Dignity Health

Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) and
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center (SJHMC)
Laboratory Investigators

Neurobiology (and Neurology Research)

Investigator Research Interests
Bakkar, Nadine
Research Associate Professor, Neurobiology
602-406-5736
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Beloozerova, Irina
Associate Professor, Neurobiology
602-406-5167
Movement disorders, motor control, neurophysiology and cortical anatomy
Bowser, Robert
Professor and Chair of Neurobiology, and Professor of Neurology
602-406-8989
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, neurodegenerative disorders, biomarkers, proteomics
Chang, Yongchang
Principal Investigator, Laboratory of Ion Channel Biophysics
602-406-6192
Neuropsychiatric disorders, chemical signaling, GABA systems, molecular and cellular biology, neurophysiology, pharmacology, drug discovery
Gao, Ming
Assistant Professor
602-406-3029
Epilepsy, neurophysiology and neurobehavior, addiction, drug discovery
George, Andrew
Research Assistant Professor
602-406-3398
Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, chemical signaling, nicotinic receptors, neurophysiology, pharmacology, molecular and cell biology
Hamm, Thomas
Professor, Neurobiology
602-406-3731
Movement disorders, spinal cord injury, neurophysiology and anatomy
Haque, Asim

Director, Critical Care Neuromonitoring
602-406-6262

Seizures in the ICU, intraoperative neuromonitoring
Kelly, Brian
Assistant Professor, Spinal Biomechanics
602-406-6652
Spinal vertebrate and disc injury, spinal biomechanics, neuroengineering
Kim, Do Young
Assistant Professor
602-406-3156
Epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, nutrition-based therapy
Liu, Qiang Bruce
Research Assistant Professor
602-406-3086
Multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, inflammation, immune disorders, immunology of cancer and stroke
Lukas, Ronald
Professor, Division of Neurobiology, Barrow Neurological Institute and Vice President- Research, BNI and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
602-406-3399
Nicotinic acetylcholine systems, chemical signaling, drug discovery, neurological and psychiatric disorders ranging from Alzheimer's, epilepsy  and multiple sclerosis to depression , ADHD and schizophrenia, nflammatory and hyperimmune diseases 
Mehta, Shwetal
PI, Barrow Neurological Institute
602-406-3288
Brain cancer, neurooncology, stem cell biology, molecular and cellular biology, animal models
Mufson, Elliott
Institutional Professor, Neurobiology
602-406-8525
Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury, neuroanatomy and cell biology
Perez, Sylvia
Research Associate Professor, Neurobiology
602-406-3342
Alzheimer's disease
Sattler, Rita

Inducible pluripotent stem cells, neurodegenerative diseases, ALS, Alzheimer's

Scheck, Adrienne
Associate Professor
602-406-3647
Brain cancer, neurooncology, molecular and cellular biology, metabolic therapies
Shi, Fu-Dong
Principal Investigator
602-406-4094

Multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, inflammation, immune disorders, immunology of cancer and stroke

Shi, Jiong
Principal Investigator, Cognitive Science Lab
602-406-6262
Cognitive disorders, multiple sclerosis, molecular and cellular biology
Siriani, Rachel
Principal Investigator
602-406-4493
Brain cancer, nanotechnology, drug delivery and distribution
Treiman, David
Director, Epilepsy Program
602-406-6921
Epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, neurobehavior and neurophysiology
Vu, Eric
Dignity Health, St. Joseph's Hospital
602-406-3818
Vocal motor control and learning, anatomy and neurophysiology
Waters, Michael
Division Chief, Barrow Neurology Clinic
602-406-6534
Stroke, spinocerbellar ataxia
Whiteaker, Paul
Associate Professor, Neurobiology
602-406-6534
Neuropsychiatric disorders, chemical signaling, nicotinic acetylcholine systems, molecular and cellular biology, neurophysiology, pharmacology, drug discovery
Wu, Jie
Director of Neuropsychology & Professor in Division of Neurology, Barrow Neurological
602-406-3029
Epilepsy, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, neurophysiology and neurobehavior, addiction, drug discovery

Neurosurgery Research

Investigator Research Interests
Ducruet, Andrew
Neurosurgeon, Barrow Brain and Spine
Stroke and cerebrovascular disorders
Ponce, Francisco
Director, Neuromodulation
602-406-3242
 
Surgical intervention in Parkinson's disease, depression and cognitive disorders, deep brain stimulation, neurobehavior, devices
Preul, Mark
Chairman and Director - Neurosurgery Research and Neurosurgery Research Laboratory
602-406-3268
Traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, stroke, brain tumors, imaging, surgical devices, development and innovation, brain and spinal cord anatomy
Sanai, Nader
Director, Neurosurgical Oncology
602-406-3135
Brain cancer, neurooncology, stem cell biology, molecular and cellular biology, animal models

Neuropathology Research

Investigator Research Interests
Eschbacher, Jennifer
Neuropathologist
602-406-6139
Anatomy and histology, tissue and fluid repository, biobanks, brain cancer, neurological diseases

Trauma Research

Investigator Research Interests
Romanovsky, Andrej
​Professor, Systemic Inflammation Laboratory (FeverLab)
602-406-5059
Sepsis, shock, thermoregulatory control, autonomic function, physiology

Thoracic Research

Investigator Research Interests
Bremner, Ross
Director of John & Doris Norton Thoracic Institute
602-406-5921
Lung and esophageal cancer and disease, molecular and cellular biology
Fleming, Timothy Lung cancer and disease, molecular and cellular biology
Inge, Landon
Assistant Professor
602-406-8322
Lung cancer and disease, molecular and cellular biology
Patel, Mital
GI Medical Oncology
Esophageal cancer
Savvides, Panayiotis (Panos)
MD, PhD, MPH (Section Leader) Thoracic Medical Oncology
Lung cancer
Mohanakumar, Thalachalour 
Director Thoracic Research
602-406-8346
Transplantation and tumor immunology
Whitsett, Timothy
Assistant Professor, Norton Thoracic
602-406-8314
Barrett's esophagus and esophageal cancer

Imaging Research

Investigator Research Interests
Baxter, Leslie
Clinical Neuropsychologist
602-406-6706
Cognitive disorders, menopause, functional magnetic resonance imaging, neuropsychological assessments, neurosurgery
Debbins, Josef
Program Manager, Clinical Imaging
602-406-3492
Disease diagnostics, structural neuroimaging, magnetic resonance physics
Pipe, Jim
Director, Imaging Research
602-406-3391
Disease diagnostics, structural neuroimaging, magnetic resonance physics
Quarles, C. Chad
Associate Professor, Neurobiology
602-406-3484
MRI imaging — signatures and structure, cancer, neurodegenerative disease
Stokes, Ashley
Research Assistant Professor, Neurobiology
602-406-8789
MRI imaging
Turner, Gregory
Program Manager, Preclinical Imaging
602-406-2649
Disease diagnostics, structural and functional neuroimaging

Neuropsychology Research

Investigator Research Interests
Baxter, Leslie
Clinical Neuropsychologist
602-406-6706
Cognitive disorders, menopause, functional magnetic resonance imaging, neuropsychological assessments
Troster, Alexander
Director, Clinical Neuropsychology
602-406-3671
Cognitive and mood disorders, neuropsychology
BNI and SJHMC Clinical Investigators

Neurology

Investigator Research Interests
Agius, Mark
Division Chief, Barrow Neuromuscular Center
Multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis
Ashby, Lynn
Assistant Director, Neurooncology Program
602-406-6262
Brain Tumors
Borazanci, Aimee
Neurologist
602-406-7259
Multiple sclerosis
Fife, Terry
Medical Director, Barrow Balance Center
Movement disorders
Frey, James
Director, Stroke Center
602-406-6262
Stroke
Ladha, Shafeeq
Director, Gregory W. Fulton ALS and Neuromuscular Disease Center
602-406-5739
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Sabbagh, Marwan
Faculty Physician, Muhammad Ali Movement Disorder Clinic
Alzheimer's
Shefner, Jeremy
Associate Director, Barrow Neurological Institute, Executive Chair of Neurology, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix
835-738-4289
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Shi, Jiong
Principal Investigator, Cognitive Science Lab
602-406-6262
Cognitive disorders, multiple sclerosis
Shill, Holly
 
Movement Disorders
Stein, Michael Epilepsy, magnetic encephalography
Treiman, David
Director, Epilepsy Program
602-406-6921
Epilepsy
Walsh, Ryan Movement disorders, imaging
Waters, Michael Stroke

Neurosurgery

Investigator Research Interests
Albuquerque, Felipe
Endovascular Neurosurgeon
602-406-3158
Neurovascular
Chang, Steve Spinal injury repair
Kakarla, Kumar Spinal injury repair
Little, Andrew Pituitary, neuroendocrnology, chordoma
McDougall, Cameron
Chief, Endovascular Neurosurgery
602-406-3964
Neurovascular
Nakaji, Peter
Director, Neurosurgery Residency Program
602-406-4808
Brain cancer
Ponce, Francisco
Director, Neuromodulation
602-406-3242
Surgical intervention in Parkinson's disease, depression and cognitive disorders, deep brain stimulation, neurobehavior, devices
Porter, Randal  
Sanai, Nader
Director, Neurosurgical Oncology​
602-406-3135
Brain cancer, neurooncology, stem cell biology, molecular and cellular biology, animal models
Smith, Kris
Medical Director, gamma Knife Center; Fellowship Director of the Epilepsy and Functional Neurosurgery Fellowship; Clinical Professor at University of Arizona – Neurosurgery
602-406-7750
Brain cancer and epilepsy
Snyder, Laura Spinal injury and repair
Spetzler, Robert
Director, Barrow Neurological Institute
602-406-6037
Neurovascular
Theodore, Nicholas
Professor of Neurosurgery Chief, Division of Spinal Disorders
602-406-8162
Spine
Tumialan, Luis Spinal injury and repair
Turner, Jay Spinal injury and repair
Wanebo, John Moyamoya, glioma

Neuropathology and Pathology

Investigator Research Interests
Coons, Stephen
Neuropathologist
602-406-3402
Brain cancer, neurological diseases
Eschbacher, Jennifer
Neuropathologist
602-406-6139
Anatomy and histology, tissue and fluid repository

Colorectal Surgery

Investigator Research Interests
Row, David
Colorectal Surgeon
Colorectal oncology

Dermatology/Mohs Surgery

Investigator Research Interests
Zeitouni, Nathalie
Dermatology/Mohs Surgery
Dermatology, Mohs surgery, melanoma

OB/GYN

Investigator Research Interests
Farley, John
Gynecologic Oncology
Gynecological oncology

Thoracic (Lung and Esophageal)

Investigator Research Interests
Bremner, Ross
602-406-5921
Lung and esophogeal cancer and disease, molecular and cellular biology
Patel, Mital
GI Medical Oncology
Esophageal cancer, high risk and treatment
Savvides, Panayiotis (Panos)
MD, PhD, MPH (Section Leader) Thoracic Medical Oncology
Lung cancer
Smith, Mike
Associate Chief, Thoracic Surgery
Lung and esophageal cancer and disease
Walia, Rajit
Medical Director, Thoracic Transplantation
602-406-4507
Lung and esophogeal cancer and disease

Genitourinary Oncology

Investigator Research Interests
Wang, Jue
Medical Oncologist/Section Leader Genitourinary
Genitourinary tumors

Hepatology

Investigator Research Interests
Manch, Richard
Chief of Hepatology in Center for Liver Disease
602-406-5483
Hepatology, liver transplant
Patel, Mital
GI Medical Oncology
Liver, pancreas cancer

Cardiology

Investigator Research Interests
Dib, Nabil
Interventional Cardiologist
602-827-2078
Interventional cardiology, stem cell transplant
Kayla, Anatharam
Cardiology Oncology
602-406-8714
Cardiology oncology
Swarup, Vijay
Director, Arizona Heart Rhythm Center
Interventional cardiology

Breast Diseases

Investigator Research Interests
Herbert, Lora
Breast Surgeon
Breast cancer, surgical treatment and high risk
Wendt, Albert
Breast Medical Oncologist
Breast cancer, high-risk and treatment

Neuropsychology

Investigator Research Interests
Baxter, Leslie
Clinical Neuropsychologist
602-406-6706
Cognitive disorders, menopause, functional magnetic resonance imaging, neuropsychological assessments
Klonoff, Pamela
Clinical Director, center for Transitional Neurorehabilitation
Clinical Director for the Center for Transitional Neuro-Rehabilitation
602-406-3473
Neurorehabilitation, neuropsychology
Prigatano, George
Emeritus Chair, Neuropsychology
602-406-3671
Neuropsychology
Troster, Alexander
Director, Epilepsy Program
602-406-3671
Cognitive and mood disorders, neuropsychology

Radiation Oncology

Investigator Research Interests
Brachman, David
Radiology Oncology MD
602-827-3170
Tumor radiation therapy
Mutyala, Subhakar
Faculty Physician, Cancer/Oncology Clinic
602-406-1455
Tumor radiation therapy
Ord, Celine
Faculty Physician
602-406-0448
Tumor radiation therapy
Patel, Shyamal
Faculty Physician, Cancer/Oncology Clinic
602-406-0439
Tumor radiation therapy, HDR
Thawani, Nikita
Faculty Physician
602-406-0449
Tumor radiation therapy, SBRT
Yousef, Emad
Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology
602-406-3170
Tumor radiation therapy