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

Julie G. Pilitsis

Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine | Vice President for Medical Affairs

Professor of Neurosurgery

777 Glades Road

Boca Raton, FL 33431

BC 71, Room 238


Department: Clinical Neurosciences


Julie Pilitsis, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., is Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Vice President for Medical Affairs, and Professor of Neurosurgery at Florida Atlantic University.  Prior to joining FAU,  Dr. Pilitsis served as division chief of functional neurosurgery and chair and professor of the basic neuroscience department at Albany Medical College (AMC) in New York. As chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics at AMC, Pilitsis oversaw departmental teaching programs, including graduate school, research and outreach programs such as community service, translational research efforts, alumni relations and development. Together with a colleague, she designed an inter-professional (M.D., Ph.D., nursing, allied health) team-based master’s degree curriculum in clinical investigation. During her tenure, the department’s grant funding increased tenfold; academic productivity, as measured by publications, has increased fourfold; and graduate students who self-identify as underrepresented in medicine have increased by 40 percent.

Pilitsis received a B.S. in biology magna cum laude in 1996, and her M.D. with distinction from AMC in 1998. She participated in a six-year combined B.S./M.D. program with AMC Troy. In 2002, she received her Ph.D. in physiology from Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit and completed her residency and internship in the Department of Neurosurgery at WSU from 1998 to 2006. She completed a fellowship in functional neurosurgery from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago from 2006 to 2007. Pilitsis recently received her M.B.A. with concentration in health informatics from Fayetteville State University.


  • 2007: Fellowship- Functional Neurosurgery from Rush University Medical Center
  • 2002: PhD, Physiology from Wayne State University
  • 1998: MD, 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
(561) 297-4828