neurosurgery
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Julia V. Fomitcheva, PhD

  • Assistant Research Scientist
  • Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
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Kumar Vaibhav, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Medical Laboratory, Imaging & Radiologic Sciences

Emeritus Faculty

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Gernot S. Doetsch, PhD

  • Professor Emeritus
  • Professor: Surgery (Section - Neurosurgery)
  • Associate Professor: Physiology & Endocrinology
  • PhD., 1967, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
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Cole Giller, MD, PhD, MBA

  • Professor Emeritus

Physician Assistants/Nurses

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Anah Bhatia, CPNP-AC

  • Nurse Practitioner
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Annie Dennis-King, PA-C

  • Physician Assistant

Chasitie McIntosh

  • Nurse Practitioner


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Kerry Cartledge

  • Administrative Director
  • Augusta University Neuroscience Center

Hope Hanna

  • Business Manager 2
  • Augusta University Neuroscience Center


Amy Judson

  • Grant Program Manager
  • Augusta University Neuroscience Center


Tracie Powers

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Augusta University Neuroscience Center


Kasie Stewart Plagenhoef

  • Administrative Assistant to the Chair


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Laurel Jones

  • Residency Program Coordinator

Clinical Appointment

  • Konstantinos N. Fountas, MD
  • Kim W. Johnston, MD
  • Joe S. Robinson Jr., MD
  • Hugh F. Smisson III, MD
  • Ildemaro J. Volcan, MD
  • Fremont P. Wirth, MD