Dr. Rosalind Lai is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the State University of New York (SUNY). She completed her medical school training at Harvard Medical School in 2015, and pursued her residency training in Neurological Surgery at Harvard’s prestigious Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital, under the expert guidance of Dr. Rose Du, refining her expertise in open surgical procedures.
After residency, Dr. Lai pursued a fellowship in endovascular neurosurgery. She considers herself indebted to her mentors at UBNS, including the esteemed Dr. Elad Levy and Dr. Adnan Siddiqui, who played a pivotal role in shaping her career in this specialized field.
Dr. Lai’s expertise spans a wide range of general neurosurgical procedures, including brain tumors, spine and cerebrovascular conditions. She specializes in the management of cerebrovascular diseases, which encompasses cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, arteriovenous fistulae, and ischemic stroke.
Beyond her clinical practice, Dr. Lai boasts an extensive research background, which commenced during her time at Wellesley College, where she investigated cell migration inhibition in prostate cancer in Dr. Marc Tetel’s laboratory. Her research journey continued with the study on polymorphisms in mitochondrial genes in cerebral aneurysms as her graduation thesis for Harvard Medical School.
During her residency, she delved into understanding somatic mutations in vascular diseases in Dr. Rose Du’s laboratory. Dr. Lai also served as the principal investigator (PI) for the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study, exploring reproductive risk factors associated with cerebral aneurysms, which was awarded the Women’s Brain Initiative Grant.
Presently, her research endeavors focus on understanding the genomics of cerebrovascular diseases in women, with a specific interest in studying the interplay between genomics and hormonal factors in cerebrovascular diseases. Her current work is supported by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Foundation/Cerebrovascular Section Young Investigator Grant Award.
Dr. Lai sees patients at the Comprehensive Neuroscience Center in Williamsville and at the Orchard Park office. She conducts her surgical procedures at the Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute and Catholic Health Mercy Hospital of Buffalo.