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Ashwini D. Sharan, MD

Professor, Neurological Surgery & Neurology Vice Chair, Clinical Operation Neurosurgery Program Director, Residency in Neurological Surgery Division Chief, Epilepsy and Neuromodulatory Neurosurgery Jefferson Health

Dr. Sharan is Professor of Neurological Surgery and Neurology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, as well as the Vice Chair of Clinical Operations, Division Director for Functional and Epilepsy Neurosurgery, and the Neurosurgery Residency Program Director. Dr. Sharan’s is a board certified neurosurgeon trained and has been faculty for 18 years, has performed over 8000 operations, and treated over 20000 patients.

Dr. Sharan is an internationally recognized authority on functional neurosurgery, particularly for his contributions to the growing field of epilepsy surgery. Dr. Sharan also takes a keen interest in spine surgery, deep brain stimulation, intra-thecal pumps, and spinal cord stimulators. Dr. Sharan has been the co investigator on three NIH grants, investigating the safety of MRI for patients with implanted DBS systems, genetic influences of human epilepsy, and neuronal dysfunction in AIDS, and studying the roles of place and grid cells in human spatial navigation and memory. He is also the largest surgical enroller in the DARPA RAM project. His work has been published in Neurology, Neurosurgery, Spine, Epilepsia, and Neuromodulation. He has been cited over 10,587 times and his H-index is 56.

Dr. Sharan currently serves as the Past President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and the Past President of the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS.) He is a founder of multiple companies in the Neuromodulation space including Cerebral Therapeutics, Mudjala Medical, and previous company Intellect medical. He lives in Southern New Jersey with his wife, Kanu Priya Sharan, a breast cancer oncologist, and two children, Isha Priya and Maansi Dayal. His real passion in life is watching movies with his wife and his daughters.


Historically, morbidity and mortality conferences in surgical disciplines have been used for blaming, shaming, and explaining. Transparency was not a feature. The Department of Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital decided to reconfigure their M&M conferences so that they could be used as an opportunity to focus on reporting and evidence-based medicine, and lead to quality improvement projects in the department and the neuroscience hospital. Join Dr. Ashwini Sharon to hear how that was accomplished.