Dr. Nasser – Physician Highlight

Rani Nasser, MD, is an assistant professor of neurosurgery in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is one of 125 physician specialists who call the new UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute their clinical home. This state-of-the-art facility opened in April 2019.

1. What is your medical background?
I was born and raised in New York City. I went to medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia. I returned to New York City for my neurosurgery residency at Montefiore Medical Center / Albert Einstein College of Medicine. While there, I also completed an orthopedic spine adult and pediatric deformity fellowship. I then completed a complex spine instructorship in Cincinnati.

2. What drove you to specialize in spine surgery and spinal deformities?
Complex spine surgery has a broad range of techniques, from minimally invasive surgery, to oncologic (cancer) surgery, to complex deformity. It is a privilege to be able to offer this skill set to the patients in our community.

3. You were featured in the 2016 CNN story about the conjoined twins surgery. What was that experience like?
Separating the conjoined twins was one of the defining moments of my career. It was a privilege to work with such an incredible team for 27 hours until we were able to separate both children’s brains. There was no greater reward than seeing them interact with each other for the first time as two individuals.

4. How will working in the new UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute building help your patients?
The new UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute will certainly provide a phenomenal patient experience. Moreover, it will integrate many of the services our patients require so they can consolidate their doctor visits and streamline their care.

5. What do you like to do for fun outside of the OR?
I love to travel and stay active—skiing in the winter and surfing in the summer. I am involved with the Virtue Foundation, which helps coordinate medical missions in underserved countries like Mongolia. Last year, I brought a UC Health resident with me to Mongolia on a surgical mission for two weeks. I believe medical mission work is re-dedicating to the fundamentals of medicine.

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