Faculty & Staff

Faculty members in the Department of Neurosurgery have expertise in various subspecialties, including seizure surgery, brain implants, pediatric neurosurgery and neuro-oncology, including brachytherapy and radiation surgery. Faculty members are also experienced in neuro-endocrinology and disorders affecting the spine and spinal cord. Special services include pain management, peripheral and cranial nerve surgery and treatment of vascular disease.

State-of-the-art neurosurgical equipment, including intraoperative electrophysical monitoring, is used at the UAMS Medical Center and its affiliates, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, and neurosurgical intensive care units exist at both adult hospitals.

J.D. Day, MD


Internationally recognized as a leader in skull base surgery and specialist in Gamma Knife surgery and vascular disorders of the brain and skull base, J.D. Day, MD serves as the Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Dr. Day has authored four textbooks on skull base surgery and has published over 80 articles on neurosurgical topics. He is a highly sought after lecturer on skull base surgery techniques in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia.








Adib A. Abla, MD
Assistant Professor
Director, Cerebrovascular Surgery
Director, Neurovascular Research



Adib Abla, MD received a B.S. in engineering at Duke University (’02) and studied medicine at University of Pittsburgh (’06). He finished neurosurgery residency training in 2013 at the Barrow Neurological Institute under Dr. Spetzler, including a cerebrovascular & skullbase fellowship. He then spent one year in vascular neurosurgery fellowship at UCSF under Dr. Lawton, with additional study in surgery for deep brain AVMs, posterior circulation aneurysms, and intracranial-intracranial bypass.

In residency, he obtained endovascular (interventional) clinical experience both at Barrow and at Buffalo. He focuses on both surgical and minimally invasive endovascular techniques for aneurysms, AVMs, intracranial bypass, cavernous malformations, carotid disease, and acute stroke. He has over 70 publications in peer –reviewed journals.





Hazem Ahmed, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor



Hazem Ahmed, MD graduated from Ain Shams University School of Medicine where he also received a PhD. After completing medical school and his neurosurgery residency in Egypt, Dr. Ahmed completed a neurosurgery fellowship at the University of Cincinnati. This was followed by a pediatric neurousurgery fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and a spine surgery fellowship at Wayne State University. He has held prior academic appointments at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.







Diaa Bahgat, MD
Assistant Professor



Allan Gocio, MD
Assistant Professor











Noojan Kazemi, MD
Assistant Professor


Noojan Kazemi, MD received his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Sydney, Royal North Shore Hospital. He later completed a Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship at the University of Washington. Dr. Kazemi is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Dr. Kazemi has numerous publications in peer-reviwed journals on topics such as spinal disorders and craniocervical distraction injuries.









T. Glenn Pait, MD, FACS, FAANS
Director, T. Glenn Pait Spine Clinic



T. Glenn Pait, MD is the Director of the T. Glenn Pait Spine Clinic located in the UAMS Jackson T. Stephens Spine Institute. Dr. Pait completed Medical School and his Residency in Neurological Surgery at George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Pait is a fellow in both the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgery.

In addition, Dr. Pait delivers patient education, general medical information, and translational research on his popular weekly radio show, Here’s to Your Health.








Erika Petersen, MD 
Assistant Professor
Director, Section of Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery



Erika Petersen, MD attended Princeton University majoring in European History. She later completed medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While completing her Residency in Neurological Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, Dr. Petersen completed a research and clinical fellowship in functional neurosurgery at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London.

Dr. Petersen is the Director of the Section of Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery at UAMS. Her clinical practice focuses on neuromodulation, treating movement disorders, spasticity, and chronic pain through surgical procedures and stereotactic radiosurgery using the Gamma Knife.






Monir Tabbosha, MD
Assistant Professor


Monir Tabbosha, M.D. graduated from Ain Shams University School of Medicine. After completing medical school and his neurosurgery residency in Egypt, Dr. Tabbosha completed a Spine Fellowship at Wayne State University and a Spine/Neurooncology Fellowship at the University of Virginia. He then completed an additional Neurosurgery Residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Tabbosha specializes in spine neurosurgery.

Dr. Tabbosha specializes in Complex Spine Including Deformity Correction and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.








M. Gazi Yasargil, MD
Professor Emeritus

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Professor Yasargil is internationally known as one of the pioneers of microneurosurgery. He was honored as the Neurosurgeon of the Century in 1999 by the Journal of Neurosurgery. Professor Yasargil is renowned for his revolutionary techniques of microneurosurgery and has developed precise tools for exploration of the brain.


Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Gregory Albert, MD, MPH,

Chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery



Rongsheng Cai, MD





Eylem Ocal, MD


Advanced Practice Nurses

Ebonye Green, MNSc, CNRN, ACNS-AG, APN