University of Louisville 220 Abraham Flexner Way, 1506 Louisville KY 40202 United States of America
Academic (Residency Program)
I am currently a Professor of Neurosurgery, Chief of Spinal Neurosurgery, Director of Spine fellowship and Clinical director of the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Center at the University of Louisville. After completing secondary school at Prempeh College in Kumasi, Ghana in 1983, I completed undergrad studies in Physics and mathematics at Rutgers University, NJ in 1989, medical training at Cornell Medical College, NY in 1995 and Neurosurgical residency training at SUNY Health Science center, NY in 2002. Additional training includes a Howard Hughes Research fellowship in electrophysiology at the NIH in 1992-4, a 2 year research fellowship in sensorimotor neuroplasticity and neurophysiology at SUNY health Science center during neurosurgery residency, complex spine fellowship at Emory University in 2003 and spine neuroncology training in 2003 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Subsequently I was Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University 2003-2010 and started my current position at the University of Louisville in 2011.
I am interested in Global neurosurgery and giving back to neurosurgery in Ghana where I was born. My interests are to partner with organizations such as FIENS and WFNS to help develop and raise the standard of evidence based neurosurgery in Ghana. I heard about Intersurgeon at a recent Global neurosurgery conference and through this organization hope to identify network of surgeons with similar interests of helping to develop neurosurgery in Ghana
I would like to establish an annual neurosurgery/neuroscience course in Ghana and use it as a springboard to help develop Ghana neurosurgery.
Individual independent practitioner
- Adult neurosurgeon
Professional affiliations / memberships
Current and past partnerships
Has current partners or past partnership experience in these countries
Leads regular trips to at least one hospital/country
Offers mentorship as part of regular trips to these countries
A team from our Neurosurgery department at University of Louisville led by Dr. Joseph Neimat has visited and assisted with neurosurgery twice in Nicaragua.
I was in Korlebu Hospital in Ghana in December 2018 and assisted with some surgeries and gave lectures to neurosurgery residents
I hosted Dr. Jerome Boatey, a Ghana based neurosurgeon at the University of Louisville in January and July 2019 and procured some equipment and supplies for him to take back to Ghana and introduced him to a Louisville based philanthropic medical supplies company. I also attended the recent Global neurosurgery conference in Weill Cornell Medical College in New York with Dr. Thomas Dakurah, head of the Ghana neurosurgery at Korlebu hospital, Accra, Ghana and working with him and his group to imrpove state of neurosurgery in Ghana. While in Ghana I met many of the local neurosurgeons and toured the facilities at Ridge hospital and Korlebu hospital. Moving forward I am planning to visit Ghana twice a year every 6 months. I was there in December 2018, to assist with some neurosurgical procedures. I established a whatsup group of Ghana based and Ghanaian neurosurgeons abroad and other neurosurgeons interested in developing neurosurgery in Ghana and the West African region. This is serving as a forum for brain storming and discussions about Ghana neurosurgery.
- Spinal dysraphism
- Peripheral Nerve
- Skull Base
- Spinal instrumentation