Tulane University School of Medicine

Neurological Surgery Laboratory

Faculty and Staff

 Miguel A. Melgar, M.D., Ph.D., FACS,  is the Interim Chairman of Neurosurgery and Director of Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine. He also serves as Tulane Neurosurgery Residency Program Local Training Director at Medical Center of Louisiana Charity Hospital. Dr. Melgar’s clinical interest include cerebrovascular diseases, carotid endarterectomy, extracranial-intracranial bypass surgery for the prevention of stroke, intracranial aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) and cavernous angiomas. He is a renowned expert in complex skull base tumor surgery including acoustic neuromas and meningiomas.  Dr. Melgar is also part of the Tulane Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, and as such he has developed the Cerebral Endoscopic Surgery Program which involves the performance of endoscopic third ventriculostomies, intracranial navigation and keyhole microsurgery.
    Dr. Melgar research interests include cerebral ischemia and reperfusion, and ergonomics in skull base surgery. He has established the Tulane Neurosurgery Skull Base Laboratory  whereby neurosurgery residents and  medical students alike  benefit from learning basic and advanced microsurgical techniques, and mastering of microsurgical anatomy and power instruments used in skull base procedures.

Jorge E. Alvernia, M.D., is a PY4 Neurosurgical resident at Tulane University School of Medicine.  Dr. Alvernia's clinical interests include skull base tumor surgery, meningiomas, intracranial venous sinuses, external carotid system, intracranial navigation and endoscopic surgery.
    Dr. Alvernia's research interests include anatomical dissections and microsurgical anatomy.  As one of the key leaders of the Tulane Neurosurgery Skull Base Laboratory, his current focus is on studying the anatomical dissections of the occipital artery and cerebral venous system.  Having helped set up the neurosurgical/microsurgical laboratories in Peoria (University of Illinois), Lyon (Claude Bernard University-France), and performed research at Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore), Dr. Alvernia brings his research interests and experience to Tulane's Neurosurgical Laboratory.   (Curriculum Vitae)