Students and trainees are the future of our field.
One of the most rewarding aspects of my profession is the opportunity to participate in the education and mentorship of students, fellows, clinicians, and scientists both locally and nationally. Since joining the full-time faculty in 2006, I have served as a primary advisor or research co-mentor for 2 Postdoctoral fellows, 4 BME PhD or MD-PhD students, 4 Neurosurgery/Neurology residents, 12 Medical and Nursing students, 7 Masters students, 6 Undergraduates, and 3 High School students. The trainees have received numerous grants and awards, and are now engaged in broad range of career trajectories including university faculty, industry research, clinical residency, management consultancy, and high-tech startups.
Beyond the laboratory and operating rooms, I have been a regular lecturer in courses throughout the University of Michigan, including the School of Medicine, the College of Engineering, the College of Literature Science and Arts, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Dentistry, and the School of Art and Design. Nationally, I have organized and participated in Neurosurgical board review courses, practical courses in spinal stimulation and deep brain stimulation, and have provided hands-on training in cancer pain procedures. Most recently, I have served as the Organizing Co-Chair of the 2016 Neural Interfaces Conference and Scientific Program Co-Chair of the 2017 Annual Meeting of the North American Neuromodulation Society.