Shekar N. Kurpad, MD, PhD
Sanford J. Larson Professor and Chair
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
PhD, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, 1995
Residency, Neurological Surgery, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH, 1995-2001
Fellowship, Skull Base Surgery, University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN, 1998
Fellowship, Spinal Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 2001
Dr. Kurpad received his MD from Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore, India in 1991, and his PhD from Duke University (Durham, NC) in 1995. He completed an internship in general surgery at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University, in 1996, and a residency in neurosurgery at that same institution in 2001. Dr. Kurpad completed three clinical fellowships as follows: July-December 1998, Skull Base Surgery, University of Tennessee (Memphis); July-December 2000, Neuro-Oncology, University Hospitals of Cleveland; and January-June 2001, Spinal Neurosurgery, Medical College of Wisconsin.
Dr. Kurpad has held appointments as Guest Scientist, Intramural Program, National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health in July 2001; Guest Scientist, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, from August 2001-June 2002; and Invited Guest Faculty, University of Toronto School of Medicine, 2014. He was honored in 2015 by the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine with the Distinguished E. Harry Botterell Professorship in Neurosurgery.
Dr. Kurpad joined the faculty of MCW as Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, in January 2002. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007 and achieved the rank of Professor with Tenure in 2014. Dr. Kurpad has served as Adjunct Faculty in the Departments of Neuroscience and Speech Pathology and Audiology at Marquette University since 2005, and as Adjunct Professor in MCW’s Department of Cell Biology, Neurology and Anatomy since 2007.
Dr. Kurpad specializes in the treatment of both spinal and cranial disorders. His clinical expertise lies in surgery for spinal trauma, tumors of the spine and spinal cord, degenerative disease of the spine, spinal deformities, skull base tumors, general neurosurgery, and minimally invasive methods for the treatment of spinal disorders. From 2002-2015, Dr. Kurpad served as Chief, Neurosurgery Service at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center and has been listed in Best Doctors in America since 2007. He is board certified with the American Board of Neurological Surgery.
Dr. Kurpad has extensive research experience in spinal cord injury and is internationally recognized in the field of imaging biomarkers for spinal cord injury and cervical myelopathy. As the recipient of the prestigious Van Wagenen fellowship from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Dr. Kurpad conducted cellular transplantation research for spinal cord injury at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. He runs a laboratory at MCW with international collaborators for the study of spinal cord injury and has served as principal investigator on several peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed grants. Dr. Kurpad has been continuously funded extramurally since 2006 and has secured nearly $6 million in total grant funding. He has previously had extramural funding from the VA, NIH, and private foundations for cell transplantation and imaging biomarker research for spinal cord injury totaling over $2 million. He played a key role in establishing a $1 million spinal cord injury endowment by the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation at MCW. He has active current extramural funding from the VA Research Service, Rick Hansen Foundation, and Craig Nielsen Foundation totaling over an additional $1.7 million. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals and is a study section reviewer for the VA Research Service. In March 2012, Dr. Kurpad filed a patent for algorithm sequence for human spinal cord diffusion tensor imaging.
Dr. Kurpad is a member of the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and the Joint AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care. He serves as the Chair of the International Division of the CNS and has been a member of the Executive Committee of this organization since 2011, holding a number of leadership roles for the past six years. He also is a fellow of the American Association for Neurological Surgeons; honorary life member of the Neurological Society of India; and member of the North American Skull Base Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society for Neuroscience, and the American Association of South Asian Neurosurgeons.
Dr. Kurpad has significant medical student and graduate student teaching experience, and has mentored many medical students, PhD students, residents, and post-doctoral fellows.
Dr. Kurpad has published more than 140 articles, original papers, book chapters, and reviews, and has presented about 50 local, regional, national, and international lectures and workshops. His MCW committee memberships include the Clinical Competency Committee (Department of Neurosurgery), Practice Services and Operations Committee, Trauma Committee, Inpatient Advisory Council, Steering Committee for the Neuroscience Service Line (Froedtert Hospital), MCW/MCP Compensation Committee, Stem Cell Committee, Neuroscience Center Board, and the Institutional Financial Advisory Committee (MCW).
- Brain tumor biology
- Spinal cord injury
- Translational applications of neural and mesenchymal stem cells in neurotrauma and neurooncology
(Umale S, Yoganandan N, Kurpad SN.) J Mech Behav Biomed Mater. 2020 10;110:103898 PMID: 32957203 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85087592453 09/23/2020
(Kaushal M, Shabani S, Soliman HM, Nguyen HS, Aarabi B, Fehlings MG, Kotter MR, Kwon BK, Harrop JS, Kurpad SN.) World Neurosurg. 2020 05;137:e389-e394 PMID: 32032784 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85081201121 02/08/2020
(Ghogawala Z, Kurpad S, Falavigna A, Groff MW, Sciubba DM, Wu JC, Park P, Berven S, Hoh DJ, Bisson EF, Steinmetz MP, Wang MC, Chou D, Sansur CA, Smith JS, Tumialán LM.) J Neurosurg Spine. 2020 Apr 17:1-3 PMID: 32302989 PMCID: PMC7164398 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85083865914 04/18/2020
(Wilkins N, Skinner NP, Motovylyak A, Schmit BD, Kurpad S, Budde MD.) J Neurotrauma. 2020 03 15;37(6):889-898 PMID: 31830856 PMCID: PMC7071026 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85082509051 12/14/2019
(Shabani S, Kaushal M, Budde MD, Wang MC, Kurpad SN.) J Neurosurg Spine. 2020 Feb 28:1-8 PMID: 32109862 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85090702776 02/29/2020
(Umale S, Yoganandan N, Kurpad SN.) Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. October 2020;110 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85087592453 10/01/2020
(Yoganandan N, Choi H, Purushothaman Y, Jebaseelan D, Baisden J, Kurpad S.) Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine. October-December 2020;11(4):269-275 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85097282821 10/01/2020
(Shabani S, Kaushal M, Soliman HM, Nguyen HS, Aarabi B, Fehlings MG, Kotter M, Kwon BK, Harrop J, Kurpad SN.) J Neurotrauma. 2019 12 15;36(24):3323-3331 PMID: 31140387 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85075961658 05/30/2019
(Jiang F, Jaja BNR, Kurpad SN, Badhiwala JH, Aarabi B, Grossman RG, Harrop JS, Guest JD, Schär RT, Shaffrey CI, Boakye M, Toups EG, Wilson JR, Fehlings MG, North American Clinical Trials Network Collaborators.) Crit Care Med. 2019 11;47(11):e854-e862 PMID: 31389834 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85073184828 08/08/2019
(Davies B, Mowforth O, Sadler I, Aarabi B, Kwon B, Kurpad S, Harrop JS, Wilson JR, Grossman R, Fehlings MG, Kotter M.) BMJ Open. 2019 10 10;9(10):e031486 PMID: 31601597 PMCID: PMC6797315 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85073107134 10/12/2019
Comparison between quantitative measurements of diffusion tensor imaging and T2 signal intensity in a large series of cervical spondylotic myelopathy patients for assessment of disease severity and prognostication of recovery.
(Shabani S, Kaushal M, Budde M, Schmit B, Wang MC, Kurpad S.) J Neurosurg Spine. 2019 Jun 07:1-7 PMID: 31174184 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85072775711 06/08/2019
RE-CODE DCM (REsearch Objectives and Common Data Elements for Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy): A Consensus Process to Improve Research Efficiency in DCM, Through Establishment of a Standardized Dataset for Clinical Research and the Definition of the Research Priorities.
(Davies BM, Khan DZ, Mowforth OD, McNair AGK, Gronlund T, Kolias AG, Tetreault L, Starkey ML, Sadler I, Sarewitz E, Houlton D, Carter J, Kalsi-Ryan S, Aarabi B, Kwon BK, Kurpad SN, Harrop J, Wilson JR, Grossman R, Curt A, Fehlings MG, Kotter MRN.) Global Spine J. 2019 May;9(1 Suppl):65S-76S PMID: 31157148 PMCID: PMC6512197 06/04/2019