The Brain Tumor Program

Meet the Staff

The Brain Tumor Program is organized with a team approach designed to provide comprehensive, individualized care. Led by Dr. Peter Carmel and Dr. Michael Schulder, the team consists of highly experienced professionals representing a wide array of disciplines and specialties. The ready availability of this breadth of multidisciplinary expertise is the hallmark of an academically based program and provides each patient with the most appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic options.


Neurological Surgery

Anil Nanda, MD

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.



Michael Schulder, M.D. Associate Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery), Co-Director, Stereotactic Radiosurgery Center and Director of the Center for Image-Guided Surgery.

Dr. Schulder's primary interests include radiosurgery, advanced techniques of image-guided neurosurgery, and skull-base surgery.

He received his advanced training in stereotactic radiosurgery at two of the premier stereotactic radiosurgical centers in the world: the Joint Center for Radiation Therapy at the Harvard Medical School; and the Shands Neurological Center at the University of Florida.

Dr. Schulder received his medical degree from Columbia University in l982, and his certification in neurosurgery from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in l988. He is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society, and American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. Since 1994, Dr. Schulder has been a member of the Joint Committee on Education for the American Association of Neurological Surgery/Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He is a member of the Cancer Center of New Jersey Task Force, the Quality Assurance Committee, and Medical School Applications Committee at the New Jersey Medical School. He frequently presents on neurosurgical topics related to his interests and expertise at national and international meetings, and has been published in the major neurosurgical journals.



Jeffrey E. Catrambone, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of Craniofacial Reconstruction.

Dr. Catrambone is a 1992 graduate of the University of Illinois Medical School. Following a residency at Hanamann University/Loma Linda University, Dr. Catrambone completed a fellowship at the James Whitcome Riley Hospital for Children.


Radiation Oncology

Charles Cathcart, MD (co-director, Stereotactic Radiosurgery Center)

Medical Oncology

Jonathan Harrison, MD (adult)


Stephen Kamin, MD (adult)
Jayoung Pak, MD (pediatric)

Interventional Neuroradiology

Jeffrey Farkas, MD


Soly Baredes, MD
Jed Kwartler, MD


Larry Frohman, MD
Roger Turbin, MD


Paul Langer, MD


Maya P. Raghuwanshi, MD
Carol Singer-Granick, MD