Rutgers' Anil Nanda Awarded Peter W. Carmel M.D. Chair of Neurological Surgery

Rutgers' Anil Nanda Awarded Peter W. Carmel M.D. Chair of Neurological Surgery

Internationally recognized for leadership and contributions in neurosurgery

Anil Nanda
Anil Nanda was awarded the Peter W. Carmel M.D. Chair of Neurological Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.
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The Board of Governors today awarded the Peter W. Carmel M.D. Chair of Neurological Surgery to Anil Nanda, professor and chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, as well as chief of neurological services at University Hospital in Newark and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Internationally recognized for his clinical and scholarly contributions and leadership in neurosurgery, Nanda is also senior vice president of neurological services at RWJBarnabas Health.

“We are indeed proud to have recruited an academic neurosurgeon of Dr. Anil Nanda’s caliber to chair the Department of Neurological Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, said Robert Johnson, the dean at New Jersey Medical School. “His academic, clinical, research and administrative expertise are vitally important at this time, as we build a statewide clinical academic network with our partners throughout the state.”

The Peter W. Carmel, M.D. Chair of Neurological Surgery was established in 2015 with generous gifts from the University Physician Associates-Neurosurgery; the Foundation for Pediatric Neurosurgery; Carmel, chair emeritus of neurological surgery at New Jersey Medical School; his friends and Jacqueline Bello, who is also a faculty alumnus of neurological surgery at NJMS.

Nanda came to Rutgers University after serving as a tenured professor and chair of neurosurgery at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at Shreveport. He earned his medical degree with honors from Jawarhalal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) Madras University.  He completed his neurosurgery residency at the Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia followed by fellowship training in micro-neurosurgery and cranial base surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.  He also received a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health.

Following his graduation from medical school, Nanda completed residency training in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York; general surgery at Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke’s Hospital in Chicago and neurosurgery at Hahnemann in Philadelphia and pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He also completed a fellowship in microneurosurgery and cranial base surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.

Nanda serves as director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and holds or has held leadership positions in a number of prestigious organizations, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons, The American Heart Association Caddo Bossier Division, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the North American Skull Base Society and the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies.

“Dr. Nanda will bridge the faculties of both medical schools and our hospital partners,” said Brian Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. “We are confident that he will be a transformational leader for academic health care in New Jersey and strategically advance Rutgers’ preeminence in the neurosciences.”