Shivanand Lad


Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. Nandan Lad is a neurosurgeon, scientist, and entrepreneur and an Associate Professor at Duke University Medical Center with a focus in Neuromodulation and Neurorestoration.  He is Director of the Duke NeuroInnovations Program, a systematic approach to medical device innovation to large unmet clinical needs.

He completed his MD and PhD in Biochemistry at Chicago Medical School and his neurosurgical residency training at Stanford with fellowships in Surgical Innovation and Functional Neurosurgery.  

Neuromodulation; Neurorestoration; Bioengineering; Medical Device Design; Clinical Trials; Data Science; Health Outcomes.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
  • Core Faculty in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Core Faculty Member, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy

Contact Information


  • Stanford University, 2009
  • Stanford University, 2008
  • Stanford University, 2011
  • Stanford University, 2005
  • Ph.D. Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 2004
  • M.D. Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 2004

Research Interests

Neurotrophin biology, neuroregeneration, medical device design

Courses Taught

  • NEUROSCI 391: Neuroscience Independent Scholarship 1: Advanced Topics

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Krucoff, MO; Gramer, R; Lott, D; Kale, E; Yadav, AP; Abd-El-Barr, MM; Sinha, SR; Lad, SP, Spinal cord stimulation and rehabilitation in an individual with chronic complete L1 paraplegia due to a conus medullaris injury: motor and functional outcomes at 18 months., Spinal Cord Ser Cases, vol 6 no. 1 (2020) [10.1038/s41394-020-00345-7] [abs].
  • Spears, CA; Hodges, SE; Kiyani, M; Yang, Z; Edwards, RM; Musick, A; Park, C; Parente, B; Lee, H-J; Lad, SP, Health Care Resource Utilization and Management of Chronic, Refractory Low Back Pain in the United States., Spine (Phila Pa 1976), vol 45 no. 20 (2020), pp. E1333-E1341 [10.1097/BRS.0000000000003572] [abs].
  • Cho, J; Rahimpour, S; Cutler, A; Goodwin, CR; Lad, SP; Codd, P, Enhancing Reality: A Systematic Review of Augmented Reality in Neuronavigation and Education., World Neurosurg, vol 139 (2020), pp. 186-195 [10.1016/j.wneu.2020.04.043] [abs].
  • Williamson, T; Ryser, MD; Ubel, PA; Abdelgadir, J; Spears, CA; Liu, B; Komisarow, J; Lemmon, ME; Elsamadicy, A; Lad, SP, Withdrawal of Life-Supporting Treatment in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury., Jama Surg (2020) [10.1001/jamasurg.2020.1790] [abs].
  • Khani, M; Sass, LR; Sharp, MK; McCabe, AR; Zitella Verbick, LM; Lad, SP; Martin, BA, In vitro and numerical simulation of blood removal from cerebrospinal fluid: comparison of lumbar drain to Neurapheresis therapy., Fluids and Barriers of the Cns, vol 17 no. 1 (2020) [10.1186/s12987-020-00185-5] [abs].