Portrait of Dr. Jay Nathan, MD



Medical Doctor

Dr. Jay Nathan is a Clinical Instructor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University, pursuing subspecialty fellowship training in spine surgery. He completed undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, with a double-major in economics and neurobiology, with honors. Following medical school at Stanford University, which included research in the Department of Neurosurgery, he completed neurosurgery residency training at the University of Michigan.

    During residency, Dr. Nathan completed research projects leveraging big data to track spine surgery patient outcomes, including studies examining decreased opioid use following various spine operations. He received a Charles Kuntz Scholar Award from the Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves for this work. Building off research on socioeconomic issues in neurosurgery, Dr. Nathan has pursued numerous opportunities to study and shape health policy. He served as a US Senate Health Policy Fellow in the office of Senator Bill Cassidy in 2018, researching and advising the Senator on issues ranging from Medicare reform, telemedicine, prescription drug pricing, and medical devices. Following completion of the competitive Council of State Neurosurgical Societies Socioeconomic Fellowship in 2019, he continues to serve as organized neurosurgery’s Washington Committee Fellow, advocating for federal health policy to improve care for neurosurgical patients. He also advises the American College of Surgeons’ Health Policy and Advocacy Group, serving a three-year term as its sole resident/associate representative.​

    Portrait of Amit Ayer


    Medical Doctor

    Dr. Ayer completed his undergraduate education at Queen’s University with a degree in life sciences and an honors thesis in immunology. He then completed his medical training at Wake Forest University and his neurosurgical training at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where during residency he also obtained a Master of Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management. He is a clinical instructor at Stanford University and a fellow in functional neurosurgery and epilepsy.

      As a fellow, Dr. Ayer is focused on the surgical treatments of movement disorders, epilepsy and pain. Dr. Ayer has clinical interests in surgical treatment of epilepsy, movement disorders, skull base pathology, hydrocephalus and spine surgery. His research has focused on bioelectronic tools for the treatment of neurosurgical pathology and is interested in developing novel brain computer interfaces and biosensors for the restoration of sensorimotor function. 

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