Professor of Neurosurgery and of Neuroscience, Albany Medical College
Chair for the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics, Albany Medical College
Julie G. Pilitsis MD, PhD completed her neurosurgery residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. During that time, she also obtained a PhD in neurophysiology and became active in both basic science and translational research. She went on to complete a fellowship in Functional Neurosurgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.
She has served as Chair of the Joint Section on Pain of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) as well as AANS/CNS Chair of Joint Section for Women in Neurosurgery. She is currently an Executive Council Member of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and on the NANS Board of Directors. She began the NANS Women in Neuromodulation Section where she was the first chair and currently serves as senior advisor.
Dr. Pilitsis maintains an NIH sponsored research program focused on device optimization for neuromodulation and has published over 145 journal articles, 4 books, and numerous chapters. She serves as section editor of functional neurosurgery in Operative Neurosurgery, is on the editorial board of Neuromodulation and Journal of Neurosurgery, is on the FDA review panel for neurological devices and sits on multiple NIH study sections.
- MacDonell J, Patel N, Rubino S, Ghoshal G, Fischer G, et al. Magnetic resonance-guided interstitial high-intensity focused ultrasound for brain tumor ablation. Neurosurg Focus. 2018 Feb;44(2):E11. PubMed PMID: 29385926
- Ghoshal G, Gee L, Heffter T, Williams E, Bromfield C, et al. A minimally invasive catheter-based ultrasound technology for therapeutic interventions in brain: initial preclinical studies. Neurosurg Focus. 2018 Feb;44(2):E13. PubMed PMID: 29385920.
- Khan H, Pilitsis JG, Prusik J, Smith H, McCallum SE. Pain Remission at One-Year Follow-Up With Spinal Cord Stimulation. Neuromodulation. 2018 Jan;21(1):101-105. PubMed PMID: 29058361.
- Gee LE, Walling I, Ramirez-Zamora A, Shin DS, Pilitsis JG. Subthalamic deep brain stimulation alters neuronal firing in canonical pain nuclei in a 6-hydroxydopamine lesioned rat model of Parkinson’s disease. Exp Neurol. 2016 Sep;283(Pt A):298-307. doi: 10.1016/j.expneurol.2016.06.031. Epub 2016 Jul 1. PubMed PMID: 27373204.
- Walling I, Smith H, Gee LE, Kaszuba B, Chockalingam A, et al. Occipital Nerve Stimulation Attenuates Neuronal Firing Response to Mechanical Stimuli in the Ventral Posteromedial Thalamus of a Rodent Model of Chronic Migraine. Neurosurgery. 2017 Oct 1;81(4):696-701. PubMed PMID: 28402559..