Thomas Jefferson University, Professor of Neurological Surgery and Neurology

Ashwini Sharan PicAshwini Sharan, MD, FACS is a Professor of Neurological Surgery and Neurology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, as well as the Division Director of Functional and Epilepsy Surgery and the Neurosurgery Residency Program Director. 

Dr. Sharan is an internationally recognized authority on functional neurosurgery, particularly for his contributions to the growing field of epilepsy surgery.  Dr. Sharan also takes a keen interest in spine surgery, deep brain stimulation, intrathecal pumps and spinal cord stimulators.

As an active researcher, Dr. Sharan has been the recipient of three NIH grants, investigating the safety of MRI for patients with implanted DBS systems, genetic influences of human epilepsy and neuronal dysfunction in AIDS.  His work has been published in Neurology, Neurosurgery, Spine, Epilepsia, Neuromodulation and Orthopedic, among others, and has been cited over 2,200 times. 

Dr. Sharan is also an active participant of DARPA’s Restoring Active Memory (RAM) project, a multi-institutional, expansive endeavor which seeks to build multi-scale computational models with high spatial and temporal resolution that describe how neurons code declarative memories. 

Dr. Sharan currently serves as the President of the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) and President Elect of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS).  His principal interest in professional service is improving the quality of neurosurgical training, both in the United States and worldwide. 

Dr. Sharan is a graduate of Boston University and the University of Medicine of Dentistry of New Jersey.  He completed his residency in neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University and his fellowship in spine and functional neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic.  He lives in Southern New Jersey with his wife, a breast cancer oncologist, and two children. 

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