Michael F. Stiefel, MD PhD FAANS
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 well as skull base surgery and surgery for brain tumors. 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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Navid Redjal, MD
Director, Neurosurgical Oncology
Dr. Navid Redjal, director of Neurosurgical Oncology, is a Harvard trained neurosurgeon with extensive research and clinical background in neuro-oncology. He has been involved in significant translational brain cancer research and neuro-oncology clinical trials with research fellowships at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Redjal graduated from medical school at Harvard with honors, specifically completing the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Society curriculum with research thesis focusing on targeted therapeutics for brain cancer. After completion of medical school, he completed his residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard neurosurgery program where he also completed a stereotactic proton radiosurgery fellowship.
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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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Vernard S. Fennell, MD, MSc
Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery
Skull Base Surgery
Dr. Fennell is a dual fellowship trained neurosurgeon specializing in cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery, with additional expertise in microsurgery, skull base surgery, brain and spine tumors, spine trauma and reconstruction as well as epilepsy surgery.
Dr. Fennell received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. He earned his Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences with a focus on flow dynamics and bone mechanics and completed his residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Fennell completed a clinical spine fellowship, also at the University of Arizona. He completed his cerebrovascular and skull base surgery fellowship at the Barrow Neurological Institute, an internationally renowned neurological disease treatment and research institution located in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Fennell completed additional fellowship training in neuroendovascular surgery at the University at Buffalo Neurosurgery/Gates Vascular Institute. He has also worked with the National Football League (NFL) as a neurological trauma and concussion consultant.
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John D. Tydings, MD
Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
Dr. Tydings is a board certified, fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in spinal surgery. He treats patients who are experiencing any of the full range of spine conditions, including spinal injuries, tumors, infections, sacroiliac disorders, and degenerative conditions of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.
Beginning his career as the first fellowship trained spine surgeon in Mercer County, Dr. Tydings has nearly three decades of experience in the diagnosis, nonsurgical management, and surgical treatment of all conditions affecting the spine. He comes to Capital Health from private practice in Lawrenceville and Freehold, New Jersey.
Dr. Tydings received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. He completed his internship and residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Albany Medical Center and was fellowship trained in spine surgery at the K.D. Leatherman Spine Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Roy A. Patchell, MD, FAAN
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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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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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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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.
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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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
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.
Arnold S. Witte, MD
Dr. Witte is board certified in neurology, internal medicine, and electrodiagnostic medicine. After receiving his medical degree from Tufts University in Boston, MA, Dr. Witte completed his internship/residency in internal medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He later was a neurology resident at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also completed his fellowship training in neuromuscular disease. Dr. Witte went on to join the faculty of Thomas Jefferson University and was director of the Neuromuscular Electrodiagnostic Laboratory there for several years.
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Daniel B. Landau, MD
Dr. Landau received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in New York, NY. He completed his residency in neurology at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY, where he also received his fellowship training in vascular neurology. Dr. Landau is a member of the American Academy of Neurology.
Hermann C. Schumacher, MD
Dr. Schumacher is board certified in neurology, vascular neurology, and neurocritical care. He completed his cerebrovascular research fellowship training at Columbia University’s Neurological Institute and was trained in neurology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
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Neuro Critical Care
Edgar Garcia-Morales, MD
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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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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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.
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.
Sarah Rudolph, APN
Sarah Rudolph is an advanced practice nurse and board certified family nurse practitioner. She is the 2016-2017 Capital Institute for Neurosciences NP Fellow. Sarah completed both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing degrees at Columbia University in New York City. She is a member of the Alpha Zeta chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society of nursing.
Rosemary Silva, MSN, AGACNP-BC, SCRN, CMC, CCRN
Rosemary Silva is a board certified advanced practice nurse and registered nurse with credentials for a range of care settings, including stroke, critical care, advanced trauma life support, emergency neurological life support, fundamental critical care support, and cardiac medical certification.
Rosemary earned her Bachelor of Science, Registered Nurse degree at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, College of Nursing in Newark, NJ, where she also completed the Master of Science, Adult Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program. In addition, she served as a teaching assistant in the university’s Undergraduate Nursing Clinical Simulation program and as a lecturer for its RN Re-Entry Into Practice course.
Prior to Capital Health, Rosemary was a nurse practitioner in acute care surgery/trauma and a clinical nurse educator in the neurosurgical trauma intensive care unit at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ. She has co-authored stroke research that has appeared in scholarly neurosurgical journals, is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the Neurocritical Care Society, and is a past member of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses.
Ajay Choudhri, MD
Medical Director and Chairman, Department of 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.
Yaakov N. Applbaum, MD
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.
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.