Course Directors:

Jamie S. Ullman, MD, FACS*

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Jamie S. Ullman, MD, FACS, joined Northwell Health in 2013 as director of neurotrauma at the Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital. She brings 25 years of specialized expertise in the surgical management of head and spinal cord injuries, as well as acute neurological conditions such as stroke, cerebral hemorrhage, hydrocephalus and brain tumors.

A founding member of the Northwell Health Concussion Program, Dr. Ullman leads a team of experts in traumatic brain injury. She also works closely with the neurocritical care team in the Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit at North Shore University Hospital to deliver comprehensive neurological services to the community.

Fully committed to being accessible for her patients, Dr. Ullman is always there to answer questions and address any concerns with kindness and compassion. She takes the time to go over every aspect of care, whether it s reviewing diagnostic films or explaining the thorough details of a procedure.

Research is also important to Dr. Ullman. She is actively involved in various neurosurgical clinical trials and studies including intracranial pressure monitoring and minimally invasive removal of blood clots in strokes. Her work has been highlighted in more than 60 medical publications.

A recognized leader in her field, Dr. Ullman has received numerous awards from national organizations, including the Distinguished Service Award from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. She was also nominated for Northwell s President s Award, recognized for her leadership in elevating the neurotrauma program at North Shore University Hospital, the first trauma center in downstate New York to receive level I verification from the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Ullman received her medical training from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. She completed a residency in neurosurgery and fellowship in neurosurgery critical care at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and an additional fellowship in neurotrauma at the Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

After completing her training, Dr. Ullman continued to pursue her passion for education. She has held faculty and leadership roles throughout her career, and currently serves as professor of neurosurgery at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. As a core faculty member of Northwell s neurosurgery residency program, she is committed to training the future leaders of brain surgery.

Dr. Ullman currently serves on the New York state trauma and advisory committees, and was the first woman to serve as an officer and vice president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. She also previously served as chair of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care. Dr. Ullman has been recognized as one of Castle Connolly s Top Doctors .

Zachary L. Hickman, MD, FAANS*

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Zachary L. Hickman, MD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Mount Sinai Health System and Director of the Neurosurgery Department at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, New York.

Dr. Hickman completed a post-graduate fellowship in neurotrauma and neurocritical care at Jackson Memorial Hospital and Ryder Trauma Center at the University of Miami Medical Center, under the directorship of M. Ross Bullock, MD, PhD. Dr. Hickman obtained his MD at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City and completed his neurosurgery residency at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Hickman’s clinical and research interests include traumatic brain and spine injury, neurosurgical emergencies and neurocritical care, intracranial multimodality monitoring, patient-oriented outcomes research, international neurosurgery, and quality improvement.

Dr. Hickman has been published in a variety of scholarly peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of NeurosurgeryNeurosurgeryNeurocritical CareJournal of Neurology Neurosurgery and PsychiatryJournal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, and Stroke.


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Kristen Dams-O’Conner, PhD*

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Kristen Dams-O’Connor, Ph.D. is Jack Nash Professor and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Rehabilitation and Human Performance at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY. She serves as Director of the Brain Injury Research Center (BIRC) of Mount Sinai and is a Professor of Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She conducts multidisciplinary research dedicated to improving the lives of people living with brain injury. Her work aims to identify mechanisms, risk, and protective factors to improve long-term outcomes in individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and repetitive head trauma sustained through sports participation, military service, and intimate partner violence. Her team uses modern psychometric and statistical techniques to measure individual differences in trajectories of change over time among survivors of TBI. One goal of this work is to improve diagnosis of secondary post-traumatic conditions during life so they can be treated. She leads the Late Effects of TBI (LETBI) Project, a TBI brain donor program focused on characterizing the clinical phenotype and postmortem pathological signatures of post-traumatic neurodegeneration and their associations with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. She is Project Director of the New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System of care, one of 16 centers of excellence for TBI research and clinical care in the United States. Her research is supported by federal grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, Department of Defense, Centers for Disease Control, and Patient Reported Outcomes Research Institute. She has published over 150 manuscripts and chapters on TBI treatments and outcomes, and has presented her research internationally.

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Carrie L. Esopenko, PhD

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Dr. Esopenko is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences in the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science, and is a Full Faculty Member in the School of Graduate Studies and Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology. She is the Rutgers Principal Investigator for the Big 10/Ivy League Epidemiology of Concussion Study and a member of the study advisory committee. She is also the Lead Investigator of the ENIGMA Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Working Group and a member of the Sports-Related Brain Injury, Military, and TBI Working Groups. Her research focuses on developing sex-specific prevention strategies for sports-related concussion and examining the psychological, cognitive, and neuronal signatures of IPV-related head trauma.

Peter Hutchinson BSc, MBBS, FFSEM, FRCS(SN), PhD, FMedSci

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Peter Hutchinson BSc (Hons), MBBS, PhD (Cantab), FRCS (Surg Neurol) FMedSci is Professor of Neurosurgery, NIHR Research Professor and Head of the Division of Academic Neurosurgery at the University of Cambridge. He is Director of Clinical Research at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

He holds an Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon post at Addenbrooke’s Hospital with a sub-specialist interest in the management of neuro-trauma, specifically head and traumatic brain injury. He has a research interest in acute brain injury, utilizing monitoring technology to increase the understanding of the pathophysiology of brain injury, and in the investigation and treatment of concussion. He also leads the international RESCUE studies evaluating the role of decompressive craniectomy in traumatic brain injury. He was awarded the Olivecrona Prize (the “Nobel Prize for Neurosurgery”) for his work on cerebral metabolism in acute brain injury).

He has co-authored over 500 publications (including NEJM,  Lancet and Brain) and been lead applicant in over £15m of grants (including MRC and NIHR). He is joint editor of the Oxford Textbook of Neurological Surgery and “Head Injury – A Multidisciplinary Approach”.

He is Director of Clinical Studies at Robinson College, Past President of Clinical Neurosciences Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, Director of the Research Fund of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies, Treasurer of the International Neurotrauma Society and Chief Medical Officer for the Formula One British Grand Prix.

Bradford W. Landry, DO

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Board certifications
Physical / Rehab Medicine – American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab
Pediatric Rehabilitation Med – American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab

Academic titles
Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

Mayo Clinic
State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook

Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center

Mayo Clinic

Glen Cove Hospital
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
South Shore University Hospital

Geoffrey T. Manley, MD, PhD

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Geoffrey T. Manley, MD, PhD is the Chief of Neurosurgery at San Francisco General Hospital and Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). He is a trauma neurosurgeon with clinical interests in brain injury, spinal cord injury and neurocritical critical care. His translational research interests span from the laboratory to the bedside.

Dr. Manley is a graduate of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Cornell University Medical College, where he earned his medical degree as well as his doctorate degree in Neuroscience. He completed his residency in Neurosurgery at UCSF and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular Biophysics. Dr. Manley is also a faculty member of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences and the UCSF Center for Clinical and Translational Informatics.

Dr. Manley is an internationally recognized expert in neurotrauma. He has published over 120 manuscripts that reflect a wide range of research interests from molecular aspects of brain injury to the clinical care of head trauma patients. He has helped to define new molecular mechanisms of injury to the nervous system that may lead to new treatments for these devastating injuries. He is also considered a leader in the rapidly growing field of advanced neuromonitoring and clinical informatics for critical care. His many honors include the General Motors Trauma Research Award and the Trauma Research Award from the American College of Surgeons. He has served as a Consultant for the Prehospital Guidelines Committee for the World Health Organization and on a number of committees for the National Institutes of Health.

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Konstantinos Margetis, MD, PhD*

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Konstantinos Margetis, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Mount Sinai Health System. He is the Chief of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Morningside, a trauma center verified by the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Margetis is a uniquely qualified neurosurgeon with dual postgraduate fellowships in Complex Spine Surgery from The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and in Pediatric Neurosurgery from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. Dr. Margetis obtained his medical degree at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School in Greece. At the University of Athens, also in Greece, he earned his PhD for research related to the effects of Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy on the Central Nervous System and completed his Neurosurgery residency. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He holds a Masters Certificate in Health Care Leadership from Cornell University. Dr. Margetis has been published in a variety of scholarly journals including the Journal of NeurosurgeryWorld NeurosurgeryNeuromodulation, and the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology.

Dr. Margetis practices general neurosurgery and complex spine surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai Morningside in Manhattan, New York.

David F. Putrino, PhD

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Dr. David Putrino is an Official Medical Provider for Red Bull’s Sponsored Athletes in North America.

David is physical therapist with a PhD in Neuroscience. He worked as a clinician in Australia, before moving to the United States to study computational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, MIT and NYU. He has served as a faculty member at Weill-Cornell Medicine and Burke Medical Research Institute.

He is currently the Director of Rehabilitation Innovation for the Mt Sinai Health System, and an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai. He works to develop innovative technology solutions for individuals in need of better healthcare accessibility.

He consults with the Red Bull High Performance division to use evidence-based technologies to improve athletic performance. He is also the “Chief Mad Scientist” of Not Impossible Labs, a group that crowd-sources accessible technological solutions for high-impact humanitarian problems. David’s research has been featured on the ABC, Sport’s Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, Time, Wired and the LA Times to name just a few.


Hazem Shoirah, MD

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Hazem Shoirah, MD, is the Director of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Surgery programs at Elmhurst hospital and an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Radiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. After earning his medical degree at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Dr. Shoirah completed an internship in internal medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He then finished a residency in neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he served as Chief Resident. He completed a vascular neurology fellowship at University of Pittsburgh medical center and an endovascular neurosurgery fellowship at Mount Sinai hospital.

Dr. Shoirah is part of a multidisciplinary medical team at the Cerebrovascular Stroke Center at Mount Sinai. Dr. Shoirah conducts vital research into emerging stroke therapies, while also working to expand telestroke networks and medical education.


Roxanne D. Todor, MD*

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Dr Roxanne Todor, MD, FAANS, FACS is the Director of Neurosurgery at Jacobi Medical Center. Dr. Todor completed a fellowship in cerebrovascular surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation after completing Neurosurgical Residency at New York Medical College. She obtained her MD at SUNY Downstate Medical Center where she also completed 2 years of general surgical residency.

Dr Todor’s clinical and research interests focus on neurotrauma, especially moderate and severe traumatic brain injury in adults and children. She is part of a multidisciplinary team that manages craniofacial trauma and activity participates in quality improvement. She actively participates in neurotrauma education and has presented at local and national conferences.


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Amanda Lin, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP*

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Dr. Lin is a clinical pharmacy specialist practicing in the Neurosurgical Critical Care Unit (NSCU). She received her PharmD from the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at LIU. She completed an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 pharmacy residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, as well as a PGY-2 internal medicine residency at University Pittsburgh Medical Center, Presbyterian Shadyside. Dr. Lin is an active member within Long Island Society of Health-System Pharmacists (LISHP).

Dr. Lin currently maintains a clinical pharmacy practice in the Neurosurgical Critical Care Unit (NSCU) and Neurology/Stroke Unit at North Shore University Hospital.

Kelly Wexlar*

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Kelly Wexlar serves as Program Director for Northwell Health’s Neurosciences. Kelly leads the program’s Continuing Medical Education and community outreach events throughout New York. She also builds Northwell Neurosciences’ presence in our medical and patient communities through marketing, PR, corporate partnerships, and various initiatives across the health system.

Receiving an M.B.A from Fordham University, Kelly previously worked at The Boston Consulting Group for the firm’s global Private Equity and Principal Investors group. Kelly is deeply passionate about bringing diverse perspectives to neurosciences and committed to further innovating the department by leveraging new thought leadership and cutting-edge technologies shaping the field.

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