Paolo A. Bolognese - Surgical Director
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Ilene S. Ruhoy, MD, PhD
Neurologist & Medical Director of EDS/Chiari Center at S.Nassau Hosp
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Irene Pendergast - Executive Assistant to
Dr. Bolognese

Stacey White - Executive Assistant to Dr. Kula

Alegna Otero -
Surgical Coordinator

Philip Papadimas – Physician Assistant

Surgical Director

A native of Torino, Italy, Paolo A. Bolognese, M.D., graduated magna cum laude in 1986 from the Medical School of the University of Turin.  In 1990, he completed his neurosurgical training at the same university under the guidance of Professor Victor A. Fasano, an international leader in the field of high-tech applied to neurosurgery.

During this time, Dr. Bolognese became a leading worldwide expert in the field of laser Doppler flowmetry applied to neurosurgery and a top European figure in the field of neurosurgical intraoperative ultrasound.

Upon the passing of his former mentor, in 1992 he accepted the invitation of Dr. Thomas H. Milhorat to transfer his laser Doppler research to the United States and to be retrained under Dr. Milhorat at SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn. At SUNY at Brooklyn Dr. Bolognese completed his residency in neurosurgery, his fellowship in management of Chiari I Malformation and related disorders, and served as chief resident in neurosurgery.

In August 2001, Dr. Bolognese joined Dr. Milhorat at the Department of Neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, as an Associate Director of the Chiari Center. Along with Dr. Milhorat, he co-founded The Chiari Institute, where he served as Associate Director until August 2014.

On September 2nd 2014, he started the Chiari Neurosurgical Center, where he was later joined by Dr. Roger W. Kula.

On December 15th 2015, he moved his hospital activity to South Nassau Communities Hospital.
Dr. Bolognese’s professional affiliations include the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgery (CNS), American Syringomyelia & Chiari Alliance Project, Inc. (ASAP), and Chiari Syringomyelia Foundation (CSF).