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Our Physicians

Our physicians are a select few of most respected in neurological and spinal care. Each of our clinical faculty have a wide array of clinical and research interests and have frequently published books and research articles in addition to spending significant time speaking at events all around the world. They have received numerous honors and awards and have been named “top doctors” by publications including American Health Magazine, Castle Connolly, and Woodward-White.

We are proud to provide unparalleled neurosurgical care at the highest levels of technological and surgical accomplishments. We are committed to excellence, and it is our goal to give our patients the highest possible quality of life.


Anil Nanda, MD, MPH, FAANS
Chief of Service Department of Neurological Surgery Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School & Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Peter W. Carmel M.D. Endowed Chair of Neurological Surgery Senior Vice President of Neurosurgical Services, RWJBarnabas Health

Dr. Nanda has been recognized as a global leader in neurosurgery by the World Federation of Neurological Societies. He has held significant leadership roles in professional organizations, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, for which he serves as Secretary; the North American Skull Base Society (past president); Southern Neurosurgical Society (past president); the Society of University Neurosurgeons (past president); and the Society of Neurological Surgeons (past vice president), as well as many others at state, national and international levels. Dr. Nanda also serves as director and vice chair of the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS).

With more than 16,000 surgeries, 2,000 of which were performed for skull base tumors and aneurysms, Dr. Nanda is considered an expert in several advanced neurosurgical techniques. He specializes in skull base, vascular and spinal neurosurgery, including Gamma Knife radiosurgery. He has been included among the Best Doctors in America list consecutively from 1996 through 2018.

A highly regarded lecturer and visiting professor at national and international conferences, with hundreds of presentations to his credit, Dr. Nanda has published more than 460 articles and 45 commentaries in peerreviewed and professional journals, as well as authored four books and four dozen book chapters. He currently serves as a reviewer on more than two dozen peer-reviewed journals.

A New York native, Dr. Nanda earned his medical degree with honors from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Madras University, in India. He completed an internship in surgical oncology from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, followed by a residency in general surgery at Rush–Presbyterian–St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago (now Rush University Medical Center); in neurosurgery at Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Philadelphia; and in pediatric neurosurgery at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He completed fellowship training in micro neurosurgery and cranial base surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. In 2012, Dr. Nanda earned his Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. As part of his curriculum, he helped pass the Louisiana Youth Concussion Law, requiring all schools, clubs and other organizations that sponsor youth athletics to provide athletes and their parents with information about concussion and the potential long-term effects of playing after a head injury. In 2017, he was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters by Centenary College and gave its commencement address.


Ira M. Goldstein, MD
Associate Professor Director of Neurotrauma
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Dr. Ira M. Goldstein is the Director of Neurotrauma at The University Hospital and an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery Rutgers
New Jersey Medical School.

Dr. Goldstein also leads the Spinal Cord Injury Care team and provides support for the state-of-the-art Peripheral Nerve Center and
Stereotactic Radiosurgery procedures.

Through his years of neurosurgery, Dr. Goldstein has achieved a particular expertise in minimally invasive surgery of the spine, endoscopic diskectomy, the treatment of spinal tumors, kyphoplasty, nucleoplasty, arthroplasty, spinal fusion, biomechanics of the spine and stereotactic radiosurgery of the spine. Because of his knowledge in the field, he has been invited to speak at events around the country and he has received top honors from the New York Neurosurgical Society and the Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr. Goldstein graduated from University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, underwent residency training at Albert Einstein College of
Medicine, and completed advanced fellowship training in spinal surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


James K. Liu, MD, Professor
Director, Center for Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery

Dr. James K. Liu is the Director of Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery. He is also Director of the Brain Tumor Center and the Cerebrovascular Bypass Program.

Dr. Liu is renowned for his treatment of complex brain tumors and skull base lesions, including pituitary tumors, acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, and chordomas. As a fellowship trained skull base and cerebrovascular neurosurgeon, Dr. Liu performs the most innovative surgical techniques, including in minimally invasive endonasal endoscopic surgery, image- guided keyhole microsurgery, and laser-assisted tumor surgery to achieve the best results for his patients. He also specializes in cerebrovascular bypass procedures for carotid occlusion, complex aneurysms and skull base tumors, as well as microvascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm.

As one of the most active researchers in his field, Dr. Liu has published extensively with over 85 peer-reviewed publications and 13 book chapters. He has taught many hands-on courses in skull base surgery and has lectured extensively throughout North America. Dr. Liu is the director of the Skull Base Microsurgical Simulation Laboratory, where his research work is focused on the development of innovative and novel skull base and endoscopic approaches, quantitative surgical neuroanatomy, Dextroscope surgical simulation and virtual reality, microsurgical and microvascular anastomosis skills training, skull base reconstruction, cerebral vasospasm, and pituitary tumor biology.

Dr. Liu completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles with Summa Cum Laude honors. He then received his MD from New York Medical College with AOA honors. After completing his residency in Neurological Surgery at the University of Utah, Dr. Liu pursued advanced fellowship training in skull base and cerebrovascular surgery, and neuro-oncology at Oregon Health & Science University. Prior to joining UMDNJ and NINJ, Dr. Liu was Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Co-Director of Skull Base Surgery and the Microneurosurgcial Simulation Laboratory at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.


Peter W. Carmel, MD Professor

Dr. Peter W. Carmel, Chair Emeritus of the Department of Neurological Surgery, is an internationally prominent pediatric neurosurgeon who has traveled the world lecturing about his passion for neurosurgery.

Board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, Dr. Carmel heads the Pediatric Neurosurgery as well as providing services within the Brain Tumor Program and Skull Base/Endoscopic Surgery. One of the field’s premier doctors, he has received numerous awards and honors and has been listed in several physician-selected consumer guides for outstanding physicians, including American Health Magazine survey of the "Best Doctors in America," and the book The Best Doctors in America.

Dr. Carmel’s research, often focusing on childhood brain tumors, congenital anomalies of the nervous system, and the structure and function of the hypothalamic-pituitary axis, has resulted in the publication of over 100 scientific articles and 25 books and chapters. He has lectured extensively on neurological surgery throughout the United States and abroad, including France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Scandinavia, Russia and Mexico.

Active in several professional organizations, Dr. Carmel has held leadership positions in the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the National Coalition for Research in Neurological Diseases and Stroke and the National Foundation for Brain Research. Dr. Carmel started his term as the President of the American Medical Association in June 2011.

Receiving his Bachelors of Arts degree from the College of the University of Chicago and an M.D. degree from New York University, Bellevue College of Medicine, New York, Dr. Carmel completed his medical training at the New York University School of Medicine and was a research associate at the National Institutes of Health. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at the Neurological Institute of New York and obtained his doctorate in neuroanatomy from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S). At P&S he was the founding chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery and a professor of neurological surgery.


Robert F. Heary, MD
Director of the Spine Center

Dr. Robert Heary is the Director of the Spine Center and one of the premier physicians in comprehensive spine care, providing a full range of conservative and surgical interventions for a wide range of spinal disorders. He is also Director of the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit and Professor of Neurosurgery. He is an attending neurosurgeon in area hospitals and serves as a Consulting Medical Staff Physician at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, New Jersey.

Dr. Heary is on the editorial boards of Neurosurgery and the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques. He has authored over 70 peer- reviewed journal articles, 100 abstracts, and 35 book chapters and has been on the faculty of over 160 instructional courses at national neurosurgery meetings. His major areas of research interest are minimally invasive spinal surgery, spine and spinal cord injury, spine and spinal cord tumors, and spinal deformity.

He is an active member of many societies, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine & Peripheral Nerves, Cervical Spine Research Society, North American Spine Society, Scoliosis Research Society, Neurosurgical Society of America, and the Society of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Heary has been involved in many committees of these organizations, including serving as the Chairman of the Scientific Program Committee and the Education Committee for the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine & Peripheral Nerves. He is currently the Chairman of the Section. In addition, he has served as the Vice-Chairman of the AANS Public Relations Committee and the Scientific Program Committee Chairman of the Cervical Spine Research Society.

Dr. Heary earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed a residency in Neurological Surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Following his residency, Dr. Heary completed a spine fellowship in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Antonios Mammis, MD
Director of Functional Neurosurgery and Neuromodulation

Dr. Mammis is a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and entered neurosurgery residency training here at the New Jersey Medical School and University Hospital. During his training, he spent a year obtaining advanced training in Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery at North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital.

Specializing in the surgical treatment of movement disorders, pain syndromes, spasticity, and general neurosurgical pathology, Dr. Mammis directs the Center for Neuromodulation, is the surgical director of the Comprehensive Pain Center, and is part of the Comprehensive Spine Center at the Neurological Institute of New Jersey. In addition, Dr. Mammis has been a very active researcher and has published numerous articles relating to the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, movement disorders, and Pain Syndromes.

Dr. Mammis is committed to providing outstanding care and expertise to his patients. He is fluent in Greek and values timely communication to referring physicians and patients.