Company: Bay Area Neurosciences
Location: Walnut Creek, California, United States
George J. Counelis, MD, FAANS, FACS, President at Bay Area Neurosciences, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in neurological surgery and treatment.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in molecular biology at the University of California, Berkeley in 1990, Dr. Counelis earned a medical doctorate from the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston in 1995. He then served a residency and fellowship in neurosurgery with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia from 1997 to 2004, where he completed brain tumor research and studied complex spinal surgery.
Dr. Counelis’ practice focuses on the treatment of primary brain tumors, pituitary tumors, metastatic tumors, complex and minimally invasive spine surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery, and neuro-trauma. He excelled as a neurosurgeon with the Diablo Neurosurgical Medical Group in Walnut Creek from 2004 to 2014, medical director of the Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Program at John Muir Health since 2008 and president of Bay Area Neurosciences since 2014. Additionally, he has prospered since 2014 as a clinical instructor with the University of California San Francisco Department of Neurological Surgery.
At the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Counelis had a famous professor in philosophy, John Searle, who taught him the philosophy of mind and how the brain works, sparking his interest in neuroscience and brain anatomy. While in medical school, he was also inspired by pediatric neurosurgeon Alan Cohen. His interest in treating cancer was engendered by a great molecular biologist, Michael Botchan, as well as his grandmother’s death from breast cancer and an aunt’s survival.
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