Group photo of Neurosurgery faculty

Back Row: Dr. Analiz Rodriguez, Neurosurgical Oncology; Dr. Ronsheng Cai, Pediatric Neurosurgery; Dr. Gregory Albert, Pediatric Neurosurgery- Chief; Dr. Benjamen Tan, Neurology and Neurocritical Care; Dr. Diaa Bahgat, General Neurosurgery; Dr. Hazem Ahmed; Spinal and Cranial Neurosurgery Front Row: Dr. Elyem Ocal, Pediatric Neurosurgery; Dr. T. Glenn Pait, Spinal Neurosurgery; Dr. J.D. Day, Department Chair, Skull based, tumor and vascular neurosurgery; Dr. Erika Petersen, Functional Neurosurgery for Movement Disorders and Pain; Dr. Noojan Kazemi, Spinal and peripheral nerve Neurosurgery Not pictured: Dr. Viktor Palys – Functional Neurosurgery for Epilepsy and Movement Disorders

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, M.D.
Gregory Albert
Gregory Albert, M.D., MPH
Associate Professor
Chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery
Hazem Ahmed, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Diaa Bahgat, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Rongsheng Cai
Rongsheng Cai, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatric Neurosurgery
Noojan Kazemi
Noojan Kazemi, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Eylem Ocal
Eylem Öcal, M.D.
Associate Professor
Pediatric Neurosurgery
T. Glenn Pait, M.D., FACS, FAANS
Director, T. Glenn Pait Spine Clinic
Viktoras Palys, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Erika Petersen
Erika Petersen, M.D.
Associate Professor
Dir, Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery
Analiz Rodriguez
Analiz Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Neurosurgical Oncology
M. Gazi Yasargil, M.D.
Professor Emeritus
Eboney Greene
Ebonye Green, MNSc, CNRN, ACNS-AG, APN
Advanced Practice Nurse
Ambre’ Pownall, MSN, APRN, PPCNC-BC
Pediatric Neurosurgery APRN