Candidates for Election

Vice-President

Michael Chen, M.D., Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

I appreciate the nomination to serve as vice-president on the 2019-2020 SNIS board of directors.  My neurology residency, stroke fellowship and neurointerventional fellowships were at Yale, Beth-Israel Deaconess and Columbia, respectively.  I am currently Associate Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Radiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. 

Statement of Interest:   The chance to work with and learn from so many SNIS members over the years has enriched my career.  These experiences include serving as JNIS Associate & Commissioning Editor, Neurology Member-at-Large (2015-2017), Abstract Grading Committee (2014-2018), Standards Committee (2015-2018), Fellows Course Co-Chair (2016), Annual Meeting Co-Chair (2017) and most recently, Education Chair (2017-2019). 

I feel being an effective SNIS leader begins with honesty, listening, and hard work.  From there, I can only hope to leave the society a little better off as a result.  The SNIS Insights webinar series, which I helped design and moderate this term as education chair, is an example of a new society-driven effort that was well-attended, engaging and educational.  This webinar series featured online talks and live Q&A focused on nuanced technical procedural details on current topics using an inexpensive, accessible platform.  So far, the 9 webinars have featured 19 different speakers, with a few sessions reaching over 50 live participants.

Advocacy for the Get Ahead of Stroke campaign, neuroendovascular accreditation, and collaboration across independent subspecialty societies have been recent SNIS board agenda items.  These are challenging issues to address because of the inherent conflicting interests.  Being involved in these discussions over the past few years, I've learned that persistent yet adaptable diligence, with some optimism, may help achieve lasting results.
 

M. Shazam Hussain, M.D., Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

It is an exciting time for the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery.  Our Society continues to grow in size and influence, and the recent publications of multiple positive trials for intra-arterial stroke therapy along with innovative new device technology have ushered in a new era for treatment of cerebrovascular diseases.  As the organization which can represent all disciplines of neurointerventionalists, the SNIS is in a great position to unite the field and greatly advance care of our patients through promotion of clinical, research, and educational excellence. 

I am presently the Director of the Cerebrovascular Center at Cleveland Clinic and Associate Professor of Medicine (Neurology) at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. My research and clinical interests include MRI imaging of acute ischemic stroke and endovascular therapy for hemorrhagic and ischemic cerebrovascular disease.

More importantly, it has been an honor to serve the SNIS over the last several years.  I was initially elected to the board as the Neurology Member-at-Large, serving in the position a second time before being appointed as the Audit Chair from 2015-2017.  I have also had the honor of chairing the 12th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, which was one of our largest and highest quality meetings.  I have been able to offer valuable input on many issues facing the society, including participating on the Standards and Guidelines Committee, authoring important articles and editorials on issues facing neurointerventionalists, and representing the SNIS before FDA and CMS panels.  Most recently, I am also representing the SNIS on the NVQI council.  These experiences have been invaluable, providing me with a great understanding of the issues and challenges facing all of us in our field and, if elected, will allow me to advance the society at this critical time.

I humbly ask for your consideration and vote!

Treasurer

Guilherme Dabus, M.D., Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Miami, FL

Thank you for considering me for the Treasurer position on the 2019-2020 SNIS Board of Directors. I am deeply honored by this nomination and I am looking forward to the possibility of serving you.

For the last 11 years I have dedicated my career only and exclusively to NeuroInterventional Surgery/ Interventional Neuroradiology, clinically, educationally and scientifically. I have served and continue to serve on several national scientific and leadership committees, participated in several research trials and authored/co-authored several publications. I had served in the SNIS Board of Directors from 2017 to 2019, initially elected as Member-at-Large (Interventional 2017-2018), and then elected as Secretary (2018-2019). I was also the Co-Chair of the 2018 SNIS Annual Meeting that took place in San Francisco.

During my training (Northwestern University, Washington University in Saint Louis and Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Medical School) I had the opportunity to be trained by brilliant NeuroInterventional Surgeons/Neuroendovascular Surgeons from all three different backgrounds (Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery and Neurology). These interactions convinced me that the most important is not where we come from but where we are going to moving forward; this is something that I try to pass to our trainees and fellows as their program director. Despite great advances in aneurysm and stroke care, changes in the healthcare environment, increasing pressure form hospitals and payers, lack of compliance with the new CAST-NES certification and manpower issues with increasing competition and volume dilution contribute to generate uncertainty in regards to our future as an independent discipline. I truly believe that we should continue to work to position SNIS as the main NeuroInterventional society working collaboratively with other professional organizations to strengthen our position as a group to better face current and future challenges. All practitioners from the three different backgrounds must share a common vision establishing our identity as an independent subspecialty. The stronger SNIS is, the better we will be positioned to fight, adapt and continue to grow.
 

Mahesh V. Jayaraman, M.D., Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI

I am honored to be nominated for the position of Treasurer for SNIS. I would like to take a moment to highlight my service to SNIS in the past and ask for your consideration for my candidacy. 

For the past several years, I have served our society in a variety of roles, which have given me a vast breadth and depth of experience. I served as chair of the Standards and Guidelines Committee from 2013-2016, a span which includes the landmark changes in acute stroke therapy. During this time, I also led the SNIS effort to form a global consensus on appropriate training for neurointerventionalists who wish to perform Endovascular therapy for acute ischemic stroke. Additionally, I have served as program co-chair for our 2016 Annual Meeting, Member at Large, and most recently, as Audit chair for the board from 2017-2019. In these various roles, I have been involved wth the financial operations of our society, which I believe will serve me well in the role of Treasurer.

It is an exciting time for our field, and I would be delighted to be given the opportunity to serve our society as Treasurer. If elected, I will work diligently to ensure ongoing financial strength for our organization. Thank you for your consideration. 

Secretary

Ricardo A. Hanel, M.D., Baptist Health, Jacksonville, FL

Born and raised in Brazil, I completed my Medical School and Neurosurgery Residency before moving to Buffalo, NY (2001), where I trained in Endovascular Neurosurgery under Dr LN Hopkins. After completing my training, I worked as Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at SUNY Buffalo from 2004-2006 before moving to Phoenix, AZ where I completed Skull Base and CV Surgery Fellowship under Robert Spetzler, MD.

I joined Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL in 2007 and became Professor of Neurosurgery at Mayo College of Physicians. In March 2014, I was recruited as Director for the newly formed Baptist Neurological Institute also in Jacksonville, FL. Together with excellence in patient service, advanced education has been one of the pillars of my career. I have been involved with residency and fellowship since Buffalo. I am former fellowship director at Mayo, current CV fellowship director at our service. With over 200 peer-reviewed publications, extensive lecturing and hands-on course organization and participation, raising the quality level of global neurointervention is one of my goals.

I have served in many committees of CNS and WFNS among others.  SNIS is the leading organization for Neurointervention in the United States. I have been involved with SNIS since it’s inception, I have served as member-at-large and Joint Meeting SNIS/CV Section co-chair in the past. I am currently part of “Get Ahead of Stroke” initiative, serving as a task force member., helping pass new stroke legislation at Florida State among others. I have also contributed to many of our meetings and to our Journal, which I serve as a reviewer. 

If chosen to serve at SNIS Secretary, I want to continue to work with my peers on “Get Ahead of Stroke” Initiative to improve systems of care in stroke and also continue the work to better define standards of practice in neurointervention as well as enhance advanced education.

Ansaar T. Rai, M.D., West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

There is a corporate takeover of healthcare in the US as we all know. We deal with that in our daily lives. From establishing best practices, to coverage, to compensation our membership gets picked off when individually negotiating with administrative leadership. SNIS has done a great job in identifying some of these issues and has published white papers and practice standards but it can be a more potent organization that not only takes care of our patients but also preserves the rights of physicians delivering this care. We are held to productivity and coverage targets based on nebulous and unscientific surveys for RVUs and call. We need these benchmarks from SNIS to lobby for fair and equitable compensation and reasonable coverage. 

As director of the neurointerventional services and in practice for the past 15-plus years, I have dealt with these issues frequently as I imagine all our membership has too. There is definitely room to harness our collective wisdom and present a united muscular front. SNIS is the ideal platform for this. I dearly value my relationship with the society and have personally benefitted by being a part of it whether on committees, as a faculty or as chairing annual meeting and fellows’ course. If elected, I will serve the society and our membership sincerely – I will also need everyone’s help, support, input and creativity in developing a more dominant posture safeguarding our specialty and its practitioners. 

Education Chair

Peter Kan, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

I am greatly honored to receive the nomination to run for the Education Chair position. I have served as the Neurosurgery Member-at-Large this past year and have gained valuable experience on the SNIS board. In addition, my service to the society includes serving as faculty at the Fellows Courses and at the main didactic sessions, as well as being an active reviewer for JNIS. Education has always been an important academic focus of mine and I have experience in directing national and regional education programs for national organizations such as the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

As my career develops, I hope to increase my involvement in SNIS. With its diverse and inclusive membership of all specialists who practice the field of neurointerventional surgery, I sincerely believe that it is the best organization to champion collaborative education effort and disseminate new knowledge that would improve our practice and ultimately elevate the care of our patients. I am especially interested in working on up-to-date education material that is easily accessible to our colleagues, allied health professionals, and patients to promote best evidence-based practice and to inform our patients on the latest guidelines, in keeping with the society’s education mission.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve and to support the SNIS.
 

James Milburn, M.D., Ochsner Clinic, New Orleans, LA

I am simultaneously honored and humbled to have been nominated for SNIS Education Chair. As a multi-year resident and fellowship program director, I am passionate about education, and I believe my career experiences make me well suited for this position.

In addition to my current position as Member-at-Large, I have served the SNIS in several other capacities. Perhaps most immediately germane, I am a Chair of the upcoming Annual Meeting in Miami. This exciting program will include many innovations including multiple focused panel discussions that will tackle controversial topics. #SNIS19 will feature a Neuroanatomy Master Class that will lead to a certificate at the culmination of the meeting. Finally, specific attention was paid towards insuring diversity amongst our speaker faculty.

JNIS represents a magnificent accomplishment for our society. In 2018, I was gratified to be named “Reviewer of the Year.” In 2017, I was Fellows Course Chair for both the CNS Joint Section meeting and the SNIS 2017 Annual Meeting. I am currently serving on the SNIS Membership Committee, and have been on multiple Annual Meeting program committees.

I began my neurointerventional career by training at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Washington University, finishing in 1997, and have spent most of my career at Ochsner. Our NI group has representation from Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Neuroradiology, and we have developed a large stroke network with over 60 telestroke sites in the gulf south.

At the Ochsner Clinic, I am Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, and I have been Residency Program Director for the past 15 years. I also am section head of Neuroradiology and have trained numerous fellows in diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology. I have devoted much of my career to education, giving me excellent background as a future SNIS Education Chair.

My service to organized medicine extends beyond the SNIS. For example, I am a state councilor and former state chapter president in the American College of Radiology. At the ACR, I serve in several capacities including the prestigious future trends committee. I actively serve on 3 committees in the APDR, the society of program directors in radiology as well as am actively working on the ASNR 2020 Annual Meeting as a member of the Program Operations and Educational Exhibit Committee.

I believe these many experiences have prepared me well to serve as Education Chair for the SNIS, and would appreciate your vote.
 

Member-at-Large (Interventional Neuroradiologist)

Jeremy J. Heit, M.D., Stanford University, Stanford, CA

It is my privilege to be nominated for the Member-at-Large (Interventional Neuroradiology) position with the SNIS Board of Directors. In support of my nomination, I would like to briefly describe my background, current position as an Assistant Professor of Radiology and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery at Stanford, and the vision for SNIS that I would work to achieve as a member of the SNIS board.

I grew up in Colorado, and I attended the University of Colorado at Boulder between ski trips. I then completed my medical and graduate school training (MD and PhD) at Stanford University. After medical school, I moved to the Boston for an internal medicine internship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital followed by a diagnostic radiology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). During my time at MGH, I served as Chief Resident in Radiology, and I completed a year of sub-specialty diagnostic neuroradiology training. After completing my diagnostic radiology training, I returned to Stanford for a two-year neurointerventional surgery (NIS) fellowship. After completion of my NIS fellowship, I was recruited to join the faculty at Stanford, and I am currently an Assistant Professor of Radiology and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery at Stanford and the Stanford NIS fellowship director.

My service to NIS, neuroradiology, and radiology extends beyond Stanford. I serve on several national committees, which include the American Society of Neuroradiology Research committee (2012-present) and the Scientific Program Committee (Neuroradiology/Head and Neck Subcommittee) for the Radiological Society of North America (2018-present). I have also consistently served on the annual meeting program committees for SNIS, the International Stroke Conference, the American Roentgen Ray Society, and the American Society of Functional Neuroradiology over the past four years.

I am excited by the possibility of serving as the SNIS Member-at-Large. If elected to this position, I would work to further increase the presence of SNIS at the major neuroradiology and radiology annual meetings. NIS has rapidly gained in prominence over the past several years, and the representation of our field at the American Society of Neuroradiology, the Radiological Society of North America, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology, and leading meetings has correspondingly risen. In order to promote further growth of NIS and integration of SNIS into these leading societies, I would propose some programmatic changes. For example, NIS focused sessions tend to draw the NIS physicians, but often attendance by other sub-specialty physicians is limited. If some NIS talks were integrated into other sessions (for example, imaging, surgical treatment of aneurysm, or intensive care management of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke sessions), it would lead to a greater exposure of our field to people who might otherwise not attend these talks.

SNIS is a multidisciplinary field, and I would work to further promote the integration of neuroradiology, neurosurgery, and neurology. By working with other subspecialty societies, I would promote inviting speakers from different backgrounds to give talks the various national meetings (for example, a leading neurologist speaking at the AANS meeting about a NIS topic). Not only would these efforts further cement the common bond of the physicians and teams within SNIS, but it would also promote our collaborative ethos to other subspecialty societies.

There are many other avenues to explore as we work to increase the prominence of NIS. It is important that we also consider other healthcare providers working in the NIS space, which include nurses, technologists, and many others. I would work to promote further education as to the mission of SNIS to these groups as a Member-at-Large.

In summary, I am honored to be nominated for the Member-at-Large position with the SNIS Board of Directors. Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to working with all of our SNIS members to continue to promote our marvelous field.

 

Ajit S. Puri, M.D., University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA

I serve as the Chief of the NeuroInterventional Surgery division at UMASS Memorial Healthcare with an academic appointment of Associate Professor of Radiology and Neurosurgery at University of Massachusetts Medical School. I am also the Co-Director of the New England Center for Stroke Research. I have served as the Principal Investigator for more than 25 clinical research trials, have authored over 100 publications in multiple peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed journals and have given over 200 invited presentations on topics in neurointerventional surgery. My research interests include translational research in NIS, developing better techniques for mechanical thrombectomy and improving imaging modalities for neurovascular surgery (optical coherence tomography).

My goals for SNIS focus on continuing to develop the professional and educational resources to make our society the leader in education and policy in neurointerventional surgery worldwide. An additional goal is to support the continued success of JNIS.
 

Member-at-Large (Endovascular Neurosurgeon)

Adnan H. Siddiqui, M.D., Ph.D., University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

 


Stavropoula I. Tjoumakaris, M.D., Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

 

Member-at-Large (Interventional Neurologist)

Maxim Mokin, M.D., University of South Florida, New York, NY

Dr. Maxim Mokin, MD, PhD is Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of South Florida. Dr. Mokin has played a critical role in the 2019 Florida State Legislature campaign to improve stroke systems of care for the benefit of all Floridians. The bill was supported by Get Ahead of Stroke and SNIS.

Dr. Mokin received his MD from Omsk State Medical Academy, Russia, and his PhD in neurosciences from the University of South Dakota. He completed his residency in neurology and fellowship training in vascular neurology and endovascular neurosurgery at the State University of New York at Buffalo, New York. His research interests include diagnostic evaluation and management of acute ischemic stroke, and translational research on development of new technologies for stroke thrombectomy. In 2019, Dr. Mokin was awarded an NIH R21 grant on development of in vitro stroke thrombectomy models.

Dr. Mokin’s goal is to facilitate collaborations among the diverse multidisciplinary members of SNIS – neurologists, neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons and basic scientists.
 

Paul Singh, M.D., Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY

I am honored to have received your nomination to be the Interventional Neurology-Member at Large for SNIS in 2019-2020. I first joined The Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery in 2011 as a Stroke Neurologist upon the suggestion of Phil Meyers. After completing my NeuroInterventional fellowship at Cornell, I had the pleasure of serving on the SNIS board as the Fellows Committee Chair. I have had the fortune of watching SNIS expand exponentially as our members have grown and our sphere of influence beyond our field continues to broaden over the last decade. 

I am currently on faculty at Mount Sinai Hospital in the departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Radiology, where I have gained an appreciation for how a multidisciplinary/multispecialty approach to Neurointervention strengthens the entire team. I have previously held the position of Director of a Comprehensive Stroke Center as well as a Primary Stroke Center. As the indications for ELVO thrombectomy expands, we need a strong voice to ensure that these patients receive the care they deserve in a timely fashion. In addition, I will continue my ongoing public advocacy campaigns for stroke awareness across the country through several media outlets as your representative from SNIS.

In the 27th year of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery, our membership is now more than 30% Neurologists, and I want to ensure that our voice is synchronous with those of our fellow NeuroInterventional Radiologists and Neuroendovascular Surgeons within SNIS. I also hope to join with our brethren in SVIN to have our entire field, regardless of affiliation, become a powerful community.

I would value your consideration and support as the SNIS Member-At-Large for Interventional Neurology!