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EMPLOYMENT

IGEA Brain & Spine, August 2008-Present.
Private practice with Dr. David Poulad, with specialized interests in minimally-invasive spinal surgery, adult spinal deformity, brain and pituitary tumors, stereotactic/functional surgery, pain, neurostimulation, radiosurgery.

On active staff at Overlook Hospital, Morristown Hosptial, Trinitas Regional Medical Center,
Certified in LINAC and Cyberknife radiosurgery.
Member of AANS, CNS, AO Spine, NASS, NANS, AANS/CNS spine section.

EDUCATION & HONORS

Milton S. Hershey Medical Center,
Pennsylvania State University, October 2006-June 2008
Chief Resident in the Department of Neurosurgery, under Dr. Robert Harbaugh, with subspecialty training in movement disorder surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, and gamma knife radiosurgery.
ATLS  certified through March 2011.
Fully licensed by the State of Pennsylvania

University of Washington
Seattle, WA, July 2000-September 2006.

Resident physician in the Department of Neurosurgical Surgery, under Dr. H. Richard Winn until 2003, and then Dr. Richard G. Ellenbogen until 2006.

ABNS written board exam passed 2006.

International fellowship as senior Specialist Registrar in Neurosurgery, Atkinson Morley Wing, St. Georges Hospital, London UK, July 2004-November 2005.  UK license #6103717, expired 7/06.
Fellowship in skull base and craniocervical surgery with Dr. Atul Goel, Professor of Neurosurgery at KEM Hospital in Mumbai, India, funded by a grant from the St. George’s NHS trust, 2006.
Successfully passed USMLE Step III exam, 2002.

Completed internship in general surgery, 2000-2001.

Harvard Medical School,
Boston, MA, September 1995-June 2000.
Graduated Cum Laude, with MD, “Honors in a Special Field (Neuroscience)” in June, 2000.

USMLE Step I, II exam in 1997 and 2000.
1996-97, awarded one year part-time research funding by the Harvard committee on research activities.
1995-97, elected class secretary for the Class of 1999.

U.S. Fulbright Fellowship,
Stockholm Sweden, August 1998-1999.
Awarded grant for studies in neuroregeneration at Karolinska Institutet, under Dr. Lars Olson, Department of Neuroscience.

Dartmouth College,
Hanover, NH, September 1991-June 1995.
Graduated Cum Laude, with B.A.in Chemistry, B.A. in History, in June, 1995.
Competed 3 years on the nationally ranked Varsity heavyweight crew team.
Presidential Scholar, awarded in synthetic organic chemistry.
Golden Key National Honor Society.
Alpha Delta fraternity. Dartmouth Outing Club.

Milton Academy
Milton, MA, September 1987-June 1991.
Graduated in July 2001.  Varsity tennis, football teams.

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

1) Cuadra SA, Sales CM, Lipson AC, Armstrong CA.  Misplacement of a vena cava filter into the spinal canal.  J Vasc Surg 50(5): 1170-2, 2009.

2) Hill, K, Lipson AC, Sheehan, JM.  Brain MRI changes following sorafenib and sunitinib chemotherapy in patients with advanced renal cell and breast carcinoma.  Journal of Neurosurgery 111(3): 497-503, 2009.

3) Rizk E, Lipson AC, Ranasinghe M, Sheehan J, Harbaugh K, Nguyen D, Harbaugh RE.
Idiopathic hypertrophic spinal pachymeningitis: a review of 3 cases of interdural lesions.  Neurosurgery, accepted with revision, 2010.

4)  Lipson AC, Foltz G, West AG, Newell D, Britz GW.  Late de novo basilar aneurysm after carotid artery injury: case illustration.  Journal of Neurosurgery 108(3): 607, 2008.

5)  Lipson AC, McInerney J, Wagner H, Sheehan JM. A combined strategy of stereotactic aspiration via Ommaya reservoir and radiosurgery for treating cystic brain metastases, submitted, Journal of Neurosurgery 2010.

6)  Peterson EC, Alden T, Patterson K, Lipson A, Friedman D, Garcia J, Avellino AM.  Epidural Metastasis from Endodermal Sinus Tumor Arising from Benign Sacral Teratoma. Case Report and Review of the Literature.  Journal of Neurosurgery (4 Suppl Pediatrics) 107:303-306, 2007.

7)  Lipson AC, Ellenbogen RG, Avellino AM.  Progression of cervical syringomyelia in a child with untreated Chiari I malformation.  Pediatric Neurosurgery 44(3):  221-223, 2008.

8)  Lipson AC, Bull JG, Rich P, Martin AJ.  The association of benign intracranial hypertension in patients with glomus jugulare tumors.  Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, accepted with revision 2008.

9) Cavaliere R, Lipson AC, Farace E, Wen P, Schiff D. Thalidomide-Associated Thromboembolic events in patients with high-grade gliomas. Neurosurgery, accepted with revision 2008.

10)  Bull JG, Lipson AC, Martin AJ.  Giant unilateral acoustic schwannoma in 8 year old.  Pediatric Neurosurgery, 42(5):338-40, 2006.

11)  Lipson, AC, Mesiwala, AH, Gabikian, P, Nair, N, Silbergeld, DL.  Metastatic melanoma with dural involvement:  Case report and review of the literature.  Surgical Neurology, submitted 2009.

12)  Janosik T, Lipson AC, Gribble GW.  An efficient synthesis of 2,3-Dicyanoindole.  OPPI, 36:279-92, 2004.

13)  Lipson, AC, Widenfalk, J, Lindqvist, E, Ebendal, T, Olson, L. Neurotrophic properties of olfactory ensheathing glia.  Experimental Neurology, 180:167-71, 2003.

14)  Widenfalk, J, Lipson, A, Jubran, M, Hofstetter, C, Cao, Y, Olson, L.  Vascular endothelial growth factor improves functional outcome and decreases secondary degeneration in experimental spinal cord contusion injury.  Neuroscience, 120:951-60, 2003.

15)  Lipson, AC and Horner, PJ.  Potent possibilities:  Endogenous stem cells in the spinal cord.  Prog. Brain Res., 137:283-97, 2002.

16)  Lipson, AC, Gargollo, PC, Black, PM  Intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging:  considerations for the operating room of the future. J. Clin. Neurosci., 8(4):305-10, 2001.

17)  Lipson, AC.  Olfactory ensheathing glial cells in nerve growth and repair:  An investigation of neurotrophic properties and potential applications for the injured spinal cord.  Graduate Thesis, Harvard Medical School, 2000.

18)  Lipson, AC.  The synthesis of 2,3-dicyanoindole as a novel dienophile in the normal electron-demand [4+2] Diels-Alder cycloaddition reaction.  Undergraduate Thesis for the Department of Chemistry, Dartmouth College, 1995.

19)  Saavedra, RA, Kimbro, KS, Rosenberg, PA, Lipson, A, and Ljubetic, C.  Analysis of the box I and II regulatory motif of the myelin basic protein (golli-mbp) promoter.  J. Cell. Biochem.  Supplement 18C:53, 1994.

20)  Saavedra, RA, Lipson, A, Kimbro, KS, and Ljubetic, C.  The structural complexities of the myelin basic protein gene from mouse are also present in shark. J. Mol. Neurosci.  4:215-223, 1993.

BOOK CHAPTERS

1) Lipson, AC, and Lipson, S.J.  “Subaxial cervical involvement in rheumatoid arthritis,” in Clark, C.R. (ed.), The Cervical Spine, 4th edition, Lippincott-Raven, Philadelphia, PA, 2004.

2)  Gargollo, P, Lipson, A, Black, PM.  “Brain trauma, concussion, and coma,” in The Dana Guide for Brain Health and Disorders, The Dana Press, Washington, D.C., 2001.

3)  Olson, L, Widenfalk, J, Josephson, A, Greitz, D, Klason, T, Kiyotani, T, Lipson, A, Ebendal, T, Cao, Y, Hofstetter, C, Schwartz, E, Prockop, D, Månson, S, Jubran, M, Lindqvist, E, Lundströmer, K, Nosrat, I, Nosrat, C, Brene, S, and Spenger, C.  “Experimental spinal cord injury models: protective and repair strategies.” In Ikada, Y and Ohshima, N (eds.), Tissue Engineering for Therapeutic Use 5, Elsevier Science, 2001.

 

ABSTRACTS/ POSTERS

1)  Ranasinghe M, Lipson A, Farace E, McInerney, J. Evaluation of accuracy and precision of frameless stereotactic navigation for deep brain stimulation electrode implantation.  American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Vancouver, Canada, June 2008.

2)  Ranasinghe M, Lipson A, Farace E, McInerney, J. Prospective comparative study on cost-effectiveness of subthalamic and ventrointermediate thalamic stimulation with frame-based and frameless stereotaxy for treatment in advanced Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor.  American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Vancouver, Canada, June 2008.

3) Zalatimo O, Lipson A, Li B-H, Farace E, Harbaugh R. Positive and negative predictive power of neuromonitoring in an academic neurosurgical practice. Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society, July 2008.

4) Lipson AC, McInerney J, Wagner H, Sheehan JM. A combined strategy of stereotactic aspiration via Ommaya reservoir and radiosurgery for treating cystic brain metastases.  Leksell Gamma Knife Society 14th International Meeting, Quebec City, Canada, May 2008.

5) Hill JR, Lipson AC, Sheehan JM. Peritumoral edema in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma treated with sorafenib or sunitinib.  American Association for Neurologic Surgeons, April 2008 meeting in Chicago, IL.

6) Lipson AC, McInerney J.  Stereotactic deep brain stimulator electrode placement for functional neurosurgery: A comparison between the Leksell frame and the FHC microTargeting Platform System. Congress of Neurologic Surgeons, accepted for the October 2007 meeting in San Diego, CA.

7) Peterson EC, Alden T, Lipson A, Avellino AM. Malignant Spinal Cord Compression from Endodermal Sinus Tumor Arising from Benign Sacral Teratoma. Congress of Neurologic Surgeons, October 2006 annual meeting in Chicago, IL.

8) Lipson AC, Celix J, Dayoub H, Britz GW, Chesnut R.  Use of a novel synthetic patient-specific Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) cranial implant for synthetic cranioplasty. Congress of Neurologic Surgeons, October 2006 annual meeting in Chicago, IL.

9)  Lipson AC, Bull JG, Martin AJ.  The association of benign intracranial hypertension in patients with glomus jugulare tumors.  Congress of Neurologic Surgeons, October 2005 annual meeting in Boston, MA.

10)  Lipson AC, Murphy M, Stapleton SR, Marsh H.  Anterior access to vertebral body metastases in the upper thoracic spine via an extended cervico-median sternotomy approach.  Congress of Neurologic Surgeons, October 2005 annual meeting in Boston, MA.

11)  Wiseman, DB, Lundin D, Zhou J, Lipson, A, Falicov, A, Shaffrey CI.  Magnesium’s efficacy in a rat spinal cord injury model.  Congress of Neurologic Surgeons, 2003 annual meeting in Denver, CO.

12)  Mesiwala, AH, Lipson, AC, Gelfenbeyn M, Futran N, Silbergeld, DL, Rostomily, RC.  Assessment of a custom-made linear high-density porous polyethylene implant for craniofacial reconstruction.  Congress of Neurologic Surgeons, 2003 annual meeting in Denver, CO.

13)  Lipson, AC, and Horner, PJ. Stem cells in the mature and developing spinal cord:  Experimental studies and therapeutic implications for spinal cord injury.  3rd International Russian Congress of Neurosurgical Surgery, 2002 annual meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia.

14)  Widenfalk, J, Lipson, A, Jubran, M, Cao, Y, Olson, L.  Spinal cord contusion injury: VEGF improves functional outcome and decreases secondary degeneration.  Society for Neuroscience, 2000 annual meeting.

15)  Kiyotani, T, Lipson, AC, Josephson, A, Klason, T, Månson, S, Olson, L, and Spenger, C.  Functional magnetic resonance imaging, a useful tool to investigate spinal cord lesions and attempts to repair ascending spinal cord tracts.  Society for Neuroscience, 2000 annual meeting.

16)  Widenfalk, J, Lipson, A, Jubran, M, Cao, Y, Olson, L.  VEGF improves functional outcome and decreases secondary degeneration in experimental spinal cord contusion injury.  3rd International Symposium on Experimental Spinal Cord Repair and Regeneration, Brescia, Italy, May, 2000.

17)  Lipson, AC, Linqvist, E, and Olson, L.  Neurotrophic activity and mRNA expression in olfactory ensheathing glia, 295.7.  Society for Neuroscience, 1999 annual meeting in Miami, FL.

18)  Widenfalk, J, Lipson, A, Cao, Y, and Olson, L.  Influence of angiogenetic and anti-angiogenetic drug delivery on functional outcome after spinal cord injury in rats.  Society for Neuroscience, 1999 annual meeting in Miami, FL.

19)  Lipson, AC, Widenfalk, J, Almström, S, and Olson, L. The transplantation of olfactory ensheathing glial cells as a potential growth and repair strategy in the rat spinal cord. Congress of Neurosurgical Surgeons, 1999 annual meeting in Boston, MA.

20)  Lipson, AC and Olson, L.  The transplantation of olfactory ensheathing glia into the rat central nervous system. . Soma Weiss Student Research Day, Harvard Medical School, April, 1999.

21)  Lipson, AC and Olson, L.  Neurotrophin expression in the rat olfactory nerve layer. Soma Weiss Student Research Day, Harvard Medical School, April, 1999.

22)  Lipson, AC, Spanjaard, RA, and Eberlein, TJ.  Analysis of the role of retinoic acid receptor gamma in mediating the apoptotic death of S91 melanoma cells. Soma Weiss Student Research Day, Harvard Medical School, April, 1997.

LECTURES & ORAL PRESENTATIONS

1)  Lipson AC.  “Spinal Cord Injury:  Current and Future Treatment Paradigms,” for the 10th Annual Neuroscience Nursing Symposium, at the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute, September, 2009.

2) Lipson AC.  Penn State Hershey Medical Center Neurosurgery Chief Resident Graduation, Visiting Professor and Graduation Lecture, June 2009 and June 2010.

3)  Lipson, AC.  “Motion preservation strategies in spine surgery,” Medical Grand Rounds at the Robert Wood Johnson – Rahway Hospital, May, 2009.

4) Lipson, AC.  “Treatment of brain metastases: The role of surgery vs. radiosurgery,” Medical Grand Rounds at Trinitas Hospital, March, 2009.

5) Lipson AC.  “Cervical arthroplasty.”  Gujarat Annual Regional Conference on Spine Surgery, 2005 annual meeting at Sterling Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

6)  Lipson, AC and Horner, PJ.  “Neural stem cells in the adult spinal cord.”  3rd International Russian Congress of Neurosurgical Surgery, 2002 annual meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia.

7)  Lipson, AC, Widenfalk, J, Almström, S, and Olson, L. “The transplantation of olfactory ensheathing glial cells as a potential growth and repair strategy in the rat spinal cord.” Oral poster presentation, Section on Trauma and Critical Care II, Congress of Neurosurgical Surgeons, 1999 annual meeting in Boston, MA.

8)  Lipson, AC, “Repairing the injured spinal cord: experimental frontiers and challenges,” 51st Annual Fulbright Berlin Seminar, invited talk, March, 1999.

GRANTS

NIH Training Grant 5T32NS07144-23, Stem cells, Sponsor: H. Richard Winn, MD, 2001-2002.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

University of Washington, Department of Neurosurgery, Seattle, WA, 2001-02:
Worked with Philip Horner, Ph.D. to help establish a laboratory to carry out investigations on adult neural stem cells, studying their differentiation and molecular regulation.

Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neuroscience, Stockholm, Sweden, 1998-99:  Worked with Lars Olson, Ph.D. to carry out in vitro and in vivo investigations of olfactory ensheathing glial cells, and to study their role in various transplantation strategies to repair the injured spinal cord in rat animal models.

Brigham &Women’s Hopsital, Harvard Medical School, Department of Surgical Oncology, 1996-97:  Worked at the Laboratory for Biologic Cancer Therapy under Timothy Eberlein, MD  Examined molcular mechanisms by which retinoids trigger apoptosis in melanoma cell lines.

Boston University/ Dartmouth College, Departments of Chemistry, 1994-95:  Worked with John K. Snyder, Ph.D. and Gordon Gribble, Ph.D. to develop new and efficient synthetic routes to mono- and di-cyano derivatives of indole, a demonstrated anti-tumor drug.  This work was completed as an undergraduate thesis in organic chemistry at Dartmouth College, 1994-95.

Dartmouth College, Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering at the Thayer School, 1993-94:  Worked with John Yin, Ph.D. to develop an aqueous two-phase polymer system for efficient selection and enrichment of viral strains based on surface protein charge properties.

University of California San-Francisco Medical Center,W.M. Keck Center for Integrative Neurosciences, 1994:  Worked with Michael Merzenich, Ph.D., in analyzing electrophysiologic data for mapping plastic changes in the the motor and primary auditory cortices in Marmoset monkeys.

Children’s Hospital , Harvard Medical School, Laboratory for the Study of Skeletal Disorders and Rehabilitation, 1992:   Worked with Raul Saavedra, Ph.D., to investigate the promoter and enhancer regions of the Myelin Basic Protein  gene through DNA sequencing and homologue studies.

HOSPITAL COMMITTEES

1) Overlook Hospital, Spine Steering Committee, 2009-present.
2) Atlantic Health, Spine Technology Committee, 2010-present.
3) Overlook Hospital, Neuroscience Care Review Committee, 2009-present.
4) Robert Wood Johnson – Rahway Hospital, Critical and Intermediate Care Committee, 2010.