Meet Our Team

Deb A. Bhowmick, MD

Dr. Bhowmick is a neurosurgeon specializing in complex spinal surgery.  He was recently appointed as an Assistant Professor and Section Co-Chief of Spinal Neurosurgery in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He completed a fellowship in spinal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic under the direction of Dr. Edward Benzel and Dr. Gordon Bell.  His academic interests include treatment of spinal tumors, spinal trauma, rheumatologic diseases of the spine, complex spinal deformities, and minimally invasive treatment of spinal degenerative conditions including herniated disks, spinal spondylolisthesis, and stenosis.

Dr. Bhowmick completed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania where he gained significant experience in spinal tumor and trauma treatment.  During his training, he was awarded the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Spinal Research Fellowship for his work researching the role of growth factors in spinal fusion.  He later completed a complex spinal surgery fellowship in which he specifically trained in surgically treating craniocervical pathology and complex deformities.  He continues to be a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and AO Spine North America.  Dr. Bhowmick is actively interested in clinical research protocols applying new surgical techniques and technology in spine surgery.

Brian A. Casazza, MD

Dr. Casazza received a cum laude undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1987. At Princeton, he played QB\WR on the football team and was a standout pitcher on the baseball team. In 1991, he received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois. He completed residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and a Fellowship in Spine and Sports Medicine at Northwestern University Medical School/Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He has been Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation since 1996.

Prior to coming to UNC, Dr. Casazza spent 15 years in sports medicine and spine practice in Charlottesville, VA and Athens, GA. He served as the Director of the Division of Spine and Sports Care in the Dept. of PM&R at the University of Virginia and, recently, Medical Director of the Athens Regional Spine Institute. He has been selected as one of the Best Doctors in America® every year since 2005.

Dr. Casazza has co-authored several research articles and book chapters on spine and sports medicine topics. He has lectured on multiple occasions at meetings of national spine and sports medicine organizations on topics such as spine injuries, head injuries, throwing injuries, leg injuries. He has also served in leadership positions for national spine care and sports medicine organizations. For 10 years, he served as a high school team physician in Charlottesville, VA

He has always loved baseball, lecturing and completing research on the biomechanics of the spine in baseball pitching. Though he no longer plays baseball, he enjoys playing golf, especially with his wife, Nancy.

Kevin Carneiro, DO

A native of Canada, Dr. Carneiro received an honors undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in 1999. In 2005 he received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following medical school, he completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and a fellowship in Sports and Spine Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Medical School /Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). He is board certified in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Sports Medicine.

Prior to coming to UNC, Dr. Carneiro served as a clinical instructor and chief resident at RIC. While there, he received the Meyer S. Gunther Award, which is given to the second year resident who displays the art of listening, understanding and interacting with patients. Additionally, he won the Walter E. Heller Chief Resident Award and the Dr. Scholl’s Research Award.

He has conducted research and written book chapters and journal articles on musculoskeletal, sports and occupational rehabilitation medicine, most recently on exercise for low back pain. He presents regular lecture modules in musculoskeletal, sports and spine rehabilitation, and has lectured at various meetings on subjects ranging from complementary and alternative approaches to pain management, to return-to-play guidelines for athletes.

Outside of work, Dr. Carneiro enjoys daily exercise, competing in triathlons, meditation, singing, playing the guitar, and spending time with his family and friends.

Eldad Hadar, MD

Dr. Eldad Hadar joined UNC Healthcare in August 2001. After receiving his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Hadar received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed his surgical internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia then returned to the University of Wisconsin for his residency training in neurosurgery. He then completed two years of fellowship training in epilepsy surgery and functional neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He obtained board-certification through The American Board of Neurological Surgery in 2003.

Since arriving at UNC, Dr. Hadar has been an active member of the neurosurgical service. In addition to his general neurosurgery practice, he serves as director of the epilepsy surgery and functional neurosurgery programs and has been a member of the UNC Spine Center since 2002. He has interests in minimally-invasive spine surgery and in complex spinal reconstruction. As a faculty member in the UNC School of Medicine, Dr. Hadar is actively involved in the education and training of medical students and residents and serves as the neurosurgery residency program director. He is highly regarded at UNC Healthcare for his extensive education and training accomplishments, both at UNC and nationally, and has received numerous teaching awards and honors. Dr. Hadar also serves on numerous multidisciplinary hospital committees focused on the quality and improvement of patient care.

Outside of work, Dr. Hadar is an involved member of the Chapel Hill community including being an active mentor with the Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate program through the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. He also enjoys numerous outdoor activities with his wife and two sons.

Sivakumar Jaikumar, MD

Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar joined UNC Healthcare in July 2005. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India, Dr. Jaikumar completed a Master’s in biomedical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed his surgical internship at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences and completed his neurosurgery training at Stanford University Medical Center. During his training, he completed a one year fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. He obtained board-certification through The American Board of Neurological Surgery in 2005.

Since arriving at UNC, Dr. Jaikumar has been an active member of the neurosurgical service. In addition to his general neurosurgery practice, he serves as section chief of spinal neurosurgery and has been a member of the UNC Spine Center since his arrival. He has interests in minimally-invasive spine surgery and in complex spinal reconstruction. He is involved in collaborative work with area physicians to provide excellent spine care to the Triangle community. Dr. Jaikumar has an expressed interest in teaching residents and was awarded the Neurosurgery Teacher of the Year Award in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Michael Y. Lee, MD, MHA

Dr. Lee is Founding Chair and Professor of UNC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Additionally, he is Medical Director of the UNC Health Care Rehabilitation Center, and Physical and Occupational Therapy. He established the fully-accredited UNC Residency Program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, which recently received a five-year re-accreditation. He holds board certifications in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

After finishing undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in chemistry, he completed medical school at the University of Illinois, and residency at Northwestern University School of Medicine/Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He also received his master of health care administration from the UNC School of Public Health and was an administrative fellow with the American Council on Education (ACE). Dr. Lee has been selected as a Best Doctor in America and one of America’s Top Physicians for multiple years.

In addition to musculoskeletal and spine rehabilitation medicine, his sub-specialties include spinal cord injury rehabilitation, botulinum toxin injections, spine injections, nerve conduction studies (NCS), electromyography (EMG), nerve blocks and botulinum toxin injections.

Dr. Lee has been involved in numerous research projects and clinical trials, most recently in spasticity and pressure ulcers in rehabilitation patients. He has written and presented many journal articles in the field, both nationally and internationally, most recently in regard to stroke, amputee and burn patients. He has served in various leadership roles for national rehabilitation organizations, including his current role on the Practice Committee for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and as a former resources chair for the Chair’s Council, Association of Academic Physiatrists.

Dr. Lee is married to Dr. Christine Lee and they have three children. He enjoys playing golf and attending performing arts events.

Moe R. Lim, MD

Dr. Lim graduated at the top 10% of his class from Harvard College and attended Harvard Medical School. He trained in orthopaedic and spinal surgery at the world-renowned Hospital for Special Surgery and the Rothman Institute.

Since coming to UNC in 2005, Dr. Lim has successfully helped thousands of patients ease their pain and improve their function. Dr. Lim performs spinal surgery using modern advanced techniques including minimally invasive surgery, microsurgical decompression, complex spinal instrumentation, and non-fusion motion-sparing alternatives. He has a special interest in disorders of the cervical spine, including cervical disc herniations, cervical stenosis, cervical radiculopathy, and cervical myelopathy. The majority of Dr. Lim’s elective surgical practice is devoted to the cervical spine.

Dr. Lim has been involved in research at the Harvard Biological Laboratories, Harvard-Thorndike Laboratories, and the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Currently, as an Asst. Professor at the UNC School of Medicine, he also teaches medical students, trains resident orthopaedic surgeons, and is involved in research. He has co-authored 40 journal articles, 20 book chapters, and 2 books. He has presented his research nationally and internationally.

Dr. Lim grew up in Massachusetts and is an avid Patriots and Celtics fan. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Sora, and their four sons, Alex, Andrew, Henry, and Holden.

Melissa Erin Judson, ANP-BC

Ms. Judson received a Bachelor’s of Health Science from Truman State University and a Master’s in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. Erin studied adult and geriatric medicine while at Vanderbilt. She began working with a Neurosurgical practice in 2008 while living in Nashville, TN. Upon relocating to North Carolina she continued her practice with Neurosurgery patient’s and joined the UNC Spine Center in January 2011.

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