Current Residents

Chiefs

  • Matei Banu, MD

    Education

    • Carol Davila University, Bucharest, Romania, MD, 2011

     

    Honors/Awards

    • Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian, Carol Davila University 2011
    • GlaxoSmithKlein Award for Excellence, Carol Davila University 2011
    • National Merit Scholarship, Carol Davila University 2011
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Brain Tumor and Stem Cell Laboratory, Weill Cornell Medical Center 2012-2014
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Bartoli Brain Tumor Laboratory, Columbia University Medical Center 2014-2016

     

    Research Interests

    • Cellular and molecular heterogeneity in glioma
    • Glioma microenvironment
    • Immunotherapy in glioma
    • Systems biology approach to cancer
    • Precision medicine based clinical trials
    • Drug delivery techniques: convection-enhanced delivery and intra-arterial therapy
    • Open and endoscopic approaches for skull base lesions
    • Surgical approaches for pineal tumors
    • History of neurosurgery

     

    Professional Memberships

    • Fellow American Association Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Resident Member
    • Fellow Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), Resident Member
    • Fellow Society for Immunotherapy in Cancer
    Matei Banu
  • Jonathan Sisti, MD

    Education

    • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, MD, 2017
    • Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, B.Sc., 2012

     

    Honors/Awards

    • NIH Summer Research Presentation Award; August 2014; Columbia University Medical Center

     

    Professional Memberships

    • American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Resident Member
    • American Medical Association
    • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Resident Member
    Jonathan Sisti

PGY-6

  • Eleonora Spinazzi, MD

    Education

    • Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, MD, 2017
    • Columbia University in the City of New York, BA, Biological Sciences, 2010

     

    Honors/Awards

    • Peter W. Carmel, M.D. Award in Neurological Surgery, 2017
    • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2016
    • Columbian Foundation Scholarship, 2013
    • President’s Volunteer Service Award, Bronze, 2012

     

    Research Interests

    • Neuroregeneration
    • Neuronal Stem Cells
    • Olfaction

     

    Professional Memberships

    • Alpha Omega Alpha
    • The European Association of Neurosurgical Societies
    • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Resident Member
    Eleonora Spinazzi
  • Evan Joiner, MD

    Education

    • Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, MD, May 2018
    • Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program: Columbia University, May 2014
    • Yale University, BA, American Studies and Theater Studies, May 2007

     

    Honors/Awards

    • Norman Holmes Pearson Prize, Yale University, 2007
    • Cum Laude, Yale University, 2007
    • NIH Summer Medical Research Fellowship (T35), 2015
    • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society, 2016
    • Knapp Award for the Highest Academic Achievement at the End of the Major Clinical Year, 2018
    • American Association of Neurological Surgeons Tumor Section Top Tumor E-Poster, 2018

     

    Research Interests

    • Neuro-oncology
    • Tumor-Associated Epilepsy
    • Patient Reported Outcomes
    • Epidemiology
    • Biostatistics
    • Health Policy

     

    Professional Memberships

    • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society
    • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Resident Member
    • American Medical Association (AMA)
    • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), Resident Member
    Evan Joiner

PGY-5

  • Zachary Englander, MD

    Education

    • Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, MD, May 2018
    • Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, MS Biomedical Sciences, 2018
    • Yeshiva University, BA Biology, 2013

     

    Honors/Awards

    • Dean’s Research Fellowship, Columbia P&S, 2016-2017
    • NIH T35 Summer Research Fellowship, 2014
    • Magna Cum Laude, Yeshiva University 2013

     

    Research Interests

    • Neuro-oncology
    • Functional MRI
    • Radiogenomics

     

    Professional Memberships

    • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Resident Member
    • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), Resident Member
    Zachary Englander

PGY-4

  • Travis CreveCoeur, MD

    Education

    • Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, MD, 2019
    • Florida State University, BS, Biochemistry, 2017

     

    Honors/Awards

    • Washington University Distinguished Scholar, 2014-2019

     

    Research Interests

    • Spine
      • Adult/Pediatric Deformity
      • Oncology
    • Radiogenomics
    • Proteomics
    • Chiari Malformation 
    Travis CreveCoeur
  • Nina Yoh, MD

    Education

    • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, MD, 2019
    • Columbia University, Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program, 2014
    • Pace University, MST, Secondary Mathematics, 2007
    • Bard College, BA, Photography, 2005

     

    Honors/Awards

    • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society, 2019
    • Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS), 2019
    • Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Award for Women Graduating in the Top 10 Percent of Their Class, 2019
    • Albert B. Knapp Award for Highest Academic Achievement at the End of the Major Clinical Year, 2018
    • NIH Summer Medical Research Fellowship (T35), 2016
    • Alan & Ruth Borenstein Medical Scholarship, 2016
    • Columbia University GS Student Leadership Service Award, 2015
    • Columbia University GS Postbac Premed Scholarship, 2014
    • Americorps Education Award, 2006

     

    Research Interests

    • Cerebrovascular
    • Immunotherapy
    • Neurocritical care
    • Neuro-oncology
    • Epidemiology

     

    Professional Memberships

    • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
    • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
    • Neurocritical Care Society (NCS)
    • American Medical Association (AMA)
    • Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY)
    Nina Yoh

PGY-3

  • Deborah Boyett, MD, MS

    Education

    • Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, MD, 2020
    • Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, MS Biomedical Sciences, 2020
    • Bryn Mawr College, Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program, 2015
    • Stanford University, BA, Human Biology, 2014

     

    Honors/Awards

    • Donald O. Quest Award for Best Basic Science Abstract by a Medical Student, Young Neurosurgeons Research Forum, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 2019
    • Dean’s Research Fellowship, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2018-2019
    • Honors in Human Biology, Stanford University, 2014

     

    Research Interests

    • Neuro-oncology
    • Radiogenomics/Radiopathomics
    • Skull Base Neuro-anatomy

     

    Professional Memberships

    • American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Resident Member
    • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Resident Member
    Deborah Boyett
  • Nathan Winans, MD

    Education

    • Stony Brook University School of Medicine, MD, 2020
    • Cornell University, BS, Biological Sciences, 2015

     

    Honors/Awards

    • Scholarly Concentration Award - Stony Brook University, 2016-2020

     

    Research Interests

    • Functional neurosurgery
    • Disorders of consciousness

     

    Professional Memberships

    • American Association of Neurological Surgeons - Resident Member
    Nathan Winans

PGY-2

  • Pavan Upadhyayula, MD

    Education

    • University of California, San Diego, MD 2021
    • University of California, Berkeley, BA, Molecular and Cell Biology: Neurobiology, 2015

     

    Research Interests

    • Neuro-oncology
    • Functional brain connectivity

     

    Professional Memberships

    • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Resident Member
    • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Resident Member
    Pavan S. Upadhyayula
  • Linda Wang, MD

    Education

    • Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, MD, 2021
    • Cornell University, BA, Biological Sciences, 2016

     

    Honors/Awards

    • Phi Beta Kappa, 2016
    • College of Arts and Sciences Degree Marshal, 2016
    • Pauline and Irving Tanner Dean’s Scholar, 2012

     

    Research Interests

    • Neuro-oncology
    • Fluorescence-guided surgery
    • Functional neurosurgery

     

    Professional Memberships

    • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
    Linda Wang

PGY-1 Interns

  • Arjun Adapa, MD

    Education

    • University of Michigan Medical School, MD, 2022
    • University of Michigan, MS, Clinical Research, 2022
    • University of Maryland, BS, Biomedical Engineering, 2016

     

    Honors/Awards

    • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), 2022
    • Deans Award for Research Excellence, 2022
    • Academic Recognition Award, 2022
    • Edgar A. Khan Award, 2022
    • Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2020
    • U.S. Fulbright Award to the Netherlands, 2016
    • University of Maryland Banneker/Key Full Merit Scholarship, 2012

     

    Research Interests

    • Brain tumors and machine learning
    • Immuno-oncology
    • Drug delivery

     

    Professional Memberships

    • Alpha Omega Alpha
    • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
    • American Association of Neurological Surgeons 
  • Alexander Agopyan-Miu, MD

    Education

    • Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, MD, 2022
    • University of California, Berkeley, BA, Molecular and Cell Biology: Neurobiology, 2015

     

    Honors/Awards

    • Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS), 2022
    • Dr. Herald Lee Meirhof Memorial Prize, 2022
    • Karl H. Perzin Excellence in Pathology Award, 2019
    • NIH Summer Medical Research Fellowship T35, 2018
    • Phi Beta Kappa, 2015
    • MCB Outstanding Scholar, 2015

     

    Research Interests

    • Epilepsy
    • DBS for psychiatric indications 

     

    Professional Memberships

    • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), Resident Member 
  • Farhan Khan, MD

    Education

    • Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, MD, 2022
    • Duke University, BS, Biophysics, 2017

     

    Honors/Awards

    • The Miriam-Berkman-Spotnitz Award for Excellence in Research of Neoplastic Diseases, 2022
    • Dean's Research Fellowship, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2020-2021
    • NIH Summer Medical Research Fellowship T35, 2018
    • Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons Dean's Scholarship, 2017-2022

     

    Research Interests

    • Neuro-oncology
    • Epilepsy

     

    Professional Memberships 

    • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
    • American Association of Neurological Surgeons