Julie G. Pilitsis, MD, PhD, MBA

Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Professor, Neurosurgery
Academic Professional Bio: 
Julie G. Pilitsis, MD, PhD, MBA, is Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at University of Arizona Tucson and the Physician Executive for Functional Neurosurgery for Banner Health System. Prior to this role, she served as Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs Strategic Initiatives at Florida Atlantic University where she led the FAU Health Network initiative. Under her stewardship, FAU began the transition from a community based medical school to an integrated system by partnering with a public hospital for creation of an academic medical center and faculty practice. Dr. Pilitsis previously served as division chief of functional neurosurgery and chair and professor of the neuroscience department at Albany Medical College in New York. This straddled position with leadership roles in both the clinical and basic sciences gave her unique perspective and opportunities to develop many synergies. During her time at Albany, she completed her BMA and graduated from ELAM. Over these roles, Dr. Pilitsis has maintained a busy functional neurosurgery practice and built a program from the ground up at each institution where she worked. She maintains an NIH sponsored research program focused on device optimization for neuromodulation with three active grants and has published over 250 journal articles, five textbooks, and numerous chapters. She was the president of the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), a 2000-member organization in 2023. She will be president of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN) from 2024 - 2026. She was previous chair of the AANS/CNS Section on WIN and on Pain.
Research Interests: 
Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson's Disease
Spinal Cord Stimulation in Chronic Pain Patients
Intrathecal Drug Therapy for Neuropathic Pain
  1. MD, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York, 1998
  2. PhD, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 2002
  3. MBA, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina, 2021
  • Wayne State University, Neurosurgery, Detroit, Michigan, 1998 - 1999
  • Wayne State University, Neurosurgery, Detroit, Michigan, 1998 - 2006
  • Rush University Medical Center, Functional Neurosurgery, Chicago, Illinois, 2006 - 2007
Board Certifications:
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery, 01/01/2022 - 12/31/2031
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery, 11/02/2011 - 12/31/2021