NPA Board of Directors

Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FAANS, FACS Chair

Robert Harbaugh is the chairman and distinguished professor of neurosurgery and director of the Neuroscience Institute at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the Penn State College of Medicine. He most recently served as the 2014-2015 president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and currently serves on the AANS Executive Committee as immediate past president. A member of the AANS since 1986, Harbaugh has served as AANS Treasurer, as well as chaired, respectively, the Finance Committee, the AANS/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Washington Committee and the AANS Resident Mentoring Program.

Harbaugh has held numerous leadership positions in other organizations — including the American Academy of Neurological Surgery, the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the Society of Neurological Surgeons - where he presently serves as president-elect. Harbaugh is also a member of the National Football League’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee.

Anthony L. Asher, MD, FAANS, FACS Vice-Chair

Anthony L. Asher, MD, FAANS, FACS is Co-Medical Director of the Carolinas Healthcare System Neuroscience Institute and is Neurological Surgery Residency Program Director at Carolinas Medical Center. He is also Clinical Professor in Neurosurgery at the University of North Carolina, Carolinas Medical Center and Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Asher attended Wayne State University School of Medicine, where he was awarded one of the original Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholarships. After two years of general surgery training at the University of Michigan Hospitals, he served as a Staff Fellow in the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute, NIH, before returning to Ann Arbor to complete a neurosurgical residency. Since the completion of his residency training, Dr. Asher has been a member of the Charlotte, NC based Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates where his primary practice interests include neuro-oncology, stereotactic surgery, trigeminal neuralgia and minimally invasive spine surgery.

Dr. Asher has been recognized yearly as one of the Best Doctors in America since 2003. He has also been recognized as one of the nation’s Top Doctors for Cancer Care. Dr. Asher is a member of numerous professional organizations including the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), American Medical Association and Southern Neurosurgical Society. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has been elected to the American Academy of Neurological Surgery and Society of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Asher served as President, Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) from 2007 to 2008. He is currently a Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS), Director at Large, American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Vice Chairman, AANS NeuroPoint Alliance.

Dr. Asher presently serves as Surgical Director, NeuroOncology Program, Levine Cancer Institute. He co-founded and is Past-Chairman of the Brain Tumor Fund for the Carolinas. He is past Chairman of the Central Nervous System Organ Site Committee of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group and was a member of the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors Executive Committee for over a decade. Dr. Asher has established cooperative cancer and spine research programs with clinical and laboratory scientists at community and academic institutions across the country.

Dr. Asher has extensive leadership experience in neurosurgical quality improvement. He co-founded and is presently Director, National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database. He is Co-Chairman, National Task Force on Quality Initiatives in Neurosurgery, Chairman of the ABNS Data and Quality Improvement Committee. He presently chairs the Privacy and Research Task Force of the AMA National Quality Registry Network Council and has served on the Neurology Clinical Working Group of the CMS Episode Grouper Project. He is a current member of the National Quality Forum Surgery Standing Committee. Dr. Asher has served as an advisor to the Physician Clinical Registry Network and the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections on matters pertaining to the intersection of human subjects research and quality improvement. He is Vice-Chairman of the AANS-CNS Quality Council and is a member a member of the US News and World Report Best Hospitals for Common Care Medical Advisory Panel.

Dr. Asher is recognized nationally for his development of advanced care, clinical research and other academic efforts within the context of a large community practice, and for his contributions to neurosurgical education. He has led the development of several novel programs in neurosurgical education including the CNS Neurosurgical Forum, Integrated Medical Learning, and the Self Assessment in Neurological Surgery (SANS), the latter of which has become an integral component of the ABNS Maintenance of Certification Program.

Dr. Asher’s current academic focus is the development of cooperative clinical outcomes databases and related programs to involve clinicians and scientists in quality improvement efforts across all practice settings.

John A. Wilson, MD, FAANS, FACS Treasurer

John A. Wilson, MD, FAANS, FACS is the David L. and Sally Kelly Professor and vice-Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery of Wake Forest University School of Medicine where he also serves as the co-Director of the Neuroscience Service line. Dr Wilson graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1982 and completed his neurosurgical residency at Tufts University New England Medical Center in 1990. After completing a fellowship at the Paracelsus Clinic in Osnabruk, Germany, Wilson began neurosurgical practice in Pittsburgh at Allegheny General Hospital. In 1993 he was recruited to the neurosurgical faculty at Wake Forest University School of medicine in Winston Salem, N.C. where he maintains an active practice focusing primarily on cerebrovascular and skull base disorders.

He has served as an advisor to the North Carolina state Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee and the national Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee. Dr. Wilson has served as an officer in a numerous national and regional societies including: as President of the North Carolina Neurosurgical Society, President of the Southern Neurosurgical Society, President of the Society of University Neurosurgeons, Chair of the joint American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons Cerebrovascular Section and Chair of the AANS/CNS Washington Committee. He currently serves as the Treasurer of the AANS.

Jason Sheehan, MD, PhD, FAANS, FACS Secretary

Jason Sheehan is Vice Chair and Harrison Distinguished Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Virginia. He received his MD and PhD from the University of Virginia through its Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). He completed his neurosurgical resident at the University of Virginia and a fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. He also serves as co-director of the University of Virginia’s Neurosciences Center of Excellence and director of the stereotactic radiosurgery program at Virginia.

Dr. Sheehan has currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Neurosurgery and as associate editor for Neurosurgical Focus. Additional, he serves on the boards for the Journal of Neuro-Oncology, Neurosurgery, and the Journal of Stereotactic Radiosurgery and SBRT. He has published more than 350 peer reviewed papers and edited or co-edited more than 6 books.

Furthermore, he has held numerous leadership and committee positions including editor for the Self Assessment in Neurological Surgery (SANS), member of the executive committee for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, member of the board for the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society, AANS and CNS Tumor executive committee, Coding and Reimbursement committee, and secretary and treasurer for the International Gamma Knife Research Foundation.


John (Jack) Knightly, MD, FAANS
Praveen V. Mummaneni MD, FAANS
James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, FAANS, (Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group)
Regis W. Haid, MD, FAANS (Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation)
Mohamad Bydon MD (AANS/CNS Section on Spine and Peripheral Nerves)
Michael P. Steinmetz, MD, FAANS (Congress of Neurological Surgeons)
Douglas S. Konziolka MD, FAANS (American Board of Neurological Surgery)
Kevin M. Cockroft, MD, FAANS (Society of Neurological Surgeons)