Established in 1968, the Department of Neurosurgery at Boston Medical Center is a full- service clinical and academic program that provides advanced treatment for patients with a broad spectrum of diseases and disorders of the brain, nerves, spine and spinal cord. Our team includes highly experienced neurosurgeons who subspecialize in all major areas of neurosurgery. We have multidisciplinary programs in trauma, neuro-oncology, cerebrovascular disease that provide our patients with a broad spectrum of treatment options. We work with our colleagues to provide our patients with the highest level care in a truly compassionate environment.

  • Our neurosurgeons have extensive experience in using state-of-the-art technology and innovative surgical methods to treat patients with a wide variety of brain, nerve and spine conditions.
  • BMC offers patients access to the newest clinical treatments in this specialized field, using the advanced image-guidance and minimally invasive techniques to provide safe and successful treatment of complex brain tumors, aneurysms, movement disorders (including Parkinson's disease), epilepsy, and spine diseases.

Our Department has a long-standing tradition of providing the finest neurosurgical care possible to all residents of this region regardless of ethnicity, race or economic status.

Neurosurgery Team at Boston Medical Center

Our patients benefit from the truly collaborative nature of our practice and from the cumulative expertise of the entire department. 

We share Boston Medical Center’s commitment to exceptional care, without exception and are proud of our outcomes, and the trusting relationships we have established with our patients. Our outpatient clinic is located in Boston Medical Center’s beautiful Shapiro Center in Boston’s historic South End.

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Conditions We Treat

  • Epilepsy

Our Team

James W Holsapple, MD

Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery/Program Director, Neurological Surgery

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Brain Tumors, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Brain Trauma, Cerebral Aneurysm, Trigeminal Neurlagia

Emanuela Binello, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Director of Neurosurgical Oncology, Boston University School of Medicine

Brain tumors, spine tumors, pituitary surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery, complex and minimally invasive spine surgery, peripheral nerve surgery

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Hormuzdiyar H Dasenbrock, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Boston University School of Medicine

Stroke, Cerebral Aneurysms, Spine Surgery, Brain Tumors, Head Trauma

Ribhu T Jha, MD

Attending Neurosurgeon
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery Boston University School of Medicine

Neurological oncology, skull base tumors, pituitary tumors, meningioma, cerebrovascular disease, spine, degenerative spine, trauma

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Pratik Rohatgi, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Boston University School of Medicine

Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease and Essential Tremor, Epilepsy Surgery, Spine Surgery, Neuromodulation for Pain, Peripheral Nerve Surgery

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Urvashi Upadhyay, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Boston University School of Medicine

Meningioma, Pituitary Tumors, Skull Base Tumors, Brain Tumors, Trigeminal Neuralgia

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Neurosurgical Residents

  • Andrew Powers, MD
  • Charles Mackel, MD, JD
  • Anirudh Penumaka, MD, MS
  • Aristotelis Filippidis, MD, PhD

Patient Resources

Neurological Patient Information

We take the confidentiality of your health-care information very seriously. We will ask you to sign an acknowledgement that you have received our Notice of Privacy Practices.

Neurosurgery Refer a Patient

We are committed to providing a high level of assistance to our physician colleagues within BMC and outside of the BMC system, as well.

Residency and Fellowship Information

Neurosurgical Residency Program 

The combined Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Boston Medical Center (BMC) Neurosurgical Residency Program provides residents with a unique opportunity to train at three of the busiest medical centers in New England, all of which treat patients with some of the most complex neurologic conditions. During their seven years of training, residents spend equal amounts of time at BIDMC and BMC, six months at Boston Children’s Hospital, and one year conducting research.

Pre-Residency Fellowship

Pre-residency fellows are integral members of the neurosurgical neurocritical care teams. Duties include managing floor and ICU patients, night call, and assisting in the operating room and outpatient clinic, which together provide broad clinical exposure in the neurosciences.