Raymond Sekula Jr., MD Neurosurgeon
Dr. Raymond Sekula is the Surgical Director of the Microvascular and Skull Base Neurosurgery Program and the Cranial Nerve Disorders Program at UPMC Hamot. UPMC Hamot is a 412-bed, tertiary care facility, located in Erie, Pa. UPMC Hamot (formerly Hamot) has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report- America's Best Hospitals, Top 50 for Pulmonary Medicine, Most Wired, and Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals for overall performance, as well as Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals for outstanding outcomes in heart care, neurological services, urology, orthopaedics, gerontology, and critical care medicine.
His major research interests concern facial pain, hemifacial spasms, Chiari malformation, and techniques for improving surgical results. Dr. Sekula is known internationally and nationally for his development of microvascular techniques, which provide patients with improved outcomes, reduced complications, and easier recoveries. In recent years, Dr. Sekula has developed one of the largest operative practices in microvascular decompression surgery for patients with trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, and other cranial neuralgias. He has performed more than 1,000 of these and other specialized procedures. He has developed a novel procedure for Chiari malformation performed through a one-inch incision wherein patients may be discharged from the hospital in a day or two following the procedure. Dr. Sekula’s patients rarely require treatment in an intensive care unit.
Dr. Sekula received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia., in Charlottesville, Va. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Following a surgical internship and residency in neurological surgery, he completed advanced training in minimally invasive neurosurgery and a fellowship with neurosurgical pioneer Dr. Jannetta. Following his training, he became assistant and then co-director of the Cranial Nerve Disorders Center with Dr. Peter Jannetta in Pittsburgh. Dr. Sekula has become a foremost expert in the treatment of cranial nerve disorders (i.e., trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, acoustic neuroma) and other skull base and brainstem disorders. The American Board of Neurological Surgery certifies Dr. Sekula as board eligible.
Dr. Sekula has been recently recognized with numerous awards and honors including:
- The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association Fellowship Award
- “40 Under 40” Award, Pittsburgh Magazine
- Global Moot Competition Grand Prize (University of Texas at Austin)
- Official, NASDAQ Opening Ceremony
- Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year (Carnegie Mellon University)
- Canfield-Roseman Entrepreneur of the Year (Carnegie Mellon University)
- The William H. Sweet Young Investigator Award (AANS Pain Section)
Dr. Sekula is a member of:
- The American Association of Neurological Surgeons
- The Congress of Neurological Surgeons
- The Medical Advisory Board of TNA
- The Facial Pain Association
- Erie County Medical Society
- Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society
Dr. Sekula is a renowned teacher of neurological surgery and he is a frequent lecturer nationally and internationally. He has authored or co-authored many original journal articles and book chapters.
Michelle A. Stevens, DONeurologist
Dr. Michelle Stevens received her undergraduate degree from Miami University and she received her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following doctoral internships at Northshore Clinical Associates LLC and UPMC Hamot, she completed a fellowship in neuromuscular medicine and electromyography at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian. She is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry and the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
Cordell V. Preciado, MDRadiologist
Dr. Cordell Preciado is the medical director for Neurointerventional Surgery and Stroke Intervention at UPMC Hamot. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. His fellowships were completed at the Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Virginia Health System, and Tulane University Medical Center. Dr. Preciado is certified in Radiology.
Jeffrey Esper, DONeurologist
Dr. Jeffrey Esper received his medical degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Science. He completed his residency at St. John Oakland Hospital. Dr. Esper is certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists and the American Board of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association and the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association.
Lynn M. RuppVice President, Clinical Services
Lynn oversees UPMC Hamot's Strategic and Operational Performance Division, which includes the neuroscience service line.
Lynn holds a bachelor's degree in biology. She received a master's degree in physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree in public administration from Gannon University.
In her neuroscience role, Lynn is credited with creating the UPMC Hamot Neuroscience Institute and UPMC Hamot Stroke Program. UPMC Hamot has received numerous awards for its neuroscience program, including top 50 recognitions from U.S. News & World Report, the Joint Commission seal of excellence, Get With The Guidelines-Gold Plus award, and many more.
Lynn works closely with Dr. Sekula and the neuroscience team to deliver top-quality care to the patients we serve.
Jingzi Shang, MD, PhDNeurologist
Dr. Jingzi Shang received her medical degree from Peking Union Medical College and she completed her residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She holds a certification in neurology and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology. Her areas of special medical interest are headache movement disorders, sleep disorders, acupuncture, electroencephalogram, and polysomnogram. Dr. Shang knows the Chinese language and enjoys playing badminton and gardening.
James DeMatteis, MDNeurologist
In 1974, Dr. James DeMatteis received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. He completed medical school at the University of Miami in 1978. Dr. DeMatteis completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in neurology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation from 1978 to 1984. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Neurology, and the Pennsylvania Medical Society. His areas of interest include stroke, Parkinson's disease, and neurorehabilitation.
Erica Grazioli, DONeurologist
Dr. Erica Grazioli obtained her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency at UPMC Hamot, as well as a fellowship at Jacobs Neurological Institute in Buffalo, N.Y. Dr. Grazioli holds a certification in neurology and is especially interested in multiple sclerosis.