Clinical Neuroscience Institute Inspires Better Health

Premier Pulse     January 2023

Merritt_350x350By Jason Merritt, vice president, Premier Physician Network and Neuroscience Service Lin

One of the ways Premier Health works To Inspire Better Health is through the breadth of services and provider expertise available across our network. The Clinical Neuroscience Institute (CNSI), Neurosurgery, and Neuro-Interventional Surgery (NIS) teams are great examples of the diverse care and expertly trained providers that are fundamental to the success of fulfilling Premier Health’s vision. 

The comprehensive neurosurgery team is designed to meet the subspecialty neurosurgical needs of patients in the Miami Valley. The team includes fellowship-trained surgical providers in spine, epilepsy and movement disorders, trauma, tumor, and oncology. In addition, the NIS team provides a wide variety of endovascular interventions to treat acute and chronic neurovascular issues. 

The neurosurgery and NIS teams provide 24/7 on-call care through Miami Valley Hospital. In this role, we provide emergent care to patients in a 17-county service area. In addition to emergent care, the team also provides clinic consults for surgical evaluation and follow-ups. The teams have clinics at Atrium Medical Center, Miami Valley Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital North, Miami Valley Hospital South, Upper Valley Medical Center, and our Premier Physician Network Beavercreek location.  

Board-certified neurosurgeons are skilled across multiple surgical specialties, including spine, tumor, epilepsy, movement, neuro-oncology, neurointerventional surgery, and functional neurosurgery.


  • Dan Gaudin, MD: Functional, Spine, General, Trauma
  • Ania Pollack, MD: Neuro-Oncology, Trauma
  • Neal Mehan, MD: General, Spine, Trauma
  • Ian White, MD: Spine, General, Trauma
  • Sujit Bhimireddy, MD:  Spine, General, Trauma  
  • Brittany Staarmann, MD: General, Skull-Based, Spine, Trauma

Neuro-Interventional Surgery

  • Bryan Ludwig, MD: Vascular Neurology
  • John Terry, MD: Vascular Neurology
  • Esteban Cheng-Ching, MD: Vascular Neurology

It's easy to refer! Epic users can find these physicians by typing “neuroscience” or: The Clinical Neuroscience Institute – Neurosurgery. For direct referral to a neurosurgeon, type in the comments section, Direct Referral to (surgeon’s name). Offices not utilizing Epic can use the referral form. Please call the office with questions at (844) 277-2894. For more information about our neurosurgery specialists, to ask a question, or to refer a patient, please call (844) 277-2894.

The Premier Health Neuroscience Service Line has been a leader in bringing complex neurological and neurosurgical care to the Miami Valley. The neurosurgery and NIS teams are joined by our programs of Comprehensive and Primary Stroke Centers, Comprehensive Brain Mapping Center, Infusion Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis Center, Headache Center, Memory Disorders Center, Neuro-Oncology Center, Movement Disorders Center, and our Level 4 Epilepsy Center. Learn more information about Clinical Neuroscience Institute.

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