Editorial Board

The Neurocritical Care ON CALL Editorial Board is designed to combine expertise from a multidisciplinary group of physicians, pharmacists, APPs, and nurses. The board represents global leaders in the field of neurocritical care, who hold themselves to a high standard of review and take pride in publishing the most accurate and up-to-date information available. Every topic published in Neurocritical Care ON CALL has undergone multiple rounds of editing by the Editorial Board, and is consistently updated with new developments in the field. Questions about the Editorial Board, or the review process, can be directed to education@neurocriticalcare.org.


Katharina Busl bio photoDr. Katharina Busl, MD
Dr. Busl is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Florida, College of Medicine. She established the Division of Neurocritical Care in the Department of Neurology at UF, and serves as medical co-director for the NeuroICU. Dr. Busl completed neurology residency at Harvard Medical School/MGH/BWH, followed by neurocritical care fellowship at Harvard Medical School/MGH/BWH. In addition to her board certifications in neurology and neurocritical care, she holds a Masters degree in. She is interested in quality and impact of systems of care, impact of neurocritical disease on heart and lung function, and outcomes of patients with critical neurological diseases.


SChou_photo.pngNeeraj Badjatia, MD, MS

Dr. Badjatia established the Section of Neurocritical Care in the Program in Trauma and is currently Professor and Academic Vice Chair in the Department of Neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  He completed his Neurology residency at Emory University and training in Neurocritical Care and Vascular Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital.    Dr. Badjatia has been an active member and Fellow in the Neurocritical Care Societ (FNCS), having served twice on the Board of Directors, as well as Associate Editor for Neurocritical Care from 2009- 2017He is also an active member and Fellow in the American Neurological Associatyion (FANA) and Society of Critical Care Medicine (FCCM).  His research interests focus on targeted temperature management strategies, impact of nutrition and metabolism on recovery after subarachnoid hemorrhage, and development of clinical decision support tools in traumatic brain injury using continuous physiologic data.  Funding sources for this work includes the National Institute of Health, Department of Defense, and the Neurocritical Care Society. 

SChou_photo.pngSherry H-Y. Chou, MD, M.Sc, FNCS, FCCM

Dr. Chou is a physician-scientist and a board-certified neurologist with subspecialty training in neurology, vascular neurology and neurocritical care. The overarching goal of Dr. Chou's research is to improve the treatment and outcome of critically-ill patients with hemorrhagic brain injuries, particularly subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Specifically, her work focuses on the role of inflammation on secondary brain injury and recovery following SAH and the discovery of novel biomarkers. Funding sources of her work include the National Institute of Health, the American Heart Association, and the Neurocritical Care Society. Dr. Chou has also participated in many multi-center clinical trials in SAH, ICH, ischemic stroke, and TBI. Dr. Chou has published over 70 papers, reviews, and book chapters and regularly serves as peer reviewer for numerous journals and scientific review panels.

scruzflo.pngSalvador Cruz-Flores, MD, MPH
Salvador Cruz-Flores, MD, MPH obtained his MD degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico. He completed residencies in internal medicine and neurology at the same institution. In addition to neurology residency and a two year fellowship in cerebrovascular diseases and neurocritical care at Saint Louis University. He also has a Masters in Public Health (Epidemiology) degree from Saint Louis University School of Public Health. He joined Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso as Founding Chair of the Department of Neurology. Dr. Cruz-Flores is board certified in neurology, vascular neurology, neuroimaging, and neurocritical care. He is a Fellow of the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association (FAHA), the American College of Critical Care Medicine (FCCM), the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN), and the American College of Physicians (FACP) and the American Neurological Association (FANA).

Da_Silva_Ivan.jpgIvan Da Silva, PhD, MD, FNCS
Ivan Da Silva is assistant professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago. He is also a neurointensivist in the Neurosciences ICU at the same institution. Dr Da Silva has a PhD in neurological sciences from Universidade Federal Fluminense, being also Fellow of the Neurocritical Care Society and board certified in neurology, critical care and neurocritical care.

Salia_Farrokh.jpgSalia Farrokh, PharmD, BCCCP
Salia is a neuro ICU clinical pharmacist specialist at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Farrokh received her PharmD degree from Wegmans School of Pharmacy in Rochester, NY. Her postgraduate training includes residencies in Pharmacy Practice and Critical Care at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Farrokh’s research interests include effective antiplatelet therapy in neurocritical care, optimal pain management in neuro ICU patients, neurological complications in ECMO, and use of neurostimulants in this setting. Dr. Farrokh has lectured widely on analgesia and sedation, status epilepticus, ICH reversal, ICP management, and she has authored or co-authored many reports and reviews in peer-reviewed journals as well as chapters in textbooks. Dr. Farrokh is passionate about teaching and is a certified ENLS trainer.­­

Ryan_Head_Shot_.jpgRyan Hakimi, DO, MS, FNCS, NVS

Dr. Hakimi is a Neurointensivist and the Director of the Neuro ICU and TCD Services at Prisma Health-Upstate’s Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina. He serves as an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina-Greenville School of Medicine. Previously, Ryan Hakimi, DO, MS was the first neurointensivist in the state of Oklahoma and the founding Medical Director, of the OU Medical Center Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit, where he served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He was also on faculty at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences where he helped create the Neurology curriculum. He was a United States Department of Energy Applied Health Physics Fellow, graduated from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his medicine internship and neurology residency at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine-Botsford Hospital. He completed a fellowship in neurocritical care and stroke at Duke University Medical Center. He wrote the post-cardiac arrest hypothermia protocols for Durham County EMS (North Carolina) and later worked with the Oklahoma Office of the Medical Control Board to co-author the state’s post-cardiac arrest treatment protocol which is applied throughout the state. He served as the Vice Chairman of the LifeShare Advisory Board (Oklahoma Organ Transplantation Services) from 2010-2013. Dr. Hakimi co-authored the Continuum article on the “Neuroimaging of Hemorrhagic Stroke”. He is board certified in Neurology and Neurosonology (ultrasound physics, transcranial Doppler ultrasound, carotid ultrasound). He received a Presidential Citation in 2014, 2017, and 2018 from the Neurocritical Care Society and in 2017 from the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He also received the 2017 ASN Volunteer Member Award. He is the current Chair of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Osteopathic Section and the Treasurer of the American Society of Neuroimaging.

Kerri_LaRovere.jpg Kerri LaRovere, MD
Dr. Kerri LaRovere is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and a Pediatric Neurologist on the Neurocritical Care Team at Boston Children’s Hospital, providing clinical care on the Intensive Care Neurology Consult service within the Department of Neurology. She has completed residency and fellowship training programs and achieved certifications in pediatrics, pediatric neurology, adult neurocritical care/stroke, pediatric critical care medicine, and neurovascular ultrasound. Her passion in education and research has centered around: 1) promoting the implementation of pediatric neurocritical care as a conceptual clinical service that may improve outcomes for critically ill children; and 2) investigating mechanisms of catastrophic brain injury in children with raised intracranial pressure and those who are treated with extracorporeal life support. She is a member of the Pediatric Neurocritical Care Research Group, which is a multidisciplinary group of physicians who have shown dedication and commitment to advancing the science of pediatric neurocritical care, and integrating evidence-based research into clinical practice with the goal of improving the life and function of children with catastrophic brain injuries. She is a member of the ENLS committee, and the Scientific Program Committee for the American Society of Neuroimaging. She serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Neuroimaging and Childs Nervous System.

C.Maciel.jpg Carolina B. Maciel, MD, MSCR
Dr. Carolina Maciel is the Director of Research for the Neurocritical Care division at the University of Florida Gainsville system and holds research faculty positions at Yale University and University of Utah. Carolina is triple boarded in Neurology, Neurocritical Care and Critical Care EEG; her academic interests include developing team science to tackle complex scientific questions in the neurocritically ill. Carolina's areas of scientific focus include neuroprognostication, secondary brain injury mechanisms, and the critical care management of the potential organ donor. Her favorite words are resilience, equity, equality and love. As a native Brazilian, Carolina enjoys spending time off soaking up the sunshine while devouring a book.

A.T.Mjpg Anna Teresa Mazzeo, MD
Anna Teresa Mazzeo is Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Intensive care at University of Messina, Italy. She previously served as anesthesiologist and intensivist at University of Torino, Italy. She trained as research fellow in "Neurological Surgery and Neurointensive Care Monitoring” at Neuroscience ICU of Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA. She experienced in the intensive care treatment of the neurological critically ill patient and in the use of several neuromonitoring tools for TBI patients: cerebral microdialysis, cerebral oxygenation, cerebral perfusion monitors, and electrocorticography. As part of her training she further completed several university stages in Europe and USA.

Main areas of interest are neurointensive care, neuroanesthesia, neuromonitoring, brain death and organ donor management, intra-hospital emergencies, acute respiratory distress syndrome, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, lung transplantation and ex vivo lung perfusion. She is coeditor of an international book in press by Oxford Press University titled: “Brain death, Organ donation and transplantation. How to make real all over the world the immense gift of a new life”. She is highly interested and committed in residents and medical student education and training. Art-work and painting are her favorite hobbies.

KOwusu.jpg Kent A. Owusu, PharmD, BCCP, BCPS
Since 2015, Dr. Owusu has been a Neurocritical Care Pharmacist at Yale New Haven Hospital and is currently a Clinical Redesign Consultant at Yale New Haven Health in Connecticut. He received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from Auburn University and his Bachelor of Sciences in Biochemistry from Florida State University. Dr. Owusu completed his critical care residency at Yale New Haven Hospital. He holds board certifications in pharmacotherapy and critical care. Dr. Owusu’s research focus is on anticoagulation reversal and the treatment of status epilepticus. Dr. Owusu belongs to several organizations including Neurocritical Care Society, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Michael_Rubin_Headshot.jpgMichael Rubin, MD
Dr. Rubin is associate professor in the departments of neurology and neurotherapeutics as well as neurological surgery at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He is a neurointensivist, a clinical ethicist, chair of the UT Southwestern Ethics Committee and a member of the Program in Ethics in Science and Medicine. Dr. Rubin is also a member of the AAN Ethics, Law, and Humanities Committee as well as the Brain Death Working Group Subcommittee. Dr. Rubin has lectured widely on brain death, palliative care, medical decision-making, organ donation, and other neurocritical care topics, and he has authored or co-authored many reports and reviews in peer-reviewed journals, as well as chapters in textbooks on neurotrauma and neurologic critical care.


Evan Skinner, CCRN, CEN, MSN, NP
Evan Skinner is a staff nurse practitioner at Rush University in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma. He worked in both emergency and intensive care nursing for several years. As a member of the United States Air Force, he was part of a three person team for critical care aeromedical evacuation; their mission was to fly critically ill and injured service personnel from the combat zones and Germany to the US for ongoing care. He also ran a trauma department with the US Army in Afghanistan. After returning home, he completed a Master’s of Science in Nursing at Loyola University of Chicago. He holds board certifications in acute care, national certifications in emergency and critical care nursing and continues clinical work in emergency and critical care. He regularly precepts student nurse practitioners and maintains staff privileges at several Chicago-area hospitals. He currently serves as a major and nurse practitioner in the Illinois Air National Guard. During downtime, Evan enjoys time with his two daughters and fiancée.

Past Editorial Board Members: 

The Neurocritcal Care Society would like to thank the previous Neurocritical Care ON CALL Editorial Board members for their dedication to assisting NCS meet its mission to create and distribute multi-disciplinary care throughout the globe. 

Dave Greer bio photoDavid Greer, MD
Immediate past Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Greer received his BA in English Literature from Williams College, received his MD from the University of Florida, his Master of Arts in English Literature also from the University of Florida, and a Master of Arts privatim, from Yale UniversityHe completed his internship and residency in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), followed by fellowship training in vascular neurology and neurocritical care, also at MGH. Previously, he was an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School before being recruited to Yale University School of Medicine in 2010, where he most recently served as Professor of Neurology and Clinical Vice Chairman before joining Boston University School of Medicine as Professor and Chairman of Neurology. He is also the Richard B. Slifka Chief of Neurology at Boston Medical Center.

Dr. Greer has been named one of the Best Doctors in America since 2007; he has received multiple teaching awards from Harvard and Yale, and two Presidential Citations each from the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Neurocritical Care Society.

Dr. Greer is the editor-in-chief of Seminars in Neurology. He serves as a reviewer for several journals, including the New England Journal of MedicineAnnals of Internal MedicineBrain, Neurology, and Stroke. He is a fellow of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Academy of Neurology, American Heart Association, American Neurological Association and Neurocritical Care Society. He has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts, reviews, chapters, guidelines and books.

His research interests include predicting recovery from coma after cardiac arrest, brain death, and multiple stroke-related topics, including acute stroke treatment, temperature modulation and stroke prevention. He is a leader in the Neurocritical Care Society, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Academy of Neurology and the American Stroke Association.

J. Claude Hemphill bio photoJ. Claude Hemphill III, MD, MAS, FNCS

Dr. Hemphill is Professor of Neurology and Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco and Chief of Neurology and Director of Neurocritical Care at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. His research focuses on advanced neuromonitoring and management of intracerebral hemorrhage. He is a founding director and Past-President of the Neurocritical Care Society and is a member of the editorial board of Neurocritical Care. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health to study intracerebral hemorrhage and conduct clinical trials for various neuroemergencies such as traumatic brain injury, status epilepticus, and stroke. He also served as chair of the writing group for the 2015 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Guidelines for the Management of Spontaneous Intracerebral Hemorrhage.

Head_Shot_Theresa_Human.jpgTheresa Human, PharmD, PhD, FNCS
Dr. Human is a Clinical Specialist in the Neurointensive Care Unit at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. After receiving her doctor of pharmacy from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and her PhD in chemistry from Washington University, she completed her first year of residency at Charleston Area Medical Center and continued her education by completing a critical care specialty residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Human’s research focus is hyponatremia and cerebral edema following acute brain injury and treatment of status epilepticus and has published numerous articles and abstracts in Neurocritical Care, World Neurosurgery, Pharmacotherapy, and Journal of Neurosurgery. Dr. Human belongs to several professional organizations including Neurocritical Care Society, American College of Critical Care Medicine, and Society of Critical Care Medicine. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Neurocritical Care Society, Co-chair to the Education Products Committee for the Society, and member of the ENLS committee.   

Dave Hwang bio photoDavid Hwang, MD, FAAN, FCCM, FNCS
Since 2012, Dr. Hwang has been an Assistant Professor in the Division of Neurocritical Care and Emergency Neurology at the Yale School of Medicine and a neurointensivist at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut.  He is a past recipient of the American Brain Foundation Practice Research Training Fellowship, the NCS Research Training Fellowship, the Robert G. Siekert New Investigator Award at the International Stroke Conference, the First-Place Patient and Family Support Abstract Award at the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Critical Care Congress, and an Outstanding Oral Presentation Award at the NCS Research Conference. He is currently Vice-chair of the American Academy of Neurology Critical Care and Emergency Neurology Section, the Co-chair of the NCS Educational Products Committee, and the incoming Chair of the SCCM Patient and Family Support Committee.

Nerissa Ko Bio PhotoNerissa U. Ko, MD, MAS
Dr. Ko is neurointensivist, a neurologist with specialized training in the care of patients in the intensive care unit with neurological diseases. She also has specialty training to care for patients with cerebrovascular diseases. Dr. Ko earned her medical degree at John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii, and completed a residency in neurology, followed by fellowships in neurocritical care and vascular neurology at UCSF. She is board certified in both vascular neurology and neurocritical care. In 2002, she joined the UCSF Neurovascular Service, where she is now assistant director and a principle attending at Moffitt-Long hospitals. She is the medical director of the Adult Neurointensive Care Units, Professor and Vice-Chair for Diversity for the UCSF Department of Neurology. She is currently a Board member for the NCS and member of the Annual Meeting Committee, Scientific subcommittee and Women in Neurocritical Care committees. Dr. Ko's research interests include clinical outcome following subarachnoid hemorrhage, cerebral blood flow measurement using radioactive Xenon, and quantitative perfusion imaging for cerebrovascular diseases.

Ariane Lewis bio photo Ariane Lewis, MD
Dr. Lewis obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology at Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree at Tulane University.  She did a residency in neurology at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell and a fellowship in neurocritical care at Massachusetts General Hospital.  She is currently an Associate Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Division of Neurocritical Care, and an Affiliate of the Division of Medical Ethics in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center.  She is interested in the social, ethical and legal controversies associated with determination of death by neurologic criteria, ethics and professionalism, and quality improvement in neurocritical care.

Sarah Livesay Bio PhotoSarah Livesay, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, CNS-BC
Dr. Livesay is an Advanced Practice Nurse who joined Rush University in June,2014. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Regis University in Denver Colorado. She has 15 years of experience in neuroscience nursing, with a focus in Stroke and Neurocritical Care. She holds masters degrees and board certification as both an Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist and an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Livesay’s doctoral studies focused on developing regional stroke systems of care and developing a telemedicine program for patients with stroke and other neurocritical care diagnoses. Prior to joining Rush University, she worked as an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment between the Schools of Nursing and Medicine, in the Neurology Department. Dr. Livesay has clinical expertise in stroke and neurocritical care, and programmatic expertise building and evaluating neuroscience service line and clinical programs. 

Over the past 6 years, she has worked as a Field Reviewer for The Joint Commission, evaluating Primary and Comprehensive Stroke programs. Dr. Livesay speaks locally and nationally on a variety of topics including stroke and induced hypothermia. She has also published in several areas including DNP practice, stroke, and therapeutic temperature modulation. She is the editor of two books, including the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses Comprehensive Review for Stroke Nurses as well as a book co-written with Dr. Joanne Hickey on interdisciplinary stroke care across the continuum. 

Alejandro Rabsinstein bio photoAlejandro A. Rabinstein, MD
Dr. Rabinstein received his medical diploma from the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba in Argentina and trained in Internal Medicine, Neurology and Neurocritical care. He has been a staff consultant at Mayo Clinic in Rochester since 2005 and previously was a member of the faculty at University of Miami School of Medicine. He is Professor of Neurology and a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Hs is also boarded in Vascular Neurology and certified in Neurocritical Care. Rabinstein serves as Medical Director of the Neuroscience ICU at Saint Marys Hospital (Mayo Clinic) and was director of the Neurocritical care fellowship program at his institution for several years.   

Dr. Rabinstein’s scholarly production spans most areas of acute Neurology, with an emphasis in critical care and stroke. He has published over 450 peer-reviewed papers and authored several high-profile guidelines, multiple reviews and editorials, over 65 book chapters, and 12 books.  Among his editorial responsibilities, he is member of the editorial boards of Neurocritical Care, Neurology, Stroke and Continuum.  Over the last decade, he has directed multiple courses at the AAN Annual Congress, ANA Annual Congress, Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress and International Stroke Congress, among others.

He has been actively involved with multiple professional societies including leadership positions at the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS), American Academy of Neurology (AAN), American Heart Association (AHA), and Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). He is also a member of the Vascular Neurology Committee of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). He is a fellow of the ANA, AAN, AHA, and NCS.

Katja Wartenberg bio photoKatja Wartenberg, MD, PhD
Dr. Wartenberg, staff physician at the Neurointensive Care and Stroke Unit at Leipzig University, Leipzig,Germany, completed her medical school training at the Medical Faculty of Humboldt University / Charité in Berlin, Germany, her internship at NYMC / Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York, NY, her residency in Neurology at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC, and her fellowship in Neurocritical Care at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY. She is the secretary of the German Neurointensive Care Society and served as the chair of the international committee and a board member of the Neurocritical Care Society in the past.

Susan Yeager bio photoSusan Yeager, MS, RN, CCRN, FNCS, NP
Susan Yeager works as the Lead Neurocritical Care Nurse Practitioner at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.  She received her Bachelor in Science and Nursing from Capital University and went on to obtain her Master's in Science in Nursing from The Ohio State University.  After working for nearly 10 years as a CNS, she went back to get her Acute Care Nurse Practitioner degree from Wright State University.  Currently she is enrolled in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.  Throughout her career, she’s has worked in a variety of clinical settings which have included medical surgical, surgical trauma step down, open heart recovery, emergency departments, cardiac/surgical/medical/trauma and interventional critical care.  This experience, and her work as a flight nurse, laid the foundation for her Trauma and Neurocritical care CNS and ACNP roles.  In the past she served on the American Association of Critical Care Nursing board of directors.  Currently she serves on the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses & Neurocritical Care Society Board of Directors, and is a current Fellow of the Neurocritical Care Society. She supports ACNP students by serving as clinical faculty for The Ohio State University and Wright State University Programs.  She's published and presented internationally on a variety of critical care and advanced practice topics.