Jay L. Shils, PhD Director of ION and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Jay L. Shils, PhD D.ABNM FASNM FACNS, is currently the director of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring at Rush University Medical School and an associate professor in the department of anesthesiology at Rush Medical Center. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University, and both his masters and PhD in bio-engineering at The University of Pennsylvania using with his thesis dissertation subject –“The bispectrum of the human electroencephalogram” to investigate interactions in the visual system and study EEG in epilepsy. He began his work in the field of intraoperative neurophysiology in 1994, then specializing in single-unit recordings during surgery for movement disorders, in the department of neurology at the University of Pennsylvania School of medicine. Dr. Shils’ research interests include investigating methods for improving real-time intraoperative neurophysiologic techniques as well as theoretical research into neuromodulation mechanisms of action. Dr. Shils has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers and multiple chapters on intraoperative neurophysiologic surgical technique, post-operative management of movement disorders patients, and computational modeling as related to neuromodulation effects on various neural circuits. He has given over 100 national and international lectures on neuromonitoring including monitoring during DBS and SCS procedures. He has co-edited three books: “Neurophysiology in Neurosurgery: A modern approach” with Dr. Vedran Deletis; and “Essential Neuromodulation” and “Innovative Neuromodulation” with Dr. Jeffrey E. Arle. Prior to going to graduate school, Dr. Shils was an electrical engineer at the electric boat division of General Dynamics where he was involved in various modifications to existing electrical systems on submarines. Dr. Shils is the past president of the International Society for Intraoperative Monitoring and was the founding secretary of that society. He is a past board member of and past president of the American Society of Neurophysiologic Monitoring. He is the current secretary of the ASNM. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Neurosurgery and Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology.

Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Introduction to Intraoperative Neuromonitoring for Spinal Cord Stimulation