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  • Peter Tass

    Peter Tass

    Professor of Neurosurgery

    BioDr. Peter Tass investigates and develops neuromodulation techniques for understanding and treating neurologic conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, dysfunction following stroke and tinnitus. He creates invasive and non-invasive therapeutic procedures by means of comprehensive computational neuroscience studies and advanced data analysis techniques. The computational neuroscience studies guide experiments that use clinical electrophysiology measures, such as high density EEG recordings and MRI imaging, and various outcome measures. He has pioneered a neuromodulation approach based on thorough computational modelling that employs dynamic self-organization, plasticity and other neuromodulation principles to produce sustained effects after stimulation. To investigate stimulation effects and disease-related brain activity, he focuses on the development of stimulation methods that cause a sustained neural desynchronization by an unlearning of abnormal synaptic interactions. He also performs and contributes to pre-clinical and clinical research in related areas.

  • Nicholas Telischak, MD, MS

    Nicholas Telischak, MD, MS

    Clinical Associate Professor, Radiology
    Clinical Associate Professor (By courtesy), Neurosurgery

    BioA native of the Bay Area, Dr. Nick Telischak is a dual fellowship-trained neurointerventional surgeon and neuroradiologist at Stanford Health Care. With board certifications in radiology and neuroradiology, he serves as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Radiology, and, by courtesy of the Department of Neurosurgery, at Stanford School of Medicine.

    Dr. Telischak specializes in diagnosing and treating artery disorders in the brain and spine, including brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVM), and dural arteriovenous fistula (dAVF), and stroke. Dr. Telischak also specializes in venous disorders in the brain including idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). He also has a special interest in pulsatile tinnitus, a whooshing sound in the ears that occurs in rhythm with the heartbeat. Dr. Telischak also treats painful spinal (vertebral) fractures, spinal metastases (tumors resulting from cancer elsewhere in the body), and congenital vascular malformations (blood vessel abnormalities that are present at birth). He treats these conditions using minimally invasive, image-guided procedures and state-of-the-art technology.

    Prior to joining Stanford Health Care, Dr. Telischak helped develop the Stroke Program at California Pacific Medical Center and Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, giving him a broad perspective on medical care systems within the Bay Area.

    Dr. Telischak’s research focuses on:
    • Identifying biomarkers to diagnose large vessel occlusion stroke (stroke in one of the large arteries in the brain)
    • Noninvasive MRI techniques for diagnosing idiopathic intracranial hypertension (high pressure within the skull)

    He is also the principal investigator for a study examining the efficacy of vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for the treatment of painful vertebral compression fractures.

    In addition, Dr. Telischak holds a master’s degree in bioengineering. He has worked with several companies pioneering new devices to treat brain aneurysms, vascular malformations, and strokes caused by blood clots, as well as new treatments for venous disorders in the brain caused by idiopathic intracranial hypertension.

    Dr. Telischak has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and has been invited to present locally, nationally, and internationally at meetings for the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery, American Society of Neuroradiology, and Jornada de Stroke in Asuncion, Paraguay, where he has served as visiting faculty.

  • Suzanne Tharin

    Suzanne Tharin

    Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsThe long-term goal of my research is the repair of damaged corticospinal circuitry. Therapeutic regeneration strategies will be informed by an understanding both of corticospinal motor neuron (CSMN) development and of events occurring in CSMN in the setting of spinal cord injury. MicroRNAs are small, non-coding RNAs that regulate the expression of “suites” of genes. The work in my lab seeks to identify microRNA controls over CSMN development and over the CSMN response to spinal cord injury.

  • Reena Thomas, MD PhD

    Reena Thomas, MD PhD

    Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
    Clinical Associate Professor (By courtesy), Neurosurgery

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests-Neuro Oncology Immunotherapy
    -Health Equity
    -Medical Education

  • Zachary David Threlkeld

    Zachary David Threlkeld

    Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
    Clinical Associate Professor (By courtesy), Neurosurgery

    BioDr. Threlkeld cares for critically ill patients with acute neurologic illness, including traumatic brain injury, stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, and epilepsy. He completed his residency training in neurology at the University of California, San Francisco, and joined the Stanford Neurocritical Care program after completing fellowship training in neurocritical care at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He has a particular clinical and research interest in traumatic brain injury. His research uses advanced imaging modalities like functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to better understand disorders of consciousness.