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Meet our team

At NorthShore Neurological Institute at Northwest Community Healthcare, our team is made up of a diverse group of board-certified specialists with extraordinary academic backgrounds, recognized globally for innovation in the treatment of brain, head and neck, and spine disorders and conditions.


Dr. Amin Kassam, Neurosurgeon, Chairman of Neurosciences at NCH

Dr. Amin Kassam

Neurosurgeon, Chairman of Neurosciences at NCH

Minimally invasive and robotic neurosurgery of primary and secondary brain, skull base and spine tumors, cerebrovascular pathology, trigeminal neuralgia

Dr. George Bobustuc

Dr. Mohammad Anadani

Neuroendovascular and Neurocritical Care Physician

Acute ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, traumatic brain and spinal injuries, and epilepsy

Dr. George Bobustuc

Dr. George Bobustuc

Medical Neuro-Oncology

State-of-the-art medical treatment of primary and secondary brain, skull base and spine tumors

Dr. Melanie B. Fukui

Dr. Melanie B. Fukui

VP, Quality and Division Chief

Neuroimaging consultation for primary and secondary brain, skull base and spine tumors, cerebrovascular and spinal pathology

Dr. Sammy Khalili

Dr. Sammy Khalili

Otolaryngology: Head and neck surgery

Advanced sinonasal and skull base disease, skull base surgery, parathyroid and thyroid disease, head and neck cancers, skin cancers, voice and swallowing disorders, pediatric disorders, septal perforation repairs and functional septorhinoplasties

Dr. Asad Khan

Dr. Asad Khan


Primary and metastatic brain tumors

Neil Mundi, MD, FRCS(C)

Dr. Neil Mundi

Otolaryngology: Head and neck surgery

Surgical treatment of head and neck cancer, thyroid and parathyroid disorders, salivary gland malignancies, transoral robotic surgery and craniofacial reconstruction utilizing free tissue transfer

Russ P. Nockels, MD

Dr. Russ P. Nockels

Neurosurgeon, Vice Chairman of Neurosciences, Chief of Spine Surgery at NCH

Scoliosis, complex spinal deformity correction, spinal revision surgery, minimally invasive spinal surgery, spinal trauma, spinal tumors and degenerative disease and disc herniations

Dr. Kessarin Panichpisal

Dr. Kessarin Panichpisal


Acute stroke intervention, Endovascular treatment of brain aneurysms, extracranial stenting (carotid and vertebral artery)

Dr. Kessarin Panichpisal

Dr. Rehan Sajjad

Neurology and neurointensivist

Major strokes, intracerebral and subarachnoid hemorrhages and traumatic brain injuries

Clinical Staff

Greta Kassam, BSN, VP, Patient and Provider Experience and Workflow

Greta Kassam, BSN

VP, Patient and Provider Experience and Workflow

Overall patient experience and workflow design

Kelsey Smith, PA-C, Lead Advanced Practice Provider

Kelsey Smith, PA-C

Lead Advanced Practice Provider

Cranial neurosurgical care management

Morgan Manka, PA-C, Cranial Neurosurgical Care Management

Morgan Manka, PA-C

Cranial Neurosurgical Care Management

Tracy Rothwell, RN, Patient Care Services and Experience Nurse Manager

Tracy Rothwell, RN

Patient Care Services and Experience, Nurse Manager

Patient intake, care coordination and patient experience