Neurosurgery – Best Neurologist Flint Michigan
At insight, we strive to treat our patients as we would treat our own families. Our team of neurosurgeons is highly skilled in neurosurgery and are board-certified or board eligible. Dr. Sunil Manjila, Dr. Shah, Dr. Yin, Dr. Ebenzer, Dr. Edem, Dr. Torcuator and Dr. McDougall provide an in-depth treatment plan for each of our patients for a variety of issues, including brain tumors, aneurysms, and trigeminal neuralgia, as well as spinal issues such as disc herniations and spinal stenosis.
Our physicians prioritize building a one-on-one relationship with every patient to ensure they have a full understanding of their diagnosis and treatment options. Most of the options you need for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation are under one roof at insight, including imaging, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, pain management, chiropractic care, and massage therapy. Our convenient configuration allows our providers to easily connect with our patients’ other providers to discuss care and treatment.
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Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
Placement of Spinal Cord Stimulator – Permanent & Trial
Endoscopic Laminotomy and Discectomy
Decompression & Fusion of Lumbar Spine
Brain Shunt Placement
FELLOWSHIP TRAINING PROGRAM
The Insight Spine Fellowship is a two-year combined training program recognized by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). Our fellowship provides a unique experience for training in a multidisciplinary spine care setting, with providers specializing in Neurosurgical Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, and Interventional Spine Pain Management.
The insight Spine fellowship program will provide an outstanding opportunity to learn and work in a private practice setting for common and complex spine disorders. It will be an excellent opportunity to excel in spinal surgery, technically and clinically. A primary goal of our fellowship is to graduate fellows with a highly refined clinical acumen and surgical skill set that will allow them to most effectively treat any spinal malady
Meet Our Neurosurgery Team
Dr. Jawad Shah studied at McGill University in Montreal and the University of Manitoba before completing medical school at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. He completed subspecialty training in skull base neurosurgery at the University of Arkansas. His specialty areas 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, and theoretical philosophy. He is a faculty member at the Michigan State University Medical School and the Center for Cognition and Neuroethics Co-Director, jointly administered by the University of Michigan and Insight.
Idara J. Edem
Dr. Idara Edem is a Canadian-trained neurosurgeon, board-certified in Neurosurgery (2019), by the Royal College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Canada. During her residency, she also earned an MSc in Global Health and Global Surgery from King’s College London, UK, while performing research in South Africa.
Dr. Edem is passionate about providing excellent patient-centered care to relieve suffering and prolong survival. Dr. Edem will have privileges in all hospitals in the city of Flint and the Insight Surgical Hospital in Warren, where she will perform cranial, spinal, and peripheral nerve neurosurgical procedures. She will serve as Director of Skull base and Neurosurgical Oncology at the Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience.
Expertise: General Neurosurgery, Skull Base Neurosurgery, Complex Spine, Primary and metastatic brain, spine and peripheral nerve tumors, Endoscopic endonasal approaches, Pituitary tumors, and Radiosurgery
Dr. Roy Torcuator is a neurosurgeon at Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience with interests in general neurosurgery, spine neurosurgery, and neuro-oncology.
He completed medical school at the University of the East-Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center and neurosurgery residency training at Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center-St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Philippines. He subsequently completed a clinical fellowship in Neuro-Oncology at the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center- Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI and an Image-guided Neurosurgery fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Torcuator was previously a senior staff attending neuro-oncologist at Henry Ford Hospital. He also headed the Comprehensive Brain Tumor Service at St. Luke’s Medical Center and was the Fellowship Director of the Neuro-Oncology Fellowship program and Training Officer for the Neurosurgery residency program in the same institution. He was also a clinical associate professor IV at the St. Luke’s Medical Center-William Quasha College of Medicine.
He likes to spend time with his family, watch movies and play table tennis during his free time.
Dr. McDougall’s is originally from rural Saskatchewan and is a University of Saskatchewan Medical School graduate. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Alberta. During this time, he also participated in a one-year fellowship at the University of California San Francisco. Following his residency, Dr. McDougall’s completed a three-year combined open cerebrovascular and endovascular fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas.
Before joining Insight, Dr. McDougall’s was an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. In addition to general neurosurgery, Dr. McDougall’s has a special interest in vascular diseases of the brain, including stroke, brain aneurysms, and arteriovenous malformations.
Dr. McDougall’s innovative ideas and knowledge in neurosurgery, along with his dedication to ethical and compassionate patient care, will be a welcome addition to the Insight team as we continue to deliver a world-class approach to neurological treatment.
Dr. Dali Yin was an assistant professor in neurosurgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago and attending neurosurgeon at Mt. Sinai Hospital at Chicago before joining Insight. He earned his M.D. in China and Ph.D. in Japan.
He completed neurosurgery residency training in China. He also finished a spine surgery fellowship in neurosurgery at UIC and functional neurosurgery fellowship at UIC and University of Colorado in Denver. He focuses on functional neurosurgery, spine surgery, and general neurosurgery.
Dr. Sudesh Ebenezer is an adult and pediatric neurosurgeon and the director of Pediatric Surgery at Insight. He also performs spine surgery and epilepsy surgery. Originally from British Columbia, Canada, he obtained his medical degree 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. He wrote editorials for various Harvard University School newspapers, including the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and has 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 and treating neurosurgeon for active duty U.S. military stationed in Washington.
Dr. Ebenezer has been recognized by the U.S. 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.
Dr. Ebenezer is also committed to humanitarian medical service, and he has volunteered his time in various countries, from medical clinics in rural Peru to military hospitals in the Ukraine.
Allison Piatt ACNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner
External Clinical Director
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 St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, and her nursing degree at the University of Michigan in Flint.
Allison had six 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 in July 2014.
Monica Culver is board-certified as an adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. She completed bachelor’s degrees in nursing and biology as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Michigan-Flint. She was born, raised, and currently resides in the Flint area.
Her previous experience includes working as an ICU RN as well as an interventional pain management and interventional radiology nurse practitioner. She has volunteered abroad on medical missions to Kenya and Cambodia with plans to pursue such endeavors throughout her career.
Nina Smith is the Chief Experience Officer (CXO) at INSIGHT and is responsible for ensuring every experience between our team and our patients is positive. Nina is incredibly passionate about people and dedicated to going above and beyond to ensure the needs, wants, and desires of everyone associated with INSIGHT are met. From a young age, Nina has been taking care of people and her family and has always loved knowing that a tiny gesture can make an impact in ways we never fully understand. Nina graduated with honors from the University of Michigan-Flint, earning a bachelor of arts degree in human biology. Outside of work, Nina enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to warm destinations and outdoor summer activities.
Dr. Nasir Khatri, MD
Dr. Nasir Khatri is a double board-certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain medicine physician at Insight Pain Management. He is currently accepting new patients in Flint and Warren. Dr. Khatri attended North Carolina State University for his undergraduate education and graduated as valedictorian. He completed his medical education at VCU School of Medicine, where he graduated at the top
of his class and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the nation’s most prestigious honor society. Dr. Khatri went
on to complete his residency training at UNC Chapel Hill, where he was avidly involved with research and
leadership. He then completed his medical training with
a fellowship in interventional pain medicine at the
University of Kansas, one of the most selective training programs in pain medicine.
Prior to joining Insight, Dr. Khatri worked with a large health system in Charlotte, NC and helped implement many advanced interventional pain procedures. Dr. Khatri is nationally renowned for his leadership roles within the field of pain medicine and is the Co-Chair of Young Innovators within the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience. He also consults for medical device companies, is a peer reviewer for medical journals, has been invited to speak at national medical conferences, and has authored several peer-reviewed medical studies and best practices guidelines.
As an expert in advanced pain medicine techniques, Dr. Khatri approaches each patient in a holistic manner, prioritizing multidisciplinary care for a healthy mind and body.
Outside of work, Dr. Khatri enjoys spending time with his family, reading about history, running, and traveling.
Dr. Atya Alfllouse, MD, FRCS
Dr. Atya Alfllouse is a FRCSC board-certified neurosurgeon at Insight Neurosurgery, specializing in brain and spine surgery. With extensive training and a diverse range of experiences working at the University of Alberta and University of Calgary-affiliated Alberta Health Services in both Edmonton and Calgary, Canada and Central Tripoli Hospital, Tripoli, Libya, Dr. Alfllouse is equipped to provide care across a wide range of neurosurgical cases. His specialties include spine, brain, oncology, and trauma. Dr. Alfllouse is married and has two children. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, swimming, and traveling.
Your neurosurgeon at Insight is always seeking new and innovative techniques to improve patients’ neurological options and enhance patients’ outcomes from neurosurgery. Recognized as the surgery of the nervous system, neurosurgery is identified as medical procedures which are most closely associated with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the brain, spinal column and the nerves within a patient’s body.
With Insight, you can count on your neurosurgeon to establish a close doctor-patient relationship with you in order to develop the most in-depth, comprehensive treatment program that will benefit you. Everything that you require for your minimally-invasive neurosurgery, including pre-op and post-op treatment, can be found under the same roof at Insight. That includes chiropractic care, imaging, massage therapy, occupational therapy, pain management, physical therapy, and speech-language therapy. This makes it possible for your neurosurgeon and all other providers to connect with each other. You can reach us at: (313) 749-0370 in Dearborn, (810) 484-3006 in Flint; and at (586) 354-2530 in Warren, Michigan.