Neuroscience Institute

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Meet the Neuroscience Team

Published On 05/11/2012

Our Neuroscience Institute is home to board-certified pediatric neurosurgeons, neurologists and neuroimaging specialists. Our physicians work with a multi-disciplinary team of nurses, therapists, social workers and child life specialists to care to children with all types of neurological conditions.

Neuroscience Institute Leadership

Frederick Boop, MD is the co-director of Neuroscience Institute and Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He is also the co-director of the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Boop is certified by the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery and specializes in pediatric neuro-oncology, epilepsy surgery and cranosynostosis. He is the secretary of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and has served as president of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, Southern Neurological Society, as well as, chairman of Council of State Neurosurgical Societies.

Andrew Papanicolaou, PhD is the co-director of the Neuroscience Institute, director of Neuropsychology at Le Bonheur and chief of the division of Clinical Neurosciences, department of Pediatrics at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He pioneered working with magnetoencephalography (MEG) technology. He has served as the chairman of the The Vivian Smith Advanced Study Institute of the International Neuropsychological Society and president of the International Society for the Advancement of Clinical MEG. Papanicolaou’s research interests include specification of brain mechanisms of linguistic affective and cognitive function, brain activity markers of developmental disorders and localization of sources of epileptiform activity.

James Wheless, MD is co-director of the Neuroscience Institute and professor and chief of Pediatric Neurology at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He also serves as director of the Neuroscience Institute's Comprehensive Epilepsy Program. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and specializes in epilepsy, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex and Dravet Syndrome. He serves on the boards of Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), International Epilepsy Consortium National Tuberous Sclerosis Association, The Charlie Foundation to Help Cure Pediatric Epilepsy and Epilepsy.com.

Neurology

Paras Bhattarai, MD is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and specializes in general pediatric neurology, neonatal neurology and stroke.

Elena Caron, MD, is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and specializes in genetic and acquired neuromuscular disorders.

Ehab Dayyat, MD, specializes in general child neurology and pediatric sleep medicine disorders. His research interests include cognitive behavioral deficit induced by obstructive sleep apnea as well as sleep apnea links to epilepsy and narcolepsy.

Stephen Fulton, MD is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and specializes in general pediatric neurology, epilepsy and neurometabolic disorders.

Masanori Igarashi, MD is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and specializes in general pediatric neurology, neuromuscular disorders and cerebral palsy.

Swati Karmarkar, MD, practices general pediatric neurology and has special clinical interests in cerebral palsy, neurodevelopmental disability, stroke, movement disorders and epilepsy.

Amy McGregor, MD is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and specializes in general pediatric neurology and epilepsy.

Robin Jack, MD is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and specializes in general pediatric neurology, neonatal neurology, tics and tourette's syndrome .

Basan Mudigoudar, MD is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and specializes in general pediatric neurology and epilepsy.

Namrata Shah, MD is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and specializes in general pediatric neurology, neuromuscular disorders, multiple sclerosis and demyelinating disorders.

Sarah Weatherspoon, MD, is a pediatric neurologist. Her clinical areas of special interest include epilepsy in infants and epilepsy surgery.

Neurosurgery

Stephanie Einhaus, MD is certified by the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery and specializes in epilepsy surgery, cranial endoscopy and craniosynostosis.

Paul Klimo

Paul Klimo, MD is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and is certified by the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery. Dr. Klimo specializes in brain tumors, spinal surgery, epilepsy surgery, vascular neurosurgery and endoscopy.

Michael Muhlbauer, MD is certified by the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery and specializes in neurosurgical trauma, pediatric nerve injuries, spine and spinal tumors, GAMMA knife in pediatrics, general pediatric neurosurgery and brachial plexus injury.

Neurointerventional Radiology

Adam Arthur, MD, MPH, is a neurointerventional surgeon. He is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Lucas Elijovich

Lucas Elijovich, MD is the medical director of Neurointerventional Services. He is certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry in vascular neurology, neurocritical care and neurology.

Neuroradiology

Asim Choudhri, MD, is the chief of Pediatric Neuroradiology. He is certified by the American Board of Radiology and specializes in pediatric neuroradiology.

Adeel Siddiqui

Adeel Siddiqui, MBBS, is a board-certified radiologist and specializes in pediatric neuroradiology.

Neuropsychology

Amanda Adamson, PhD, is a pediatric neuropsychologist and specializes in children with epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Christen Holder, PhD, is a pediatric neuropyschologist who specializes in spina bifida, high-risk newborns, head injury, and hematology/oncology/tumors.

Brian Potter, Psy.D is a pediatric neuropsychologist and licensed psychologist and specializes in children with epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Nicole Shay, PhD, is a pediatric clinical neuropsychologist and a licensed pyschologist. She specializes in working with pre-school-aged children.

Clinical Neurosciences

Abbas Babajani-Feremi

Abbas Babajani-Feremi, PhD is a biomedical engineer with expertise in advanced signal-processing methods.

Shalini Narayana, MBBS, PhD is an expert in the application of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and other non-invasive imaging with interests in changes in motor and cognitive neural systems.

Roozbeh Rezaie, PhD is an expert in functional neuroimaging with interests in the application of EEG/MEG to the surgical management of epilepsy and the organization of brain function in neurodevelopmental disorders.

Neuro-ophthalmology

Lauren Ditta, MD, specializes in pediatric neuro-ophthalmology. She treats children with a wide range of abnormal eye movements including complex strabismus, nystagmus, cranial nerve palsies affecting eye movement and congenital cranial dysinnervation syndromes.

Nurse Practitioners and Coordinators

Betsy Axente, MSN, CPNP-PC

Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioner

Lai Brooks, DNP, FNP-BC

Neurology Nurse Practitioner

Davi Ledet, BSN, MSN, MBA

Neurology Nurse Practitioner

Monica McCarley, NP

Nurse Practitioner - Tupelo

Lauren Siebrase, MSN, FNP-C

Neurology Nurse Practitioner

Emily Johnson, MSN, APN, FNP-BC

Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioner

Blakely Weatherford, MSN, APN, FNP-C

Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioner

Karen Butler

Karen Butler, RN, BSN

Neurology Coordinator

Brittney Gunter

Brittney Gunter, RN, BSN

Neurosurgery Coordinator

Read more about the work of our Neuroscience Institute team in the quarterly newsletter, Brain Waves.