Medical Advisory Board

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 various awareness, education, research and support programs for patients, their families and caregivers, and healthcare professionals.

This is a limited list of some of the notable medical professionals who have aligned themselves with The Lisa Foundation.  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.

Howard Riina
Professor, Vice Chair of Neurosurgery NYU Langone
Director, The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation Medical Advisory Board


Allan Brook


Douglas Kondziolka
NYU Langone

Michael Lawton
President and CEO
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Robert F. Spetzler Neuroscience Chair

Peter Kim Nelson
NYU Langone

Matthew Potts
Northwestern University School of Medicine


Jared Knopman, MD
New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Hospital as Chief Resident
Mount Sinai School of Medicine


Ricardo Hanel

Ricardo Hanel, MD, PhD

Baptist Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center,  Co-Medical Director

Dr. Bekelis

Chairman of Neurointerventional Services for Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHSLI) and the Director of the Stroke and Brain Aneurysm Center of Excellence in Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center (GSHMC).

Mark Bain

Dr. Mark Douglas Bain
Dr. Bain is very involved in the care of stroke patients through his neurovascular interventional and endovascular neurosurgery practice at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Ramussen

Peter A. Rasmussen, MD, FAHA, FAANS, FSNIS
Peter A. Rasmussen, MD, is the Medical Director of Distance Health and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery in the Cerebrovascular Center at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

Italo Linfante MD, FAHA
Italo Linfante is Medical Director of Interventional Neuroradiology and Endovascular Neurosurgery at Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute