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Our Physicians

Our physicians are a select few of most respected in neurological and spinal care. Each of our clinical faculty have a wide array of clinical and research interests and have frequently published books and research articles in addition to spending significant time speaking at events all around the world. They have received numerous honors and awards and have been named “top doctors” by publications including American Health Magazine, Castle Connolly, and Woodward-White.

We are proud to provide unparalleled neurosurgical care at the highest levels of technological and surgical accomplishments. We are committed to excellence, and it is our goal to give our patients the highest possible quality of life.


Charles Prestigiacomo,MD
Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery

Dr. Prestigiacomo directs the Cerebrovascular Center in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the The University Hospital. He also leads the Department of Neurological Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

Dr. Prestigiacomo is renowned for his specialty in cerebrovascular microsurgery (aneurysms, AVM, cavernous malformation, carotid endarterectomy and bypass), endovascular surgery for the treatment of all brain, spinal cord and head/neck pathology (aneurysms, AVM, stroke, tumor, vessel occlusion) and stereotactic radiosurgery for vascular lesions. His research has included topics such as the outcomes in subarachnoid hemorrhage, mechanisms of cerebral vasospasm, decision analysis and biophysics of aneurysm formation.

During his residency, Dr. Prestigiacomo became interested in the various aspects of cerebrovascular disease. This interest led him to spend one year on the Interventional Neuroradiology/Endovascular Service at Columbia-Presbyterian, studying the numerous techniques by which cerebrovascular disease could be treated from within the vessels of the brain and spinal cord.

After completing his residency in 2000, Dr. Prestigiacomo sought further subspecialized training in Neurointerventional Radiology/Endovascular Surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center. During this time, he continued to develop the necessary endovascular skills for the treatment of diseases of the brain and spinal cord as well as the head and neck.


Chirag D. Gandhi, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Radiology
Director of Endovascular Neurosurgery
Director of Traumatic Brain Injury Basic Science Laboratory

Dr. Chirag Gandhi is an expert in both open cerebrovascular surgery as well as minimally invasive endovascular neurosurgery and is one of only a few neurosurgeons in the country that is dual-trained in both specialities. He specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients with brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), vascular tumors, carotid stenosis, and vascular abnormalities of the spinal cord. His practice offers a range of services including diagnostic angiography as well embolization of aneurysms, AVMs, epistaxis, and tumors of the brain and spinal cord. In addition, Dr. Gandhi is an integral part of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at University Hospital, providing 24/7 treatment of acute stroke with intra-arterial thrombolysis and mechanical thrombectomy. His other clinical interests include the management and treatment of pituitary tumors and meningiomas. He also performs a variety of spinal interventional procedures including vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty, and dorsal column stimulator placement.

Dr. Gandhi is an active academician with numerous publications within his speciality and involvement in the AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section as well the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery. Over the past 10 years he has presented at many national meetings on a broad range of topics in vascular neurosurgery and has been the recipient of honors including the BrainLab Clinical Study Award presented in Munich, Germany.

In addition to his clinical interests, Dr. Gandhi is also the Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Basic Science Laboratory that is sponsored by a multi -year grant from the New Jersey TBI Commission. His research is looking at promising new strategies for promoting brain repair and regeneration after traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Gandhi obtained his undergraduate degree in from Columbia University, New York and his medical doctorate from UMDNJ -New Jersey Medical School. He completed both his residency in Neurological Surgery and a fellowship in Endovascular Neurosurgery/Neurointerventional Radiology at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY and has been on staff at UMDNJ since 2007.


Ira M. Goldstein, MD
Associate Professor Director of Neurotrauma
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Dr. Ira M. Goldstein is the Director of Neurotrauma at The University Hospital and an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery Rutgers
New Jersey Medical School.

Dr. Goldstein also leads the Spinal Cord Injury Care team and provides support for the state-of-the-art Peripheral Nerve Center and
Stereotactic Radiosurgery procedures.

Through his years of neurosurgery, Dr. Goldstein has achieved a particular expertise in minimally invasive surgery of the spine, endoscopic diskectomy, the treatment of spinal tumors, kyphoplasty, nucleoplasty, arthroplasty, spinal fusion, biomechanics of the spine and stereotactic radiosurgery of the spine. Because of his knowledge in the field, he has been invited to speak at events around the country and he has received top honors from the New York Neurosurgical Society and the Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr. Goldstein graduated from University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, underwent residency training at Albert Einstein College of
Medicine, and completed advanced fellowship training in spinal surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


James K. Liu, MD Assistant Professor
Director, Center for Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery

Dr. James K. Liu is the Director of Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery. He is also Director of the Brain Tumor Center and the Cerebrovascular Bypass Program.

Dr. Liu is renowned for his treatment of complex brain tumors and skull base lesions, including pituitary tumors, acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, and chordomas. As a fellowship trained skull base and cerebrovascular neurosurgeon, Dr. Liu performs the most innovative surgical techniques, including in minimally invasive endonasal endoscopic surgery, image- guided keyhole microsurgery, and laser-assisted tumor surgery to achieve the best results for his patients. He also specializes in cerebrovascular bypass procedures for carotid occlusion, complex aneurysms and skull base tumors, as well as microvascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm.

As one of the most active researchers in his field, Dr. Liu has published extensively with over 85 peer-reviewed publications and 13 book chapters. He has taught many hands-on courses in skull base surgery and has lectured extensively throughout North America. Dr. Liu is the director of the Skull Base Microsurgical Simulation Laboratory, where his research work is focused on the development of innovative and novel skull base and endoscopic approaches, quantitative surgical neuroanatomy, Dextroscope surgical simulation and virtual reality, microsurgical and microvascular anastomosis skills training, skull base reconstruction, cerebral vasospasm, and pituitary tumor biology.

Dr. Liu completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles with Summa Cum Laude honors. He then received his MD from New York Medical College with AOA honors. After completing his residency in Neurological Surgery at the University of Utah, Dr. Liu pursued advanced fellowship training in skull base and cerebrovascular surgery, and neuro-oncology at Oregon Health & Science University. Prior to joining UMDNJ and NINJ, Dr. Liu was Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Co-Director of Skull Base Surgery and the Microneurosurgcial Simulation Laboratory at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.


Jennifer Gyi, DO, RPH
Director of Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Jennifer Gyi is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and the St. John’s University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Gyi completed Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency training at the SUNY Stony Brook University Medical Center. After completing her residency, she spent a year obtaining advanced training in the Interventional Spine Fellowship at Coordinated Health in Bethlehem, PA.

Specializing in the non-surgical treatment of spine disorders and musculoskeletal medicine, Dr. Gyi is part of the Comprehensive Spine Center at the Neurological Institute of New Jersey and works within the Center for Pain Management. Dr. Gyi has additional training and expertise in medical acupuncture and is also a Registered Pharmacist. She is available to treat patients with a wide range of spine pathology and is trained in interventional spine injections, electromyography, spinal cord stimulation, discograms, and medical pain management.

Dr. Gyi is committed to providing outstanding care and expertise to her patients. She is fluent in Cantonese and values timely communication to referring physicians and patients.


Peter W. Carmel, MD Professor

Dr. Peter W. Carmel, Chair Emeritus of the Department of Neurological Surgery, is an internationally prominent pediatric neurosurgeon who has traveled the world lecturing about his passion for neurosurgery.

Board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, Dr. Carmel heads the Pediatric Neurosurgery as well as providing services within the Brain Tumor Program and Skull Base/Endoscopic Surgery. One of the field’s premier doctors, he has received numerous awards and honors and has been listed in several physician-selected consumer guides for outstanding physicians, including American Health Magazine survey of the "Best Doctors in America," and the book The Best Doctors in America.

Dr. Carmel’s research, often focusing on childhood brain tumors, congenital anomalies of the nervous system, and the structure and function of the hypothalamic-pituitary axis, has resulted in the publication of over 100 scientific articles and 25 books and chapters. He has lectured extensively on neurological surgery throughout the United States and abroad, including France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Scandinavia, Russia and Mexico.

Active in several professional organizations, Dr. Carmel has held leadership positions in the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the National Coalition for Research in Neurological Diseases and Stroke and the National Foundation for Brain Research. Dr. Carmel started his term as the President of the American Medical Association in June 2011.

Receiving his Bachelors of Arts degree from the College of the University of Chicago and an M.D. degree from New York University, Bellevue College of Medicine, New York, Dr. Carmel completed his medical training at the New York University School of Medicine and was a research associate at the National Institutes of Health. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at the Neurological Institute of New York and obtained his doctorate in neuroanatomy from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S). At P&S he was the founding chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery and a professor of neurological surgery.


Robert F. Heary, MD
Director of the Spine Center

Dr. Robert Heary is the Director of the Spine Center and one of the premier physicians in comprehensive spine care, providing a full range of conservative and surgical interventions for a wide range of spinal disorders. He is also Director of the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit and Professor of Neurosurgery. He is an attending neurosurgeon in area hospitals and serves as a Consulting Medical Staff Physician at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, New Jersey.

Dr. Heary is on the editorial boards of Neurosurgery and the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques. He has authored over 70 peer- reviewed journal articles, 100 abstracts, and 35 book chapters and has been on the faculty of over 160 instructional courses at national neurosurgery meetings. His major areas of research interest are minimally invasive spinal surgery, spine and spinal cord injury, spine and spinal cord tumors, and spinal deformity.

He is an active member of many societies, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine & Peripheral Nerves, Cervical Spine Research Society, North American Spine Society, Scoliosis Research Society, Neurosurgical Society of America, and the Society of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Heary has been involved in many committees of these organizations, including serving as the Chairman of the Scientific Program Committee and the Education Committee for the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine & Peripheral Nerves. He is currently the Chairman of the Section. In addition, he has served as the Vice-Chairman of the AANS Public Relations Committee and the Scientific Program Committee Chairman of the Cervical Spine Research Society.

Dr. Heary earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed a residency in Neurological Surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Following his residency, Dr. Heary completed a spine fellowship in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Dr. Tasneem Peeraully
Director of the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration

Dr. Tasneem Peeraully completed her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience as well as her medical degree from the University of London . Dr. Peeraully completed her Medical Internship at Flushing Hospital in Queens, NY, and her Neurology training at JFK Hospital in Edison, New Jersey. After completing her residency, she spent a year obtaining advanced training in Movement Disorders a the National Neuroscience Institute in Singapore followed by an additional year as the Movement disorder Fellow at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles, CA.

Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of Movement Disorders conditions, Dr. Peerually serves as part of our Deep Brain Stimulation Team and performs botox injections for neurologic related spasticity. She is available to treat patients with a wide range of pathology including: Parkinson’s Disease, Atypical Parkinsonian Syndromes, Dystonia, Essential Tremor, Tourette’s Syndrome, Gait Disorders, Ataxia, and Hungtinton’s Disease. Dr. Peerually has also been an active researcher with eight publications to her credit and fourteen abstracts presented at regional and national conferences.


Antonios Mammis, MD
Director of Functional Neurosurgery and Neuromodulation

Dr. Mammis is a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and entered neurosurgery residency training here at the New Jersey Medical School and University Hospital. During his training, he spent a year obtaining advanced training in Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery at North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital.

Specializing in the surgical treatment of movement disorders, pain syndromes, spasticity, and general neurosurgical pathology, Dr. Mammis directs the Center for Neuromodulation, is the surgical director of the Comprehensive Pain Center, and is part of the Comprehensive Spine Center at the Neurological Institute of New Jersey. In addition, Dr. Mammis has been a very active researcher and has published numerous articles relating to the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, movement disorders, and Pain Syndromes.

Dr. Mammis is committed to providing outstanding care and expertise to his patients. He is fluent in Greek and values timely communication to referring physicians and patients.