Board Certification and Education

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery - Neurological Surgery

Education

  • University of Cincinnati College Of Medicine, OH, 2004

Residencies & Internships

  • University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Neurosurgery, OH, 2010

Fellowships

  • San Francisco VA Medical Center, Movement Disorder, CA, 2011

About Me

Titles:

  • Neurosurgery Residency Program Director, Henry Ford Health System
  • Co-Director Functional Neurosurgery, Henry Ford Health System
  • Interim Division Head, Movement Disorders, Department of Neurology
  • Chair-Elect, AANS/CNS Joint Section on Women in Neurosurgery
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons Executive Board, Member-At-Large
  • American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Board of Directors
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Wayne State University

Care Philosophy:
What drives me is helping patients regain their quality of life. I am inspired every day by my patients and enjoy helping patients reach their goals and to enjoy what is important in their lives.

Biographical Statement:
My relationship with my patients comes from collaboration, honesty and dedication to work for them. I am always pushing myself to become a better doctor and surgeon so that I can take on anything my patients may need from me.

Officially, I am called a ‘functional neurosurgeon’. This simply means that I help individuals with neurological disorders live as productive lives as possible. This varies from reducing pain to managing seizures and movement disorders.

Neither medicine nor surgery may get patients back to 100%. I think that it is important to be an advocate for patient resources so that they may connect with other patients, receive education materials and see the progression of research. Below are some organizations that I support so that patients can find the resources they need:

Research Interests:

  • Epilepsy
  • Movement Disorders
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

Awards & Honors:

  • Top Doctor, Castle Connolly (2019)
  • Exceptional Women in Medicine, Castle Connolly (2019)
  • “Top Docs”, Hour Detroit magazine (2017–20)
  • L. Murray Thomas Visiting Professor, Wayne State University, Department of Neurosurgery (2017)
  • Senior Staff Teaching Award, Henry Ford Department of Neurosurgery (2017)
  • “Forty Under 40” Awardee, Cincinnati Business Courier (2013)
  • Ellen and Stewart B. Dunsker, M.D., Award for Clinical Research 2010

Languages

English

Gender

Female
Videos

Ellen Air, MD - Neurosurgery, Henry Ford Health System

Blog Posts
  • Managing Parkinson's Disease Through Exercise

    Staying fit is important for everyone, but if you have Parkinson’s disease, exercise should be part of your daily routine to help with mobility and balance.

  • 10 Life Hacks For Living With Epilepsy

    There are ways to manage and prevent some of the effects epilepsy has on your day-to-day activities – without feeling as though you’re missing out.

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Locations

Henry Ford Hospital
2799 W Grand Blvd
K11
Detroit, MI 48202
Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
6777 W Maple Rd
West Bloomfield, MI 48322

Hospital Privileges

  • Henry Ford Hospital
  • Henry Ford Macomb Hospital - Clinton Township
  • Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
  • Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital

Patient Ratings

Overall Patient Ratings:

4.8 out of 5
60 Ratings
38 Comments

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09/16/2021

*Dr. Air explained the risks of surgery and offered options to try first.

09/16/2021

From the very beginning I was absolutely blown away. The greeting at the door with directions to exactly where I needed to go for my appointment was welcoming and warm. The receptionist in the neuro department was extremely helpful and was willing to go out of her way to find answers to my questions prior to my appointment. The nurse was incredible. I couldn't believe in my 33 years I had never had blood pressure or temp taken the way she did it, and she was very informative as to why she did things the way she did them. The assistant was helpful in taking all information from my 6 year history. And the surgeon was so kind and helpful even though I didn't have all of the imaging necessary for her to go over. She still took the time to check everything over and was courteous even though I knew I was not a candidate for surgery.

09/15/2021

*Dr. Air is quite simply the finest physician I have worked with.

08/13/2021

Very professional, sense of humor, easy to understand.

08/02/2021

Very good. Explained surgery and answered questions.

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