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Meet our new fellows

The Department of Neurosurgery welcomes five new fellows: Mohammed YT AlGhamdi, MD, FRCSC, Ryan Jafrani, MD, Abdulbaki Kozan, MD, Kasra Rahbar, MD, and Lakshminarayan “Ram” Srinivasan, MD, PhD. 

Mohammed Y T AlGhamdi, MD, FRCSC

Mohammed YT AlGhamdi, MD, FRCSC
Peripheral Nerve Fellow

AlGhamdi completed his residency at the University of Ottawa and completed medical school at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia​​. 

Dr. AlGhamdi’s clinical and research interests include spine surgery with a focus on complex spine surgery, spine trauma, spine tumors, spine deformity and minimally invasive spine surgery. He has a particular interest in peripheral nerve surgery.

He received the First Honor degree at King Abdulaziz University, as well as the Dr. Brien G. Benoit Award for excellence in resident teaching at the University of Ottawa Department of Surgery.

Ryan Jafrani, MD

Ryan Jafrani, MD
Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellow

Jafrani completed his residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and received his MDl from Baylor College of Medicine. 

Why did you choose WashU for your fellowship?

WashU is known worldwide as one of the premier training institutions for pediatric neurosurgery. From its world-class faculty neurosurgeons to its list of renowned pediatric neurosurgery graduates to the outstanding clinical volume, facilities, and staff at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, this department’s legacy in pediatric neurosurgery is second to none. It is an honor to carry on this wonderful tradition. 

On a personal note, my family lives in Missouri. The chance to receive world-class training close to my family was the perfect opportunity.

Abdulbaki Kozan, MD
Neurosurgical Spine Fellow

Kozan completed his residency at Yuzuncu Yil University in Van, Turkey and completed medical school at Marmara University School of Medicine in Istanbul, Turkey. 

Kozan has completed a Research Fellowship and a Functional Neurosurgery Clinical Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, as well as a Pediatric Neurosurgery Clinical Fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Why did you choose WashU for your fellowship?

After finishing the residency in Turkey, I came to the US to improve my knowledge and experiences in neurosurgery. I think this was a turning point in my life. Now, I am very happy to be in WashU spine fellowship program which is one of the best and prestigious all around the world.

Lakshminarayan “Ram” Srinivasan, MD, PhD

Lakshminarayan “Ram” Srinivasan, MD, PhD
Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology Fellow

Srinivasan completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at UCLA and received his MD from Harvard Medical School. Srinivasan completed his PhD in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Srinivasan’s research and clinical interests include mechanical thrombectomy, flow diversion and vascular access.

What are you most looking forward to training at WashU?

I’m most excited for the opportunity to help patients protect and restore their health while learning from faculty dedicated to clinical excellence and teaching.

Kasra Rahmbar, MD
Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology Fellow