The Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center is staffed by a team of specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, neurovascular intervention, psychiatry, neurologic nursing and related fields, all working together to provide the best care possible.
Michael Frankel, M.D.
Chief of Neurology, Medical Director, Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center
Dr. Michael Frankel is professor of neurology at Emory University School of Medicine, and chief of neurology and director of the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center at Grady Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Frankel has been working in the field of acute stroke research since 1992, which is when he joined the faculty at Emory. He has served as Chief of Neurology for the Grady Health System for the past 20 years, devoting his academic, clinical and research interests to cerebrovascular disease. He has authored and co-authored numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters. Under his leadership Grady Memorial Hospital has hosted major clinical trials, including the NIH sponsored t-PA Stroke Trial which led to the FDA approval of t-PA in acute stroke, and was the first hospital in the Southeast to have a round-the-clock stroke team. Since that time, he has worked with numerous hospitals across GA to help them become “stroke ready”.
Dr. Frankel co-directs the NIH funded Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) network with Dr. David Wright in Emergency Medicine at Emory. In 2012, Dr. Frankel was selected as a finalist for the Healthcare Hero award sponsored by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in recognition of his accomplishments in advancing stroke care. Since 2013, Dr. Frankel has directed the NIH funded Georgia Stroke Net, a regional coordinating center to enhance recruitment into clinical trials of stroke prevention, intervention and recovery.
Faiz Ahmad, M.D., MCh
Director of Spinal Neurosurgery and Neuro-trauma – Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center
Dr. Faiz Ahmad is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at the Emory University. He joins us from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, where he completed his neurosurgical residency and two fellowships, including a complex spinal surgery fellowship. Prior to coming to the United States, he was a board certified neurosurgeon from the acclaimed All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.
Dr. Ahmad serves as the Director of Spinal Neurosurgery and Neuro-trauma at Grady Health System. His specialty interests include minimally invasive methods of treating spinal disorders, treatment of spinal tumors, artificial cervical disc replacement, use of computer-assisted navigation techniques in spinal surgery, complex spinal reconstruction surgery and spinal cord injury.
Dr. Ahmad is a prolific researcher, publishing over 100 peer reviewed papers, book chapters, abstracts, and oral presentations. His research interests include spinal injury, minimally invasive neurosurgery and traumatic brain injury. He also serves has a reviewer for several national and international peer-reviewed neurosurgical journals. He achieved one of the highest scores in the country on the written American Neurological Surgery Boards (ABNS) exam. He loves teaching and has received several research and teaching related awards in his career.
Aaron Anderson, M.D.
Vascular Neurologist – Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center
Dr. Aaron Anderson is a board certified neurologist specializing in vascular neurology and stroke prevention.
Dr. Anderson received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. His postgraduate medical training included a medical internship, residency, and a vascular neurology fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he was honored with the Resident Research Award and the Best Resident Consultant Award. While in residency and fellowship, Dr. Anderson received specialized training in Neurovascular Ultrasound and is certified in transcranial Doppler and carotid duplex testing.
Dr. Anderson’s research interests include locating and preventing the causes of geographic and racial disparities in stroke incidence and mortality.
Samir Belagaje, M.D.
Director of Stroke Rehabilitation – Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center
Dr. Samir Belagaje is a board certified neurologist specializing in stroke and neurorehabilitation.
Dr. Belagaje received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine. His postgraduate medical training included an internship at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, a Neurology residency, and a Vascular Neurology and Neuro-recovery fellowship at the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Belagaje is involved in stroke care by seeing patients on the inpatient stroke service poststroke rehabilitation and sees outpatients in the Neurology Clinic. His research interests focus on mechanisms of functional recovery after stroke as well as using new technology and methods to improve post-stroke rehabilitation.
Jonathan Grossberg, M.D.
Neurosurgery – Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center
Dr. Jonathan Grossberg received his BA in Political Science from Brown University. He went on to receive his MD and complete residency training in Neurosurgery from Alpert Medical School at Brown University and fellowship training in Open Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery at Emory University Hospital. He currently holds a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery and Radiology at Emory University School of Medicine.
Dr. Grossberg’s areas of clinical expertise include open surgical and endovascular management of cerebrovascular diseases including: aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, acute ischemic strokes, dural arteriovenous fistulas, and carotid stenosis, as well as other neurosurgical diseases such brain tumors, head trauma, and spine trauma.
Dr. Grossberg’s research interests include clinical outcomes of aneurysm patients treated via endovascular methods and stroke patients treated with thrombectomy.
Diogo Haussen, M.D.
Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiologist – Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center
Dr. Diogo Haussen received his medical degree from Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre Medical School in Brazil. His postgraduate training included an Internal Medicine Internship, Neurology Residency and Neurointerventional Surgery Fellowship at the University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Hospital, as well as a Vascular Neurology Fellowship at the Harvard Medical School / Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Dr. Haussen has a strong commitment to Education and Research. He received the Preliminary Intern of the Year Award, Resident of the Year Award twice, Best Fellow Teacher Award, and was selected as an Administrative Chief Resident. His publications reflect his continued effort to improve patient outcomes through research.
Dr. Haussen’s areas of clinical interest encompass endovascular surgical neuroradiology and stroke neurology. His expertise includes the diagnosis, medical and interventional treatment of a vast array of cerebrovascular diseases, including ischemic stroke, carotid disease, cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and dural fistulas.
Fadi Nahab, M.D.
Vascular Neurologist – Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center
Dr. Fadi Nahab is a board certified neurologist specializing in vascular neurology and stroke.
Dr. Nahab received his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine. His postgraduate medical training included an internship at the University of California Los Angeles, a neurology residency and vascular neurology fellowship at Emory University.
Dr. Nahab’s research focuses on stroke epidemiology and the role of dietary behaviors on stroke incidence, acute stroke management, the safety and role of intracranial stenting in the treatment of medically refractory symptomatic intracranial atherosclerotic disease and the evaluation and management of transient ischemic attacks.
Raul G. Nogueira, M.D.
Director, Neuroendovascular Division – Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center
Dr. Raul Nogueira is an acclaimed interventional neurologist, specializing in neurocritical care and interventional neuroradiology.
Dr. Nogueira completed medical school at the Federal University of Ceara in Brazil. He came to the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1999 where he completed his neurology residency and then fellowships in Neurocritical Care/Stroke, and Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology.
Dr. Nogueira has extensive experience in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of neurovascular diseases including brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, dural arteriovenous fistulas, pre-operative embolization of tumors and treatment of head and neck lesions including epistaxis. He also specializes in stroke prevention, which includes carotid and vertebral artery angioplasty and stenting, as well as acute stroke treatment with thrombolysis.
Gustavo Pradilla , M.D.
Chief of the Neurosurgery Service – Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center
Dr. Gustavo Pradilla is an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Emory University School of Medicine, he serves as chief of the neurosurgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital and is the co-director of the Skull Base Surgery Center.
Dr. Pradilla completed his training in neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2012 and his fellowship training in cerebrovascular and skull base surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2013. In addition he received postdoctoral research training in cerebrovascular research and neuro-oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine prior to his residency training.
Dr. Pradilla is the director of the cerebrovascular research laboratory for the Department of Neurosurgery and a member of the Emory Brain Research Laboratory. He specializes in the surgical treatment of cerebrovascular disorders including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, and carotid artery stenosis, as well as in open and endoscopic surgery for brain and skull base tumors. His basic and clinical cerebrovascular research focuses on subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage, and intracranial aneurysm formation, and his research in skull base surgery focuses on microsurgical anatomy and technique development in skull base surgery.
Adam Webb, M.D.
Medical Director of the Neuroscience ICU – Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center
Dr. Adam Webb received his BA in Philosophy and Economics from Emory University. He went on to receive his MD from Emory University School of Medicine and completed residency training in Neurology and fellowship training in Neurocritical Care at Emory as well. He currently holds a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine.
Dr. Webb serves as the medical director of the Neuroscience ICU at the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center at Grady Hospital. He practices clinically as a neurointensivist at Grady Hospital and Emory University Hospital.
Dr. Webb’s areas of clinical expertise include critical care management of stroke and subarachnoid hemorrhage, brain injury following cardiac arrest and brain death. His focus is on measurement of quality of care, performance improvement and patient safety.