Officer Commitee

Cheerag Upadhyaya

Cheerag Upadhyaya, MD

Cheerag D Upadhyaya, MD, MBA, MSc is Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, UNC Hospitals Spine Center Co-Medical Director, and Chief Transformation & Business Strategy Officer. He completed neurosurgical residency at the University of Michigan, complex and minimally invasive spine fellowship at the University of California San Francisco, and research fellowships at the Howard Hughes Medical Institutes / National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program resulting in a Masters in Science from the University of Michigan.

He recently completed his Masters of Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a member of the Executive Committee for the AANS/CNS Spine and Peripheral Nerve Section as well as a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, and Scoliosis Research Society. He has been awarded the Scoliosis Research Society Edgar Dawson Traveling Fellowship and AANS/CNS Spine and Peripheral Nerve Outcomes Committee Award. Dr. Upadhyaya was elected to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2021.

Media Committee

Tej Azad, MD

Tej Azad

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Roxana Beladi, MD

Roxana Beladi

Roxana N. Beladi, DO, is a neurosurgical resident at Michigan State University Ascension Providence Hospital. She completed medical school at Kansas City University (KCU) and is pursuing a fellowship in spinal deformity. She is currently serving as the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Spine Section Resident Liaison and is the founder and chair of the CNS Resident Global Outreach Initiative. Dr. Beladi is also an active member on the CNS resident committee, CNS Wellness committee, an active WINS (Women in Neurological Surgery) and KCU mentor, and serves yearly as Sergeant-at-Arms for CNS. She was awarded the Charles Kuntz Scholar Award at Spine Summit in 2023, received the Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama, and was featured on the CNS member spotlight.



Jake Godzik, MD

Jake Godzik

Jake Godzik, MD, MSc is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital, The Kirklin Clinic Neurosurgery Medical Director, Co-Director of Marketing and Communications, Administrative Chief and Assistant Residency Director at the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Hospital/UAB. He is also a UAB Heersink Innovation fellow and currently part of the Innovation Depot/UAB Voltage Entrepreneurship program. He completed neurosurgical residency at the Barrow Neurological Institute, his complex and minimally invasive spine fellowship at the San Diego Spine Foundation, and medical school training at Washington University in St. Louis, with a Master’s of Science in Clinical Investigation.

He is a member of the Executive Committee for the AANS/CNS Spine and Peripheral Nerve Section as well as a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and candidate member of the Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. Godzik was elected to the Editorial Board of Neurosurgery: Operative Neurosurgery in 2021.

Joey Linzey

Joey Linzey

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Jeffrey Mullin

Jeffrey Mullin

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Corey Walker

Dr. Corey T. Walker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. His clinical interests include treating disorders of the spine and spinal cord. He is focused on healing complex spinal pathologies, including scoliosis, spinal deformities, spinal tumors, thoracic disc herniations and craniocervical junction pathologies. Dr. Walker’s expertise is in using minimally invasive approaches to improve outcomes by applying cutting-edge surgical technologies, including endoscopy, robotics and navigation. Dr. Walker has published extensively in the literature on various topics in spinal neurosurgery.

Prior to beginning at Cedar-Sinai, Dr. Walker earned his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rochester, graduating summa cum laude from the Hajim School of Engineering. He stayed at the University of Rochester School of Medicine for medical school on a Dean’s Merit Scholarship and graduated with a Distinction in Research. He went on to complete his residency in Neurosurgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, where he also completed fellowships in complex and minimally invasive spine pathologies. He also completed orthopedic spinal fellowship training at Scripps Clinic in San Diego, California through the San Diego Spine Foundation.

Theresa Williamson

Theresa Williamson

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Benefits of Membership

“The AANS/CNS Spine Section brings together neurosurgeons, orthopedic spine surgeons, spine surgery fellows, as well as residents and advanced practice providers focused on spinal surgery. The Spine Section advances our interests, represents us in national advocacy, and disseminates science. Becoming a member means joining this exceptional community and helping it grow.” ...Read More >