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Meet Our Current Residents in Neurosurgery

Postgraduate Year 7 (Class of 2020)
Postgraduate Year 6 (Class of 2021)
Postgraduate Year 5 (Class of 2022)
Postgraduate Year 4 (Class of 2023)
Postgraduate Year 3 (Class of 2024)
Postgraduate Year 2 (Class of 2025)
Postgraduate Year 1 (Class of 2026)


Postgraduate Year 7

Christopher Jackson, MD

Christopher Jackson, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: Wake Forest (2008)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins (2013)

Research Areas:

  • Clinical Elective with Dr. Tamargo mechanisms of local and systemic inflammation in cerebrovascular disease
  • Research with Dr. Lim: Mechanisms of local, regional, and systemic brain tumor-induced immune suppression and implications for implementation of immunotherapies in primary and metastatic central nervous system malignancies
  • Identifying global as well as pathology-specific molecular signatures of immune tolerance
  • Understanding how patterns of immune checkpoint expression correlate with immunologic function
  • Defining the local and systemic inflammatory status of patients with cerebral vasospasm after subarachnoid hemorrhage and identify novel molecular targets for vasospasm treatment

Awards and Grants: Alpha Omega Alpha, Frank L. Coulson Jr. Award for Clinical Excellence; Irving J. Sherman Award for Resident Achievement

Bowen Jiang, MD

Bowen Jiang, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: Stanford (2008)
Medical School: Stanford (2013)

Research Areas:

  • One-year enfolded minimally invasive and complex spine fellowship with Dr. Nicholas Theodore and Dr. Joshua Ammerman

    • Application of robotics and navigation in spinal instrumentation

    • Biomarkers for primary spinal column malignancies (mentored by Dr. Chetan Bettegowda)

    • Porcine model of induced spinal cord injury

    • Role of GIIb/IIIA receptor antagonists in treating acute ischemic events during flow diversion 

Awards and Grants: 2017 - 2018: Council of State Neurological Society's (CSNS) Socioeconomic Fellow: 2015 - 2016: Vice Chair of Communications for the House Staff Patient Safety and Quality Council; Most Outstanding Rotating Intern of the Year (2013), Department of General Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Camilo Molina, M.D.

Camilo Molina, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (2008)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins (2013)

Research Areas:

  • Four-month clinical elective at UCSC Hospital in Rome, Italy under the directorship of Dr. Alessandro Olivi focusing on both the surgical and non-surgical treatment of cranial disorders. 
  • One-year complex spine deformity and oncology enfolded fellowship
  • Collaboration with the Carnegie Center for Surgical Innovation and the Bloodless Surgery Center, conducting research with Dr. Theodore and Dr. Sciubba
  • Working on novel spinal cord monitors for use in the setting of spinal cord injury, spine surgery robotics and intraoperative spine alignment assessment devices
  • Development of methods for personalized 3D printed spinal implants
  • Quality improvement clinical projects aimed at reducing blood loss and transfusions in spine surgery as well as spinal oncology and deformity clinical outcomes

Patent: Cloud-Based Anonymous Vendor Neutral Archive System and Method (3/2018)

Teresa Wojtasiewicz, M.D.

Teresa Wojtasiewicz, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: Barnard College of Columbia University (2007)
Medical School: Columbia (2013)

Research Areas:

  • One-year enfolded fellowship in functional neurosurgery under the direction of Dr. Anderson and Dr. Robinson
  • Developing interest in adult and pediatric functional neurosurgical procedures

Postgraduate Year 6

Christina Jackson, MD

Christina Jackson, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: University of Texas at Austin (2009)
Medical School: Harvard (2014)

Research Areas:

  • Enfolded neuro-oncology fellowship under the mentorships of Drs. Weingart, Lim, Bettegowda and Gallia.
  • Under the mentorship of Dr. Drew Pardoll: To further the understanding of glioma immunogenomics by investigating the dynamic changes in the immune response and neoantigen landscape in glioma patients during immune checkpoint blockade to identify immunologic and genetic predictors of response.
  • Uncovering and reversing alterations to the immune phenotype of glioma patients with the goal of designing more tailored immune based therapies.
  • Clinical research interests include: Clinical outcomes in gliomas, meningiomas, brain metastases, and pituitary tumors. Objective assessment of surgical competency in knowledge, decision making, and technical skills in neurosurgical trainees. Minimally invasive and tubular trans-sulcal surgical approaches in intra-axial tumor resection.

Awards and Grants: Neuroscience Patient Flow Super Star Awardee 2016, Johns Hopkins Hospital; Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) & B*CURED Research Fellowship Grant, The Cancer Research Institute Irvington Fellowship, and the NINDS R25 for residents/fellows.

Erick Westbroek, M.D.

Erick Westbroek, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: University of Utah (2009)
Medical School: Stanford (2014)

Research Areas:

  • Two-year complex spine fellowship
  • Collaboration with the Carnegie Center for Surgical Innovation and Clinical Innovators Program to improve shunt devices in hydrocephalus
  • Clinical research interests: vascular malformations of the brain and spine, spine trauma, spinal column tumors and deformity

Awards and Grants: Outstanding Rotating Intern, Department of Surgery (2015), The Johns Hopkins Hospital, School of Medicine; Irving J. Sherman Award for Resident Achievement/Outstanding Junior Resident (2016), The Johns Hopkins University, Department of Neurological Surgery


Postgraduate Year 5

Yike Jin, M.D.

Yike Jin, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: Johns Hopkins University (2011)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins (2015)

Research Areas:

  • 2 year complex spine fellowship
  • Clinical project evaluating accuracy of freehand pedicle screw placement
  • Exploration of graft materials to optimize bony fusion in spine constructs
  • Clinical interests include optimizing spinal fusion and clinic outcomes for spinal deformity
Daniel Lubelski, M.D.

Daniel Lubelski, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: City University of New York, Queens College (2009)
Medical School: Cleveland Clinic (2015)

Research Areas:

  • Enfolded peripheral nerve fellowship (2019-2020)
  • Spinal deformity and oncology fellowship (2021-2022)
  • Carnegie Center for Surgical Innovation Clinical Innovators program
  • Clinical interests in prediction models, cost and comparative effectiveness, and quality of life outcomes in neurosurgery. 

Awards and Grants: Johns Hopkins Department of Neurosurgery Chairman’s Award for Safety (2019)

Dimetrios Mathios, M.D.

Dimitrios Mathios, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: University of Athens School of Health Sciences (2011)
Medical School: University of Athens (2015)

Research Areas:

  • Early detection and disease monitoring of brain tumors via liquid biopsy approaches under the mentorship of Dr. Victor Velculescu.

  • Development of immunotherapy approaches for the treatment of brain tumors and chordomas under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Lim.

  • Clinical Research interests include the development of machine learning approaches for outcome prediction of patients with trigeminal neuralgia and metastatic or primary brain tumors

Patent: US10174384B2, Use of the ZMIZ1 marker in directing treatment and predicting survival in cancer

Filed patent under review: Combination of Immunotherapy with local chemotherapy for the treatment of malignancies

Risheng Xu, M.D.

Risheng Xu, M.D., Ph.D.

Undergraduate Education: Harvard (2007)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins (2015)

Awards and Grants: Irving J. Sherman Award for Resident Achievement/Outstanding Junior Resident (2017), The Johns Hopkins University, Department of Neurological Surgery; 2020 NREF & AANS/CNS Section on Pain Research Fellowship Grant.


Postgraduate Year 4

Jennifer Kim, M.D.

Jennifer Kim, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: Johns Hopkins University (2010)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins (2016)

Ann Liu, M.D.

Ann Liu, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC (2011)
Medical School: Wake Forest (2016)

Jordina Rincon-Torroella, M.D.

Jordina Rincon-Torroella, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: INS Serrallarga, Blanes, Spain (2006)
Medical School: University of Barcelona (2013)

Amanda Sacino, M.D., Ph.D.

Amanda Sacino, M.D., Ph.D.

Undergraduate Education: Boston University (2009)
Medical School:  University of Florida (2016)


Postgraduate Year 3

Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, M.D.

Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: Mt. Saint Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD (2012)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins (2017)

Brendan Judy, M.D.

Brendan Judy, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: University of Richmond, Richmond, VA (2010)
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University (2017)

Ryan Lee, M.D.

Ryan Lee, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN (2012)
Medical School: University of Tennessee (2017)

Ryan Planchard, M.D.

Ryan Planchard, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: Vanderbilt, Nashville TN (2013)
Medical School:  Mayo Medical School (2017)

Wuyang Yang, M.D.

Wuyang Yang, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: Capital Medical School, University of China (2008)
Medical School: Capital Medical University, China (2017)


Postgraduate Year 2

Alice Hung, M.D.

Alice Hung, M.D.

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

Kurt Lehner, M.D.

Kurt Lehner, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: Kansas University (2011)
Medical School: Hofstra University (2018)

Andrew Luksik, M.D.

Andrew Luksik, M.D.

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

Jose Porras, M.D.

Jose "Tito" Porras, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: University of Texas (2012)
Medical School: Dartmouth (2018)


Postgraduate Year 1

Tej Azad, MDTej Azad, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: Washington University, St. Louis (2012)
Medical School: Stanford (2019)

Lydia Bernhardt, MDLydia Bernhardt, M.D.

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

Landon Hansen, MD, PhDLandon Hansen, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Yuanxuan Xia, MDYuanxuan Xia, M.D.

Undergraduate Education: Washington University, St. Louis (2014)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University (2019)

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