Insight Neurosurgery

Insight Neurosurgery

Here at Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience we strive to treat our patients as we would our own family. Our team of Neurosurgeons are highly skilled and Board Certified or Board Eligible.  Dr. Ebenezer, Dr. Pearl, Dr. Shah  and Dr. Wolak provide an in-depth treatment plan for all of our patients for a variety of different issues including brain tumors, aneurysms, trigeminal neuralgia, as well as spinal issues including but not limited to disc herniations and spinal stenosis. Our Physicians talk to every patient ensuring they have a full understanding of their diagnosis and treatment options.

At Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience you will have access to all of our on-site testing and treatment options including MRI, Physical Therapy, Pain Management, and Chiropractic Care among others. With this unique set up Dr. Ebenezer, Dr. Pearl, Dr. Shah, and Dr. Wolak are easily able to contact your other providers to discuss your care and treatment.

Neurosurgery Team

Jawad Shah, MD, FRCSC, FAANS, FACS

Jawad Shah, MD, FRCSC, FAANS, FACS

Neurosurgeon

Dr. Shah studied at McGill University in Montreal and the University of Manitoba prior to completing medical school at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada where he was also raised. He began PhD work in Psychoneuroimmunology prior to embar..

Background

Dr. Shah studied at McGill University in Montreal and the University of Manitoba prior to completing medical school at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada where he was also raised.  He began PhD work in Psychoneuroimmunology prior to embarking on specialty training in Neurosurgery. He completed sub-specialty fellowship training in skull base neurosurgery at the University of Arkansas. His areas of specialty include brain stem surgery, vascular neurosurgery, brain tumors, complex spine and neuromodulation. He currently practices at McLaren, Hurley and Genesys Hospitals.

He is involved in extensive research projects including clinical, patent work, biological/mechanical and electrical product development, industry sponsored studies, theoretical philosophy among other areas. He is a faculty member at the Michigan State University Medical School. He also is Co Director of the Center for Cognition and Neuroethics jointly administered by the University of Michigan and IINN.

Dr. Shah settled down in Flint, MI with his wife, a native of Flint, and children in the fall of 2003. When he is not working; he is constantly thinking of ways to make better the community. He also enjoys snowboarding, fishing, scuba diving, traveling, and reading.

Michael L. Wolak, PhD, MD, MS, FAANS

Michael L. Wolak, PhD, MD, MS, FAANS

Neurosurgeon

Dr. Michael L. Wolak is a board certified neurosurgeon. He completed his medical degree at the Chicago Medical School, and neurosurgery residency training at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Wolak has practiced in the MidMichigan ..

Background

Dr. Michael L. Wolak is a board certified neurosurgeon. He completed his medical degree at the Chicago Medical School, and neurosurgery residency training at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Wolak has practiced in the MidMichigan region since completing his neurosurgery residency training in 2008. He is extensively trained in treating adult patients with spine and cranial disorders, as well as peripheral nerve entrapment disorders.

Dr. Wolak will see patients at the IINN primary office location, as well as cover the Hurley Medical Center, Genesys Medical Center and McLaren – Flint Medical Center.

Sudesh Ebenezer, MD, Ed.M., FRCSC, FAANS

Sudesh Ebenezer, MD, Ed.M., FRCSC, FAANS

Neurosurgeon

Dr. Ebenezer is an Adult & Pediatric Neurosurgeon. He also performs Spine Surgery and Epilepsy Surgery. Dr. Ebenezer joined us from the State of Washington, and is now the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at IINN. Dr. Ebenezer is originally from Br..

Background

Dr. Ebenezer is an Adult & Pediatric Neurosurgeon. He also performs Spine Surgery and Epilepsy Surgery. Dr. Ebenezer joined us from the State of Washington, and is now the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at IINN. Dr. Ebenezer is originally from British Columbia, Canada, and obtained his MD and Neurosurgery training while in Canada. During his studies, Dr. Ebenezer obtained a Harvard University Scholarship, and went on to obtain a Master’s Degree from Harvard University. While there he wrote editorials for various Harvard University School newspapers, including the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has also been a guest lecturer at Harvard Medical School. He received a Congratulatory Certificate from the Government of Canada for his work at Harvard University.

He then completed his Pediatric Neurosurgery training at Seattle Children’s Hospital – University of Washington. Dr. Ebenezer also served as an Attending Physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and was voted to the Staff Honor Role. While in Washington State, Dr. Ebenezer received the Patient’s Choice Award three years in a row, for being one of Washington’s Favorite Physicians. He also served as a consulting & treating Neurosurgeon for Active Duty US Military stationed in Washington.

Dr. Ebenezer is committed to Medical Education, and has served on the Admissions Committee for two different Medical Schools. He was also a writer for the American Board of Neurosurgery’s Question Bank. Dr. Ebenezer has been recognized by the US Department of Homeland Security as having Extraordinary Ability in Science and Education. He now serves as an Advisor for Harvard University’s Alumni Affairs & Development. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He is also an active member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He has published journal articles & book chapters in his field, and has taught & lectured extensively.

In his free time, Dr. Ebenezer enjoys travelling, and was declared a “veritable globe trotter” by the Harvard University Press, after having been in 60 countries and every State in the USA. Dr. Ebenezer is also committed to humanitarian medical service, and has volunteered his time in various countries, from medical clinics in rural Peru, to Military Hospitals in the Ukraine. Dr. Ebenezer is also committed to community service, and has established scholarship programs in grade schools. He has been elected to School Boards, Nursing Home Boards, and Medical Association Boards, in various communities he has been a part of. Dr. Ebenezer has also served as an on-site Physician for International Figure Skating competitions. He is an avid swimmer and has received medals from the Royal Life Saving Society of Canada. He is also a musician, and studied thru the Royal Conservatory of Music system in Canada. He enjoys playing the violin, piano, and organ.

Justine Pearl, MD

Justine Pearl, MD

Neurosurgeon

Dr. Justine Pearl comes to us from Canada. She obtained her Bachelor of Science with Great Distinction from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she majored in Physiology with a minor in Neuroscience. She then completed her Medical Degree, al..

Background

Dr. Justine Pearl comes to us from Canada. She obtained her Bachelor of Science with Great Distinction from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she majored in Physiology with a minor in Neuroscience. She then completed her Medical Degree, also from McGill University. Subsequently, she did Neurosurgery residency in Canada, and then went on to complete a Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship at the University of Toronto, in Toronto, Canada.

She has a special interest in the management of brain tumors in eloquent areas, and has special expertise in awake cranial surgery. She is also involved in the treatment of pain and spine disorders. Dr. Pearl has extensive research experience and has authored many journal publications and book chapters. She has served as an editor & contributor to scientific journals. She is a member of multiple associations including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the North American Spine Society. Dr. Pearl has also contributed to newsletters for Women In Neurosurgery (WINS).

Ruan Vasandani, MD Intern.

Ruan Vasandani, MD Intern.

Research Intern.

Ruan Vasandani is a recent medical graduate from Aureus University School of Medicine in Aruba and is currently working at IINN awaiting residency. He completed his bachelor’s degree from York University in Toronto, Canada and soon after pursued me..

Background

Ruan Vasandani is a recent medical graduate from Aureus University School of Medicine in Aruba and is currently working at IINN awaiting residency. He completed his bachelor’s degree from York University in Toronto, Canada and soon after pursued medical school.

Ruan has successfully passed his USMLE exams and is now working on various research projects in all aspects of medicine. Along with research, Ruan is working at the Neurosurgery clinic, assessing patients by taking pertinent history and physical exams and then presenting them to the doctors. He has already published a scientific paper on the prevalence of cancer and its types among urban–rural populations. He is also currently in the process of having two case reports published in prestigious medical journals.

Ruan is a well-rounded individual who lives with passion, dedication and grace. He enjoys photography, painting and is a huge Toronto Raptors basketball fan.

Rebecca Aaron, ACNP-BC

Rebecca Aaron, ACNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Rebecca Aaron is a board certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree as a registered nurse from the University of Michigan-Flint in 2006 and then graduated with a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Saint Loui..

Background

Rebecca Aaron is a board certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.  She received her undergraduate degree as a registered nurse from the University of Michigan-Flint in 2006 and then graduated with a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Saint Louis University in 2011.

Since 2012, she has been a neurosurgical Nurse Practitioner at Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience, working closely with our surgeons and caring for our patients with the utmost compassion.  Rebecca see’s patients in the Neurosurgery clinic, at Hurley Medical Center and Genesys Regional Medical Center.  She has always had a passion for the neurosciences and is proud to be a part of the neurosurgical team, delivering high quality patient care at all levels within the care continuum.

Rebecca is happily married to her husband, Michael, with whom she has a son Mitchel and a daughter Joslyn.  They value family time and enjoy camping, traveling and most of all laughing together every single day!
Allison Piatt, ACNP-BC

Allison Piatt, ACNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Allison Piatt ACNP-BC is a board certified Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in Acute Care. She completed her nurse practitioner degree with honors from Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri. She did her nursing degree at University of Mi..

Background

Allison Piatt ACNP-BC is a board certified Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in Acute Care. She completed her nurse practitioner degree with honors from Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri. She did her nursing degree at University of Michigan in Flint, Michigan.

Allison had 6 years of experience as a registered nurse taking care of step down and ICU surgical patients at area hospitals before pursuing a career as a nurse practitioner. She also worked in general surgery as a nurse practitioner prior to joining Insight Neurosurgery at INN in July of 2014. Allison sees her patients at Hurley Medical Center, Genesys Regional Medical Center, and McLaren Regional Medical Center and is an integral part of the IINN team. She will on occasion also see patients at Insight Pain Management.

She enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends in her spare time.

Y-Wen Huang, AGACNP-BC

Y-Wen Huang, AGACNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Yi-Wen Huang, AGACNP-BC is a board certified in Nurse Practitioner with the specialty in acute care gerontology. Yi-Wen is originally from Taiwan. She finished her bachelor’s degree as a registered nursing at Taipei Medical University in Taipei, Ta..

Background

Yi-Wen Huang, AGACNP-BC is a board certified in Nurse Practitioner with the specialty in acute care gerontology. Yi-Wen is originally from Taiwan. She finished her bachelor’s degree as a registered nursing at Taipei Medical University in Taipei, Taiwan. She went on to complete her Masters Degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Yi-Wen worked in the Pediatric ICU as Registered Nurse in Taiwan for 5 years before joining IINN in June 2016. Yi-Wen sees patients in the pain management clinic as well as Neurosurgery patient at Hurley Medical center, Genesys Regional Medical Center and McLaren Regional Medical Center.
Yi-Wen likes to spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys playing piano, guitar during her free time.
Joe Danko, AGACNP-BC

Joe Danko, AGACNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Joe Danko, AGACNP-BC is a board certified Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in acute care gerontology. He finished his Bachelors degree as a registered nursing at Oakland University, in Rochester, MI. He went on to complete his Masters Degree at Ma..

Background

Lyndsey Bohnard, FNP-C is a board certified Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in family medicine. She received her undergraduate degree as a registered nurse from the University of Michigan-Flint in 2008. In 2016 she graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Before joining IINN in September 2016, Lyndsey worked for over 7 years at Providence Park Hospital in Novi, MI.

Lyndsey is happily married to her husband, Josh, with whom she has 2 children. As a family they enjoy spending time outdoors and watching movies.

Lyndsey Bohnard, FNP-C

Lyndsey Bohnard, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Lyndsey Bohnard, FNP-C is a board certified Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in family medicine. She received her undergraduate degree as a registered nurse from the University of Michigan-Flint in 2008. In 2016 she graduated from the University o..

Background

Joe Danko, AGACNP-BC is a board certified Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in acute care gerontology. He finished his Bachelors degree as a registered nursing at Oakland University, in Rochester, MI. He went on to complete his Masters Degree at Madonna University, in Livonia, MI.

Joe worked in the Medical ICU, Preop and recovery room at St. John Hospital in Detroit for 11 years before joining IINN in February 2016. Joe sees patients in the Pain management clinic as well as Neurosurgery patients at, Hurley Medical center, Genesys Regional Medical Center and McLaren Regional Medical Center.

Joe is happily married to his wife, Kara, with whom he has 3 children. As a family they enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, and traveling.

Nina Smith

Nina Smith

Neurosurgery Manager

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Background

Racheal earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Michigan-Flint in May of 2014. She joined Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience in May of 2014 as the front desk medical assistant at Insight Imaging. With hard work and dedication she quickly moved up to the Neurosurgery Clinic where she was Dr. Shah’s personal medical assistant and later promoted to Office Manager.
In her spare time Racheal enjoys spending time with her wonderful family, friends, and her dog Chloe.

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