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Neuroscience Physician Assistants and Clinical Nursing Staff

Physician Assistants

Jacquelinie Cristini, PA

Peter Parsells, PA

Clinical Nursing Staff

Patricia Anthony, RN, BSN, CNRN, Senior Nurse Clinician

Florence Chukwuneke, RN, BS

Nancy Vassallo, RN, CNRN

Diane Poracky, RN, CCRN

Marie Chery, LPN

Donald White, MA

Felix Tolentino, MA

Josephine Cullinane, MA

Asif Bashir, MD, FAANS, FACS

Asif Bashir

Area of Specialty: Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), Movement Disorders, Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Gamma Knife, Brain and Spinal Tumors, Aneurysms, Carotid Surgery

Professional Appointments: Attending Neurosurgeon, Director DBS, Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery at the New Jersey Neuroscience Institute, JFK Medical Center, Edison, New Jersey, 2010; Attending Neurosurgeon, Kettering Medical Center & Wallace-Kettering Neuroscience Institute, Kettering, Ohio, 2007

Academic Appointments: Professor of Neurosurgery, Seton Hall University School of Medicine, South Orange, New Jersey, 2017; Associate Professor Neurosurgery, Seton Hall University School of Health & Medical Sciences, 2015; Assistant Professor Neurosurgery, Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education, South Orange, New Jersey, 2010; Assistant Professor, Wright State University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery / Neurosurgery, Dayton, Ohio, 2007

Graduate Education: Fellowships: Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 2007; Complex Spinal Surgery, SUNY Upstate University, Syracuse, NY, 2007; Gamma Knife Radiosurgery: SUNY Upstate Medical University, NY, 2003; Chief Resident Neurosurgery, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, 2006-2007; Neurosurgery Residency SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, 2001-2007; Pediatric Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School, Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA, 2006; Internship: General Surgery, University of Minnesota, MN, 1998-1999; Neurosurgery, Mayo Hospital Lahore, 1995-1996

Medical School:  King Edward Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan, 1995

Specialty Board Certification: Board Certified. Diplomate American Board of Neurological Surgery

Professional Memberships: AANS American Association of Neurological Surgeons, CNS Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Heart Association & American Stroke, AANS/CNS Section on CV Cerebrovascular, ACS American College of Surgeons, ASSFN American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, NASS North American Spine Society, AMA American Medical Association

Representative Publications:

Testini P, Min HK, Bashir A, Lee KH. Deep Brain Stimulation for Tourette's Syndrome: The Case for Targeting the Thalamic Centromedian-Parafascicular Complex. Frontiers in Neurology 2016 Nov 10; 7:193.

Qureshi AI, Qureshi MH, Lobanova I, Bashir A, Khan AA, Bologna SM, Peterson M, Suri MF Histopathological Characteristics of IV Recombinant Tissue Plasminogen -Resistant Thrombi in Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke. J Vasc Interv Neurol. 2016 Jan; 8(5):38-45.

Dababneh H, Hussain M, Bashir A Mystery case: A case of Oil in the ventricles - Deception for intracerebral hemorrhage. Neurology 2015; 85; e30-e31

Kemp WJ, Bashir A, Dababneh H, Cohen-Gadol AA. Cushing’s Ulcer: Further Reflections. Asian J Neurosurgery 2015 Apr-Jun; 10(2):87-94.

Uhegwu N, Bashir A,  Hussain M, Dababneh H, Misthal S, Cohen-Godal AA. Marijuana induced reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome. J Vasc Interv Neurol. 2015 Feb; 8(1):36-8.

Uhegwu N, Bashir A, Dababneh H, Hussain M, Misthal S, Mocco JD Stroke Mimic Secondary to Intravenous Fentanyl Administration. J Vasc Interv Neurol. 2015 Feb; 8(1):17-9.

Dabaneh H, Bashir A, Guerrero WR, Wilson K, Hussain M, Morgan W, Peters K, Kirmani JF, Mocco JD. Mean Transit Time on Aquilion One and Its Utilization in Patients Undergoing Acute Stroke Intervention. J Vasc Interv Neurol. 2014 Dec; 7(5):73-81.

Dababneh H, Bashir A, Hussain M, Waldo R Guerrero, Morgan W, Khanna AY, Mocco JD. Endovascular Treatment of Tandem Internal Carotid and Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusions, J Vasc Interv Neurol. 2014 Nov; 7(4):26-31.

Bashir A, Hodge CJ, Dababneh H, Hussain M, Hahn S, Canute GW, Impact of the Number of Metastatic Brain Lesions on Survival after Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, J Clin Neuroscience 2014 Nov; 21(11):1928-33.

Bashir A, Hussain M, Dababneh H, Rosin D, Cohen-Godal AA. Salivoma after Carotid Endarterectomy J Clin Neuroscience 2014 Jun; 21(6):1058-60.

Donohue ML, Murtagh-Schaffer C, Basta J, Moquin RR, Bashir A, Calancie B. Pulse-Train Stimulation for Detecting Medial Malpositioning of Thoracic Pedicle screws, SPINE 2008 May 20; 33 (12): E378-85. 

David Nochlin, MD

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Area of Specialty: Neuropathology

Professional Appointments: Attending Neuropathologist, NJ Neuroscience Institute JFK, Edison, New Jersey.

Academic Appointments: Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education, South Orange, NJ; Research Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor, Senior Lecturer University of Washington School of Medicine, 1988-2003.

Graduate Education: Rotating Internship, West Jersey Hospital, Camden, New Jersey, 1973-1974; Neurology Residency, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center and S.U.N.Y. Downstate Medical Center - Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn, New York, 1974-1977; Anatomic Pathology - Neuropathology Fellowship. Medical College of Virginia ñ Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, 1977-1980; Senior Staff Fellow, Laboratory of Neurosciences, National Institute on Aging, N.I.H., Bethesda, Maryland, 1984-1986; Senior Neuropathology Fellow, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington, 1986-1988.

Medical School: Faculty of Medicine, National Autonomous University of Mexico (U.N.A.M.), Ciudad Universitaria, MÈxico, D.F., M…XICO (1972).

Specialty Board Certification: American Board of Pathology: Neuropathology, 1980.

Research Interests: Degenerative diseases of the nervous system.

Professional Memberships: American Association of Neuropathologists, International Society of Neuropathology, U.S.-Canadian Academy of Pathology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Registry of Pathology, New York Academy of Sciences, Society for Neuroscience, Washington State Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Academy of Neurology, American Medical Association.

Honors and Awards: Weil Award, Honorable Mention, Sixty-fifth Annual Meeting, American Association of Neuropathologists, 1989; Life member of the National Registry of Who'sWho (184802), 2002; Marquis Who'sWhoÆ. Who'sWho in Medicine and Healthcare, 2002-present; Marquis Who'sWhoÆ. Who'sWho in Science and Engineering, 2002-present; Marquis Who'sWhoÆ. Who'sWho in America , 2003-present; International Health Professional of the Year, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England. 2003-present; International Scientist of the Year, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England. 2003-present.

Professional Experience: Private Practice, MÈxico, D.F ., M…XICO, 1972-1973 Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology, New York Medical College and Westchester County Medical Center, Valhalla, New York 1980-1982 and 1983-1984; Attending Neuropathologist, Neurosurgery Service, General Hospital, National Medical Center, Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), MÈxico, DF , M…XICO , 1982-1983; University of Washington School of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, Seattle, Washington, 1988-2003: Attending Neuropathologist: Autopsy and Neuropathology Core D (Alzheimer's Disease Research Center), Department of Pathology, Neuropathology Laboratory: Harborview Medical Center and University of Washington Medical Center, Consultant Neuropathologist, Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, and Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Interim Director, Autopsy and Neuropathology Core D, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, 1996-1998.

 

Representative Publications:

McKinney JS, Steineke T, Nochlin D, Brisman JL. De novo formation of large arteriovenous shunting and a vascular nidus mimicking an arteriovenous malformation within an anaplastic oligodendroglioma: treatment with embolization and resection. J Neurosurg. 2008 Dec;109(6):1098-102.

Hinduja, A., Aguilar, L.G., Steineke, T., Nochlin, D. and Landolfi, J.C. Rosai-Dorfman disease manifesting as intracranial and intraorbital lesion. J Neuro-oncol 2008;90:117-20; Nov 20 [Epub ahead of print DOI 10.1007/s11060-008-9733-z]

Basun, H., Bogdanovic, N., Ingelsson, M., Almkvist, O., N‰slund, J., Axelman, K., Bird, T.D., Nochlin, D., Schellenberg, G.D., Wahlund, L.O., and Lannfelt, L. Clinical and neuropathological features of the Arctic APP mutation causing early onset Alzheimerís disease. Arch Neurol 2008;65:499-505

Brickell, K.L., Leverenz, J.B., Steinbart, E.J., Rumbaugh, M., Schellenberg, G.D., Nochlin, D., Lampe, T.H., Holm, I.E., Deerlin, V.V., Yuan, W., and Bird, T.D. Clinicopathological concordance and discordance in three monozygotic twin pairs with familial Alzheimerís disease. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2007;78:1050-1055; Jul 5 [Epub ahead of print]

Leverenz, J.B., Fishel, M.A., Peskind, E.R., Montine, T.J., Nochlin, D., Steinbart, E., and Raskind, M.A., Schellenberg GD, Bird TD, Tsuang D. Lewy body pathology in familial Alzheimer disease: evidence for disease- and mutation-specific pathologic phenotype. Arch Neurol 2006;63:370-76

Caren Marks, MD

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Area of Specialty: Behavioral Neurology

Professional Appointments: Attending Neurologist at Neuroscience Institute, JFK Medical Center, Edison, New Jersey.

Academic Appointments: Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education, South Orange, New Jersey.

Medical School: Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois, 1991.

Graduate Education: Residency in Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, 1992-1995; Internship in Medicine, Mercy Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, 1991-1992.

Specialty Board Certification: Neurology

Research and Clinical Interest: Behavioral Neurology and Multiple Sclerosis

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Neurology; Middlesex County Mental Health Board ñ Vice Chairman; Mid Jersey Chapter Multiple Sclerosis Society - Clinical Advisory Committee

Honors and Awards: Multiple Sclerosis Society - Annual Volunteer Award, 2004, 2005

 

Divya Gupta, MD

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Areas of Specialty: Clinical Neurophysiology, Sleep Medicine

Professional Appointments:Attending Neurologist, NJ Neuroscience Institute, JFK Medical Center.

Academic Appointments: Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education, South Orange, New Jersey.

Medical School: Maulana Azad Medical College, University of Delhi, BSZ Marg, New Delhi, India (9/88 ñ 3/94); M.B., B.S. degree, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India (May 15, 1994)

Post Graduate Education: Fellow, Sleep Disorders Medicine (July 2000 ñ June 2001); Central New England Sleep Disorders Institute, Worcester Medical Center* (AASM accredited); 20 Worcester Center Boulevard, Worcester, MA 01608 (*Now known as St. Vincent's Hospital at the Worcester Medical Center, 123 Summer Street, Worcester, MA, 01608); Fellow, Clinical Neurophysiology Program (July 1999 - June 2000); U-Mass Medical Center, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655-0318 (Now a part of U-Mass Memorial Health Care); Chief Resident (July 98 - June 99), Resident (July 96 - June 99), University Neurology Program, Albany Medical Center Hospital, 47 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208; Intern, Department of Internal Medicine (July 1995 - June 1996), St. Mary's Hospital, affiliate of University of Rochester, 89 Genesee Street, Rochester, NY 14611 (Now a part of the Unity Health System, Parkridge Hospital Inc. 1555 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14626); Junior Resident, Department of Medicine (July 1994 ñ Nov 1994), LNJPN Hospital, University of Delhi, Asaf Ali Road, New Delhi 110 002, India.

Specialty Board Certification: Sleep Medicine, Clinical Neurophsiology, Neurology.

Research Interests: OSA and cerebrovascular disease, movement disorders of sleep, parasomnias (behaviors in sleep).

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Neurology, American Medical Association.

 

Representative Publications:

Pi J, Gupta D. Association of desaturation nadir with cardiovascular disease in moderate to severe OSA. Journal of NJ Neuroscience Institute 2010.

Gupta D, Chokroverty S, chapter on Sleep Starts in the textbook Parasomnias and Other Sleep-Related Movement Disorders by Cambridge University Press 2010.

Neiman ES, Seyffert M, Richards A, Gupta D, Chokroverty S. Epilepsy with continuous spikes and waves during slow wave sleep in a child diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified. Sleep Med. 2010 Sep;11(8):799-802. Epub 2010 Jul 3. No abstract available. PMID: 20598941 [PubMed - in process].