Brain Targeting Workshop - 2023 Participants

In-Person Workshop Attendees

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Vivke Buch, PhD

Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Buch is a neurosurgeon with fellowship training in epilepsy, functional, and minimally invasive neurosurgery. He is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery of Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Buch focuses his expertise on the open and minimally invasive treatment of epilepsy, low grade brain tumors, movement and neuropsychiatric disorders, facial and body pain syndromes, and other complex neurological conditions. He uses advanced and innovative techniques to treat both adult and pediatric patients.

Rees Cosgrove, MD, FRCSC

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

G. Rees Cosgrove MD, FRCSC is the Director of Epilepsy and Functional Neurosurgery in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He has performed hundreds of radiofrequency lesions, DBS implants and MRgFUS procedures for patients with intractable tremor and Parkinson’s Disease.

Matthew Eames, PhD

Focused Ultrasound Foundation

 Dr. Eames runs the Focused Ultrasound Foundation’s General Awards Program – an investigator-initiated and peer-reviewed research funding track – and manages the peer review and funding process for the Foundation’s technical, preclinical, and clinical trial Awards Programs. His research experience in ultrasound physics and transducer design and modeling allows him to form collaborative relationships with members of the ultrasound industry and research communities who share a common interest in advancing the field of focused ultrasound. Dr. Eames earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Vanderbilt University and his PhD from the University of Virginia, both in Biomedical Engineering, and maintains an appointment at the University of Virginia Department of Radiology as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Research.

Howard Eisenberg, MD

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Residency training New York Hospital -Peter Bent Brigham- Children’s Hospital (Boston)
Faculty positions Harvard -University of Texas- University of Maryland
Current title RK Thompson Professor of Neurosurgery
Military LCDR US Navy
Current research interest FUS for movement disorders

Paul Fishman, MD, PhD

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Dr. Fishman is Clinical Professor of Neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. With basic science training from Yale University and clinical training from Johns Hopkins and Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, his clinical and research interests include novel therapeutics for Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and related neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Fishman established Maryland’s program for neurotoxin treatment of movement disorders and is a co-founder of their Deep Brain Stimulation and Focused Ultrasound Surgery programs where he has been part of pivotal trials of FUS for Essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease. He is former Chief of Neurology for the VA Maryland Health Care System and former chair of the Parkinson’s Disease review group for VA Biomedical Research and past chair of the University of Maryland Institutional Review Board.

Dheeraj Gandhi, MD, MBBS

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Dr. Gandhi is internationally renowned for his expertise in the treatment of intracranial and spinal vascular disorders using minimally invasive techniques.  In addition to serving as Division Chief of Interventional Neuroradiology, he is the Clinical Director of Center for Metabolic Imaging and Therapeutics (CMIT), a center of excellence for MRI Guided focused ultrasound. He directs one of the best and busiest endovascular surgical neuroradiology programs in the country, recognized for treatment of disorders such as brain aneurysms, ischemic stroke and dural arteriovenous fistulae. 

Katie Gant


Tom Gilbertson, PhD, FRCPC

University of Dundee, Institute for Medical Science and Technology

Heather Gorby, PhD

Gorby Medical Writing

Dr. Gorby received her PhD from Stony Brook University followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health (NIH/NIMH) before pursuing medical writing full-time. Heather has worked as a full-time freelance writer since 2013. She has written a variety of documents including clinical trial manuscripts, literature reviews, continuing medical education, and meeting summaries and white papers.

Augusto Grinspan, MD


Charles Guttmann, MD

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Charles Guttmann obtained his medical degree from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, followed by a post-graduate course in experimental medicine and biology at the same Institution. He obtained his medical doctorate with a thesis on the invasivity of glioblastoma in the central nervous system. Dr. Guttmann is the founding Director of the Center for Neurological Imaging (CNI) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. He has over 30 years of experience in brain MRI research, with particular emphasis on neurological diseases. In his role as director of the CNI, he has assembled and directed multi-disciplinary teams of scientists on a variety of projects. He has extensive expertise at the interface between software development and its application to clinical research, and has published extensively on the validation of image analysis approaches. His team applies quantitative neuroimaging strategies to the study of neurological diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (MS) cerebro-vascular diseases, and Alzheimer’s Disease, in addition to their work on lesion-symptom mapping of FUS-induced lesions. Dr. Guttmann has also spearheaded the development of informatics infrastructures in support of large-scale neuroimaging discovery research, including an image-centered, multi-disciplinary database and image analysis workflow management system, as well as – more recently – a virtual laboratory for collaborative neuroscience research.

Vibhor Krishna, MD

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Vibhor Krishna is a board-certified neurosurgeon with expertise in functional neurosurgery and neuromodulation. As a surgeon-scientist, he focuses on translational neuroimaging research with a goal to improve patient outcomes. This research aims to enhance neuromodulation’s effectiveness through personalized medicine, develop and optimize less-invasive neurosurgery, and test emerging surgical treatments in clinical trials. He has published over 60 research papers in prestigious journals like Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery, Movement Disorders, Pain, and JAMA Neurology.

Suzanne LeBlang, MD

Focused Ultrasound Foundation

With her prior clinical experience as a neuroradiologist and having performed hundreds of focused ultrasound procedures since 2004, Suzanne LeBlang, MD, now represents the Focused Ultrasound Foundation by interacting with various researchers, clinicians, and manufacturers to foster collaborations. She interfaces with the medical community at various meetings in order to update the Foundation staff. In coordination with the communications team, she helps increase awareness through oral presentations and articles. She also assists the Chairman and the development team with building relationships with individuals, other foundations, and non-profits. She has published papers and delivered numerous scientific talks in the field of focused ultrasound. Suzanne received her BA in Biology and MD degree from the University of Miami six-year Honors Program in Medical Education and completed her radiology residency and neuroradiology fellowship at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Kristen Leeman, MD

Cornell University

Assistant Professor of Neuroradiology at Weill Cornell Medical Center and director of functional neuroimaging. Completed medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and subsequently residency and fellowship at Cornell, ultimately staying on as faculty. Currently serving as the lead neuroradiologist on the FUS team at Cornell, under neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Kaplitt, helping with pre- and intra-procedure imaging and targeting using tractography.

Ying Meng, MD

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Ying Meng, MD, is currently a resident physician in Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto, having finished her undergraduate training with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto and medical training at McMaster University. She is currently getting her PhD at the University of Toronto. Dr. Meng has a passion for advancing technologies to improve patient care and outcomes, and this further grew with her exposure to focused ultrasound through the Focused Ultrasound Foundation

Shayan Moosa, MD

University of Virginia Health System

Dr. Shayan Moosa is a neurosurgeon who specializes in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, as well as pain and peripheral nerve disorders. He treats a wide range of conditions affecting the nervous system, including movement disorders, epilepsy, chronic pain, nerve injuries, and tumors.

Patrick O’Neal


Head of Product, Neurosurgery (Insightec)

Frantz Poulsen, MD

University of Southern Denmark

Frantz Poulsen, MD is a neurosurgeon, senior consultant, professor and head of research at Odense University Hospital and University of Southern Denmark. Main interests and research focus: minimal invasive surgery, optimal neurosurgical procedures, intracranial neoplasms, focused ultrasound.

Daniel Roque, MD

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Academic pursuits in the optimal diagnostics and therapeutic deliveries for tremor syndromes of any kind, while other efforts placed in quality of life innovations for other movement disorders.

Manojkumar Saranathan, PhD

University of Massachusetts

Manojkumar Saranathan, PhD is an MRI physicist with over twenty-five years of experience in MR physics, pulse sequence development, image reconstruction, and image processing spanning industry (GE) and academia (Stanford, Mayo, UA). His current research interests are focused on ultra high-resolution imaging and segmentation of deep brain structures like thalamus and hippocampus and the specificity of their involvement in pathology such as alcoholism, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and essential tremor. Another area of interest is high spatio-temporal resolution dynamic contrast enhanced MRI for quantification of physiologic function and cancer. One of his methods, DISCO, is now a product available on all GE MRI scanners since 2017, and is widely used for prostate and breast imaging worldwide.

John Snell, PhD

HistoSonics, Inc.

Currently working on procedure planning products for image-guided therapy at Histosonics. The previous 12 years were spent directing the Focused Ultrasound Foundation’s brain technical program and developing the transcranial focused ultrasound simulation software, Kranion.

Niels Sunde

Aarhus University Hospital

M.D., Ph.D. (neuroplasticity and neurotransplantation). General, stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. Many years of experience with DBS in movement disorders. Experience with FUS.

Virtual Attendees

Jean-Francois Aubry, PhD
Physics for Medicine Paris

Kevin Chiu
BrainLab, Inc.

Emmanuel Cuny, MD

Pierre D’Haese, PhD
West Virginia University, Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute

Benjamin Davidson, MD
University of Toronto

Brad Fernald
Omniscient Neurotechnology

Cyril Ferrer, PhD

Wladyslaw Gedroyc, MBBS
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, St. Mary’s Hospital

Clement Hamani, MD, PhD
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Rick Hamilton
Focused Ultrasound Foundation

Lucas Hernandez
BrainLab, Inc.

Andreas Horn, MD, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Ayesha Jameel, MBBS
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, St. Mary’s Hospital

Michael Kaplitt, MD, PhD
New York-Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center

Ashley King

Jan Klein
Fraunhofer-Institut für Digitale Medizin MEVIS

Nir Lipsman, MD, PhD
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Darlene Lobel, MD
Diann Shaddox Foundation for Essential Tremor

Jennifer McNab, PhD
Stanford University School of Medicine

Timothy Meakem, MD
Focused Ultrasound Foundation

Stephen Morio

Mazen Oweimrin, MSc
BrainLab, Inc.

Frederic Padilla, PhD
Focused Ultrasound Foundation

Anjaly Patel
BrainLab, Inc.

Lauren Powlovich, MD
Focused Ultrasound Foundation

James Ridgwell
BrainLab, Inc.

Nadia Scantlebury, PhD
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Robert Schmidt
BrainLab, Inc.

Bhavya Shah, MD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Megan Simmons
BrainLab, Inc.

Matteo Voleno
BrainLab, Inc.

Kristina Vozni

Emily Whipple
Focused Ultrasound Foundation

Emily White
Focused Ultrasound Foundation

Nejib Zemzeni, PhD

Lloyd Zucker, MD
Delray Medical Center