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Resident Awards

The Department of Neurological Surgery is proud of the accomplishments of its residents. A list of our residents' awards is below.

The Council of State Neurosurgical Societies of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons has selected Dr. Justin Singer as a CSNS Socioeconomic Fellow for 2014-2015. The purpose of the fellowship is to train residents to gain competence in and understanding on the full spectrum of socioeconomic issues impacting neurosurgery.

Congratulations to Drs. Jonathan Pace, Brian Rothstein and Abhishek Ray for being selected as new CNS resident representatives to the following committees:

  • Jonathan Pace, M.D. - CNS Resident Education Committee
  • Brian Rothstein, M.D. – CNS Development Committee 
  • Abhishek Ray, M.D. – CNS University (Nexus) Committee

Dr. Berje Shammassian was one of five recipients of the CWRU School of Medicine Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Awards given to residents who demonstrate a commitment to teaching and the compassionate treatment of patients, families, students and colleagues.

The awardees are nominated by third year medical students who they have mentored on the clinical service. Dr. Shammassian was nominated by Sarah Gael and was presented with the award at a ceremony on July 24, 2015. The award is usually given to senior residents, but this is the first time in the history of the medical school that it was given to an intern.


Dr. Jonathan Pace nominated and elected as a member of the 2016 AOA inductee class of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. This award is a testament to his commitment to medical student education, both in creating a culture conducive to learning and in preparing current medical students to be outstanding physicians after graduation.


Manish Kasliwal, M.D. has been selected as the recipient of a 2017 Edgar G. Dawson Traveling Fellowship which is awarded by The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS). As a recipient of the fellowship, Dr. Kasliwal will be able to spend two to three days at a spinal deformity center staffed by active SRS members to enhance his education and skills in this field.