Working Together to Enhance Patient Experience

Patients entrust their care to us because we are among the most knowledgeable and experienced neurosurgeons in the region, providing comprehensive treatment for all brain and spine conditions. We are supported by a fantastic team of Physician Assistants, nursing and office staff, all working together to enhance your overall patient experience.

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S. Javed Shahid

Section Chief of Neurosurgery, Danbury Hospital
  • Graduated Government College in Hyderabad, Pakistan in 1966 with Honors
  • Medical school at Dow Medical College University of Karachi, Pakistan
  • Internship at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY
  • Junior residencies in both General Surgery and Neurosurgery at Downstate Medical Center, Kings County Hospital, NY.
  • Resident in Neurology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY
  • Chief Resident, Neurosurgery at Downstate Medical Center, Kings County Hospital Brooklyn, New York
  • Diplomate of American Board of Neurological Surgery in 1983
  • Chief of Neurosurgery at both Danbury and Norwalk Hospitals since early 1990’s
  • Performed the first transphenoidal surgery at Norwalk Hospital and first basilar aneurysm surgery at Danbury Hospital
  • Specialized training in Microneurosurgery, Laser Surgery, Stereotactic Intracranial Surgery, Intradiscal Spinal Therapy, as well as Automated Percutaneous Discectomies
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Ramon Batson

Section Chief of Neurosurgery, Norwalk Hospital
  • Graduated Harvard University, History of Science and Genetics with Honors
  • Medical school at the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY
  • Residency at Tufts University
  • Fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Childrens’ Hospital in Toronto
  • President of the Connecticut Neurosurgical Society
  • Magida award from the Fairfield County Medical Association for outstanding patient care
  • Specializes in pituitary tumors, disorders of Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) circulation including Hydrocephalus, Neuron-Trauma and treatment of the spine
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Scott P. Sanderson

Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, New York University Medical Center
  • Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery
  • Graduated Cornell University with Honors, BS in Biology, Minor in Neurobiology and Behavior, Research thesis in Behavioral Biology, Dean’s List, Honor Society
  • Doctor of Medicine, State University of New York at Syracuse graduating Cum Laude, Department of Neurosurgery Academic Achievement Award, inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • Surgical internship and residency in Neurological Surgery at the New York University Medical Center, awarded internal fellowship in Complex Spinal Surgery and Instrumentation
  • Chief Resident in Neurological Surgery in both Bellevue Hospital and the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Manhattan
  • Lecturer on the subjects of “Intensive Care Management of Head Injury” to “Surgical Treatment of Low Back Pain.”
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at New York University Medical Center
  • Extensive training in Spinal Surgery including Minimally Invasive and Reconstructive Spinal procedures, Spinal Cord Tumors, and Instrumentation, Complex Brain Tumors, Intracerebral Vascular Malformations, Cerebral Aneurysms and extensive Brain and Spinal Cord Traumatic Injuries
  • Specializes in Complex and Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery for both Degenerative Disease and Trauma
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Joshua Marcus

  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Binghamton University
  • Doctor of Medicine from New York University School of Medicine
  • Residency in Neurological Surgery at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical College, Chief Resident, Recipient of the Distinguished House Staff Award in Neurosurgery
  • Fellowship in Endovascular Surgery/Interventional Neuroradiology at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Society for Neuro-Interventional Surgery.
  • Extensive training in Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques for Degenerative, Traumatic and Neoplastic spine disease, minimally invasive, endoscopic approaches to the treatment of Pituitary Tumors
  • Advanced training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to Manage Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors with modern surgical techniques and technologies as well as non-invasive stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Specializes in minimally invasive surgical treatment of Brain and Spine conditions including Brain and Spine Tumors, Degenerative and Traumatic Spine Disease, Trigeminal Neuralgia and other chronic pain syndromes as well as disorders of the cerebrovascular system.
  • Only physician in Fairfield County and one of few in Connecticut with advanced training and dual expertise in both the open surgical and minimally invasive treatment of Cerebrovascular Conditions including Cerebral Aneurysms, Arteriovenous Malformations, Carotid Artery Disease as well as Hemorrhagic and Ischemic Stroke 
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Jonathon Lebovitz

  • Attended Colgate University where he graduated with a degree in Biology
  • Earned a Master of Science in Anatomy and Physiology from Georgetown University in Washington, DC
  • Received his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, MO
  • Completed his surgical internship and residency in Neurological Surgery at Saint Louis University
  • Awarded the position of Chief Resident in Neurosurgery
  • Completed advanced subspecialty training in open Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery at the prestigious Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Shawn Finnegan

Chief Neurosurgical PA WCHN
  • BS in Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology with Cum Laude honors from University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Physical/Occupational Therapy Training at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Prerequisite Physician Assistant courses at Harvard University
  • Graduated with a Masters of Health Science from George Washington University, Magna Cum Laude, Surgical Preparedness Program within the Physician Assistant Program
  • Graduated Surgical Residency Program for Physician Assistants at Norwalk Hospital and Yale School of Medicine
  • Currently obtaining Masters in Business Administration
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Katherine Swan

Neurosurgical PA
  • Board certified Physician Assistant by the NCCPA
  • Completed Physician Assistant program at University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Served as a graduate teaching assistant for the program’s physiology and biochemistry course
  • Graduated Surgical Residency Program for Physician Assistants through Norwalk Hospital /Yale University
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Gina Porto

Neurosurgical PA
  • BA in Biology from Mount Vernon Nazarene University Magna Cum Laude honors
  • Lived in Papua New Guinea and volunteered at a mission hospital
  • MS in Medicine from Trevecca Nazarene University near the top of her class
  • Completed Norwalk Hospital/Yale School of Medicine PA Surgical Residency Program