Meet Our Neurosurgery Residents


Postgraduate Year 7

Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, M.D., M.P.H.

Undergraduate Education: Mt. Saint Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD (2012)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University (2017)
Graduate Education: MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2022)
Clinical Interests: General neurosurgery, neurotrauma. Interested in neurosurgical capacity building in Ghana and similar LMICs
Profiles: LinkedIn | PubMed | Twitter | Google Scholar
Awards and Grants:

  • AAS/AASF Global Surgery Research Fellowship Award (2022-2023)
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Practice Awards – Excellence in International Public Health Practice (2022 Finalist)
  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Irving J. Sherman Traveling Fellowship Award (2021)
  • NREF Directed Residency Scholarship (2021)
  • Delta Omega Alpha honor society for Public Health Programs

Nancy Abu-Bonsrah

Brendan Judy, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: University of Richmond, Richmond, VA (2010)
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University (2017)
Clinical Focus: Spine fellowship under Drs. Bydon, Lubelski, Theodore and Witham
Profiles: ResearchGate | Google Scholar | Pubmed
Research Areas: Augmented reality, robotic spine surgery, spinal dysraphism, clinical outcomes in spine
Awards and Grants:

  • Irving J. Sherman Traveling Fellowship Award (2023)
  • Irving J. Sherman Award for Resident Achievement (2020)

Brendan Judy

Ryan Lee, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN (2012)
Medical School: University of Tennessee (2017)
Clinical Focus: Open and Endovascular Neurosurgery, Hydrocephalus and CSF Disorders
Clinical Track: Open and endovascular enfolded fellow
Profiles: ResearchGate
Research Areas: Vascular Neurosurgery; CSF Disorders
Awards:

  • Walter Dandy Award for Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins University (2022)
  • Chairman’s Award for Improving Patient Safety (2020)
  • Irving Sherman Award for Resident Achievement (2019)

Ryan Lee

Wuyang Yang, M.D., M.S.

Undergraduate Education: Capital Medical University (combined 7-year undergraduate and medical school program)
Medical School: Capital Medical University, China (2017)
Clinical Focus: Enfolded vascular fellowship under Drs. Tamargo, Huang, Gonzalez, Caplan, Christopher Jackson and Xu
Research Areas:

  • Enfolded vascular fellowship under Dr. Tamargo, Dr. Huang, Dr. Caplan and Dr. C. Jackson
  • Characterizing clinical features of brain AVMs, created the first Hopkins AVM database under mentorship of Dr. Huang
  • Clinical research on aneurysms, moyamoya disease and cavernous malformations
  • Use of clinical informatics, case-based-reasoning, on neurosurgery clinical decision making
  • Eliciting cost effectiveness for mechanical thrombectomy
Awards:
  • Chairman's award for improving patient safety (2023)

Wuyang Yang

Postgraduate Year 6

Alice Hung, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: Johns Hopkins (2013)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins (2018)

Alice Hung

Kurt Lehner, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: Kansas University (2011)
Medical School: Hofstra University (2018)
Clinical Focus: Pediatric neurosurgery, functional neurosurgery
Awards/Grants:

  • SNS Neurosurgeon-Scientist Training Program Recipient investigating cerebellar and basal ganglia function
  • Physician Scientist Training Program Scholar, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • House Staff Council Neurosurgery Representative
  • AANS Vesalius Award (2018)

Kurt Lehner

Andrew Luksik, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: Vanderbilt (2011)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins (2018)

Andrew Luksik

Jose "Tito" Porras, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: University of Texas (2012)
Medical School: Dartmouth (2018)
Profiles: LinkedIn Pubmed
Awards and Grants:

  • Johns Hopkins Medicine Residents and Fellows Scholarship, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School (2023 – 2025)
  • NINDS R25 Research Education Program (2023 – 2024)
  • Council of State Neurosurgical Societies Socioeconomic Fellowship (2023 – 2024)
  • NIH TL1 Postdoctoral Biodesign Training Program (2022 – 2023)
  • Johns Hopkins University Digital Educational and Learning Technology Acceleration Grant (2022 – 2023)
  • Johns Hopkins Faculty Senate, Resident Senator
  • Maryland Neurosurgical Society Board, Johns Hopkins Resident Representative
  • Johns Hopkins General Medical Education Health Systems Science Distinction Track (2022 – Present)
  • House Staff Council Resident Appreciation Award (April 2021)

Jose "Tito" Porras

Postgraduate Year 5

Tej Azad, M.D., M.S.

Undergraduate Education: Washington University, St. Louis (2012)
Medical School: Stanford (2019)
Research Areas: Molecular diagnostics; health policy; cranial and spinal trauma
Profiles: ResearchGate | PubMed | Google Scholar | Twitter
Awards and Grants:

  • Walter Dandy Award for Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins University (2023)
  • Kuntz Scholar, AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerve (2023)
  • Young Investigator Translational Research Grant Award, North American Spine Society (2022)
  • Chairman’s Award for Improving Patient Safety, Johns Hopkins University (2022)
  • Physician Scientist Training Program Scholar, Johns Hopkins Hospital (2020)
  • CNS Julius Goodman Resident Award, Congress of Neurological Surgeons (2019)
  • Socioeconomic Research Fellow, Council of State Neurosurgical Societies (2017)
  • Clinical Research Mentorship Fellow, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (2016)
  • NIH TL1 Clinical Training Scholar, Stanford University (2015)

Tej Azad

Lydia Bernhardt, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: Johns Hopkins University (2014)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University (2019)

Lydia Bernhardt

Landon Hansen, M.D., Ph.D.

Undergraduate Education: Brigham Young University (2011)
Medical School: Duke University (2019)

Landon Hansen

Yuanxuan Xia, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: Washington University, St. Louis (2014)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University (2019)
Research Areas: Cancer immunotherapy, spine oncology, trigeminal neuralgia
Profiles: PubMed | Google Scholar
Award/Grants:

  • Physician Scientist Training Program Scholar, Johns Hopkins Hospital (2022)
  • HHMI Medical Research Fellow (2018)

Yuanxuan Xia

Postgraduate Year 4

Karim Ahmed, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: University of Notre Dame (2014)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University (2020)
Profiles: Google Scholar | ResearchGate
Awards and Grants:

  • The Spine Journal and North American Spine Society (NASS) 2020 Outstanding Paper Award
  • CNS 2021 Tumor Paper of the Year

Karim Ahmed

Wataru Ishida, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: University of Tokyo (2008)
Medical School: University of Tokyo Faculty of Medicine (2012)

Wataru Ishida

Jawad Khalifeh, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: American University of Beirut (2015)
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (2020)

Jawad Khalifeh

Postgraduate Year 3

Cory Chang, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: Dartmouth College (2013)
Medical School: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (2021)

Cory Chang

Joe Dardick, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: University of Virginia (2015)
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2021)
Awards and Grants:

  • Johns Hopkins Discovery Award: Continuous and Active Surveillance of Shunt Infections using Clip-on Device (2023)
  • Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation Research Grant (2023)
  • Physician Scientist Training Program Scholar, Johns Hopkins Hospital (2022)
  • AAN Futures in Neurological Research Award (2020)
  • Medical Research Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2016-2018)

Joe Dardick

James Feghali, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: American University of Beirut (2014)
Medical School: American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine (2018)
Profiles: LinkedIn | Twitter
Awards and Grants:

  • Canon Medical Seed Funding Program Grant (2020-2022)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society member

James Feghali

Connor Liu, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: Washington University in St. Louis (2013)
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis (2021)
Awards and Grants:

  • Physician Scientist Training Program Scholar, Johns Hopkins Hospital (2022)
  • Program Evaluation Committee neurosurgery representative
  • CNS Tumor Neuro-Oncology Trainee Award (2019)
  • Medical Research Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2016-2018)

Connor Liu

Postgraduate Year 2

Timour Al-Khindi, M.D., Ph.D.

Undergraduate Education: University of Toronto (2011)
Graduate Education: Johns Hopkins University (2022)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University (2022)

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Liam Hughes, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: Cornell University (2018)
Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University - Sidney Kimmel Medical College (2022)
Profiles: Twitter | Google Scholar

headshot of Liam Hughes

Emily Johnson, M.D., M.S.

Undergraduate Education: Yale University (2016)
Graduate Education: Tufts University (2017)
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis (2022)

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Ethan Srinivasan, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: University of Michigan (2013)
Medical School: Duke University (2022)
Profiles: LinkedIn | Google Scholar

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Postgraduate Year 1

Safwan Alomari, M.B.B.S.

Medical School: Medical School: Jordan University of Science and Technology Faculty of Medicine (2017)

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Joshua Materi, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: University of Wyoming (2015)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2023)
Profiles: Twitter | ResearchGate | PubMed | LinkedIn

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Aaron Rusheen, M.D., Ph.D.

Undergraduate Education: University of Rochester (2014)
Medical School: Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine (2023)
Profiles: Google Scholar | Twitter | PubMed

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Patricia Yee, M.D., Ph.D.

Undergraduate Education: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (2011)
Graduate Education: Penn State College of Medicine (2021)
Medical School: Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine (2023)
Profiles: PubMed | Twitter

Patricia Yee Headshot