Our UNITY Team


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UNITY
Nurse Navigator:
(615) 222-STNI (7864)
or Toll Free:
1-855-74-UNITY (86489)
Led by Drs. Steven Abram and Paul Rosenblatt, the efforts to bring the Unity System to Saint Thomas Hospital have been many years in the making. At Saint Thomas Hospital, our multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and other clinicians, work together through a unique and collaborative approach to find solutions for brain tumor patients prospectively.

Dr. Steven Abram
Specialties: neurosurgery, brain & spinal tumors

In 1995, Dr. Abram joined the Howell Allen clinic. Dr. Abram has been the Co-Medical Director of the Brain and Spine Tumor Center at Saint Thomas Hospital since 2003 and has been instrumental in bringing innovative procedures and equipment, specifically Brainlab, to the hospital.

Dr. Abram began his career at Santa Fe Neurological Surgery, P.C. in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he also served as a neurosurgical consultant at Ski Mountain Resorts.

Dr. Abram received his medical degree from Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, and completed his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Additionally, Dr. Abram attended the University of California at San Francisco Medical
Center, where he trained in pediatric neurosurgery. He also served as a Visiting Scholar in the Beijing Neurological Institute at Tiantan Xili Hospital.

Dr. Abram is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of Society
for Neuro-Oncology, Nashville Surgical Society, Nashville Academy of Medicine,
Tennessee Medical Association, American Medical Association, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, The Vanderbilt–Meacham Neurosurgical Society, American Board of Neurological Surgeons and the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Abram is also involved with Brainlab, Inc. as a member of the Brainlab Circle International Organization for the advancement
of stereotactic radiosurgery and as a neurosurgical consultant to the company.

Dr. Adam Reig
Specialties: neurosurgery, brain & spinal tumors

Dr Reig is a native of Fort Lauderdale, FL. He received his bachelor’s degree and his medical degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. He completed his residency in Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr Reig also completed a Neuroendovascular fellowship at Vanderbilt.

He is board eligible by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He is married with one child.



Dr. Paul Rosenblatt
Specialties: radiation oncology, brain tumors

Dr. Rosenblatt has been at Saint Thomas Hospital since 1982.  He serves as the Chief of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Rosenblatt also holds an appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor in Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt University Hospital and has been with Radiation Oncology Associates since 2002. He is also a member of
Tennessee Oncology.

Dr. Rosenblatt completed his bachelor’s degree, medical degree and residency in Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt University.

He holds memberships with the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the Society of Neuro Oncology, and received the Spirit of Gilda Award, which recognizes a volunteer for outstanding service, in 2000. Additionally, Dr. Rosenblatt serves on the Medical Advisory Committee and Oncology Committee at Saint Thomas Hospital.

Drs. Rosenblatt and Abram have co-authored a chapter in the “Neurosurgery Clinics of North America: Acoustic Neuroma” textbook and have presented their cases and research internationally. In 2010, Drs. Rosenblatt and Abram presented their paper entitled “Fractionated Radiosurgery in the Treatment of Large Arteriovenous Malformations,” which covered the treatment of complicated Arterio-Venous Malformation (AVMs), at the Novalis Circle Meeting in Munich, Germany.


Dr. Thomas Hunter
Specialty: radiation oncology

Dr. Hunter joined Tennessee Oncology at Saint Thomas Hospital in 2008. Previously, Dr. Hunter was with Radiation Oncology Associates at Maury Regional Hospital.

Dr. Hunter is board certified in Radiation Oncology and specializes in all adult malignancies including CNS tumors.

Dr. Hunter received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee and completed his residency at M.D. Anderson Medical Center. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University.

He is a member of the American Medical Association, Southern Medical Association,
American Society for Radiation Oncology, and American Brachytherapy Society. In
addition, he has been a part of the Department of State Medical Exchange Program.


Dr. Gregg Shepard
Specialties: hematology, oncology

Dr. Shepard joined Tennessee Oncology in 2008. He specializes in all types of adult cancers and blood disorders.

He received his undergraduate degree from Sewanee, The University of the South and his medical degree from The University of Tennessee in Memphis. He completed his
residency and fellowship at Wake Forest University Medical Center in North Carolina.

Dr. Shepard is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with specialties in hematology and medical oncology.


Dr. Kent Shih
Specialty: medical oncology

Dr. Shih joined Tennessee Oncology in 2007. He is Senior Investigator of neuro-oncology at Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI) and is the director of the neuro-oncology program for Tennessee Oncology and SCRI. He is also a member of the Drug Development Unit at SCRI with a translational focus on novel CNS agents.

Dr. Shih received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University College of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and his fellowship in medical oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Shih is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with a specialty in Medical Oncology. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Society of Neuro-oncology, American Association of Cancer Research and the Christian Medical and Dental Association and serves on the Discovery Health Advisory Board.


Dr. Carla Davis, FCAP
Specialty: pathology

Dr. Davis joined the Pathology Associates of Saint Thomas in 1980, and specializes in neuropathology.
 
She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Medical School and also trained at the University of California at San Diego. She is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic and clinical pathology and medical microbiology. Dr. Davis is a member of the Tennessee Medical Association, American Medical Association, American Society for Microbiology and College of American Pathologists.


Dr. Peter F. Jelsma, FCAP
Specialty: neuropathology

Dr. Jelsma joined the Pathology Associates of Saint Thomas in 2000 and has specialized in neuropathology for more than 10 years. He has also served as the Medical Director of the Saint Thomas Laboratory since 2010.

He is a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School and is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic and clinical pathology and transfusion medicine.






Dr. Jeffrey Williams
Specialties: neuroradiology, spinal interventional radiology


Dr. Williams joined Premier Radiology in 2005, where he is a partner and has served on the Executive Committee.
 
Dr. Williams received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee. While an intern at the University of Tennessee, he received a “Golden Apple” teaching award by the Medical School Executive Committee.

Dr. Williams completed residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Tennessee, where he served as Chief Resident, received a RSNA Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award and was named an Ettman Scholar.

Dr. Williams completed his fellowship in neuroradiology at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. While at Barrow, Dr. Williams served as Chief Fellow.

Dr. Williams is board certified in Neuroradiology and Diagnostic Radiology. He is a senior member in the American Society of Neuroradiology and holds membership in the American College of Radiology, Radiologic Society of North America, American Roentgen Ray Society, and American Medical Association.


Dr. Robert Fallis
Specialties: neurology, multiple sclerosis

Dr. Fallis serves as the Medical Director of Saint Thomas Health’s Center for MS. The Center for MS is designated as a Comprehensive Center for MS Care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) and is a member of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers.

Dr. Fallis received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of  Medicine. He completed his residency the University of Southern California and an internship at Georgetown University. Dr. Fallis completed his fellowship in neuroimmunology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Following his fellowship, Dr. Fallis was a Senior Staff Fellow in the neuroimmunology branch of the NIH.

Dr. Fallis is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and the American Board of Neurology. He has volunteered at local chapters of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for more than 20 years and presently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Mid-South Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.


Dr. Michael Kaminski
Specialties: neurology, neurodiagnostics, stroke


Dr. Kaminski began his medical career at Saint Thomas Hospital in 1982. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed  his residency in neurology and a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Kaminski has served in numerous clinical leadership roles for Saint Thomas Health, including Medical Director of the Stroke Program and Neurodiagnostic Testing Lab at Saint Thomas Hospital. Since 2005, Dr. Kaminski has served as the Physician Leader for the Saint Thomas Neurosciences Institute. In collaboration with the medical staff, he led initiatives to develop the stroke programs at Baptist Hospital, Saint Thomas Hospital and Middle Tennessee Medical Center, the Saint Thomas Health Brain Tumor Center and the Saint Thomas Health Center for MS.

In addition to his work with Saint Thomas Health, Dr. Kaminski is a member of the Board of Directors for the Central Tennessee Chapter of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association and serves on two committees with the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. Colleen B. Vanderkolk, DO
Specialties: Neurology, Epilepsy, Headach

Dr. Vanderkolk, a general neurologist with emphasis and specialty training in epilepsy and headache, will see all neurology conditions. She is also capable of providing adolescent neurological care and is the Director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) at Saint Thomas West Hospital. Prior to joining Saint Thomas Health, Dr. Vanderkolk served as the Medical Director of the Stroke Program at Aurora Medical Center, as well as the Neurology Department Chair at the Aurora Wilkinson Medical Clinic.

Dr. Vanderkolk earned her medical degree from Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, as well as fellowships in epilepsy and neurophysiology at the Epilepsy and Seizure Care Specialists and the Medical College of Wisconsin, respectively. In addition to her many achievements, Dr. Vanderkolk has been involved in educating future medical professionals through her teaching at Marquette University's NP Program and the Medical College of Wisconsin.


Michael Johnson RN BSN CNOR CRNFA

Specialties: Neurosurgery, Image guided navigation

Michael has been with Saint Thomas Hospital since 1997. In 2008 he began serving as Clinical Coordinator for the Brain and Spine Tumor Center. Michael has been a nurse for over thirty years and before coming to Nashville, worked in nursing administration, nursing education and ICU/ER/Flight nursing in Honolulu, HI and Chicago, IL.

Michael is a CNOR credentialed perioperative nurse with advance practice RNFA (Registered Nurse First Assistant) training and certification. He received his BSN from Jacksonville University and specialized industry training in computer assisted surgical planning, stereotactic image guided navigation and functional brain imaging. Michael is Saint Thomas Hospital West’s research coordinator for the multicenter iMIND consortium.
 

Michael is a member of the American Nurses Association and the American Association of Operating Room Nurses. He is an active volunteer in faith based ministry and enjoys horseback riding and building electric bikes.


Christie Falcon, RTR MR CT
Specialty: Neurosciences Imaging

Christie is a graduate of Aquinas College and  the Vanderbilt Radiologic Technology program and has been a Saint Thomas Health associate since 1979. Christie has more than 30 years combined knowledge of General Electric, Philips and Siemens imaging equipment in both computed tomography (CT or CAT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).  Christie also holds certification with the American Registry of Radiologic Technology for radiology, CT and MRI and has particular knowledge of neurology and cardiology imaging.
  
In addition to her professional achievements, Christie provides compassionate and superior patient care. She treats your family and loved one as if they are her family. Christie understands the anxiety associated with diagnostic imaging, and caters to those who require a little extra tender, loving care during their imaging series.




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