L Nelson Hopkins MD, FACS

L Nelson Hopkins

L Nelson Hopkins
MD, FACS

Distinguished Professor of Neurosurgery, Professor of Radiology

Department of Neurosurgery

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

Neurological Surgery; Neuroradiology

Contact Information
The Jacobs Institute
875 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: 716-888-4804
Fax: 716-854-1952
lnh1@buffalo.edu



Professional Summary:

Dr. L. Nelson Hopkins served as the chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery from 1989-2013 and recently earned the title of Distinguished Professor of neurosurgery and radiology from the State University of New York. After completing his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University, Dr. Hopkins earned a doctor of medicine degree cum laude from Albany Medical College. His post-graduate training included a surgical internship at Case Western Reserve, followed by neurology and neurosurgical training at UB.

Ranking seventh among the most published neurosurgical departments in North America, he has established UB Neurosurgery as one of the most respected with patients traveling to Buffalo from around the world. Dr. Hopkins pioneered endovascular neurosurgery and has trained a new generation of neurosurgeon leaders skilled in catheter-based technology for minimally invasive neurosurgery.

Active in national neurosurgery, Dr. Hopkins has served as a member of the board of directors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and of the Executive Committee of the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association. He has served as Scientific and Annual Meeting Chairman for both the AANS and Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He is the former chairman of the Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery and president of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Hopkins has been the principal investigator of several national clinical trials testing catheter-based technologies for the treatment of neurovascular diseases. He is a member of the editorial boards of NEUROSURGERY and World Neurosurgery and the author of more than 300 publications centered on the prevention and treatment of stroke. Dr. Hopkins has served on the faculty of numerous symposiums nationally and internationally and each year hosts multidisciplinary seminars along with industry leaders focused on assessing and managing complications associated with minimally invasive catheter-based interventions.

Dr. Hopkins is an advocate of cross-specialty and multidisciplinary collaboration. He fostered the creation of the Toshiba Stroke & Vascular Research Center, bringing together physicists, chemists, aerospace engineers, neurosurgeons, cardiologists and radiologists to study the neurovascular circulation and develop innovative technologies and approaches for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of neurovascular diseases. Dr. Hopkins conceived a new way to organize the multidisciplinary treatment of vascular disease and brought experts from around the world together to design the Gates Vascular Institute and then recruited the necessary partners to bring the Jacobs Institute and Gates Vascular Institute to life. He serves as chairman of the board of the GVI and President/CEO of the Jacobs Institute and its Center for Innovation in Medicine (CIM).

A proponent of the global approach to revascularization for the improvement of outcomes for patients with vascular disease, Dr. Hopkins has served on the faculty of numerous symposiums nationally and internationally and each year hosts multidisciplinary seminars along with industry leaders focused on assessing and managing complications associated with minimally invasive catheter-based interventions.

Education and Training:

  • Residency, Neurosurgery, University at Buffalo (1975)
  • Residency, Neurology, University at Buffalo (1971)
  • Internship, Case Western Reserve University (1970)
  • MD, Albany Medical College, Cum Laude (1969)
  • BA, Rutgers University (1965)

Employment:

  • Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (2007-present)
  • Director, Neurosurgery, Toshiba Stroke Research Center Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (1997-present)
  • Chairman of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (1989-present)
  • Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (1989-present)
  • Professor of Radiology, Neurosurgery, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (1989-present)
  • Chief of Service, Department of Neurosurgery, Kaleida Health (1979-present)
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (1982–1988)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (1975–1982)

Awards and Honors:

  • Kaleida Health Spirit Award (2010)
  • Congress of Neurosurgeons Founders Laurel Award (2009)
  • Western Neurosurgical Society Award (2009)
  • AANS Schneider Lecture Award Recipient (2007)
  • Neurosurgery Society of America Award (2006)
  • President/Academy of Neurosurgery (2006)
  • American Heart Association Heroes of the Heart Award (2005)
  • The Charles Drake Lecture Award (2004)
  • Health Care Heroes Award for Achievement in Health Care Education (2003)
  • George F. Koepf Award for Contributions to Biomedical Research (2001)
  • Lussenhop Award (2000)
  • First Annual Neuro-Interventional Lecture Award (1999)
  • D’Youville College Achievement in Health Care Award (1999)
  • Intergenerational Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Community (1999)
  • Buffalo Council on World Affairs Outstanding Representative (1998)
  • Outstanding Poster Presentation, European Society of Neuroradiology (1998)
  • Honorable Mention, American Society of Neuroradiology Annual Meeting (1998)
  • 2nd Prize, Annual Meeting of the Neurosurgical Society of the Virginias (1998)
  • Schneider Lecture Award (1997)
  • Mayfield-Aring Lecture Award (1994)
  • Kentucky Colonel Award, Commonwealth of Kentucky (1991)
  • William Henry Hudson Lecture Award, Southern Neurosurgical Society (1991)
  • M.D. cum laude (1970)
  • Lang Medical Publications Award (1969)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society (1967)
  • Scholarship to Physicians‘ Institute (1967)

Research Centers:

  • Jacobs Neurological Institute
  • Toshiba Stroke Research Center

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • May 2008–April 2011
    Research Agreement with Toshiba Corp. continuation 4
    Toshiba Medical Systems
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $900,000
  • May 2005–April 2008
    Research Agreement with Toshiba Corp. continuation 3
    Toshiba Medical Systems
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $600,000
  • January 2002–January 2004
    Research Agreement with Toshiba Corp continuation 2
    Toshiba Medical Systems
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $430,000
  • January 1999–January 2003
    Support grant for the Toshiba Stroke Center
    Oishei Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $1,700,000
  • January 1998–January 2001
    Research agreement Toshiba Corp. for continued support of the UB Toshiba Stroke Research Center
    Toshiba Medical Systems
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $534,561
  • June 1995–January 1995
    Sun Microsystems Inc. equipment start-up grant for UB Toshiba Neuro Imaging project.
    Sun Microsystems
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    $9,628
  • January 1996
    Toshiba Equipment Support
    Toshiba Medical Systems
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $3,650,000
  • Research Agreement with Toshiba Corp. for continued support of the UB/Toshiba Stroke Research Center
    American Association of Dental Schools
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Sun Microsystems Inc. Equipment Start-up Grant
    Sun Microsystems Laboratories Inc.
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Support grant for the Toshiba Stroke Research Center
    Oishei Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Angiography Equipment Grant
    Toshiba Stroke Research Center, Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc.
    Role: Co-Investigator
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Journal Articles:

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Books and Book Chapters:

  • Siddiqui A. (1900) Youmans Textbook of Neurological Surgery, 6th edition. In: Carotid Artery Stenting. Elsevier
  • Siddiqui A. (1900) Endovascular Surgery, 4th Edition. In: Complication Management in Carotid Stenting. Elsevier (Saunders)
  • Siddiqui A. (1900) Hemorrhagic and Ischemic Stroke: Surgical, Interventional, Imaging, and Medical Approaches. In: Endovascular Thrombolysis: Pharmacologic and Mechanical. Thieme
  • Siddiqui A. (2009) Diagnostic Methods in the Catheterization Laboratory: A Practical Approach for Specific Clinical Situations. In: Important Key Points of Intracranial Angiography for the Interventional Cardiologist. Informa Healthcare
  • Siddiqui A. (1900) Cardiovascular Interventions in Clinical Practice. In: Interventional Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke. Wiley Blackwell
  • Hopkins L. (1990) Contemporary Topics in Neurosurgery. In: Management of Vertebrobasilar Insufficiency. F.A. Davis and Company
  • Hopkins L. (1982) Clinical Management of the Aneurysm Patient. In: Postoperative Management Including Vasospasm. Raven Press
  • Hopkins L. (1982) Clinical Management of Intracranial Aneurysms. In: The History of Subarachnoid Hemorrhage -- Hospital Environment and Nursing Care. Raven Press
  • Hopkins L. (1982) Clinical Management of Intracranial Aneurysms. In: The Role of Cerebral Bypass in the Treatment of Aneurysms - Complications. Raven Press

Abstracts:

  • Ionita CN, Suri H, Nataranjian S, Siddiqui A, Levy E, Hopkins NL, Bednarek DR, Rudin S. (2011) Angiographic imaging evaluation of patient-specific bifurcation-aneurysm phantom treatment with pre-shaped, self-expanding, flow-diverting stents: feasibility study. (Feb)
  • Wahkloo AK, Mericle RA, Lieber BB, Divani AA, Granger WE, L Nelson Hopkins, Stephen Rudin. (1998) Double contrast digital subtraction angiography to determine AVM architecture and flow velocity. (Jan)
  • Stephen Rudin, Wahkloo AK, Lieber BB, Lee Guterman, L Nelson Hopkins, Daniel Bednarek. (1997) Droplet tracking using biplane digital angiography for cerebral arteriovenous malformations blood flow velocity and vessel morphology determinations. (Jan)
  • Wahkloo AK, Lieber BB, Stephen Rudin, Miskolczi L, Mericle RA, Rodriguez R, Lee Guterman, L Nelson Hopkins. (1997) Fluoroscopic quantification in cerebral arteriovenous malformations prior to NBCA embolization using ethiodol droplets. (Jan)
  • Lieber BB, Stephen Rudin, Wahkloo AK, Daniel Bednarek, L Nelson Hopkins. (1997) Fluoroscopic tracking of traceable droplets in an aneurysm model. (Jan)
  • Stephen Rudin, Daniel Bednarek, Lee Guterman, L Nelson Hopkins, Standard SC, Szikora I. (1993) Implementation of region of interest fluoroscopy using the roadmapping mode of real-time digital radiographic units. (Nov)
  • Stephen Rudin, Wahkloo AK, Lieber BB, Lee Guterman, L Nelson Hopkins, Daniel Bednarek, Granger WE, Yang CJ. (1997) New method for analysis of arteriovenous malformations using biplane angiographic droplet tracking. (Jan)
  • Stephen Rudin, Lieber BB, Wakhloo AK, Daniel Bednarek, Gutterman LR, L Nelson Hopkins. (1997) Quantitaive flow velocity measurements in vessels, aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) using droplet path tracking with a biplane pulsed fluoroscopy system. (Jan) 268-279
  • Stephen Rudin, Daniel Bednarek, Granger WE, L Nelson Hopkins, Lee Guterman, Wahkloo A, Chavis T. (1995) Region of Interest (ROI) Fluoroscopy and angiography in interventional radiology. (Nov)
  • Sonig A, Setlur Nagesh SV, Natarajan SK, Cress MC, Munich S, Rangel-Castilla L, Ionita CN, Bednarek DR, Snyder KV, Hopkins LN, Levy EI, Rudin S, Siddiqui A. (2015) Spatially Different Temporal Filtering with X-Ray Attenuator: A Novel Technique of Dose Reduction in Neuro-endovascular Interventions. (Aug) 199
  • Lieber BB, Wahkloo AK, Stephen Rudin, Duffy-Fronckowiak M, L Nelson Hopkins. (1997) Velocity and Transit time quantification in cerebral arteriovenous malformations by ethiodol droplets. (Jan) 90
  • Lieber BB, Wahkloo AK, Stephen Rudin, Lee Guterman, L Nelson Hopkins. (1997) Angiographic assessment of transit times in cerebral arteriovenous malformations prior to NBCA embolization using ethiodol droplets. (Jan) 533-534
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Professional Memberships:

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Director at Large/Board of Directors (2000–present)
  • New York Biotechnology Association (2000–2001)
  • Cerebrovascular Section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Senior Advisory Council (2000–2001)
  • Joint Officers AANS/CNS (2000–present)
  • International Society of Cardiovascular Interventionists (1999–present)
  • American College of Surgeons, WNY Chapter (1999–present)
  • Asian Conference of Neurological Surgeons (1999–present)
  • American Heart Association, Member-at-Large, Executive Committee (1997–1999)
  • North American Spine Society (1997–present)
  • American Heart Association, CV Radiology Section (1996–present)
  • American Society of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology (1996–present)
  • International Society for Endovascular Surgery (1996)
  • (The) Buffalo Academy of Medicine (1996–present)
  • Society of Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology (1996–present)
  • American Heart Association, Stroke Council (1995–present)
  • International Stroke Society (1995–present)
  • National Stroke Association (1995–present)
  • New York State Society of Surgeons, Inc. (1994–present)
  • American Back Society (1994–present)
  • Eastern Neuroradiologic Society, Associate Membership (1993–present)
  • Individual Practice Association of Western New York (1993–present)
  • Joint Hospital University Committee-SUNYAB (1992–present)
  • Stroke Committee-Western NY Chapter (1992–present)
  • American Society of Neuroradiology (1992–present)
  • American Academy of Neurological Surgery (1992–present)
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Publications Committee Secretary (1991–1996)
  • World Federation of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology (1991–present)
  • Joint Section on Tumors of the AANS & CNS (1989–present)
  • American College of Surgeons (1989–present)
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Neuroradiology Task Force (1988–present)
  • Intersociety Collaboration Committee/ CNS Liaison (1988–present)
  • International Andreas Gruentzig Society (1988–present)
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Executive Council (1987–1990)
  • Joint Section on Spinal Disorders of the AANS/CNS (1986–present)
  • Joint Committee on Education of the AANS/CNS (1985–1988)
  • Cerebrovascular Section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Long Range Planning Committee (1983–1984)
  • New York State Neurosurgical Society, Inc., Secretary (1982–1984)
  • Cerebrovascular Section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Member of Executive Council (1982–1983)
  • New York State Neurosurgical Society, Inc. (1981–1990)
  • (The) Medical Union (1980–1985)
  • Foundation for International Education in Neurological Surgery (1980–1981)
  • Cerebrovascular Section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (1980–present)
  • American Society of Neuroimaging (1979–1988)
  • New York Academy of Sciences (1979–1981)
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (1978–present)
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (1976–present)
  • Roswell Park Medical Society (1976–present)
  • Medical Society of the State of New York (1975–present)
  • American Medical Association (1975–present)
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The Jacobs Institute
875 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: 716-888-4804
Fax: 716-854-1952
lnh1@buffalo.edu