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

Dr. Amin Kassam

Neurosurgeon, Chairman of Neurosciences at NCH

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

Grounded in a unique clinical practice, Dr. Kassam has developed an exceptional patient experience in minimally invasive neurosurgery. Having led teams that performed many of the first-in-human procedures, he remains an active global destination surgeon and educator.

During the past two decades, Dr. Kassam has led four neurosurgery programs and has pioneered and globally taught novel surgical procedures, having trained a generation of surgeons from across the world on the minimally invasive techniques that he and his teams have pioneered.

Dr. Kassam is widely recognized as a leader in technology developments that advance the field in service of the patient and define the next generation care. He is sought out by the technology sector as a transformative innovator and has founded or held leadership roles in several technology start-up companies that have directly been applied to define the next generation care and improved patient outcomes published in peer reviewed articles. He’s also held executive health care administration leadership roles needed to translate these innovations through integrated service line delivery models.

He is the founder and CEO of Neeka Enterprises, previously served as the Chair of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and recently served as the Chief Scientific Strategist, Vice President for Neurosciences and Chairman of Neurological Surgery for Advocate Aurora Health in Wisconsin.

Peer-reviewed articles

Global lectures

Book chapters


Personal accomplishments

Dr. Kassam has published more than 320 peer-reviewed articles, three textbooks and 80 book chapters. He has given more than 250 lectures globally and served as a distinguished guest for multiple international meetings and societies.

He has a Hirsch index of 75 (the Hirsch index represents an impact score of a scientist’s publications on world literature; an h-index score of 75 represents one of the most significant impact scores in the history of neurosurgery), an RG-impact score of 47 (98th percentile) and his work has been cited over 22,000 times. He authored the first- and third-most-cited articles in his field during the past decade and published a sentinel atlas of the human subcortical network: “The White Matter Chassis.”

Most recently, Dr. Kassam has focused on publishing a neuro-oncology textbook that outlines all of the key corridors to access the deep regions of the brain, as well as his role as the chief medical officer for the National Hockey League Alumni Association. His team is completing a trial that examines social determinants of health (SDoH) and quality of life of the alumni via a digital wellness platform to enhance self-efficacy and peer-to-peer connectivity. This represents one of the largest decentralized multinational virtual trials in this cohort. The machine learning-enhanced platform from this trial will be foundational for more generalized trials anticipated over the years in broader populations, such as veterans and other vulnerable cohorts subject to health equity disparities.

Additionally, with the emergence of the pandemic, Dr. Kassam has focused on resource optimization. His team of data science engineers created and published AI-infused tools, which include web-based multi-parametric predictive COVID modeling that anticipates surges and hospital bed capacity and informs strategic planning.

Strategic partnerships

Dr. Kassam has developed a broad partnership network as chief medical officer at the National Hockey League Alumni Association and an econometrics and optics consultant for Stryker Corporation. His broad and deep range of partnerships, combined with a track record of implementing purposeful, seamless patient-centric integrated service lines across diverse ecosystems, positions him to provide direct patient care which is data-driven and personalized for each patient and family’s needs.

Dr. Kassam has emerged as a strategic thinker who can work across multiple disciplines and bring people together to make meaningful change in the service of patients.