Julie G. Pilitsis MD, PhD is a Professor of Neurosurgery and of Neuroscience at Albany Medical College and Chair for the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics. She 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. Her area of expertise is as a functional neurosurgeon specializing in treatment of chronic pain and implantation of 150 spinal cord stimulators (SCS) for control of pain annually. In addition to her research and clinical responsibilities, Dr. Pilitsis is involved in advocating for procedures and creating guidelines through her roles as Immediate Past Chair of the AANS/CNS, Joint Section on Pain, NANS Board of Directors, and Executive Council position for the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. With the support of 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 100 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 sits on multiple NIH study sections.
- Professor of Neurosurgery
- Albany, NY