Julie G. Pilitsis, MD PhD Dean and Vice President for Medical Affairs

Julie Pilitsis, MD, PhD, MBA, is Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). In her role as dean, she oversees the college’s innovative medical student and graduate medical education programs in partnership with a consortium of five regional hospitals. Prior to joining FAU, Dr. Pilitsis served as division chief of functional neurosurgery and chair and professor of the basic neuroscience department at Albany Medical College (AMC) in New York. As chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics at AMC, Pilitsis oversaw departmental teaching programs, including graduate school, research and outreach programs such as community service, translational research efforts, alumni relations and development. During her tenure, the department’s grant funding increased tenfold; academic productivity, as measured by publications, has increased fourfold; and graduate students who self-identify as underrepresented in medicine have increased by 40 percent. To date, she has served as Chair of the Joint Section on Pain of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) as well as AANS/CNS Chair of Joint Section for Women in Neurosurgery. She is currently President Elect of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN) and the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS). She began the NANS and INS Women in Neuromodulation Section where she was the first chair and currently serves as senior advisor. Dr. Pilitsis maintains an NIH sponsored research program focused on device optimization for neuromodulation and has published over 200 journal articles, 4 books, and numerous chapters. She serves as specialty editor of Neuromodulatory Interventions for Frontiers in Pain Research, section editor of functional neurosurgery in Operative Neurosurgery, is on the editorial board of Neuromodulation and Journal of Neurosurgery, and sits on NIH and FDA panels.

FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Boca Raton, FL

Plenary Session I: Neural Interfaces for the Brain and Spine