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Meet Our New Neurosurgery Providers

Meet Our New Neurosurgery Providers


Our neurosurgery team has grown over the last year, and we’re pleased to introduce our newest surgeons. With expertise in areas from skull base surgery to functional neurosurgery to endovascular neurosurgery, these providers help us expand our offerings and better serve our Neurosurgery patients.

Learn more about BMC’s Department of Neurosurgery

 

Urvashi Upadhyay, MD, FAANS

Attending Neurosurgeon, Boston Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of Skull Base Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine

Dr. Upadhyay joined BMC and BUSM in 2019 after working at UMass Medical School, where she began a skull base program for the treatment of complex brain tumors. At BMC, she specializes in neuro-oncology and skull base brain tumors, as well as carries out research into delivering chemotherapy to the brain for treating tumors.

Skull base tumors are those that occur at the base of the brain and may be challenging to access due to their relationship to critical structures, nerves and major blood vessels. Accessing such tumors requires a combination of newer endoscopic techniques combined with more traditional cranial approaches, allowing for minimally invasive brain tumor removal, when it is safe to do so. 

Dr. Upadhyay has had a long-standing interest in treatment of all brain tumors, including those at the skull base and has worked with the neuro-oncology department to bring brain tumor clinical trials to BMC, so that we can offer all cutting-edge options in brain tumor treatment to our patients.

A native of the Greater Boston area, Dr. Upadhyay attended the Massachusetts of Technology and John Hopkins University School of Medicine. She then returned to the area for her neurosurgery residency at Harvard Brigham and Women’s/Children’s Hospital Boston program and a skull base fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Hormuzdiyar Dasenbrock, MD, MPH

Attending Neurosurgeon, Boston Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Boston University School of Medicine

Dr. Dasenbrock joined BMC in 2018, and specializes in endovascular neurosurgery, which is neurosurgery that uses small tools placed into blood vessels to complete the surgery. He is also very involved in research, particular into ways to improve cerebrovascular neurosurgery techniques and neurosurgical outcomes.

Dr. Dasenbrock came to BMC after finishing his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an endovascular neurosurgery fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. He also completed a clinical research fellowship during medical school at Johns Hopkins University and received a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Pratik Rohatgi, MD, MSE

Attending Neurosurgeon, Boston Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Boston University School of Medicine

Dr. Rohatgi specializes in functional neurosurgery, which focuses on treating chronic neurological disorders and other conditions through surgery that restores normal brain function. As part of this work, he works closely with the movement disorders neurology team to provide deep brain stimulation as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for patients with essential tremor, Parkinson’s disease and dystonia. Dr. Rohatgi is also part of the epilepsy team at Boston University, where he provides surgical treatment options for patients with seizures.

He was drawn to functional neurosurgery and finds it rewarding because it allows him to bring the latest advances in medical technology and neuroscience to patients.

Dr. Rohatgi attended University of Michigan for his undergraduate degree, a graduate degree in biomedical engineering, and medical school. He completed a neurosurgery residency at Penn State University and a fellowship at University of California Los Angeles before joining BMC in 2019.

Ribhu Tushar Jha, MD, MS

Attending Neurosurgeon, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center &Boston Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Boston University School of Medicine

Dr. Jha joined BMC in November 2019 after completing a skull base neurosurgery fellowship at the University of South Florida. At BMC, he specializes in neurological oncology, skull base pituitary tumors, trauma, and spine surgery.

“It’s a privilege to provide care for individuals with complex neurosurgical conditions,” says Dr. Jha

“It’s a privilege to provide care for individuals with complex neurosurgical conditions,” says Dr. Jha. “The collaborative efforts between the members of the neurosurgery team, as well as with members of other departments throughout BMC, allow me to provide my patients advanced care, centered around each of his or her needs and desires.”

Dr. Jha completed his residency in neurosurgery at Med Star Georgetown University Hospital and received his MD from University of Tennessee Health Science Center. During his fellowship at University of South Florida, he created a club dedicated to teaching cranial anatomy and surgical procedures to medical students and residents. He plans to continue this work in education at BMC, mentoring and creating curriculum for neurosurgery residents, fellows, and medical students.