Our Movement Disorders Surgeons
Here at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center we have specially trained doctors with years of experience in working with patients with Movement Disorders and Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS).
Leaders in the Movement Disorders Program at PVHMC:
Dr. AmirNovin, Neurosurgeon
Dr. Ramin AmirNovin has wanted to be a Neurological Surgeon since the age of thirteen. While volunteering at the Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA, he witnessed a life-saving craniotomy (brain surgery) on a trauma patient and this inspired him immensely. He dedicated himself to his studies and excelled at every level. He graduated with the highest distinction (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from University of California, San Diego (UCSD, Revelle College) as a Chemistry and Biochemistry double major. He continued his education in New York City, where he obtained a MD with the highest honors (AOA Honor Society and Lucein Rubinstein Award) from New York University Medical School. He completed his General Surgery and Neurological Surgery training at the prestigious Harvard hospital of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He also completed a two-year specialty training (fellowship) in Functional/Stereotactic Neurosurgery at MGH and hence is a sub-specialist in Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery.
Dr. AmirNovin has written several book chapters, numerous articles for peer-reviewed publications, and performed cutting-edge research on brain tumors, movement disorders, pain syndromes, and epilepsy. He started his independent practice at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital where he practiced complex general neurosurgery before moving back to the West coast to be near his family in 2007. As a board certified, fellowship trained neurosurgeon, he has extensive experience in the treatment of complex spine problems, spine tumors, brain tumors, cranial-spinal trauma, stroke, movement disorders, complex pain syndromes, Parkinson’s, and peripheral nerve diseases.
Dr. AmirNovin believes that the most important service he provides his patients is a “no-hype, no-gimmick, no-pressure approach to Neurosurgery”. He is highly regarded by his patients and the local physicians for doing the least invasive surgery necessary to restore the patient’s health and functional status. He is known for taking the time to explain the disease process to the patient and explaining all of the risks and benefits of their various options for them. He uses the latest surgical techniques combined with his conservative teaching to provide his patients with the best possible outcomes. His patient-centered approach to Neurological Surgery has gained him numerous clinical recognitions based on patient reviews. He is rated as a “Super Doctor" by SuperDoctors.com given the recognition of his care by colleagues
To link to Dr. AmirNovin’s webpage, please click here.
Dr. Binder, Neurosurgeon
Dr. Devin K. Binder grew up in Berkeley, California. He attended Harvard University, majoring in Biological Anthropology, and he was awarded the prestigious Hoopes Prize for his summa cum laude senior honors thesis "Serotonin and behavioral state." Aspiring to pursue both neuroscience and clinical medicine, he enrolled in the M.D./Ph.D. program at Duke University, graduating in 1999 with combined M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. While at Duke, he decided on a career in clinical neurosurgery and research. Between 1999 and 2005, Dr. Binder completed a surgical internship and neurosurgery residency at the University of California, San Francisco, the top neurosurgery training program in California, where he continued to earn clinical and research awards.
Following residency, he won the prestigious William P. Van Wagenen international traveling fellowship from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons to go to Germany for a one-year neurosurgery fellowship at the University of Bonn. From 2006-2009, Dr. Binder served as director of the epilepsy and functional neurosurgery service at the University of California, Irvine. At UCI he was honored with several awards, including the Research Associates Dean's junior physician-scientist award, the Gold Star award from the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and the medical student Excellence in Teaching award. Since January 2010, Dr. Binder has been in private practice in neurological surgery in Orange County and Pomona and also accepted research and teaching positions at the University of California, Riverside, where he runs the NIH-funded Translational Neuroscience Laboratory and teaches in the UC Riverside School of Medicine.
Since 2007, Dr. Binder has performed hundreds of deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgeries with excellent results. In 2011, Dr. Binder started the DBS program at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. The PVHMC DBS program is now the busiest DBS center in the inland region. Our multidisciplinary team provides a customized approach to every patient. We are thrilled to provide DBS to the PVHMC patient population, as DBS dramatically reduces symptoms of tremor and rigidity and improves quality of life. Please visit www.bestcenteroc.com for more detailed patient information about DBS.
To link to Dr. Binder’s webpage, please click here.
Dr. Desai, Neurologist
Dr. Popalzai, Neurologist, Board Certified
Dr. Adeel Popalzai is a native of Southern California. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Psychbiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He then went on the complete his medical training at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. Following medical school, he initially trained in the field of Physical Medicine & Rehabiliation (PM&R) at Nassau University Medical Center in New York. While in training, he developed a strong interest in the fields of stroke, traumatic brain injury, and movement disorders. He also authored a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. It was during his training in New York that Dr. Popalzai advanced his interest and passion for Neurology and neuroscience. He decided to forego the second half of his training in PM&R, and transferred to LA County/USC Medical Center where he completed his residency and training in the field of Neurology.
Dr. Popalzai is a board certified Neurologist. His primary areas of interest are movement disorders (i.e. Parkinson Disease), stroke, traumatic brain injury, and neuro-rehabilitation. He serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at Western University of Health Sciences. In addition, he has extensive experience with deep brain stimulation (DBS) and is currently involved in several research studies involving DBS and Parkinsons Disease.
To link to Dr. Popalzai’s webpage, please click here.
Referring Doctors for the Movement Disorders Program at PVHMC:
Dr. Mohsen Ali, Neurologist - Click here.
Dr. Sadiq Altamimi, Neurologist - Click here.
Dr. Rami Apelian, Neurologist - Click here.
Dr. Fares Elghazi, Neurologist - Click here.
Dr, Surjit Kahlon, Neurologist - Click here.
Dr. Mukhtar Kundi, Neurologist - Click here.
Dr. Paul Mancilla, Neuropsychologist - Click here.
Dr. Faisal Qazi, Neurologist - Click here.
Dr. Richard Shubin, Neurologist - Click here.
Dr. Laura Siebert, Neuropsychologist - Click here.
Dr. Angela Yi, Neuropsychologist - Click here.