June 14, 2022 – Board-certified neurosurgeon Julie Pilitsis, M.D., joins Marcus Neuroscience Institute, established at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, a part of Baptist Health. Dr. Pilitsis specializes in functional neurosurgery, Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, spasticity and chronic pain.
“I’m delighted that Dr. Pilitsis has joined Marcus Neuroscience Institute,” said Frank Vrionis, M.D., Institute director at Marcus Neuroscience Institute. “She is fellowship trained in functional neurosurgery and has been a leader nationally and internationally in advocating for patients, research and education for patients with Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain. She will make a wonderful addition to our team and will greatly benefit our patients.”
Dr. Pilitsis joins Marcus Neuroscience Institute from Florida Atlantic University, where she serves as the vice president for Medical Affairs and the dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. She previously was division chief of Functional Neurosurgery and chair and professor of the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics at Albany Medical College in Albany, NY.
She is one of only three neurosurgeons to serve as dean and the only neurosurgeon to do so outside an institution where they were previously chair. She is also the first ever female neurosurgeon dean. She has held multiple national leadership roles and is a member of many professional neurosurgery organizations, including the North American Neuromodulation society, where she is president elect and the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, where she serves as treasurer.
Dr. Pilitsis earned her medical degree from Albany Medical College. She then completed a neurosurgery residency at Wayne State University and a functional neurosurgery fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. She also holds a Ph.D. in physiology from Wayne State University and MBA from Fayetteville State University.
She will see patients at Boca Raton Regional Hospital at 800 Meadows Road in Boca Raton.
About Marcus Neuroscience Institute
Marcus Neuroscience Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida, is an innovative nexus for neurologic and neurosurgical care. From non-surgical treatments and minimally invasive procedures to complex brain and spine surgery, the Institute embraces a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Marcus Neuroscience Institute’s highly skilled staff is comprised of neurosurgeons, neurologists, pain management physicians and neuro-oncologists. With locations in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and Deerfield Beach, Marcus Neuroscience Institute is making breakthrough neurological care more accessible for patients seeking comprehensive treatment for conditions affecting the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system.
The heart of the Institute is located at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The 57,000-square-foot facility houses a 20-bed Neuro Intensive Care and Step-Down Unit, four dedicated operating rooms — including one equipped with intraoperative MRI and two with intraoperative CT capability — and a biplane angiography suite, a crucial component in the diagnosis and care of neurological conditions.
Marcus Neuroscience Institute is training the next generation of neurologists and neuroscientists in conjunction with Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and its residency program. The Institute earned the Gold Seal of Approval® for Spinal Surgery Certification from The Joint Commission, which reflects commitment to the highest standards of excellence and safety in patient care, and the Institute is a DNV Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, which is the nation’s highest level of stroke accreditation.
About Boca Raton Regional Hospital
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.
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