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Dr. Andrew T. Parsa Joins Northwestern Medicine as New Chair of Neurological Surgery

July 09, 2013

Parsa is an internationally-renowned neurosurgeon specializing in complex tumors of the brain and spine  

CHICAGO, IL – Northwestern Medicine® welcomes Andrew T. Parsa, MD, PhD, as the chair of the department of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Michael J. Marchese Professor and chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Parsa is an internationally-renowned neurosurgeon specializing in complex tumors of the brain and spine.

“I am truly excited to embark upon this next stage of my career, which will allow me to impact neurosurgery more broadly,” said Parsa, who is part of the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute and a member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. “I have a unique opportunity to positively shape the training of residents and the development of faculty in neurosurgery at one of the most respected institutions in the country.”

Born in Brooklyn, Parsa completed his undergraduate degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale College. He returned to Brooklyn for his medical and graduate degrees at Downstate Medical Center, where he initiated one of the first vaccine studies for brain tumor patients. He finished his neurosurgical training at Columbia University and has been at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) for the past decade, most recently as professor, vice chair, and Reza and Georgianna Khatib Endowed Chair in Skull Base Tumor Surgery.

Continuously supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2002, Parsa’s research on brain tumor immunology has provided landmark insights, including the identification of a novel link between oncogenesis and immune-resistance in brain tumors. He is currently the study chair for the largest randomized brain tumor vaccine trial ever to be funded by the National Cancer Institute. Parsa has served on the executive board for the joint section on tumors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, is on the board of directors for the Society of Neuro-Oncology, and is an elected member of the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons.

Parsa’s wife Charlotte Shum, MD, will join Northwestern Medicine in the fall as a hand and upper extremity specialist in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and as an associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Feinberg School. She completed her medical education at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons before finishing her orthopaedic surgery residency at the New York Orthopaedic Hospital Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. She also completed a hand, upper extremity, and microvascular surgery fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. She arrives at Northwestern after spending more than a decade as a hand and upper extremity orthopaedic specialist at the Permanente Medical Group in Oakland, California.

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