Shivanand Lad


Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. Nandan Lad is a neurosurgeon, scientist, and entrepreneur and Professor and Vice Chair of Innovation for Duke Neurosurgery. He is Director of the Functional & Restorative Neuromodulation Program and the Duke NeuroInnovations Program, a systematic approach to innovation to large unmet clinical needs.

He completed his MD and PhD in Biochemistry at Chicago Medical School and his neurosurgical residency training at Stanford with fellowships in both Surgical Innovation and Functional Neurosurgery.  

Neuromodulation; Neurorestoration; Bioengineering; Medical Device Design; Clinical Trials; Data Science; Health Outcomes.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Core Faculty Member, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
  • Core Faculty in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Contact Information


  • Stanford University, 2009
  • Stanford University, 2008
  • Stanford University, 2011
  • Stanford University, 2005
  • Ph.D. Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 2004
  • M.D. Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 2004

Courses Taught

  • NEUROSCI 391: Neuroscience Independent Scholarship 1: Advanced Topics

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Kirsch, EP; Yang, LZ; Lee, H-J; Parente, B; Lad, SP, Healthcare resource utilization for chronic low back pain among high-utilizers., Spine J, vol 24 no. 4 (2024), pp. 601-616 [10.1016/j.spinee.2023.11.017] [abs].
  • Spears, CA; Hodges, SE; Liu, B; Venkatraman, V; Edwards, RM; Than, KD; Abd-El-Barr, MM; Parente, B; Lee, H-J; Lad, SP, Nationwide Analysis of Risk Factors Related to Opioid Weaning Following Lumbar Decompression Surgery - A Retrospective Database Study., World Neurosurg (2024) [10.1016/j.wneu.2023.12.025] [abs].
  • Gilligan, C; Volschenk, W; Russo, M; Green, M; Gilmore, C; Mehta, V; Deckers, K; De Smedt, K; Latif, U; Sayed, D; Georgius, P; Gentile, J; Mitchell, B; Langhorst, M; Huygen, F; Baranidharan, G; Patel, V; Mironer, E; Ross, E; Carayannopoulos, A; Hayek, S; Gulve, A; Van Buyten, J-P; Tohmeh, A; Fischgrund, J; Lad, S; Ahadian, F; Deer, T; Klemme, W; Rauck, R; Rathmell, J; Maislin, G; Heemels, JP; Eldabe, S, Five-Year Longitudinal Follow-up of Restorative Neurostimulation Shows Durability of Effectiveness in Patients With Refractory Chronic Low Back Pain Associated With Multifidus Muscle Dysfunction., Neuromodulation (2024) [10.1016/j.neurom.2024.01.006] [abs].
  • Bandyopadhyay, S; Schwendinger, N; Jahromi, BR; Lad, SP; Blackburn, S; Wolf, S; Bulters, D; Galea, I; Hugelshofer, M, Red Blood Cells in the Cerebrospinal Fluid Compartment After Subarachnoid Haemorrhage: Significance and Emerging Therapeutic Strategies., Transl Stroke Res (2024) [10.1007/s12975-024-01238-9] [abs].
  • Patel, NP; Jameson, J; Johnson, C; Kloster, D; Calodney, A; Kosek, P; Pilitsis, J; Bendel, M; Petersen, E; Wu, C; Cherry, T; Lad, S; Yu, C; Sayed, D; Goree, J; Lyons, MK; Sack, A; Bruce, D; Bharara, M; Province-Azalde, R; Caraway, D; Kapural, L, Durable responses at 24 months with high-frequency spinal cord stimulation for nonsurgical refractory back pain., J Neurosurg Spine, vol 40 no. 2 (2024), pp. 229-239 [10.3171/2023.9.SPINE23504] [abs].