Shivanand Lad

Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. Nandan Lad is a neurosurgeon, scientist, and entrepreneur and Professor and Vice Chair of Innovation for Duke Neurosurgery. He is Director of the Functional & Restorative Neuromodulation Program and the Duke NeuroInnovations Program, a systematic approach to 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 both Surgical Innovation and Functional Neurosurgery.  

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

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor of Neurosurgery
  • 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

  • Office Location: 200 Trent Drive, Blue Zone, Su, Durham, NC 27710
  • Office Phone: (919) 681-1973
  • Email Address:
  • Websites:


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

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Wu, K. A., S. Kunte, S. Rajkumar, V. Venkatraman, G. Kim, S. Kaplan, S. O. Anwar-Hashmi, J. Doberne, T. C. Nguyen, and S. P. Lad. “Digital Health for Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery: A Systematic Review.” Healthcare (Switzerland) 11, no. 17 (September 1, 2023).
  • Venkatraman, Vishal, Rupinder Bharmi, Filippo Coletti, Ziad F. Gellad, Noa Lempel, Roy Amit, Nicholas Blank, et al. “Real World Characterization of Chronic Pain, Success Rates and Implant Rates: Evidence from a Digital Health Platform of Patients Undergoing Spinal Cord Stimulation Evaluations.” J Pain, August 2, 2023.
  • Petersen, Erika A., Thomas G. Stauss, James A. Scowcroft, Michael J. Jaasma, Elizabeth S. Brooks, Deborah R. Edgar, Judith L. White, et al. “Long-term efficacy of high-frequency (10 kHz) spinal cord stimulation for the treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy: 24-Month results of a randomized controlled trial.” Diabetes Res Clin Pract 203 (August 1, 2023): 110865.
  • Venkatraman, Vishal, Charis A. Spears, Brittany G. Futch, Lexie Z. Yang, Beth A. Parente, Hui-Jie Lee, and Shivanand P. Lad. “Assessment of Health Care Costs and Total Baclofen Use Associated With Targeted Drug Delivery for Spasticity.” Neuromodulation 26, no. 6 (August 2023): 1247–55.
  • Venkatraman, Vishal, Alexander D. Suarez, Elayna P. Kirsch, Helen Heo, Kevin A. Wu, Katherine E. McDaniel, Lexie Z. Yang, et al. “Quantifying the Opportunity Cost of Neurosurgical Resident Education.” World Neurosurg 175 (July 2023): e669–77.