Julie G. Pilitsis, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.

Julie G. Pilitsis

Vice President of Medical Affairs and Strategic Initiatives | Professor of Neurosurgery

777 Glades Road

Boca Raton, FL 33431

BC 71

p: 561-297-0133


Department: Clinical Neurosciences


Julie G. Pilitsis, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., is Vice President of Medical Affairs and Strategic Initiatives at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Dr. Pilitsis is also a board-certified practicing neurosurgeon who is a national expert in multidisciplinary pain, and movement disorders including Parkinson's disease.


  • 2007: Fellowship- Functional Neurosurgery from Rush University Medical Center
  • 2002: Ph.D., Physiology from Wayne State University
  • 1998: M.D., Medicine from Albany Medical College

Work History

Professional Experience

  • Chair Dept of Neuroscience & Experimental Therapeutics, Albany Medical College
  • Professor of Neurosurgery, Albany Medical College

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • MacDonell J, Patel N, Rubino S, Ghoshal G, Fischer G, et al. Magnetic resonance-guided interstitial high-intensity focused ultrasound for brain tumor ablation. Neurosurg Focus. 2018 Feb;44(2):E11. PubMed PMID: 29385926.
  • Ghoshal G, Gee L, Heffter T, Williams E, Bromfield C, et al. A minimally invasive catheter-based ultrasound technology for therapeutic interventions in brain: initial preclinical studies. Neurosurg Focus. 2018 Feb;44(2):E13. PubMed PMID: 29385920.
  • Khan H, Pilitsis JG, Prusik J, Smith H, McCallum SE. Pain Remission at One-Year Follow-Up With Spinal Cord Stimulation. Neuromodulation. 2018 Jan;21(1):101-105. PubMed PMID: 29058361.
  • Gee LE, Walling I, Ramirez-Zamora A, Shin DS, Pilitsis JG. Subthalamic deep brain stimulation alters neuronal firing in canonical pain nuclei in a 6-hydroxydopamine lesioned rat model of Parkinson's disease. Exp Neurol. 2016 Sep;283(Pt A):298-307. doi: 10.1016/j.expneurol.2016.06.031. Epub 2016 Jul 1. PubMed PMID: 27373204.
  • Walling I, Smith H, Gee LE, Kaszuba B, Chockalingam A, et al. Occipital Nerve Stimulation Attenuates Neuronal Firing Response to Mechanical Stimuli in the Ventral Posteromedial Thalamus of a Rodent Model of Chronic Migraine. Neurosurgery. 2017 Oct 1;81(4):696-701. PubMed PMID: 28402559

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Scholarly Activity

Current Research

Basic Science: development of MRI guided robotic assistance for stereotactic procedures; understanding the effects of subthalamic deep brain stimulation (DBS) for pain in 6OHDA-lesioned rats; improve delivery of focused ultrasound for treatment of chronic pain and Parkinson's Disease.

Clinical Research: understand effects of various spinal cord stimulation (SCS) waveforms using quantitative sensory testing and electroencephalography (EEG); examine efficacy of ziconotide in patients with neuropathic pain; understand how DBS frequency stimulation changes using functional MRI.

Other research interests: device improvement, novel treatment of chronic pain.

Additional Information
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine offers students a variety of educational programs and degrees.
Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road, BC-71
Boca Raton, FL 33431