Michael Park, MD, PhD. is a neurosurgeon, Assistant Professor, MnDRIVE Neuromodulation Scholar and Director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery in the Department of Neurosurgery and Neurology at the University of Minnesota. He has extensive experience with neuromodulation — deep brain stimulation. This surgical therapy for brain conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia modulates brain activity to treat symptoms. He also uses neuromodulation to stimulate the spinal cord and to deliver intrathecal drug therapy to treat cancer and chronic pain. In his work with epilepsy specialists, Dr. Park performs procedures such as depth and grid electrode placement to identify abnormal brain areas that may cause epileptic seizures. He helps epilepsy patients using treatments that include surgical resection, response neural stimulator (NeuroPace) placement and vagal nerve stimulation. If patients are unable to have surgery, Dr. Park can treat some of their conditions using Gamma Knife Radiosurgery as well.
Dr. Park received dual Bachelor in Arts and Sciences degrees in Economics and Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Kansas. He holds an MD and PhD from the School of Medicine and Graduate Studies, Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, at the University of Kansas. He was awarded the prestigious William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and completed his fellowship with Dr. Jean Régis at the Université de la Méditerranée Aix-Marseille II, Assistance Publique L’Hôpital d’Adulte de la Timone in Marseille, France, in 2010. He was an Assistant Professor and the Director of Functional Neurosurgery and Pain in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Louisville until 2014.
Matthew Hunt, MD. Dr. Hunt is an Associate Professor and the Resident Program Director in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota. He is the residency program director, training the next generation of neurosurgical leaders. He specializes in neurosurgical spine surgery, brain and spinal tumor surgeries, and general neurosurgery. Dr. Hunt received his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. He also completed a Blood Brain Barrier and Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University, as well as a Neurosurgery Fellowship at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London.
Mehul Desai, MD, MPH. Dr. Desai is board certified in Pain Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Dr. Desai completed his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Georgetown University Hospital. During residency, he spent 6 months completing a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health conducting groundbreaking research into mechanisms of muscle pain. Upon completion of his residency, he went on to a fellowship in Pain Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the Department of Anesthesiology. His clinical interests include neuromodulation –specifically spinal cord stimulation and targeted drug delivery, dipsogenic pain, and intradiscal therapies including biologics, complex spinal conditions, pelvic pain, outcomes-based research and health care economics.