Our Doctors

Our Doctors

All doctors are ABNS-certified or Board-eligible.


Warren W. Boling, MD, FAANS, FRCSC, FRACS

Interim Chair and Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
Chief of Neurosurgery, University of Louisville Hospital

Texas Tech School of Medicine, MD; Neurosurgical Residency Training at University of Kentucky

Dr. Boling treats all neurosurgical conditions of the brain, spine and nerves. He has particular interest and expertise in surgery for epilepsy, brain tumor, hydrocephalus and spinal disease.

Dr. Boling received his M.D. from the Texas Tech School of Medicine in 1991. He completed residency training in Neurosurgery at the University of Kentucky from 1991-1997. After completing his residency, he served as clinical and research fellow in epilepsy and functional neurosurgery at Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University and as clinical and research fellow in epilepsy surgery at University of Melbourne, Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre, Department of Neurosurgery. After two years as Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at West Virginia University and Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, he was promoted to Associate Professor, a role he filled from 2004-2010. While at West Virginia University, Dr. Boling served as Director Section of Surgery for Epilepsy, Research Scientist, Center for Advanced Imaging, Department of Radiology, Director of Imaging and Image Guidance Laboratory and Director of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Program.

Dr. Boling is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery (2003) and is a Fellow of both the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.


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

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

Rutgers University, B.S. Mathematics and Physics; Weill Cornell Medical College, M.D.; Neurosurgical Residency Training at SUNY-Upstate; Emory University, Subspeciality training in complex spinal neurosurgery; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, training in spinal oncology.

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.

Dr. Altstadt

Thomas J. Altstadt, MD, FAANS

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

Indiana University School of Medicine, M.D.; Neurological Residency Training at Indiana University School of MedicineDr. 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.


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

Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
Neurosurgery Residency Program Director

Case Western Reserve Univ Sch of Med, Cleveland, OH, M.D., Ph.D.; Neurosurgical Residency Training at University of Toronto
Dr. Nauta 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.


Michael C. Park, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

University of Kansas School of Medicine, M.D., Ph.D.; Neurosurgical Residency Training at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; William P. Van Wagenen Fellow, Université de la Méditerranée Aix-Marseille II.

Dr. Park specializes in neurosurgical intervention for movement disorders, epilepsy and intractable pain, stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, deep brain stimulation, vagal nerve stimulation and the application of spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal pain pumps.

Dr. Ralph Rahme

Ralph Rahme, MD

Instructor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Saint-Joseph University School of Medicine, Beirut, Lebanon, M.D.; Neurosurgical Residency Training at Division of Neurosurgery, Hôpital Notre-Dame, University of Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada; Fellow in Vascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery – University of Cincinnati and Mayfield Clinic, Cincinnati, OH.

Dr. Rahme specializes in vascular and endovascular neurosurgery, as well as cranial neurosurgery.