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Michael Tobias MD, Dr. Michael Tobias

Michael E. Tobias, MD

Dr. Michael Tobias is a pediatric neurosurgeon with board certifications in both neurological surgery and pediatric neurological surgery. In addition, he is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at New York Medical College, and Co-Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, New York.

 

Dr. Tobias received his medical degree from Brown University School of Medicine, graduating with honors in neurosurgery. He performed his internship and residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. While Chief Resident there, Dr. Tobias helped establish a new educational curriculum for resident training in pediatric neurosurgery at Montefiore Hospital.

 

He is a sought-after presenter and is the author and co-author of numerous research papers.

EDUCATION

  • LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center and St. Jude Children’s
    Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee
    University of Tennessee, Memphis, Department of Neurosurgery
    Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellow
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York
    Neurosurgery PGY-7 Chief Resident

    • Rotated at Montefiore Hospital (Bronx, New York) and St. Luke’s- Roosevelt Hospital (Manhattan, New York).
    • Established a new educational curriculum with Dr. Rick Abbott and Dr. James Goodrich at Montefiore Hospital for resident training in pediatric neurosurgery. The purpose of this new program is to teach neurosurgery residents and all hospital staff involved in taking care of pediatric neurosurgery patients.
    • Approached Integra Neurosciences to redesign their current ventricular-peritoneal shunt system. The new design, which is currently available on their OSV2 and NPH valves, will soon become integrated into all their shunt systems.
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York
    Internship in General Surgery

    • Rotated at Montefiore Hospital and Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, New York.
  • Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, Rhode Island
    Doctor of Medicine

    • Received Honors in Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neurosurgery.
    • Received Brown University Department of Psychiatry and Human
      Behavior Academic Grand Rounds Award.
    • Rotated in the neurosurgery departments at Columbia University and
      New York Medical College.
  • Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

    • Selected for Brown’s Program in Liberal Medical Education
      (PLME) which combines undergraduate and graduate medical
      education.
    • Graduated with Honors in Political Science.
    • Thesis on “American Medical Residency Programs: A Political Analysis of New York’s Bell Commission.”
    • Founded a company as an independent study project that imported and sold cold weather apparel to more than 100 retail stores in 14 different states, with annual gross sales reaching $100,000.

CREDENTIALS

Attending:

  • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics
    New York Medical College/Maria Fareri Children’s
    Hospital/Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, New York

 

Titles:

  • Co-Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Maria Fareri Children’s
    Hospital, Valhalla, New York

 

U.S. Patent :

  • U.S. Patent Number 5,493,811: Plant Watering Method and Apparatus
    Invented and patented a device that automatically waters plants while homeowner is away.

 

Community Service:

  • Member of Project Sunshine – provide services to children with severe illnesses.
  • Volunteer for Brown Community Outreach Program – worked with children from Providence Public Schools.
  • Faculty Advisor for the National Youth Leadership Forum on medicine in Boston, Massachusetts – instructed high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in medicine.
  • Childhood Lead Action Program – screened children for lead poisoning in Providence, Rhode Island.

 

Personal:

Hobbies include basketball, sailing, harmonica, music, and movies.

PRESENTATIONS

  • AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery, oral presentation at the Annual Meeting in Miami, Florida, ” Identifying and treating patients with pseudotumor and cerebral venous sinus thrombosis.
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, poster presentation at the 56th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, “Surgical Resection of Malignant Astrocytomas of the Spinal Cord.”
  • American Society of Neuroradiology, oral presentation at the Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, “A Rare Cause of Isolated Third Nerve Palsy: Spontaneous Hemorrhage vs. Cavernous Malformation.”
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, oral presentation at the 54th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, “Induction Neurogenesis in a Rat Model of Transient Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion.”
  • New York Neurosurgical Society, oral presentation at the Annual Resident Research Meeting in Manhattan, New York, “Induction Neurogenesis in a Rat Model of Transient Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion.”
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, poster presentation at the 53rd Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, “Holocord Tumors of the Spine – Surgical Management and Review of the Literature.”
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, poster presentation at the 52nd Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, “Malignant Astrocytomas of the Spinal Cord: A Retrospective Study.”
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, oral presentation at the 49th Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, “Gamma Knife Radiosurgery in Childhood Malignant Brain Tumors.”

RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS

  • Goldstein I, Tobias ME, Kothbauer K, Jallo G, and Epstein, F. “High
    grade spinal cord tumors of the spine: a retrospective study.”
    Journal of Neurosurgery (to be submitted).
  • Tobias, ME, McGirt MJ, Chaichana KL, Goldstein IM, Kothbauer KF,
    Epstein F, Jallo GI. “Surgical management of long intramedullary Spinal cord tumors. Childs Nerv Syst. July 2007.
  • Tobias, ME, Lenart, C, Gokhan, S, Abrahams, J, Mehler, M.
    “Induction neurogenesis in a rat model of transient middle cerebral artery occlusion.” Neurosurgery (to be submitted).
  • Tobias, ME, Silvera, M, Jallo, G, “Spine astrocytoma.” Radiology
    Section, Emedicine, pp. 1-10, 2005.
  • Worked at Rose F. Kennedy Center for research in mental retardation and developmental disabilities at Albert Einstein College of Medicine neuroscience lab. Developed stroke models in rats and mice to investigate different aspects of neurogenesis in the stroke bed, the penumbra, the subventricular zone, and remote areas of the brain.
  • Tobias, Michael E. “American medical residency programs: an analysis of New York’s Bell regulations and the training of physicians.” Rhode Island Medicine and Health, volume 81: pp. 284-288, 1998.
avinash mohan md, dr. avinash mohan

Avinash Mohan, MD

Dr. Avinash Mohan is a pediatric neurosurgeon with board certification in both neurological surgery and pediatric neurological surgery. He is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at New York Medical College, and Co-Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, New York.

 

He achieved his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University and received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  Dr. Mohan performed his residency at New York Medical College where he was Chief Resident and his Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

 

Dr. Mohan has been an author on numerous publications and presentations, as well as the recipient of multiple honors and awards. He is affiliated with several hospitals in the area, including Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Westchester Medical Center, Stamford Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, white Plains Hospital, Northern Westchester Hospital, Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Lenox Hill Hospital.

EDUCATION

Education:

  • B.A.  The Johns Hopkins University (Biology and Economics), Baltimore, Maryland
  • M.D. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

 

Internship and Residency:

  • Intern in General Surgery, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
  • Resident in Neurosurgery
  • Chief Resident

 

Fellowships:

  • Children’s Memorial Hospital
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
    Clinical Fellow in Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Research Fellow, Skirball Research Institute, NYU School of Medicine
    (Supervisor: Howard Weiner, M.D., Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery)

 

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Best Resident Abstract, Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, AANS/CNS Section
    on Tumors Biennial Symposium
  • Second Prize, New York State Neurosurgical Society Resident Competition
  • Resident Delegate for New York State, Council of State Neurosurgical
    Societies
  • International Elective Scholarship, Case Western Reserve University School
    of Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Crile Research Fellowship, Case Western Reserve University School of
    Medicine
  • Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins
    University
  • Dean’s List, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta (national pre-health honor society), The Johns Hopkins
    University
  • Golden Key National Honor Society

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

  • USMLE Step I, II, III Completed
  • American Board of Neurological Surgeons, Primary Written Exam Passed

PUBLICATIONS

  • Bowman RM, Mohan AL, Seibly JM, McClone DG: Tethered cord syndrome: A long-term study of 114 patients. Submitted: Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.
  • Zohrabian VM, Nandu H, Gulati N, Khitrov G, Zhao C, Mohan A, Demattia J, Braun A, Das K, Murali R, Jhanwar-Uniyal M: Gene expression profiling of metastatic brain cancer. Oncology Report 18(2): 321-8, 2007.
  • Nagpal J, Jamoona A, Gulati ND, Mohan A, Braun A, Murali R, Jhanwar-Uniyal M: Revisiting the role of p53 in primary and secondary glioblastomas. Anticancer Research 26:3-9: 2006.
  • Cutler AR, Siddiqui S, Mohan AL, Hillard VH, Cerabona F, Das K: Comparison of polyetherether ketone cages to femoral cortical allograft as a single piece interbody spacer in transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. J Neurosurg Spine 5(6): December 2006.
  • Sethi NK, Torgovnick J, Mohan A, Hirschfeld A, Zablow B, Omeis I: Images in Clinical Medicine: Hyperdense MCA sign. The Internet Journal of Radiology 4(2): 2006.
  • Mokashi A, Mohan AL, Narayan P, Jayabose S: Listless infant in the emergency department. E-Medicine 2005.
  • Mohan AL, Slim M, Benzil DL: Knife wound to the posterior fossa in a child. Childs Nerv Syst. 21(3):255-8, 2005.
  • Mohan AL, Das K: History of surgery for the correction of spinal deformity. Neurosurg Focus 14(1): 1-5, 2003.
  • Couldwell WT, Mohan AL: Enlargement of a vestibular schwannoma after stereotactic radiotherapy. Acta Neurochir (Wien) 144(12): 1319-22, 2002.
  • Li Q, Kopecky KJ, Mohan A, Willman CL, Appelbaum FR, Weick JK, Issa JP: Estrogen receptor methylation is associated with improved survival in adult acute myeloid leukemia. Clin Cancer Res 5(5): 1077-84, 1999.
  • Issa JP, Kantarjian H, Mohan A, O’Brien S, Cortes J, Pierce S, Talpaz M: Methylation of the ABL1 promoter in chronic myelogenous leukemia: lack of prognostic significance. Blood 93(6): 2075-80, 1999.
  • Ahuja N, Li Q, Mohan AL, Baylin SB, Issa JP: Aging and DNA methylation in colorectal mucosa and cancer. Cancer Res 58(23): 5489-94, 1998.
  • Ahuja N, Mohan AL, Li Qu, Stolker JM, Herman JG, Hamilton St, Baylin SB, Issa JP:
    Association between CpG island methylation and microsatellite instability in colorectal cancer. Cancer Res 57:3370-3374, 1997.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

  • Mohan AL, Tomita T: Long-term follow-up on CSF Cytology and Arachnoid Biopsy from the Cisterna Magna in Patients with Medulloblastoma. Oral Presentation. International Symposium of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Annual Meeting, 2008.
  • Mohan AL, Seibly JM, McClone DG, Bowman RM: Tethered Cord Syndrome: A Long-term Study of 114 patients. Oral Presentation. AANS/CNS Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery Annual Meeting, 2007.
  • Mohan AL, Turnbull DH, Joyner AL, Weiner HL: Activation of Smoothened induces medulloblastomas in mice. Oral Presentation. AANS/CNS Biennial Section on Tumors, 2004.
  • Weiner HL, Mohan AL, Pompeiano M, Turnbull DH, Joyner AL: Mutations in the Sonic Hedgehog pathway enhance medulloblastoma induction. Oral Presentation. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, 2003.
  • Mohan AL, Murali R, Benzil D: Impact of New York State 405 workforce regulations at one institution. American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, 2003.
  • Mohan AL, Hillard V, Omeis I, Murali R, Das K: History of instrumentation for stabilization of the thoracolumbar spine. American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, 2003.

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • Mohan AL and Bowman R. Birth Head Trauma. Youmans Neurological Surgery. Submitted 2008
  • Mohan AL and Tomita T. Optic Pathway and Hypothalamic Gliomas in Children. Youmans Neurological Surgery. Submitted 2008.