Scientific Leadership And Results
The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation Scientific and Medical Advisory Board (SMAB) is composed of leading neurosurgeons and healthcare professionals from institutions across the United States who specialize in Brain Aneurysms. The SMAB provides scientific and clinical expertise to guide us in planning and implementing our research initiatives and our information and education services for patients, their families and caregivers, and healthcare professionals.
All SMAB members contribute their expertise on a voluntary basis with no conflict of interest between their professional work and the volunteer work they do for The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation.
Professor, Vice Chair of Neurosurgery NYU Langone
Director, The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation Medical Advisory Board
Dr. Riina specializes in the surgical and endovascular treatment of cerebrovascular disorders of the brain and spinal cord. He has particular interest in the treatment of intracranial aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations of the brain and spinal cord. He has also been involved in new treatments for acute stroke. Most recent interests involve the development of new minimally invasive devices and treatments for cerebrovascular and skull base disorders as well as intra-arterial chemotherapy for recurrent malignant brain tumors.
Dr. Douglas Kondziolka is a neurosurgeon in New York, New York and is affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is one of 22 doctors at NYU Langone Medical Center who specialize in Neurological Surgery.
President and CEO
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Robert F. Spetzler Neuroscience Chair
Michael Lawton, MD, is the President and CEO of Barrow Neurological Institute and the Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.
Dr. Lawton’s neurosurgical expertise includes cerebrovascular disorders (aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, cavernous malformations, and stroke) and skull base tumors. He has experience in treating more than 4,000 brain aneurysms, 800 AVMs, and 1,000 cavernous malformations. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Society of Neurological Surgeons, American Academy of Neurological Surgery, and World Academy of Neurological Surgery.
Peter Kim Nelson
Dr. Peter Kim Nelson is the Director of the Neurointerventional Service at NYU Langone Medical Center. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans in 1986, and received post-graduate training in Radiology and Neuroradiology at the Mallinkrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University, St. Louis; and, in Interventional Neuroradiology under Alejandro Berenstein, MD and In Sup Choi, MD at NYU Langone Medical Center, New York. From 1993-2015, Dr. Nelson has been a staff physician in the Departments of Radiology and Neurosurgery at NYU, serving as Chief of the Neurointerventional Service and Director of the Neurology/Radiology/Neuroradiology Combined Residency Program at NYU School of Medicine from 1997-2011. Currently, he is Chief of the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Neurointerventional Service, Bellevue Hospital-NYUMC, New York City Health and Hospital Corporation, New York.
Beyond his academic and clinical activities, Kim has been involved in several entrepreneurial efforts engaged in medical device development. As a founding member of SMART THERAPEUTICS and principle associate at CHESTNUT MEDICAL, he was intimately involved in the conceptualization, refinement, and clinical testing of Neuroform and Pipeline; and, was further instrumental in developing strategies to regulatory approval for these endoluminal devices. He has spoken and published widely on the treatment of cerebrovascular disorders, and, significantly, is among those who have shaped the modern endovascular approach to aneurysm treatment. Dr. Nelson was the 2012 recipient of the Luessenhop Award.
Northwestern University School of Medicine
MD: University Of California-San Francisco (2007)
Internship: University of California- San Francisco Medical Center, Surgery (2008)
Residency: University of California- San Francisco Medical Center, Neurological Surgery (2013)
Fellowship: New York University Medical Center, Neurological Surgery (2015)
Dr. Potts' clinical interests include cerebrovascular surgery, neurointerventional/endovascular surgery, brain aneurysms, brain arteriovenous malformations, brain cavernous malformations, stroke, cerebrovascular ischemic disease, carotid stenosis, intracranial atherosclerosis, spinal vascular disease, tumor embolization, and radiosurgery. His research interests include flow diversion for brain aneurysms, advanced imaging of arteriovenous malformations, and patient safety and outcomes studies.
John E. McGillicuddy Professor of Neurological Surgery
University of Michigan
Dr. B. Gregory Thompson, Jr. received his medical degree from the University of Kansas. Then, he completed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by fellowships at the National Institutes of Health - Institute for Neurological Disease and Stroke and at Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ. In 1998, Dr. Thompson joined the faculty of the University of Michigan where he specializes in the treatment of stroke, cerebral aneurysm surgery, arteriovenous malformations, cerebrovascular surgery, cerebral vascular malformations, cavernous malformations, carotid endarterectomy/carotid stenosis/carotid occlusive disease, cerebrovascular surgery, cranial base surgery, acoustic neuroma surgery, and radiosurgery.