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October 15, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The largest neurological society in the world for neurosurgical professionals has named Dr. Ali Rezai, a neurosurgeon and researcher at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, as its new president.

The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) has more than 8,000 members around the world and advances neurosurgical education and innovation by facilitating scientific discovery and its translation into clinical practice.

Rezai has served on the executive committee of CNS for the past 11 years and has been actively involved in numerous capacities within the CNS including scientific program chairman of the annual meeting.

In July, Rezai was named director of the Medical Center’s Neuroscience Program where he leads the integration, coordination and collaboration between Ohio State’s clinical, research and educational programs in neurology, neurosurgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, in addition to neuroscience research.

Rezai, who holds the Stanley D. and Joan H. Ross Chair in Neuromodulation at The Ohio State University, is widely recognized for his treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders using deep brain stimulation. In addition, he is highly acclaimed and widely respected around the world for his research in the area of neuromodulation and its use for treatment of various medical conditions including depression, addictions, obsessive compulsive disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity and traumatic brain injury.    

He is past-president of the American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and current president of the North American Neuromodulation Society.

Rezai left the Cleveland Clinic in 2009 to join Ohio State. He has published more than 140 peer reviewed articles and more than 30 book chapters.

In addition, Rezai has been the principal and co-investigator on eight grants from the National Institutes of Health. He holds 30 patents.


Contact: David Crawford, Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737, or