Meet the STAR Research Team

Sami Al Kasab

Sami Al Kasab, M.D.

Principal Investigator – Neuroendovascular Surgery

Sami’s absolute passion is providing care to stroke patients and educating others about stroke care. He has a particular interest in acute ischemic stroke management. He is a vascular neurologist, and a current Neuro-Endovascular Surgery fellow at MUSC. Over the past few years, he has been working on better understanding the challenges associated with mechanical thrombectomy such as cases of intracranial athersclerosis and patients with mild stroke symptoms with LVO. Additionally, he has focused on identifying potential methods to improve Door to Needle time and Door In Door Out over telestroke.

Eyad Almallouhi

Eyad Almallouhi, M.D.

Future Fellow – Neuroendovascular Surgery

Eyad was born and raised in Syria. He earned his medical degree from the University of Damascus in 2015. He finished his post-doc research fellowship at Mayo Clinic, MN in 2016. He is a Stroke and Neuroendovascular Surgery Fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina (2020-2023).

Mohammad Anadani

Mohammad Anadani, M.D.

Future Fellow – Neuroendovascular Surgery

Mohammad obtained his medical degree from the University of Aleppo and completed postdoctoral fellowship at Case Western University Hospital. He then moved to Charleston where he did a four-year neurology residency which was completed in June 2019. He is currently a Neuroendovascular Surgery Fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina (2021-2023). His research focuses on understanding the effect of blood pressure on outcome after mechanical thrombectomy..

Arunprasad Gunasekaran

Arunprasad Gunasekaran, M.D.

Resident – Neurosurgery

Arun grew up in the New Orleans area. He attended Louisiana State University for his undergraduate education where he studied biochemistry and English literature. He attended medical school at the University of Arkansas where he acquired numerous neurosurgical publications. He graduated at the top of his class, and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. His professional interests include skull base, vascular, and neuro-oncology. He hopes to complete both enfolded and post-residency fellowships and continue working in academics.

Reda Chalhoub

Reda Chalhoub, BS

MD/PhD Student – College of Medicine

Reda joined the STAR team as an MD/PhD student in 2018. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 2016. He completed his first two years of medical school at AUB before joining the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) through an academic partnership with MUSC in 2018. Along with his involvement in STAR-related research projects, Reda is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience under the mentorship of Dr. Peter Kalivas.

Ron Neyens

Ron Neyens, PharmD

Clinical Assistant Professor – Pharmacy

Ron obtained his bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Science in 2002 followed by his doctor of pharmacy degree in 2004, both from South Dakota State University. He completed one year of residency at the University of Utah in 2005 followed by an additional year of Critical Care Residency at the University of Florida in 2006. He is currently a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for Neurocritical Care/Neurosciences at MUSC. His study interests include Subarachnoid hemorrhage, Ischemic Stroke, Status Epilepticus, Traumatic Brain Injury, Anticoagulation Reversal, and Antithrombotic/Antiplatelet Management in Neuroendovascular Surgery.

Tanjina Akter, Ph.D. 

Mithun Sattur, M.D.

Fellow – Neurosurgery

Mithun completed medical school and neurosurgery residency in India and was an Attending Neurosurgeon there until four years ago. His passion for neuroendovascular surgery (NES) brought him to the United States. He completed a three-year combined endovascular and cerebrovascular-skull base fellowship at Mayo Clinic. He is currently at MUSC completing neurosurgery fellowship, with active involvement in our NES program and the STAR registry..

Eric Bass 

Eric Bass, DO

Clinical Assistant Professor – Neuroradiology

Eric graduated with a bachelor’s of science in Human Biology from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT in 1997 followed by medical school at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine from 1999-2003 on a military HPSP scholarship. He completed a transitional internship and radiology residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA in 2008 and served in the military as a diagnostic radiologist until 2015. At that time he completed a one year diagnostic neuroradiology fellowship at MUSC between 2015-2016 and then spent a few years in private practice in the pacific northwest. He rejoined the MUSC team as an Assistant Professor of Radiology in the Neuroradiology division in January 2020. He has long held a fascination for neurosciences as well as anatomy and imaging of the neuroaxis.

Meredith Robinson 

Meredith Robinson, MS

Clinical Research Manager – Neurosurgery

Meredith obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta in Canada. She then moved to South Africa and completed her MS in anatomy at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2007. Meredith has worked at MUSC since 2008 and is the manager of the clinical research program in the Department of Neurosurgery. She is one of the research coordinators for STAR.

Ian Sheets 

Ian Sheets, MPA

Grants Coordinator - Neurosurgery

Ian received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Iowa State University in 2015 and his Master's in Public Administration in 2020 from the University of Nebraska. Ian joined MUSC's Department of Neurosurgery in 2020.