Shivanand Lad

Shivanand Lad

Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. Nandan Lad is a neurosurgeon, scientist, and entrepreneur and Professor and Vice Chair of Innovation for Duke Neurosurgery. He is Director of the Functional & Restorative Neuromodulation Program and the Duke NeuroInnovations Program, a systematic approach to innovation to large unmet clinical needs.

He completed his MD and PhD in Biochemistry at Chicago Medical School and his neurosurgical residency training at Stanford with fellowships in both Surgical Innovation and Functional Neurosurgery.  

Neuromodulation; Neurorestoration; Bioengineering; Medical Device Design; Clinical Trials; Data Science; Health Outcomes.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
  • Core Faculty in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Core Faculty Member, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy

Contact Information


  • Stanford University, 2009
  • Stanford University, 2008
  • Stanford University, 2011
  • Stanford University, 2005
  • Ph.D. Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 2004
  • M.D. Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 2004

Courses Taught

  • NEUROSCI 391: Neuroscience Independent Scholarship 1: Advanced Topics

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Venkatraman, V; Bharmi, R; Coletti, F; Gellad, ZF; Lempel, N; Amit, R; Blank, N; Brown, J; Kumar, C; Fishman, M; Vallejo, R; Datta, D; Reeve, BB; Chakravarthy, K; Sharan, AD; Lad, SP, Real World Characterization of Chronic Pain, Success Rates and Implant Rates: Evidence from a Digital Health Platform of Patients Undergoing Spinal Cord Stimulation Evaluations., J Pain, vol 24 no. 12 (2023), pp. 2228-2239 [10.1016/j.jpain.2023.07.008] [abs].
  • Duraivel, S; Rahimpour, S; Chiang, C-H; Trumpis, M; Wang, C; Barth, K; Harward, SC; Lad, SP; Friedman, AH; Southwell, DG; Sinha, SR; Viventi, J; Cogan, GB, High-resolution neural recordings improve the accuracy of speech decoding., Nature Communications, vol 14 no. 1 (2023) [10.1038/s41467-023-42555-1] [abs].
  • Rajkumar, S; Venkatraman, V; Yang, LZ; Parente, B; Lee, H-J; Lad, SP, Short-Term Health Care Costs of High-Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation for the Treatment of Postsurgical Persistent Spinal Pain Syndrome., Neuromodulation, vol 26 no. 7 (2023), pp. 1450-1458 [10.1016/j.neurom.2023.01.016] [abs].
  • Wu, KA; Kunte, S; Rajkumar, S; Venkatraman, V; Kim, G; Kaplan, S; Anwar-Hashmi, SO; Doberne, J; Nguyen, TC; Lad, SP, Digital Health for Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery: A Systematic Review, Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland), vol 11 no. 17 (2023) [10.3390/healthcare11172411] [abs].
  • Petersen, EA; Stauss, TG; Scowcroft, JA; Jaasma, MJ; Brooks, ES; Edgar, DR; White, JL; Sills, SM; Amirdelfan, K; Guirguis, MN; Xu, J; Yu, C; Nairizi, A; Patterson, DG; Tsoulfas, KC; Creamer, MJ; Galan, V; Bundschu, RH; Mehta, ND; Sayed, D; Lad, SP; DiBenedetto, DJ; Sethi, KA; Goree, JH; Bennett, MT; Harrison, NJ; Israel, AF; Chang, P; Wu, PW; Argoff, CE; Nasr, CE; Taylor, RS; Caraway, DL; Mekhail, NA, Long-term efficacy of high-frequency (10 kHz) spinal cord stimulation for the treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy: 24-Month results of a randomized controlled trial., Diabetes Res Clin Pract, vol 203 (2023) [10.1016/j.diabres.2023.110865] [abs].