Board Certification and Education

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery - Neurological Surgery


  • University of Cincinnati - College of Medicine, OH, 2004

Residencies & Internships

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


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

About Me


  • 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





Ellen Air, MD - Neurosurgery, Henry Ford Health System

Blog Posts
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    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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Overall Patient Ratings:

4.8 out of 5
78 Ratings

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*Dr. Air is fantastic.


Best doctor around.


Very comfortable. My concerns were answered in a personable manner.


I had seen Dr. Air back in 2015 for a consult following a Myelogram that I had at this hospital which was ordered by another doctor. So I had meet Dr. Air before the appointment I just had with her. This allowed me to be more comfortable seeing her again, and she was also recommended to me again by another doctor as my need now Is to have a spinal cord stimulator battery replacement surgery, which is scheduled for 2022. This is not a huge matter, but I am very happy that Dr. Air will do this for me, I am not worried, I trust in her surgical skills, I am sure everything will be fine. I have only two requirements, one is that the surgery takes place at HFH W, Bloomfield, and that the anesthesia to be used is a local, not under a general. My main reason for this is that recovery will be shorter and with the Covid-19 as it is today, I want to be in and out as fast as possible! I have been fully vaccinated and boosted too, and I still got the Covid-19, I do not want to take any chances of getting it again.


Excellent answered all our questions and explained my contion and concerns

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