Faculty Testimonials

Andrew Biondo DO
Andrew Biondo, DO, FAAN
Staff Neurologist, Neuromuscular

It’s is a privilege to be a staff physician at one of the premier Neurology programs in the country. As a former resident here and now a staff physician, our department has grown exponentially. Our residents have exposure to a plethora of pathologies, world-class staff physicians, and an abundance of didactic sessions. Residents have resources available to them to maintain wholesomeness during their residency, and supportive staff physicians who are easily accessible in their personal growth to become exceptional neurologists.

Our residents have graduated to go on to top fellowship programs, NIH, and private and academic practices. They have become leaders and people who make a difference in the community.

Bradley Howell
Bradley Howell, M.D.
Senior Staff Physician
Division of Neurocritical Care
Department of Neurology

The rich reputation and amazing mix of urban and suburban patient population made Henry Ford Hospital an easy first choice for places to train in this area. A consistent distinctive has been the collegiality throughout the Henry Ford system. Within the Department of Neurology, that collegiality is raised to a genuine friend, near to family level. The core values of the neuroscience service lines at Henry Ford are naturally easy to embrace. Training here includes robust patient variability and volume, solid didactic teaching and helpful mentoring. If required to do it over again, I’d have no hesitation choosing Henry Ford Hospital again.

Michael Chopp PhD
Michael Chopp, PhD, FAHA, FESO
Vice Chairman for Research, Department of Neurology
Scientific Director, Neuroscience Institute
Zolton J. Kovacs Chair in Neuroscience Research, Henry Ford Health System
Distinguished Professor, Physics, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 

  • What I loved about this place, the culture, and the hospital is that there is a sense of everyone working together to get a product out.
  • A recruit coming here should know that there is a first-class clinic and first-class, world-renowned research laboratory and research opportunity.

Steven Kalkanis MD
Steven Kalkanis, M.D.
CEO, Henry Ford Medical Group
Chief Academic Officer, Henry Ford Health System
Professor and Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Medical Director, Henry Ford Cancer Institute
President, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Director, American Board of Neurological Surgery

  • Detroit has never been in a better position in terms of its resurgence.
  • I think young physicians will have the best of all worlds … academic and research enterprise is established.
  • As it pertains to the number and types of cases seen at Henry Ford, we have both here, the crazy zebras [where we have patients] fly in for first-in-man or first in the state for treatment for brain tumor, stroke, Parkinson’s disease … and the routine … it’s a very unique situation to have all of that together.

James Snyder DO
James Snyder, M.D.
Neurosurgeon

I am honored to be a part of Henry Ford Neurology and am continually amazed at the rich academic history in the Department of Neurology. My colleagues in the clinic and translational research redefined stroke care and the use of MRI in neurology; and were early pioneers in brain tumor bio banking providing the foundation for TCGA and other omics resources that defined contemporary understanding and applications of genetic targeted medicine. I completed my neuro-oncology fellowship at Henry Ford in the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center. After my fellowship, I interviewed across the country and ultimately returned home to Henry Ford as a Staff Neuro-oncologist. I returned because as a fellow I was invested in the unique collaborative environment across the neurosciences and throughout the institution at large, which fosters scientific discovery and innovation.

Ali Ashhar 17
Ashhar Ali, D.O.
Staff Neurologist, Headache

I would say- one of the major advantages of training in the Henry Ford Neurology program is the access residents have to a diverse community of sub-specialists, true experts in their respective fields. Such a conglomeration is difficult to find but provides for a superlative, well-rounded training experience.

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