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Fassil Brian Mesfin, MD, PhD

Fassil Brian Mesfin, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor and director of complex spine and spine oncology in the division of neurological surgery at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Before joining the faculty at the Hugh E. Stephenson, Jr., MD, Department of Surgery, Dr. Mesfin was an assistant professor and director of spine at the State University of New York in Syracuse.

Dr. Mesfin completed a fellowship in neurosurgical spine oncology including complex spine and stereotactic radiosurgery training at The University of Texas at MD Anderson Cancer Center under guidance of Lawrence Rhines, MD, a nationally renowned complex spine tumor neurosurgeon. During his fellowship, Dr. Mesfin was appointed as clinical specialist in the Department of Neurosurgery and Critical Care at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Mesfin completed residency training Albany Medical Center Hospital. Dr. Mesfin specializes in complex tumor spine, minimally invasive spine procedures, and pain modulating procedures including steroid injections, sympathectomy, spinal cord stimulator placement and, intratheca pump placement. He has performed numerous peripheral nerves procedures including excision of tumor, carpal tunnel release, and repair/decompression damage nerves. Dr. Mesfin utilizes inta-oparative imaging studies including C-Arm, O-Arm, ultrasound, and neuro-naviagation to optimize patient's care.

A member of Alpha Omega Alpha, Dr. Mesfin completed his medical degree in 2005 and doctorate in molecular biology and molecular biology 2001 from Albany Medical College. His doctoral thesis was focused on anti-cancer drug design and development, which he has four patents for novel agents with anti-breast cancer and brain tumor activities. For his research efforts Dr. Mesfin was awarded number of research grants including the RUNN Resident Research Award from Society of Neurological Surgeons, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Academic Medicine Fellowship, and U.S. Army Breast Cancer Post-Doctoral Training Grant.

Dr. Mesfin is involved in the Federation of International Education in Neurosurgery (FIENS) which trains neurosurgical residents in countries such as Ethiopia. He was also involved Madaktari Africa, a neurosurgery mission to Tanzania. The goal of the trip was to provide training of local physicians in order to improve neurosurgical care in where they have no neurosurgeons with a goal making it self-sustaining.

Dr. Mesfin has published throughout his training in peer-reviewed journals such as Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Neurosurgery, and Neurosurgery. Most recently, he served as co-author in emedicine publication of spinal cord injury in June 2012.

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