She handles approximately 200 surgical cases annually. “Dr. Shashidharan combines a steely determination to accept nothing but the very best for her patients with a calm, reassuring bedside manner, putting the most anxious parents at ease,” says William Mahle, MD, Emory associate professor of pediatrics and co-chief of cardiac services at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Barunashish Brahma, MD, (Physician category) is medical director of the Neurospine Division at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and an adjunct assistant professor at Emory School of Medicine. He specializes in pediatric spine, brain tumors, Chiari malformations and hyperhidrosis. Brahma advanced from his position as staff neurosurgeon to medical director in seven years. He also conducts brain tumor research in partnership with Georgia Tech. He has published research about using nanotechnology to direct tumor cells outside the brain where they can be targeted more effectively. Tim Buchman, PhD, MD, and Cheryl Hiddleson, MSN, RN, (Innovation category). Buchman is director of the Emory Critical Care Center and professor of surgery and anesthesiology.
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