Maxwell Boakye, M.D., M.PH., M.B.A., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.N.S.
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Ole A., Mabel Wise & Wilma Wise Nelson Endowed Chair
Director of Spinal Neurosurgery
Director of Neurosurgical Outcomes and Translational Research, Center for Advanced Neurosurgery
Brain and Spine Tumor
B.S., Mathematics and Physics, Rutgers University,1989
M.D., Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, 1995
Neurosurgical Residency Training at SUNY-Upstate, Syracuse, NY, 2002
Subspeciality training in complex spinal neurosurgery, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Spinal Oncology training, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York
In January 2011, Dr. Boakye moved his outcomes research laboratory and spinal cord injury labs from Stanford University to the Center for Advanced Neurosurgery at the University of Louisville. He just submitted 4 neurosurgical outcomes research grants and one KSCHIRT grant investigating longitudinal outcomes of morphological sequelae of traumatic brain injury. Accomplishments this year include 6 published peer-reviewed publications, 1 accepted peer-reviewed publication, completion of University of Louisville enrollment for use of Riluzole in acute spinal cord injury, development of neurotrauma registry at the University and establishment of human transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS lab) at Frazier rehab institute. He has also helped to implement a protocol for diffusion tensor imaging, voxel based morphometry and resting state FMRI at the Department of Neuroradiology at the University of Louisville.
The overall goals of my lab is to understand the physiology and plasticity of the sensorimotor system in health and in patients with spinal cord and brain injury and to use that knowledge to develop new surrogate markers of recovery, new methods of injury prognostication and new therapies for spinal cord and brain injury. Research in this section uses noninvasive multimodal methodologies including functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), electroencephalography (EEG), somatosensory evoked potentials (SEP), and peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) technologies to gain a comprehensive understanding of the physiology and plasticity of the sensorimotor system in healthy patients and in patients with spinal cord and brain injury.