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
  • 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

  • Adil, SM; Charalambous, LT; Rajkumar, S; Seas, A; Warman, PI; Murphy, KR; Rahimpour, S; Parente, B; Dharmapurikar, R; Dunn, TW; Lad, SP, Machine Learning to Predict Successful Opioid Dose Reduction or Stabilization After Spinal Cord Stimulation., Neurosurgery, vol 91 no. 2 (2022), pp. 272-279 [10.1227/neu.0000000000001969] [abs].
  • Kirsch, EP; Suarez, A; McDaniel, KE; Dharmapurikar, R; Dunn, T; Lad, SP; Haglund, MM, Construct validity of the Surgical Autonomy Program for the training of neurosurgical residents., Neurosurgical Focus, vol 53 no. 2 (2022) [10.3171/2022.5.FOCUS22166] [abs].
  • Charalambous, LT; Adil, SM; Rajkumar, S; Gramer, R; Kirsch, E; Liu, B; Zomorodi, A; McClellan, M; Lad, SP, A Nationwide Analysis of Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Mortality, Complications, and Health Economics in the USA., Transl Stroke Res (2022) [10.1007/s12975-022-01065-w] [abs].
  • Charalambous, LT; Rajkumar, S; Liu, B; Adil, SM; Wong, M; Hodges, S; Amrhein, TJ; Leithe, LG; Parente, B; Lee, H-J; Lad, SP, Treatment Patterns and Health Care Resource Utilization of Iatrogenic Spinal Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks in the United States., Clin Spine Surg (2022) [10.1097/BSD.0000000000001363] [abs].
  • Mitchell, KT; Schmidt, SL; Cooney, JW; Grill, WM; Peters, J; Rahimpour, S; Lee, H-J; Jung, S-H; Mantri, S; Scott, B; Lad, SP; Turner, DA, Initial Clinical Outcome With Bilateral, Dual-Target Deep Brain Stimulation Trial in Parkinson Disease Using Summit RC + S., Neurosurgery, vol 91 no. 1 (2022), pp. 132-138 [10.1227/neu.0000000000001957] [abs].