Meet Our Physicians

NEUROSURGEONS

 
Dr. Michael Stiefel 

Michael F. Stiefel, MD PhD
Director, Capital Institute for Neurosciences
Director, Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center

Dr. Stiefel is a fellowship trained, board certified neurosurgeon specializing in cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery. As director of the Capital Institute for Neurosciences, he oversees all neurosurgical and neurological services offered at the Institute as well as the hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Program, Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit and Stroke Units, and neuroscience research activities.

As a cerebrovascular neurosurgeon, Dr. Stiefel offers surgical treatments using microsurgical and endovascular techniques to treat cerebral aneurysms, acute stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs), carotid stenosis, intracranial stenosis, and cavernous malformations.

Dr. Stiefel received his MD and PhD from the Medical College of Virginia. He completed his neurosurgery training at the University of Pennsylvania. While at the University of Pennsylvania, he completed training in diagnostic neuroradiology and was the Groff Cerebrovascular Research Fellow as well as an NIH research fellow. He then went on to complete a fellowship in endovascular neurosurgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Arlan H. Mintz, MD, MSc, FRCS(C), FACS, FAANS
Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery
Director, Neurosurgical Oncology
Surgical Director, CyberKnife®

Dr. Mintz, director of Neurosurgical Oncology and surgical director of CyberKnife®, joined Capital Health from the University of Pittsburgh, which has one of the nation’s leading neurology/neurosurgery programs. Dr. Mintz is part of the National Brain Tumor Center at the Institute. He was an associate professor of Neurological Surgery and Radiation Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and director of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Adult Neurosurgical Oncology Program.

Dr. Mintz is board certified in neurological surgery in both the United States and Canada and specializes in the surgical and radiosurgical treatment of brain and spine tumors.

Dr. Mintz received his medical degree from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. He went on to complete his surgical internship at McMaster University and his neurosurgery residency at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Mintz also holds Master of Science degrees in both neurophysiology and clinical epidemiology.

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Dr. Lee Buono

 

Lee Buono, MD, FACS
Director, Center for Spinal Disorders and Spinal Oncology

Dr. Buono received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his internship in general surgery and his residency in neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Buono is board certified in neurological surgery. Dr. Buono specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery. 

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NEURO-ONCOLOGY

 
 
Dr. Roy A. Patchell 

Roy A. Patchell, MD, FAAN
Director, Neuro-Oncology

Internationally recognized for his work in neuro-oncology, Dr. Patchell joined Capital Health from Barrow Neurological Institute of St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Patchell is director of neuro-oncology at the Capital Institute for Neurosciences and is part of the Institute’s National Brain Tumor Center.

Dr. Patchell was Chairman of the Division of Neurology at Barrow. Prior to that he held a faculty position at the University of Kentucky and was the Chief of Neuro-Oncology at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Dr. Patchell completed his neurology residency at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to a fellowship in neurology at New York Hospital Cornell, Dr. Patchell completed a fellowship in neuro-oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. 

Dr. Patchell’s research has had a significant impact on the treatment of patients with metastatic brain tumors. Invited to lecture internationally, Dr. Patchell is widely published including papers in The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and The Lancet, among many others. Dr. Patchell continuously receives research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and is an established leader in his field.

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NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

 
 
Dr. Jennifer Dave 

Jennifer Dave, PhD

Dr. Dave is a fellowship trained clinical neuropsychologist, specializing in the function of the brain and its relationship to patient behaviors. She received her doctorate and master’s degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California, and completed her fellowship training in clinical neuropsychology at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.

Dr. Dave completed her neuropsychology internship at the University of California – Los Angeles Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Prior to joining Capital Health, she served as a clinical neuropsychologist and director of Neuropsychology Services for the Center for Neurosciences at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Media, PA. 

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NEUROLOGISTS

 
Dr Mitra Assadi 

Mitra Assadi, MD
Director, Headache Medicine and Pediatric Neurology

Dr. Assadi received her medical degree from Phalavi Medical School in Shiraz, Iran. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Prince George's Hospital in Cheverly, Maryland, followed by a residency in neurology at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Dr. Assadi received her fellowship training in pediatric neurology at St. Christopher Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. She is board certified in neurology, clinical neurophysiology and headache medicine. Dr. Assadi specializes in headache medicine and pediatric neurology.

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 Dr. Callum Dupre

Callum Dupre, DO

Dr. Dupre is board certified in neurology and sleep medicine. He joined Capital Health after completing his fellowship training in sleep medicine at the nationally renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He earned his medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Westbury, NY.

 Dr Olga Goldfarb

Olga Goldfarb, MD
Medical Director, Autism Program

Dr. Goldfarb is director of the Autism Program, part of the Capital Institute for Neurosciences. She received her medical degree from the Russian State Medical University in Moscow, Russia. She is a board certified neurologist with certifications in pediatric neurology and headache medicine.

She completed her residency training in pediatrics and pediatric neurology at Nassau County Medical Center (affiliated with the State University of New York) in East Meadow, NY, where she was also named Chief Resident. 

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 Dr. Alexandra Landen

Alexandra Landen, DO, MPT

Dr. Landen is board certified in neurology and joined the Capital Institute for Neurosciences from Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia, PA. She received her Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) after completion of her Master of Physical Therapy degree, which she received from UMDNJ as well. Following the completion of her degrees, Dr. Landen completed a neurology residency, followed by a fellowship in movement disorders at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC.

Dr. Landen treats patients with movement disorders, Parkinson’s, essential tremor, atypical Parkinson’s (multisystem atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy, and corticobasilar degeneration), dystonia, ataxia, Huntington’s disease, tic disorders and spasticity. 

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Dr. Emil Matarese

Emil Matarese, MD
Director, Concussion Program

Dr. Matarese is a board certified neurologist who serves as director of the Institute's Concussion Program. He received his medical degree from the College of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. Dr. Matarese completed an internal medicine residency at University Hospital in Newark, after which, he did his residency in neurology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. 

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Chirag S. Shukla, MD, FAAN
Outpatient Stroke Director
Director, Neurophysiology

Dr. Shukla received his medical degree from Shri M.P. Shah Medical College in Jamnagar, India. He completed his residency in neurology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Shukla received fellowship training in neurophysiology also at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Shukla is board certified in neurology, vascular neurology, clinical neurophysiology, and electrodiagnostic medicine.

 Dr. John Vester

John Vester, MD

Dr. Vester received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. Following his internship and residency in medicine at Hartford Hospital, he went on to complete his neurology residency at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Vester is board certified in neurology.

NEURO CRITICAL CARE

 
 Dr. Michael Moussouttas

Michael Moussouttas, MD

A neurointensivist, Dr. Moussouttas, is a board certified specialist in neuro critical care, Dr. Moussouttas received his medical degree from State University of New York (SUNY) at Syracuse - Syracuse, NY. He then completed residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, subspecialty training in cerebrovascular diseases at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven CT, and additional subspecialty training in neuro critical care at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.

 

Edgar Garcia-Morales, MD

PAIN MANAGEMENT

 
Dr. Jorge Alvarez

Jorge E. Alvarez, MD
Director, Interventional Pain Management

Dr. Jorge Alvarez joined Capital Health from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he completed his fellowship training in pain management. Dr. Alvarez completed his internship and residency training at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. He earned his medical degree from Universidad Juan N. Corpas Medical School in Bogota, Colombia.

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Dr. Ronald Gonzalez 

Ronald H. Gonzalez, MD

Dr. Gonzalez is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and joined the Capital Institute for Neurosciences after years of private practice in the greater Mercer County area. He completed a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, where he served a term as chief resident. He also completed an internship in general surgery at South Baltimore General Hospital in Maryland and earned his medical degree from the Universidad Central del Caribe Escuela de Medicina in Puerto Rico. He is a member of the Hispanic American Medical Association of New Jersey.

Dr. Gonzalez’s extensive clinical experience includes electrodiagnostic testing to help determine the function of muscles and nerves and the cause of pain, numbness and loss of strength.

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PSYCHOLOGY

 
 

Jeffrey Bessey, PhD

Dr. Bessey received his Masters from the University of Michigan in guidance and counseling. He then completed his Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

ACUPUNCTURE

 

Dr. Jerold Friedman 

 

Jerrold Friedman, MD

Dr. Friedman is a board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and acupuncture. He completed his medical degree at State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse. He then completed an internship in internal medicine at State Island University Hospital and a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

 

NEURORADIOLOGISTS

Yaakov N. Applbaum, MD
Medical Director and Chairman, Department of Radiology

Dr. Applbaum received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His residency in radiology at Maimonides Medical Center was followed by a fellowship in interventional radiology at the University of California at Irvine Medical Center. He previously served as chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at Staten Island University Hospital. He is board certified in diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology and neuroradiology

Ajay Choudhri, MD
Director, Interventional Radiology

Dr. Choudhri received his medical degree from the New Jersey Medical School, UMDNJ, Newark. His residency in radiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, was followed by a fellowship in interventional radiology at the Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute. He previously served as chief of Interventional Radiology at Jackson South Hospital in Miami. He is board certified in radiology. 

Piyush Banker, MD

Dr. Banker received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. Following his residency in diagnostic radiology at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Banker completed a fellowship in neuroradiology at the University of California in Los Angeles. He is board certified in radiology. 

Mary Gentile Mallon, MD

Dr. Mallon is a board certified radiologist who received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her residency in diagnostic radiology at The Bryn Mawr Hospital and fellowship training in pediatric radiology at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA.

Bradd R. Millian, MD

Dr. Millian received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at Boston University Medical Center and received his fellowship training in neuroradiology from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. He is board certified in radiology and neuroradiology.

Esther Alisa Nimchinsky, MD, PhD

Dr. Nimchinsky received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and her PhD in neurobiology from the City University of New York and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. She completed her residency in radiology and was named Chief Fellow for Neuroradiology at Mount Sinai Hospital. She is board certified in radiology.

Ramdas M. Prabhu, DO

Dr. Prabhu received his medical degree from UMDNJ - School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, NJ. He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology from Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and received his fellowship training in neuroradiology at Yale University School of Medical. Dr. Prabhu is board certified in radiology.

Natalya Soloveychik, DO

Dr. Soloveychik is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA. She completed her residency in diagnostic radiology at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/UPMC Mercy. She received her fellowship training in neuroradiology from the University of Maryland Medical Center, Department of Radiology in Baltimore, MD. She is board certified in radiology and speaks fluent Ukranian and Russian.

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