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Meet the Team

Dr. Savastano is a trailblazer surgeon-scientist, and the principal investigator of the Translational Neurosurgery and Biotechnology Lab. He has led the bench-to-bedside developments of numerous minimally invasive technologies and techniques to better understand, diagnose and treat patients with cerebrovascular diseases.

  • Yang Liu, Ph.D.
  • Research Fellow

Dr. Liu is originally from Zhang Shu, China, where he completed his undergraduate studies in mechanical engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Following this, Dr. Liu pursued and completed a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. There Dr. Liu met Dr. Savastano, who at that time was completing his residency in neurological surgery. Dr. Liu brings with him extensive experience in the design of medical devices, ex vivo models, benchtop testing and has co-developed neurointerventional technologies with Dr. Savastano.

Dr. Liu plans to continue his career in academic research, particularly in the field of translational neurosurgery and neurointervention.

  • Sarosh Irfan Madhani, M.B.B.S.
  • Research Fellow

Dr. Madhani is originally from Pakistan where he was awarded his medical degree from the Aga Khan University (AKU). Following his graduation, Dr. Madhani was employed to develop the country's first health-centric innovation and incubation hub at AKU. It was through his interest in neurosurgical innovation and technology development that Dr. Madhani connected with Dr. Savastano. He then joined the lab in the fall of 2020 as a research trainee, followed by a transition to research fellow in 2021. Dr. Madhani brings with him substantial experience in basic science and clinical research and in the development of health-centric technology.

Dr. Madhani aims to continue building his clinical and translational neurosurgical research experience and eventually pursue a neurosurgery residency in the United States.

  • Jorge L. Arturo Larco, M.D.
  • Research Fellow

Dr. Arturo Larco is originally from Ecuador, and it was there that he finished his medical degree from the Universidad Internacional del Ecuador. He then went on to complete his medical and surgical internship at the Hospital de Especialidades Carlos Andrade Marín. Through his interest in translational research, he found papers from Dr. Savastano and his endovascular team and was fascinated with the new point of view that was being presented. Then, he connected with Dr. Savastano and joined the lab in the summer of 2020 as a research trainee and transitioned to a research fellow position in 2021. Dr. Arturo Larco brings with him extensive experience in human cadaveric research, in vivo and ex vivo animal research and in real-time image processing with fluoroscopy.

Dr. Arturo Larco aims to continue building his clinical and translational neuroendovascular research experience and eventually pursue a neurosurgery residency in the United States.

  • Adnan Hussain Shahid, M.B.B.S, M.Ch.
  • Research Trainee

Dr. Shahid is originally from India where he finished medical school at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and then completed a residency in neurosurgery at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. During this time, Dr. Shahid was particularly interested in the management of cerebrovascular diseases with minimally invasive techniques, and it was through this interest that he connected with Dr. Savastano. Dr. Shahid joined the lab in the fall of 2020 as research trainee, bringing with him considerable surgical experience, particularly in the field of vascular surgery.

Dr. Shahid aims to expand his research experience and eventually pursue an interventional neurology and stroke fellowship in the United States.

  • Kiersten M. Sydnor
  • Clinical Research Coordinator

Kiersten is a clinical research coordinator in the neurosurgery department. She is originally from Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Bucknell University, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in neuroscience while competing as a Division I student-athlete for the field hockey team. Following graduation, she was a research fellow at The Rothman Orthopaedic Institute in Philadelphia.

Most recently, Kiersten completed her post-baccalaureate degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine and plans to pursue a career as a physician in the future.