Our Doctors

Our Doctors

Joseph S. Neimat, MD

Professor and Chairman

Curriculum Vitae

“In Joseph Neimat, the UofL School of Medicine is getting a chair with an excellent balance of expertise in research, clinical care and medical education,” Dean Toni M. Ganzel, M.D., said. “His knowledge and skills will greatly benefit our students, residents, patients and community.”

Neimat came to UofL from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., where he held a variety of positions: associate professor and the director of human neurophysiological research, neurotrauma, epilepsy surgery and the functional neurosurgery fellowship in the Department of Neurosurgery; and a founding member of the Vanderbilt Initiative in Surgery and Engineering. He was medical director of inpatient neurosurgery and neurosurgery operating rooms at Vanderbilt, and served on the curriculum planning committee of Vanderbilt University Medical School.

He also was chief of neurosurgery for Tennessee Valley Health Care of the Veterans Administration and held joint appointments with Vanderbilt’s Center for Integrative & Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychiatric Neuroimaging Program and Department of Psychology.

Neimat’s current research interests include investigation of the affective and cognitive properties of the basal ganglia – structures located deep in the brain that are responsible for normal movement. His research also examines the clinical application of neural stimulation in the treatment of refractory medical disease, or disease that is resistant to current therapies. He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health as well as from industry to support his research.

He serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for the NIH Study Section on Clinical Neuroscience and Neurodegeneration. He also serves on the Boards of Directors of American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. He is the lead or co-author of approximately 90 peer-reviewed articles, published abstracts and textbook chapters.

Neimat earned a bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth, double majoring in music and biochemistry, and then earned a master’s in neurobiology and a medical degree from Duke University. He completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and a fellowship in functional neurosurgery at the University of Toronto. He is board certified in neurological surgery.

Darryl L. Kaelin, MD

Professor and Residency Director, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Specialty: Traumatic Brain Injury

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Kaelin specializes in neurorehabilitation with a focus on traumatic brain injury and stroke. He is a nationally-renowned speaker on the subjects of concussion, spasticity management and neuropharmacology.

Darryl L. Kaelin, M.D. is a physician board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He is the Division Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Neurological Surgery at the University of Louisville, where he directs the clinical inpatient rotation for the Division’s residents and serves as Residency Director.

Dr. Kaelin has published widely in peer-reviewed journals on brain injury medical education, pharmaceutical treatments, spasticity and service reimbursements. He has also led numerous, non-published medication trials sponsored through pharmaceutical funding. He has delivered presentations at regional and national conferences in the areas of spasticity management, pharmaceutical management of brain injury and medical business practice issues. He holds several positions within the Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Association of Academic Physiatrists. He speaks nationally and internationally on several rehabilitation topics including the management of spasticity, deep vein thrombosis, and neuropharmacology.

Dr. Kaelin obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame where he played varsity baseball. He earned his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed his specialty training at the Medical College of Virginia where he presided as their chief resident.

Prior to assuming his current positions with the University of Louisville and Frazier Rehabilitation Center, Dr. Kaelin spent six years as the Medical Director of the Acquired Brain Injury Program at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center, a catastrophic care hospital for people with spinal cord and brain injuries. While at the Shepherd Center, he also served as the Medical Director of Brain Injury Research and was a Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in Emory University’s School of Medicine.

Previously, Dr. Kaelin served for 10 years as the Medical Director of Brain Injury Rehabilitation at the Hook Institute in Indianapolis, where he managed patients with neurological trauma.

Dr. Kaelin is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, where he currently lives with his wife and their three children. Dr. Kaelin enjoys coaching sports and traveling in his leisure time.

Matthew Adamkin, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Matthew Adamkin is originally from Louisville and completed medical school at the University of Louisville. He completed his internship at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia before finishing his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte, North Carolina.

His clinical interests include medically complex inpatient rehabilitation, amputee care, musculoskeletal medicine, and stroke. He is also interested in adults with intellectual disability and spasticity management. He enjoys volunteering for Special Olympics and has served as a Clinical Director for Special Olympics MedFest since 2015.

Thomas J. Altstadt, MD, FAANS

Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Altstadt specializes in minimally invasive and complex spine surgery and the application of image-guided navigation to the treatment of spinal disorders. He also performs general and peripheral nerve neurosurgery.

Dr. Altstadt joined the University of Louisville Department of Neurosurgery in August, 2012. Prior to coming to UofL, he practiced neurosurgery from 2008-2012 in Oregon with Southern Oregon Neurosurgical & Spine Associates, PC. He is licensed in Kentucky, Indiana and Oregon.

As a junior in medical school, Dr. Altstadt was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He went on to complete his medical degree, general surgery internship, neurological surgery residency, and an additional postgraduate fellowship in complex spinal surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Dr. Altstadt is the recipient of the American College of Surgeons Award and the Pittman Surgical Scholarship Award and is the author of numerous peer reviewed articles.

Maxwell Boakye, MD, MPH, MBA, FACS, FAANS

Ole A., Mabel Wise & Wilma Wise Nelson Endowed Chair
Chief of Spinal Neurosurgery

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Boakye specializes in general and complex spinal neurosurgery, spinal radiosurgery and minimally invasive neurosurgery.

In January 2011, Dr. Boakye moved his outcomes research laboratory and spinal cord injury labs from Stanford University to the Center for Advanced Neurosurgery at the University of Louisville. He recently submitted 4 neurosurgical outcomes research grants and one KSCHIRT grant investigating longitudinal outcomes of morphological sequelae of traumatic brain injury. Accomplishments this year include 6 published peer-reviewed publications, 1 accepted peer-reviewed publication, completion of University of Louisville enrollment for use of Riluzole in acute spinal cord injury, development of neurotrauma registry at the University and establishment of human transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS lab) at Frazier rehab institute. He has also helped to implement a protocol for diffusion tensor imaging, voxel based morphometry and resting state FMRI at the Department of Neuroradiology at the University of Louisville.

The overall goals of my lab is to understand the physiology and plasticity of the sensorimotor system in health and in patients with spinal cord and brain injury and to use that knowledge to develop new surrogate markers of recovery, new methods of injury prognostication and new therapies for spinal cord and brain injury. Research in this section uses noninvasive multimodal methodologies including functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), electroencephalography (EEG), somatosensory evoked potentials (SEP), and peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) technologies to gain a comprehensive understanding of the physiology and plasticity of the sensorimotor system in healthy patients and in patients with spinal cord and brain injury.

Camilo Castillo, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Director of Spinal Cord Injury

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Camilo M. Castillo is the program director for the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Program at Frazier Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Centers and an assistant professor for the department of Neurosurgical Surgery at the University of Louisville. He works with SCI patients admitted to the Frazier inpatient unit as well as with the University of Louisville Physician clinic. Dr. Castillo expertise includes acute and long term management of neurogenic bowel, bladder, cardiovascular and spasticity after an SCI. He is also heavily involved in SCI research and he is a faculty member for the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center (KSCIRC) working with SCI researchers to help develop successful SCI strategies to improve functional outcomes. Prior to come to Louisville, Dr. Castillo worked at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital (MNRH) as a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) attending and later appointed as the interim director for the same program. During his years at MNRH, he was very active in teaching with an appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of PM&R at Georgetown University helping mentoring residents during their PM&R training. He also worked very closely with administrators including quality & safety teams to develop a Highly Reliability Organization (HRO) to promote safety. Dr. Castillo graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond, Va., where he completed his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) as well as a fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. During his PM&R training, he acted as Vice Chief Resident as well as Chief Resident for its VA site.

Prior to starting his residency, Dr. Castillo worked at the VA in Richmond as a clinical researcher. During his time as a researcher, as well as his graduate medical education, he was involved in clinical, pharmaceutical and investigator initiated research studies. He has co-authored and published manuscripts in peer review journals as well as a book chapter. He has presented on his research and clinical areas of interest including the long-term effects after SCI, as well as medical and social issues affecting minorities in rehabilitation. He is the recipient of awards related to his research, including the Research Excellence Award in the Department of PM&R at VCU.

Dr. Castillo completed his surgical internship at Carillion Health System in Roanoke, Va., and received his Medical Degree in Medicine and Surgery from Juan N. Corpas School of Medicine in Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia. He is Board Certified in PM&R and SCI. He is a member of the American Academy of PM&R, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, American Spinal Cord Injury Association (ASIA), the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP) and the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS).

Dr. Castillo is a physician with a worldwide view of medicine. He strives to make systems more efficient, improve quality and access of care to promote health for those SCI patients living in our community and beyond and to deliver a comprehensive, responsible and holistic interdisciplinary care with human compassion. Dr. Castillo enjoys exercising, spend time with family and friends, traveling with his wife and daughter as well as reading.

Priya Chandan, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Chandan is a physician-scientist who specializes in PM&R health services research. She also engages in research that addresses health disparities experienced by people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Dr. Chandan is Clinical Director for MedFest, a program that provides free sports physicals to Special Olympics athletes. Dr. Chandan is passionate about medical education, including teaching PM&R residents about the research process and about delivering quality healthcare for people with disabilities.

In addition to her appointment in the University of Louisville's School of Medicine, Dr. Chandan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health's Department of Health Management & System Sciences.

Jonathan Couch, DO

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Couch recently completed a minimally invasive spine surgery fellowship at Semmes-Murphey Neurology and Spine Institute in Memphis, TN. He finished his neurosurgery residency at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ. Dr. Couch attended the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, KY. In addition to minimally invasive neck and back surgery, Dr. Couch provides general neurosurgical procedures including craniotomy, shunting, and tumor surgery.

Amr El-Naggar, MD, FACS

Clinical Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Amr El-Naggar joined the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Louisville as a Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery.

Dr. El-Naggar graduated from The Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University. He completed his Neurosurgery Residency at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina. He completed clinical fellowships of Neurosurgery at The Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, as well as the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Dr. El-Naggar is the President of Lake Cumberland Neurosurgical Clinic and President of DREZ one LLC.
He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. El- Naggar was awarded the Hallett Prize by the Royal College of Surgeons of England and will be performing Functional Neurosurgery at the University of Louisville and The Jewish Hospital in Louisville. This will include DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) for Parkinson's disease, Essential Tremors and Dystonia.

In addition, Dr. El-Naggar will be performing neurosurgical operations for relief of intractable pain including intractable facial pain and Trigeminal Neuralgia, Dorsal Root Entry Zone Lesioning, and Nucleus Caudalis DREZ surgery. This will also include placement of MRI compatible Dorsal Column Stimulators and Morphine Pumps.

John Gormley, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Specialty: General Rehabilitation

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Gormley is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is committed to providing his hospital and office patients compassionate personalized attention as well as providing the most innovative, advanced health care in the region. In addition to general rehabilitation, he specializes in neuromuscular diseases.

David Haustein, MD

Associate Clinical Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Haustein is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University ofLouisville. He serves as the section chief of PM&R at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center and as the Associate Program Director for the PM&R residency program. He is board certified in PM&R with additional subspecialty certification in neuromuscular medicine. He is also certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

Dr. Haustein cares for patients requiring neurological, orthopedic or musculoskeletal rehabilitation and has a special interest in electrodiagnostic testing and nerve and muscle disorders. In addition, he enjoys medical education, administration and clinical informatics. He serves on several national committees and editorial boards and enjoys contributing to national examinations and publications.

Dr. Haustein completed his medical degree and residency training at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky and enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and four kids.

Robert F. James, MD, FAANS

Associate Professor
Chief, Vascular Neurosurgery

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. James’ clinical interests include open and minimally-invasive brain aneurysm treatments, aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, arteriovenous malformations (AVM), arteriovenous fistulas, acute stroke, cavernous malformations, carotid artery stenosis treatments including carotid stenting and open carotid endarterectomy, carotid-cavernous fistula, peripheral nerve entrapment surgery, trigeminal neuralgia (tic douloureux) microvascular decompression, Adult Chiari syndrome, Moyamoya disease, traumatic brain injury, sports-related concussion, meningiomas, head and neck tumor embolization, and radiosurgery (Gamma Knife and Cyberknife).

Past Experience: Dr. James is board-certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and is a Senior Member of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery. Dr. James is a member of an elite group of neurosurgeons dual-trained in both open cranial neurovascular surgery and minimally-invasive endovascular neurosurgery. Dr. James served as faculty and Instructor of Clinical Neurosurgery with the Department of Neurological Surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. James then joined the faculty at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University as an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and was successful in building the first joint cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery program in eastern North Carolina serving a population of over 1.3 million people.

Current Position and Expertise: Dr. James was recruited to join the University of Louisville School of Medicine as Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Chief of Vascular Neurosurgery. Dr. James is a nationally known and highly regarded expert in both open cerebrovascular and minimally-invasive endovascular neurosurgery. This dual-training allows Dr. James to offer an unbiased medical opinion in regards to which treatment option is best for his patients.

Dr. James has been invited to speak at numerous national neurosurgery and neuroendovascular meetings in his area of expertise and has published many scientific articles on cerebrovascular disease treatments. He is a committed educator having taught dozens of residents and fellows as faculty at national neuroendovascular practical courses. Dr. James gained recent recognition as the only neurosurgeon invited to write two chapters in the cerebrovascular section of Neurosurgery Knowledge Update, a new book planned for publication by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

Cerebrovascular and Stroke Research: Dr. James won the 2012 Robert Simon Chair of Research from the Brain Aneurysm Foundation and the East-West Collaboration Grant Award for his research evaluating heparin in aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. He has gained additional grant funding to lead a national, multi-center clinical trial based out of the University of Louisville that will evaluate low-dose heparin administration following cerebral aneurysm rupture. This study is designed to reduce neuroinflammation and prevent memory and cognitive deficits commonly seen in patients who survive a ruptured brain aneurysm. In addition, Dr. James will be bringing the HEAT aneurysm coiling trial to the University of Louisville that will compare gel coated coils to traditional coils in an attempt to understand which type of coil is better at fixing brain aneurysms. Dr. James will also be bringing a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded clinical trial named MISTIE 3 to the University of Louisville that will evaluate new surgical treatments for hemorrhagic stroke, where current treatment options are very limited. Dr. James’ interest in clinical research stems from his commitment to find the safest and most effective methods to treat his patients who often have the most complex neurovascular problems. He would like to improve our understanding of these potentially devastating cerebrovascular disorders and to improve outcomes for all patients who suffer from them.

Peter M. Kaskan, PhD

Associate Professor
Specialty: Cognitive Neuroscience, Neurophysiology

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Kaskan joined the faculty of Neurological Surgery in September 2017 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the Laboratory of Neuropsychology at the National Institute of Mental Health. There, he specialized in understanding the role of the amygdala in reward learning, attention, motivation, and value representation.

In the department of Neurological Surgery, Dr. Kaskan is continuing this line of investigation through intraoperative neurophysiological recordings in patients performing behavioral tasks. Targets include those encountered during deep brain stimulation for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and Tourette syndrome, and subcortical (i.e. amygdala) and cortical sites in patients undergoing language localization for the treatment of epilepsy or tumor resection. Research questions include the role of the subthalamic nucleus in decision conflict, and the influence the amygdala plays in cortical neural responses related to value.

James Jason Miller, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Miller practices general in-patient rehabilitation at Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital (SIRH) in New Albany, Indiana where he also serves as the hospital Medical Director. At SIRH, Dr. Miller cares for a vast array of medically complex rehab patients in a free-standing, community based rehab hospital.

Dr. Miller earned his BA in Biology/Pre-med from Bellarmine College in Louisville, KY. He earned his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 2003, where he remained to complete his Intern year in Internal Medicine and subsequently his specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Prior to assuming his current positions in November of 2016 with the University of Louisville and Southern Indiana Rehab, Dr. Miller initially spent time in private practice with a 60/40 in-patient/outpatient mix, before focusing entirely on in-patient rehabilitation. Dr. Miller spent the 8 years prior to November 2016 practicing subacute in-patient rehab, serving as Chief Clinical Officer and Department Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for two premier skilled nursing companies – Elmcroft Senior Living and Signature Healthcare. During his time in subacute rehabilitation, Dr. Miller worked to establish a consistent rehabilitation model across a network of skilled nursing facilities.

Dr. Miller is a native of Louisville, KY where he currently lives with his wife and daughter. Dr. Miller enjoys High-Performance Driving in his free time.


Haring J.W. Nauta, MD, PhD, FACS

Neurosurgery Residency Program Director

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Nauta’s long and distinguished career began when he was a Guest Investigator at the Institut fur Hirnforschung der Universitat in Zurich, Switzerland. From there he became an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto. Two years later, he joined the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston as an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery. He then spent an eight year stint as an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Afterwards, he returned to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, this time as a Professor of Neurosurgery. He later served as Chairman of their Neurosurgery department.

Dr. Nauta joined the University of Louisville in 2010. At UofL, he specializes in brain and spinal cord tumors, aneurysms and AVMs, lumbar stenosis, cervical disc disease, Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, adult hydrocephalus and special procedures for pain. He is also the Director of the department’s Residency Program.

Megan B. Nelson, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Specialty: Cancer Rehabilitation

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Nelson is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist with fellowship training in Cancer Rehabilitation. Focusing on the unique functional needs of cancer patients, she works with oncologists and the comprehensive cancer team serving patients from initial diagnosis, throughout treatment and after treatment. She treats the whole patient, including musculoskeletal and neurological complaints, neuropathic pain, spasticity, lymphedema, fatigue and overall quality of life.

Catherine Schuster, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Schuster is dual board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Pediatrics. She gathers expertise from a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals to offer a comprehensive approach to children and adolescents with conditions affecting motor development, function and independence. Through the use of state-of-the-art equipment, advanced rehabilitation techniques and access to the most progressive research available, she is committed to bringing each child to their highest level of function possible for their specific condition.

John Shaw, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery/General Rehab

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Shaw is a graduate of Drake University and Washington University Medical School. After internship at University of Iowa, he served two years of active duty in the Air Force. He then completed a residency in Orthopedics at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He and his family spent the next 12 years developing orthopedics and rehabilitation in South Korea where he pioneered in orthopedics and rehabilitation and starting the first dedicated Rehabilitation Center in Korea.

In 2014, a new Rehabilitation Hospital was named for Dr. Shaw which was built next to the Presbyterian Medical Center where Dr. Shaw currently worked. He also has completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Louisville, KY and was a founding partner of Rehabilitation Associates where Dr. Shaw was dedicated to integrating both rehab and orthopedics. After 25 years, the practice was dissolved and Dr. Shaw joined the University of Louisville Division of Rehabilitation Medicine under the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Shaw has a special interest in restoring hand function in the tetraplegic patient and resolving spasticity problems in Stroke and other areas. He does this with Botox, baclofen pumps, surgery and innovative bracing.

Dr. Shaw has returned to Korea several times to train surgeons in tetraplegic hand surgery and lecturing to the Rehab programs. His first Rehab resident started both an Orthopedic residency and Rehab residency while in Korea and his graduates have become leaders in both areas. He was also the Medical Director to the Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Center for 23 years but is now dedicated to a rehabilitation outpatient and surgical practice along with leading the Stroke Team at SIRH.

Dr. Shaw has received numerous awards from Korea including a Citation from the President of Korea for developing another rehabilitation work for children called The Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Center. In 2015 he received the Kentucky One award for International Humanitarian Service. Dr. Shaw retired from the Army after 12 years of active and reserve duty along with another 12 years of duty in the Air Force.

Sarah Wagers, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Specialty: Traumatic Brain Injury

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Wagers is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She completed her undergraduate degree, medical school and residency at the University of Louisville. She has a special interest in patients with acquired brain injury in both the civilian and veteran populations.

Brian Williams, MD

Assistant Professor
Director of Brain Tumor Program

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Brian Williams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Louisville. He joined the faculty in August 2016 after completing his residency in neurological surgery and specialty training in neurosurgical oncology and skull base surgery. Dr. Williams has special expertise in treating primary and metastatic tumors of the brain, spine, and skull base. He has multiple awards recognizing his excellence in research including the Integra Foundation Award from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the Crutchfield Gage Award from the Neurosurgical Society of the Virginias. His laboratory effort focuses on understanding the stem cell biology of glioblastoma tumor cells and the role of hypoxia signaling in peritumoral edema.

In addition to his sub-specialty, Dr. Williams performs general neurosurgery and spinal surgery including spinal deformity correction procedures and minimally invasive procedures. He is licensed in Kentucky and Texas.

William Williamson, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Specialty: Stroke - Sub Acute Rehab

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Williamson specializes in stroke rehab and geriatrics. He directs the subacute and acute units in the Louisville metro area and is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.