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Neuroanatomy Laboratory

Neuroanatomy Laboratory


In the Neuroanatomy Laboratory at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, research fellows and clinicians work together to develop and refine complex neurosurgical techniques using the latest technology that can be translated to the operating room. Cadaveric dissections allow discovery and characterization of anatomical and surgical landmarks that may reveal new and better ways to access complex areas of the brain. The outcomes of this translational, simulation research help make existing surgical procedures more accurate, less invasive and safer for patients.

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Chakravarthi S, Monroy-Sosa A, Fukui M, Gonen L, Wolfe T, Gardner T, Celix J, Jennings J, Rovin R, Kassam A. Robotically-Operated Video Optical Telescopic-microscopy Resection of an Arteriovenous Malformation With Port-Assisted Intraoperative Surgical Devascularization: 2-Dimensional Operative Video. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2018;15:350-1.

Jennings JE, Kassam AB, Fukui MB, Monroy-Sosa A, Chakravarthi S, Kojis N, Rovin RA. The Surgical White Matter Chassis: A Practical 3-Dimensional Atlas for Planning Subcortical Surgical Trajectories. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2018;14:469-82.

Monroy-Sosa A, Jennings J, Chakravarthi S, Fukui MB, Celix J, Kojis N, Lindsay M, Walia S, Rovin R, Kassam A. Microsurgical Anatomy of the Vertical Rami of the Superior Longitudinal Fasciculus: An Intraparietal Sulcus Dissection Study. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2018 Jun 5 [Epub ahead of print].

Chakravarthi S, Monroy-Sosa A, Gonen L, Fukui M, Rovin R, Kojis N, Lindsay M, Khalili S, Celix J, Corsten M, Kassam AB. Reanalyzing the "far medial" (transcondylar-transtubercular) approach based on three anatomical vectors: the ventral posterolateral corridor. J Neurosurg Sci. 2018;62:347-55.

Gonen L, Chakravarthi SS, Monroy-Sosa A, Celix JM, Kojis N, Singh M, Jennings J, Fukui MB, Rovin RA, Kassam AB. Initial experience with a robotically operated video optical telescopic-microscope in cranial neurosurgery: feasibility, safety, and clinical applications. Neurosurg Focus. 2017;42:E9.


KARL STORZ Image1 S camera platform

Two stations allow for high-defintion endoscopic endonasal dissections and training. TIPCAM®1 S 3D, a 3-D endoscopic unit, allows visualization of endonasal and skull base anatomy in a high-definition, 3-D display.

Stryker NavII Navigation platform with iNtellect Cranial software

The Neuroanatomy Laboratory is equipped with two Stryker Navigation systems, which aid surgeons in their ability to perform cadaveric dissections. With this technology, faculty and fellows have been able to simulate and practice placement of ventricular catheters, among other applications.

BrightMatter Drive robotic digital microscope

BrightMatter™ Drive's robotic arm includes a hands-free optical visualization system with an attached camera that automatically follows the physician's tools. Trainees in the Neuroanatomy Laboratory use the technology for dissections and production images for publications.

Team Members


Richard Rovin, MD
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Melanie Fukui, MD
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Jonathan Jennings, MD
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Thomas Gardner, MD
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Juanita Celix, MD
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Walter Jacobsen, DO
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Sammy Khalili, MD
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Kyle Swanson, MD
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Current fellows

Srikant Chakravarthi, MD

Alejandro Monroy-Sosa, MD

Specialty Programs

Aurora Neuroscience Innovation Institute

Our core commitment to minimally invasive surgical options for neurological disorders has made us one of the most advanced facilities of our kind.


Neurosurgery and Brain Tumor Research

Surgeons, doctors and researchers develop safer and more effective brain surgery procedures and treatments for neurological disorders.

Neurology and Brain Tumor Research

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By donating blood or tissue samples, people may help advance medical research and the products available for medical care.


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