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Osama Kashlan, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery
Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

Advancing neurosurgical approaches to treat Alzheimer’s disease

Dr. Osama Kashlan is a neurosurgeon with a clinical practice focused on all aspects of spinal disease and a special interest in minimally-invasive spinal surgery. He is partnering with Drs. Eva Feldman and Lisa McGinley on a National Institutes of Health-funded study to understand the therapeutic effect of stem cells in Alzheimer’s disease. Multiple studies have supported the feasibility and shown beneficial effects of transplanting stem cells into the brain of mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease, and Dr. Kashlan now aims utilize his extensive skill set and expertise in neurosurgical approaches to push this research further. The ultimate goal is to translate this therapy to humans, and to find a cure for this terminal illness.


  • BS, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006
  • MD, Emory University, 2010
  • MPH, Epidemiology, University of Michigan, 2016
  • Residency, Neurosurgery, University of Michigan, 2017
  • Fellowship, Spine Surgery, Emory University, 2018

Honors & Awards

  • Scholarships for Excellence, BP/Amoco and Eastman
  • Exemplary Student Award, Georgia Institute of Technology Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Member, Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Dean’s Scholarship, University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • Neurosurgery Academic Excellence Award, University of Michigan
  • McGillicuddy Resident Leadership Award, University of Michigan
  • Consultant Award, University of Michigan Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Nomination and selection to AANS Leadership Development Course
  • Third place oral presentation, Michigan Association of Neurologic Surgeons meeting
  • Max Peet Teaching Award