Q&A with Wald-Dickler, medical assistant

Medical Assistant Rebecca Wald-Dickler, Gavin Dunn, MD, and Deborah Nolan, RN celebrate their last day together at CAM before Nolan's retirement.

What is your current role within the department, and how long have you been at WashU? This August, I will celebrate my 10th anniversary at WashU. I’m a medical assistant III supporting Dr. Kim, Dr. Dunn and Dr. Chicoine. What are some of your daily work responsibilities? Wow, I don’t know where to begin. My […]

New Brain Tumor Center at Siteman Cancer Center

New Brain Tumor Center at Siteman Cancer Center

With more than 100 scientists and clinicians dedicated to benign and malignant tumors, the Brain Tumor Center is focused on developing the most innovative and effective therapies to treat brain tumors. The Center’s multidisciplinary approach has already led to several ground-breaking clinical trials, offered at Siteman Cancer Center, including immunotherapy, genomics-based precision medicine, and laser […]

Neurosurgery graduation: honoring achievements

Neurosurgery chair Greg Zipfel, MD, hosted the graduation party at at his home on June 18, 2021.

The weekend of graduation is an opportunity to not only recognize our graduating neurosurgery chiefs and fellows, but also to take a moment and recognize the exceptional commitment of our residents and faculty. During a festive ceremony hosted by Chair Greg Zipfel, MD, and his wife MaryJo Hernandez-Zipfel, MD, graduating chiefs Adam Bevan, MD, PhD, […]

Pennicooke named director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Brenton Pennicooke, MD

Neurosurgeon Brenton Pennicooke, MD, has been appointed director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Department of Neurosurgery. “Our department plans to increase the number of residents, faculty, and staff from underrepresented backgrounds,” says Pennicooke. “We also endeavor to improve retention of our underrepresented residents, faculty, and staff by fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment […]

Introducing our new neurosurgery residents

New residents Alex Yahanda, MD, Ashley Dunbar, MD, and Corey Gill, MD, MS.

We are proud to introduce our new class of residents to the Washington University Department of Neurosurgery. Our incoming residents tell us a little about themselves and why they’re so excited about launching their neurosurgery training at WashU. Ashley Dunbar, MD Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University  Why WashU? I was […]

Athletes bring teamwork, competition to neurosurgery

Pediatric neurosurgeon Jennifer Strahle, MD, plays lacrosse as a student at Bates College.

High performance athletes are attracted to careers in the Department of Neurosurgery at Washington University School of Medicine, according to a recent survey. Our neurosurgery team of 167 includes eight former collegiate athletes. Coincidence? We don’t think so. Drive, discipline, and teamwork are all required of members of our department, according to Chair Greg Zipfel, […]

Neurosurgery performed in the womb has exciting implications

Pediatric Neurosurgeon Jennifer Strahle, MD, performs a prenatal operation to repair the birth defect known as myelomeningocele.

The ability to perform surgery on a baby before birth can change the trajectory of a child’s disease. Pediatric neurosurgeon Jennifer Strahle, MD, operates on increasing numbers of her spina bifida patients before they leave the womb – and, as a result, is seeing increasingly better outcomes.  The implications of this innovative type of surgery […]

Meet our new staff

Hohyun Cho Postdoctoral Researcher, Brunner Lab LaTasha Crusoe-Rogers Scheduling Jessica Graham Medical Administrative Assistant, Pediatrics Keshav Jayaraman Medical Student, Zipfel Lab Adrianna Johnson Patient Care Associate Trainee Michelle Laute Pre-certification Coordinator David Martin Research Technician,Petti Lab Jason Moore Research Technician, Limbrick Lab Abbie Nicoloff Nurse coordinator Keith Patten Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Eric Phillips Nurse Coordinator […]

Q&A with Keck, pre-certification coordinator

Pre-certification coordinator Ronnie Keck

What is your current role in the neurosurgery department, and what do you like the best about your job? My current role in the department is Surgery Scheduler/Pre-cert Coordinator and I am also a part of the Culture Task Force Committee. I would say the best part of my job is being the patient’s advocate. […]

Q&A with alumnus Vyas, new Neurosurgery division chief at Inova

Washington University alum Nilesh A. Vyas, MD, performs endonasal endoscopic pituitary surgery with ENT Ameet Singh, MD.

Inova Neurosciences Services Line has just appointed Washington University alumnus Nilesh A. Vyas, MD, to be division chief, Neurosurgery.  Vyas completed his medical training at Georgetown University Medical Center, his residency at Washington University School of Medicine and his fellowship in neurosurgery at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.  Vyas has been a practicing neurosurgeon […]