Meet the Neurosurgery Specialists

Meet the Neurosurgery Specialists

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Neurosurgery Specialists


Dr. Krisht

Ali Krisht was born in Kano, Nigeria, on September 17, 1959. He graduated high school from the International College in Beirut, Lebanon in June 1978 with honors and distinction. He attended college at the American University of Beirut and graduated with honors in June 1981 with a B.S. in Biology-Chemistry. Dr. Krisht played professional soccer during this time and was the Athlete of the Year in 1980.

Dr. Krisht went to medical school at the American University of Beirut and graduated with Honorable Mention in June 1985 and concluded his residency training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1994.

In July 1994 Dr. Krisht joined Professors Al-Mefty and Yasargil as staff of the Department of Neurosurgery, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He was promoted to associate then Professor of Neurosurgery and was Vice Chairman and a Professor of Neurosurgery until September 2009. In October of 2009, Drs Krisht and Almefty Co-founded the ANI, The Arkansas Neuroscience Institute. He is the present director and also the director of the Cerebrovascular and Neuroendocrine Clinics.

Since 1999, Dr. Krisht has been the chief editor of Contemporary Neurosurgery (a 28 year-old biweekly publication with more than 1,400 institutional and individual subscribers and provides CME credits to its readers. He also serves on several editorial boards of medical journals.

Dr. Krisht's areas of expertise are cerebrovascular, pituitary tumors, and skull base tumors. He has published extensively including over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and was the main editor of the book Pituitary Disorders: Comprehensive Management. He has also participated in editing several books and has written 20 book chapters.

He has been frequently invited as a visiting professor to national and international meetings and has given more than 170 presentations and lectures. He is a very dedicated teacher and has been faculty and director of over 40 workshops and hands-on courses.

Dr. Krisht is on several national and international societies. He is also active in local community and has served and vice president and president of the Robert Watson Arkansas State Neurosurgical Society.

During his career Dr. Krisht has won many awards including the Editorial Excellence in Newsletter Journalism, Five Star Spirit Award amongst others. He has been chosen by his peers to appear in the Best Doctors of America publication. Dr. Krisht was also awarded honorary citizenship of the city of Taipei, Taiwan, for his contribution to neuroscience education for their community.

Dr. Krisht continues to be active in sports. He enjoys running and playing soccer.

Direct referral: 501-552-6412

Dr. Raja

Dr. Raja joined ANI in 2010 from UAMS where he was Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery. He has a clinical focus on skull base and vascular neurosurgery, complex spine instrumentation, along with functional and pediatric neurosurgery. Dr. Raja completed his neurosurgical residency training at UAMS under the mentorship of Professor Gazi Yasargil, Dr. Sam Al-Mefty and Dr. Ali Krisht, and is also fellowship trained in pediatric Neurosurgery from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

Direct referral: 501-552-6424

Dr. Adoud

Fully trained neurosurgeon, Emad Aboud, M.D., serves as the Director of the ANI Micro-neurosurgery Laboratory, overseeing all lab-related training and research. Dr. Aboud is responsible for creating the Aboud Model for Surgical Training, a life-like simulation device that he has lectured about and showcased in a variety of national and international venues.

In total, Dr. Aboud has delivered almost 40 presentations on the Aboud Model and other relevant topics related to his field of expertise. He has also published multiple articles and book chapters in neurosurgical literature. Prior to joining the ANI at St. Vincent, Dr. Aboud served as an assistant professor for research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

Practice Name:
Arkansas Neuroscience Institute at St. Vincent

Address:
5 St. Vincent Circle, Ste. 220
Little Rock, AR 72205

Dr. Shafizadeh

Dr. Shafizadeh is one of the newest members of the ANI team. Dr. Shafizadeh’s surgical expertise and interest focus on cerebrovascular and skull base neurosurgery, microsurgery, neuroncology, pituitary tumors, and complex spinal instrumentation.

Prior to his arrival to the ANI, Dr. Shafizadeh completed his neurosurgical residency training at the prestigious Northwestern University where he also completed advanced surgical training-infolded fellowship in cerebrovascular and skull base surgery. Dr. Shafizadeh continued his surgical advancement under the mentorship of internationally renowned surgeon Professor Ali F. Krisht, completing a fellowship in microneurosurgery and cerebrovascular and skull base surgery.

Dr. Shafizadeh completed medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina where he also earned his PhD in the department of microbiology and immunology. Prior to his medical degree, Dr. Shafizadeh earned his doctorate in chiropractic giving him a unique opportunity to offer operative and conservative management of spinal disorders.

Dr. Shafizadeh’s research interests are focused on advancing surgical corridors for vascular disorders and brain tumors, ischemia-reperfusion injury, and cerebral vasospasm.

Dr. Shafizadeh performs surgery for the following:

  • Cerebral Aneurysms

  • Benign and malignant brain tumors

  • Pituitary tumors

  • Cerebral bypass

  • Microvascular decompression

  • Hydrocephalus

  • Chiari malformations

  • Ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke

  • Spinal decompression and instrumentation

  • Spinal cord tumors

Practice Name:
Arkansas Neuroscience Institute at St. Vincent
Address:
5 St. Vincent Circle, Ste. 220
Little Rock, AR 72205

For a referral to this doctor call 501-552-6400

Dr. Rammos

Dr. Rammos interest and expertise focus on cerebrovascular disorders, stroke and microsurgery, brain tumors, neuroendoscopy, and spine and pediatric neurosurgery. Prior to his arrival at the ANI, Dr. Rammos served as Chief Resident of Saint Francis Medical Center Service, Illinois Neurological Institute, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.

Practice Name:
Arkansas Neuroscience Institute at St. Vincent
Address:
5 St. Vincent Circle, Ste. 220
Little Rock, AR 72205

For a referral to this doctor call 501-552-6425

Dr Abuelem

Dr Abuelem is a member of the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute (ANI). He is interested in microneurosurgery and complex cranial surgery including cerebrovascular disorders, skull base tumors and pituitary tumors, endoscopic assisted skull base surgery, neuroendoscopy, as well as spinal disorders. Dr Abuelem has a special interest in brain neurophysiology and has expertise in epilepsy surgery and surgery for brain tumors in eloquent brain regions.

Dr Abuelem commenced his postgraduate training as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School where he spent two years in Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital performing basic science research in brain neurophysiology, studying the basal ganglia’s role in learning and memory mechanisms. He then moved to Houston to join Baylor College of Medicine and MD Anderson Cancer Center for his neurosurgical residency training. Dr Abuelem then completed a fellowship in microneurosurgery, cerebrovascular and skull base surgery at ANI before joining the ANI team.

Practice Name:
Arkansas Neuroscience Institute at St. Vincent
Address:
5 St. Vincent Circle, Ste. 220
Little Rock, AR 72205

For a referral to this doctor call 501-552-6400

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