Dr. Sepideh Amin-Hanjani, leader in neurosurgery

image: Sepideh Amin-Hanjani, MD, has joined Cleveland University Hospitals Medical Center as director of cerebrovascular and skull base surgery and Warren R. Selman Chair of Neurological Surgery. She is also vice chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at UH.
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CLEVELAND – A leading neurosurgeon from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Sepideh Amin-Hanjani, MD, joined University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center as the new Director of Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery and Warren R. Selman Chair of Neurological Surgery. She is also vice chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at UH.

She assumes the position of Nicholas C. Bambakidis, MD, who was promoted in January of this year to chair of the department of neurosurgery at UH Cleveland Medical Center. At this time he was also named the Harvey Huntington Brown, Jr. Professor of Neurosurgery.

“Dr. Amin-Hanjani is a nationally acclaimed neurosurgeon who is known for her excellent surgical skills, her dedication to training the next generation of neurosurgeons, and for leading large-scale, multi-site stroke studies,” said said Dr. Bambakidis “He is an authority in the field.”

With UIC since 2005, Dr. Amin-Hanjani was a Full Professor and served there as Co-Director of Neurovascular Surgery. His clinical work has focused on the treatment of cerebrovascular disease and skull base pathology, which encompasses non-cancerous and cancerous growths and other abnormalities on the underside of the brain. She brings with her more than 20 years of specialized expertise in the microsurgical treatment of brain aneurysms and other abnormalities affecting cerebral blood vessels, as well as her international reputation in the performance of cerebral vascular bypasses.

She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed residency training in neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, followed by a cerebrovascular and skull base fellowship at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.

Her long-standing research interests are in cerebrovascular blood flow and stroke, and she obtained funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as the principal investigator for the VERiTAS study, an international multisite study on the blood flow in cerebrovascular occlusive disease. . She has been actively involved in the NIH National StrokeNet Consortium, a network of stroke trials, which currently sits on the StrokeNet Prevention Working Group. She is co-PI of the recently renewed NIH K12 grant for the Neurosurgical Research Career Development Program (NRCDP), which supports research and develops the scientific careers of young neurosurgeon-researchers across the country.

Dr. Amin-Hanjani has served on the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Board of Directors since 2019 and was elected to the position of Treasurer this year. She was also a member-at-large of the executive committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), chair of the joint AANS/CNS cerebrovascular section, and chair of the joint AANS/CNS guidelines review committee.

She contributes to several other national committees, including as current chair of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) Stroke Council Neurovascular Intervention Committee and vice chair of the AHA/ ASA Stroke Council. She is a long-time patient advocate and is regional co-director of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation Medical Advisory Board.

Dr. Amin-Hanjani has also been very active in medical residency training, previously serving as Director of the Residency Program at UIC for over a decade, and currently as a member of the review board of the neurological surgery from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). She sits on the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Resident Education and is a full member of the Executive Council of the Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS), the organization dedicated to promoting education. neurosurgery. She has mentored numerous medical students, residents, and fellows over the past 20 years, and continues to serve as a professor for hands-on training courses in bypass surgery, skull base approaches, and foundational skills for patients. residents/fellows.

Dr. Amin-Hanjani graduated from the American Board of Neurological Surgery in 2004. She is an elected member of the Society of Neurological Surgeons, the American Academy of Neurological Surgery, and the Society of University Neurosurgeons, and is a member of the American Heart Association and American College of Surgeons.

She is the author of over 200 publications and 30 book chapters. She actively participates in the editorial review of several journals, notably as co-chair of the editorial board of Journal of Neurosurgeryand member of Stroke and Neurosurgeony Editorial Boards where she received awards for excellence from critics.

Dr. Amin-Hanjani has been consistently listed on the Best Doctors and Castle Connolly Top Physician lists, and has received the UIC Departmental Faculty of the Year Award for Clinical Service.


About University Hospitals / Cleveland, Ohio
Founded in 1866, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 23 hospitals (including five joint ventures), more than 50 health centers and outpatient facilities, and more than 200 medical practices in 16 northern counties. ‘Ohio. The system’s flagship quaternary care, University Medical Center, Cleveland Medical Center Teaching Hospitals, is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, University of Oxford, and Technion Israel Institute of Technology. The main campus also includes UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, ranked among the nation’s top children’s hospitals; UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, Ohio’s only women’s hospital; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. UH is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the country, with more than 3,000 active clinical trials and ongoing research studies. UH Cleveland Medical Center is consistently among the top performers in national ranking polls, including US News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals.” UH is also home to 19 clinical and research delivery institutes. UH is one of Northeast Ohio’s largest employers with over 30,000 employees. Follow UH on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. For more information, visit UHhospitals.org.

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