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The Department of Neurosurgery has a rich and dynamic history of training high-quality neurosurgeons who work in a broad range of settings including private practice, academia, and industry.

We are proud of our alumni, who remain active contributors to the field, and many of whom have gone on to hold teaching and leadership positions at hospitals and medical centers throughout the United States.

Graduates of our program have become distinguished community neurosurgeons, academic neurosurgical chairmen, leaders in organized neurosurgery, innovative researchers, and excellent clinicians.


University of Utah Neurological Surgery Residents 2014-2015


University of Utah Neurological Surgery Residents 2016-2017


University of Utah Neurological Surgery Residents 2017-2018

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Evan Joyce, MD
Saint Alphonsus, Boise, ID

Jonathan Scoville, MD
Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago, IL

Al-Wala Awad, MD
Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL

Bornali Kundu, MD, PhD
University of California San Francisco, CA

Christopher Wilkerson, MD
Private Practice, Salt Lake City, UT
Ilyas Eli, MD 
Private Practice, Howell Allen Clinic, Saint Thomas Medical Partners, Nashville, TN




Michael Karsy, MD, PhD 
Assistant Professor, University of Utah Health, SLC, UT

Andrea Brock, MD, MSCI 
Private Practice, Lehi, UT

Nam Yoon, MD  
Private Practice, Salt Lake City, UT

Jian Guan, MD  
Private Practice, PNI, Los Angeles, CA

Vijay Ravindra, MD 
Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Naval Medical Center San Diego, Assistant Professor, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Craig Kilburg, MD 
Assistant Professor, University of Utah Health, SLC, UT




Marcus Mazur, MD 
Assistant Professor, University of Utah Health, SLC, UT

Walavan Sivakumar, MD 
Private Practice, PNI, Los Angeles, CA

Christian Bowers, MD  
Assistant Professor, UNM, Albuquerque, NM

Ricky Kalra, MD  
Private Practice, Plano, TX

Khalid Krisht, MD 
Private Practice, Montgomery, AR

Sarah Menacho, MD 
Assistant Professor, University of Utah Health, SLC, UT




Ramin Eskandari, MD 
Associate Professor, Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery, MUSC, Charleston, SC 

Michael Mumert, MD 
Private Practice, Springfield, MO 

Christina Sayama, MD, MPH 
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Neurosurgery, OHSU, Portland, OR

Valerie Coon, MD  
Private Practice, Springfield, OR
Chad Cole, MD 
Associate Professor & Vice Chair, UNM, Albuquerque, NM




Frank Bishop, MD 
Private Practice, St. George, UT 

Brad Duhon. MD 
Private Practice/Academic, UCHealth, CO 

Toba Niazi, MD 
Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Miami, FL

Mandy Binning. MD  
Associate Professor, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 

Michael Finn, MD  
Assistant Professor, UCHealth, CO

Amin Amini, MD, MS 
Private Practice, Silver Spring, MD 

Peter Kan, MD, MPH 
Professor and Chair, UTMB Health, Galveston, TX 

Todd McCall 
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Peoria, IL




Sam Browd, MD, PhD 
Professor, Seattle Children's, UW Medicine, Seattle, WA 

Oren Gottfied, MD 
Professor, Duke Health, Raleigh, NC 

Brian Ragel, MD 
Private Practice/Academic, Vancouver, WA

Daniel Fassett, MD, MBA  
Associate Professor, University of Illinois, Peoria, IL 

James Liu, MD  
Professor, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers, NJ

Paul Klimo, MD 
Pediatric Neurosurgery Chief; Associate Professor, UTHSC, Memphis, TN 

Ganesh Rao, MD 
Professor and Chair, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX




Adam Arthur, MD, MPH 
Professor, University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN 

Wayne Gluf, MD 
Professor, Director of Neurosurgical Trauma, UCHealth, CO 

Paul House, MD 
Functional Neurosurgery, Murray, UT

Scott Soleau, MD  
Private Practice - Pediatric Neurosurgery, Baton Rouge, LA

Jim Pingree, MD 
Private Practice, SLC, UT 

William Whitehead, MD, MPH 
Professor, Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX



Russell Lonser, MD 
Professor and Chair, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 

Kavina Shahi, MD, PhD 
Private Practice,  Roseville, CA