Candidates for Election

Vice-President

Michael E. Kelly, M.D., Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Michael Kelly, MD, PhD is Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada.  He is the University of Saskatchewan neurosurgery program director, holds the Saskatchewan Clinical Stroke Research Chair and is the director of the Saskatchewan Cerebrovascular Centre.  He has built a very busy and active cerebrovascular/neurointerventional program in Saskatchewan, Canada for the last 10 years.  He completed a cerebrovascular surgery fellowship at Stanford University and an interventional neuroradiology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Kelly has been actively involved with meeting planning for the SNIS since 2011. He has been on the organizing committees for multiple SNIS meetings including the 2012, 2013 and 2015 annual meetings and the 2011, 2012 and 2013 (co-chair) International Endovascular Stroke Conferences. He was the co-chair for the 2015 SNIS annual meeting in San Francisco. 

Dr. Kelly served on the SNIS board for the three years as Neurosurgery Member at Large (2012-2013) and Audit Committee Chair (2013-2015). This has included multiple subcommittees. Given his past involvement on the board of the SNIS, Dr. Kelly is very familiar with the societies structure and governance. As Audit committee Chair, he provided oversight on the finances of the SNIS. 

As Vice-president, his goal would be to provide an international perspective to the members. Dr. Kelly also has significant experience with stroke systems of care and particularly their implementation to improve access to endovascular therapy for large vessel occlusions.
 

Richard P. Klucznik, M.D., The Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX

It is my distinct privilege to accept the nomination as Vice President for SNIS.  I have served on the Board for the past five years.  Currently, I am Treasurer and have previously served as Secretary, Nominating Committee Chair & Member-at-Large.  I was honored to serve as the Program Co-Chair for the 2014 Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs.  I am on the abstract review commiittee and review for JNIS.  I currently serve as the Councilor from SNIS to the American College of Radiology, where I have participated in writing projects involving SNIS with collaboration of several other societies that were presented at the recent ACR leadership council meeting in Washington, DC.

My time spent on these committees and working on the Annual Meeting has provided me with a deep understanding of the challenges we face as physicians as well as the opportunities we have to strengthen our place in the medical community.

In Houston, I serve as Director of Interventional Neuroradiology at Houston Methodist Hospital, Clinical Associate Professor at Weill-Cornell School of Medicine and I am a founding member of the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute. I have seen the tremendous growth of our specialty from my initial fellowship in 1988 at New England Medical Center and have done neurointerventional procedures exclusively since 1994, having joined ASITN soon thereafter.

As our field continues to exhibit growth, it is important that SNIS continues to forge ahead with new ideas and I look forward to bringing a more interactive approach to meetings in the future while maintaining the standards for excellence that our members have come to expect. 

Treasurer

Mahesh V. Jayaraman, M.D., Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI

Fellow SNIS members - I am honored to be running for the position of Treasurer.  Here are a few brief words about my background and goals for the society.
 
My training background is through Radiology, and after residency, I completed fellowships in Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology at Stanford University.  I then returned to Brown University, where I have been for the past 11 years.  I am currently the Director of our Neurovascular center, a multi-disciplinary service line integrating care for patients with neurovascular disease.
 
I have had the distinct pleasure of being involved with the SNIS board for the past several years, initially as the Chair of the Standards and Guidelines committee, and more recently as Member-at-Large.  In addition, being on the Get Ahead of Stroke task force has allowed me the opportunity to work on a societal level at one of the most pressing issues in our field - reorganizing stroke systems of care.  We have a major opportunity ahead of us, and if we are successful in our efforts, countless scores of patients stand to benefit.
 
If elected, I will work diligently to fulfill the duties of the office, but also continue to ensure that SNIS maintains our position as the leading authority in the field of neurointerventional surgery.
 
I thank you in advance.
 

G. Lee Pride, M.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Thanks to the society, nominating committee, and membership for the opportunity to run for the position of SNIS Treasurer. Service in such a dynamic and collaborative organization is an honor with solemn responsibility to maintain fidelity to our mission of multispecialty collaboration in the promotion of excellence in neurointerventional care.
 
My educational and professional background demonstrates my commitment to multispecialty-based education, institutional and societal leadership, and involvement within the SNIS. In preparation for my fellowship training, I completed Neurology and Radiology residencies.  Following fellowship, I remained as faculty at a pioneering university program where multispecialty collaboration is the standard; hence, inspiring my recognition that we each have something special to contribute at the same “table”.  Through service as fellowship training director for the Diagnostic Neuroradiology and Neurointerventional programs at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, I have extensive experience with coordination and management of trainee education.  This experience coalesced in my current role as the Fellowship Director-at-Large for the Radiology department, responsible for the oversight of all radiology based fellowships.  Nationally, I have service experience on the ASNR Fellowship Director’s Committee, the ASNR Education Committee, and several years of service experience in various capacities with the SNIS, including the Annual Meeting Program Committee, the Standards and Guidelines Committee, as a reviewer for the JNIS, and on the board of directors as the Education Chair from 2013-2015, and as the Secretary of the society from 2016-2017.
 
I see our society as one where multispecialty neurointerventional collaboration is codified in our genes. As such, we are a powerful voice; unquestioned stewards of quality care for the neurointerventional patient.
 

Secretary

Ricardo A. Hanel, M.D., Baptist Health, Jacksonville, FL

Born and raised in Brazil, I completed my Medical School and Neurosurgery Residency before moving to Buffalo, NY (2001), where I trained in Endovascular Neurosurgery under Dr LN Hopkins. After completing my training, I worked as Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at SUNY Buffalo from 2004-2006 before moving to Phoenix, AZ where I completed Skull Base and CV Surgery Fellowship under Robert Spetzler, MD.
 
I joined Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL in 2007 and became Professor of Neurosurgery at Mayo College of Physicians. In March 2014, I was recruited as Director for the newly formed Baptist Neurological Institute also in Jacksonville, FL. Together with excellence in patient service, advanced education has been one of the pillars of my career. I have been involved with residency and fellowship since Buffalo. I am former fellowship director at Mayo, current CV fellowship director at our service. With over 100 peer-reviewed publications, extensive lecturing and hands-on course organization and participation, raising the quality level of global neurointervention is one of my goals.
 
I have served in many committees of CNS and WFNS among others.
 
SNIS is the leading organization for Neurointervention in the United States. I have been involved with SNIS since it’s inception, currently serving as member-at-large. I am also part of “Get ahead of stroke” initiative, serving as a task force member.  I am representing SNIS as co-chair for 2018 CV Section SNIS Meeting. I have also contributed to many of our meetings and to our Journal, which I serve as a reviewer. 
 
If chosen to serve at SNIS Secretary, I want to continue to work with my peers on “Get ahead of stroke” Initiative to improve systems of care in stroke and also continue the work  to better define standards of practice in neurointervention as well as enhance advanced education.

William J. Mack, M.D., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

I would be honored to serve as Secretary on the 2017-2018 SNIS Board of Directors and am grateful for the nomination.

I am an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Southern California and specialize in Neuroendovascular Surgery. I completed Neurosurgery residency at Columbia University and Interventional Neuroradiology fellowship at UCLA. My neuroendovascular colleagues at USC are trained in Neurosurgery, Neuroradiology and Neurology. This diversity provides strong connections to each of the subspecialties represented within SNIS. I would like to leverage these relationships to strengthen interactions between SNIS and the independent subspecialty societies and continue to work towards formal neuroendovascular accreditation.

I have enjoyed the opportunity to contribute to SNIS over the past years. I have served on the SNIS Board of Directors as the Education Chair from 2015-2017 and the Neurosurgery Member-at-Large from 2013-2014. I have come to understand and embrace the unique ability of SNIS to affect our specialty as a truly multidisciplinary society. I am currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery (JNIS) and served as the Co-Chair of the SNIS Annual Meeting in Boston 2016 and the SNIS/ CV Section meeting in Nashville 2015. I have served on the annual meeting abstract grading committee and have chaired the annual fellows’ courses.

As secretary of the SNIS Board of Directors, I would work hard to fulfill the duties of the position and advance our society and the field of Neurointerventional Surgery. I would enthusiastically welcome the opportunity to serve in this capacity. 

Education Chair

Michael Chen, M.D., Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Michael Chen, MD is an Associate Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Radiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.  His training consists of neurology residency, stroke and neurointerventional fellowships at Yale, Beth-Israel Deaconess and Columbia, respectively.  He has been at Rush for 10 years and has the good fortune of working with Demetrius Lopes, MD and Webster Crowley, MD.
 
Dr. Chen has served as a JNIS associate editor, member-at-large, annual meeting co-chair, NVQI AIS module chair, and guidelines/task force committee member.  These efforts involve engaging colleagues in the peer-review process, editing, designing and delivering effective didactic sessions, and participating in developing society-driven databases and documents to guide patient care.
 
Statement of Interest:  If elected to the Education Chair position, I aim to use what I’ve learned from my SNIS involvement thus far to diligently pursue efforts that further promote a culture of engagement and collaboration within our society.  This includes joint-development of resources that each of us may find useful, including JNIS growth, innovative meeting sessions, the getaheadofstroke.org campaign, the snisatlas.com website, NVQI, and updated patient education resources.  We need each other to define the concerns of highest relevance and to put in the necessary hard work.  The stronger our bonds, the more effective SNIS can be in adding genuine value to each of our careers.
 

M. Shazam Hussain, M.D., Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

It is an exciting time for the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery.  Our Society continues to grow in size and influence, and the recent publications of multiple positive trials for intra-arterial stroke therapy have ushered in a new era for treatment of cerebrovascular diseases.  As the organization which can represent all disciplines of neurointerventionalists, the SNIS is in a great position to unite the field and greatly advance care of our patients through promotion of clinical, research, and educational excellence.  
 
I am presently the Director of the Cerebrovascular Center at Cleveland Clinic and Associate Professor of Medicine (Neurology) at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. My research and clinical interests include MRI imaging of acute ischemic stroke and endovascular therapy for hemorrhagic and ischemic cerebrovascular disease.
 
More importantly, it has been an honor to serve the SNIS over the last four year.  I was initially elected to the board as the Neurology Member-at-Large, serving in the position a second time before being appointed for the last two years as the Audit Chair.  I have been able to offer valuable input into many issues facing the society, including the risk of poorly trained practitioners for which I authored an editorial “In Defense of Our Stroke Patients” in JNIS. 
 
I have also had the honor of chairing the 12th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, which was one of our largest and highest quality meetings ever.  With this experience, along with my experience on prior program committees for the annual meeting and IESC, and serving important roles with creation of the regional symposia, I feel well prepared to serve as Education Chair if elected into the prestigious role.  In addition, I am motivated to use the platform of Education Chair to advance the society at this critical time. I ask you all now for your consideration and your vote!
 

Member-at-Large (Interventional Neuroradiologist)

Guilherme Dabus, M.D., Baptist Cardiac and Vascular Institute, Miami, FL

Thank you for considering me for the Member-at-Large (Interventional Neuroradiology) position on the 2017-2018 SNIS Board of Directors. I am deeply honored by this nomination and I am looking forward to the possibility of serving you. 
 
For the last 8 years I have dedicated my career only and exclusively to NeuroInterventional Surgery/ Interventional Neuroradiology, clinically, educationally and scientifically. I have served and continue to serve on several national scientific and leadership committees, participated in several research trials and authored/co-authored several publications. 
 
During my training I had the opportunity to be trained by brilliant NeuroInterventional Surgeons from all three different backgrounds (Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery and Neurology). These interactions convinced me that the most important is not where we come from but where we are going to moving forward; this is something that I try to pass to our trainees and fellows as their program director. Despite great advances in aneurysm and stroke care, changes in the healthcare environment, increasing pressure form hospitals and payers, lack of compliance with the new CAST-NES certification and manpower issues with increasing competition and volume dilution contribute to generate uncertainty in regards to our future as an independent discipline. I truly believe that we should continue to work to position SNIS as the main NeuroInterventional society working collaboratively with other professional organizations to strengthen our position as a group to better face current and future challenges. All practitioners from the three different backgrounds must share a common vision establishing our identity as an independent subspecialty. The stronger SNIS is, the better we will be positioned to fight, adapt and continue to grow.
 
James Milburn, M.D., Ochsner Clinic, New Orleans, LA

I feel honored to have received a nomination as Member-at-Large Neuroradiology for the SNIS and am excited about the potential to serve and help shape our vision during this important time. At the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, I serve as Section Head of Neuroradiology, Vice Chairman of Education, and Residency Program Director.  Our neurointerventional section includes all 3 specialties.  I completed INR training in 1997 at the Mallinckrodt Institute and appreciate the mentorship of Drs. Moran, Cross, and Derdeyn. 
 
My recent goal has been to increase involvement with SNIS, and I have become a regular reviewer for JNIS.  In 2016, I served on the Annual Meeting Program Committee, organizing and speaking in the Stroke Systems of Care session. This year I am chair of both SNIS fellow’s courses. In the American College of Radiology, I am a past chapter president and member of the ACR Economics Committee.  I am on the Editorial Board of the AMA/ACR Clinical Examples in Radiology and the Radiology Coding Certification Board. I also review for several other journals and the International Stroke Conference. 

Personal experience gives me unique insight into the national controversy over who should treat stroke. In 2009 we successfully shifted all stroke interventions from the cardiologists to our section and now have a very busy network with 35 telestroke sites feeding our CSC. I will continue to teach, speak, and contribute to the literature on this important topic, as well as on aneurysm treatments, coding, and education. 

Member-at-Large (Endovascular Neurosurgeon)

Mark D. Bain, M.D., Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

I am honored to be nominated for the Endovascular Neurosurgeon Member-at-Large position.  Throughout my still young career, I have been a strong supporter of the SNIS.   My involvement with the society includes serving on the fellowship committee, supporting the annual meeting by serving as faculty at the Fellows Course and at the main didactic sessions, and acting as a reviewer for the Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery.  Additionally, I am currently a member of the CV Section Joint Guidelines Committee, and the CV planning committee for the CNS annual meeting.   Over the next years, I hope to increase my involvement in the society.  The SNIS, with its diverse membership including interventional neuroradiologists, interventional neurologists, and endovascular neurosurgeons, is the best forum to launch initiatives to improve our field, and in the end, take better care of our patients.  The following ideas are ones I would hope to champion should I be elected to the member-at-large position.
 
1) Education:  The field of neurointerventional surgery is quickly changing as endovascular technology improves. SNIS led educational initiatives can further standardize care across the membership ensuring patients receive the best, most advanced care. 
2) Research: Supporting the NVQI, encouraging interventionalist led studies, and continuing standardized outcome research is the primary way to advance our field and improve the care we deliver to patients.  
3) Collaboration: I have personally witnessed the benefits that multidisciplinary collaboration can have on patient care.  If elected I would continue to push collaborative efforts and relationships with other societies.  Hopefully we can better ourselves through our relationships with others.  
 
Thank you for this opportunity to support the SNIS.

Robert F. James, M.D., University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

I am honored to accept the nomination for Member-at-Large (Endovascular Neurosurgeon) for the SNIS Board of Directors. I believe strongly in the SNIS’s mission and I have served the SNIS in multiple capacities over the years.  I served as an abstract reviewer for the 2014 and 2016 SNIS Annual Meetings. Recently, I served as the Co-Chair of the 2016 SNIS Fellows Courses. Subsequently, I served as the Chair of SNIS Programming for the 2017 AANS/CNS CV Section Annual Meeting held in Houston this year. 
 
I am an active member of the AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section and was recently appointed as the Chair of its Rules and Regulations Committee.  Locally I am the Chief of Neurosurgery at the University of Louisville Hospital. I am a member of the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services, Subcommittee on Stroke and Cardiac Care.  I hope to leverage that position by working directly with the SNIS through its innovative and important “Get Ahead of Stroke” campaign.
 
I am committed to providing new value to SNIS membership by exploring additional member benefits related to practice economics and other areas.  One potential opportunity would be to gather data on neuroendovascular call-pay and other financial metrics making this composite group-level data available to all SNIS members as a tool for their local hospital negotiations.
 
I believe that my past experience and commitment to the SNIS mission have prepared me well for this position, and I would be honored to serve on the SNIS Board of Directors.
 

Thank you for your consideration. 

Member-at-Large (Interventional Neurologist)

Johanna T. Fifi, M.D., Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY

I am honored to be nominated for the interventional neurology member at large position on the SNIS board for 2017-2018. I have been a member of SNIS for about 10 years and have routinely attended annual meetings. In recent years, I have actively participated in the annual meetings, serving as moderator, speaker, abstract reviewer, and this year, as a member of the planning committee. I enjoyed working with this bright and diverse group dedicated to the advancement of care for patients with neurovascular diseases.
 

Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to work in multidisciplinary environments. I am currently in academic practice with a true multidisciplinary, unified team of neurologists, radiologists and neurosurgeons which I believe leads to better outcomes for patients. I think that it is important that SNIS continues to be a central society for our specialty welcoming all neurologic disciplines equally and working towards common goals. As chair for the SVIN 2016 annual program, I arranged the program to be inclusive of all interventional specialists while catering to an audience of vascular neurologists and interventional neurologists which is specific for that society. I envision that SNIS will continue to lead and coordinate when feasible with related societies like SVIN and CV section to push our common agenda forward and make certain that patients around the country are cared for with the highest standards of care and training. I have and will continue to work on strengthening these collaborations between societies strategically reducing wasteful duplication of precious efforts.
 

Gabor Toth, M.D., Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

I am honored to be nominated for a board member position with the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery. I would like to thank the Society, and its members, for the consideration.
 
My vigorous training and professional career in neurology, vascular neurology and endovascular surgical neuroradiology has helped me better understand different models and approaches to treating cerebrovascular disease. I have personally witnessed the benefits and value of multidisciplinary collaboration.
 
I have served on the website committee of the SNIS, and participated as an invited speaker and moderator for several SNIS meetings and fellows’ courses over the last few years. At my institution, I am responsible for coordinating endovascular operations, and I am also the associate director of the endovascular fellowship. I believe that these experiences would be valuable assets for developing and achieving goals that benefit the SNIS and its membership.
 
As a member of the SNIS Board, I would focus on several areas to strengthen the society, and further solidify its role as a leader. These include supporting meticulous research, and introducing further quality measures, standards and guidelines. I believe that increasing public awareness, transforming stroke systems of care, and organizing coordinated fellowship training are very important goals to tackle. With the support of all 3 specialties, we can further expand our scope, build tradition, and be a strong advocate for our patients.
 
Serving on the SNIS board would be an outstanding honor for me to represent our members, and help advance our rapidly growing society.