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The Neurosurgery Team

Neurosurgeons


James W Holsapple, MD
Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Emanuela Binello, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Boston University School of Medicine

Keith G Davies, MB, BCh
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Boston University School of Medicine

Justin L Massengale, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Boston University School of Medicine

Nirav J Patel, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Boston University School of Medicine

Neurosurgical Affiliates



Neurosurgical Fellows

Aristotelis Filippidis, MD, PhD
Abdul Kader Tabbara, MD
Bart Thaci, MD
Christine Tschoe, MD


Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Nurse Coordinators & Administrative Staff

The physician assistants are licensed professionals who assist the neurosurgeon in surgery and provide inpatient and outpatient care under the neurosurgeon's supervision. The nurse practitioners and nurse coordinator are also licensed and work closely with the neurosurgeons in inpatient and outpatient care. There are times that the nurse practitioner or physician assistant may see you for follow-up care in the office.

Nurse Practitioners

Kimberly G. Chagnon, ANP

Physician Assistants

Thai Vu, Lead PA-C
Kelley Clark, PA-C
Jesse Szafarz, PA-C

Administrative Staff

Kevin Maguire, Administrative Director
Bethany Hagan, Operations Manager
Michele Murphy, Team Coordinator
Jacqueline Spears, Administrative Coordinator
Shakana Sinclair, Administrative Coordinator
Melissa Ruscio, Administrative Coordinator
Linda Denien, Administrative Coordinator


Our neurosurgeons are all full-time staff members at Boston Medical Center and appointed to the faculty at Boston University Medical School. They are involved in patient care, teaching and research to further the knowledge and treatment of neurosurgical conditions. We also work closely with other departments in the hospital, such as neurology, radiology, otolaryngology and orthopaedics to coordinate your care and treatment. Together, we provide advanced diagnostics as well as treatment of a broad spectrum of brain and spine diseases.