Board of Directors


President – William Boydston, MD
Dr. William Boydston received his undergraduate degree in 1975 from The University of Georgia graduating with honors and a degree in Bachelor of Sciences Zoology. He received his M.D. in 1985 from the Medical College of Georgia, and then completed postdoctoral training at The University of Tennessee from 1985-1991. He completed his fellowship, in Pediatric Neurosurgery, at Scottish Rite Childrens Hospital in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Boydston has been serving as the Attending Neurosurgeon at Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center, Northside Hospital and Eglestons Childrens Hospital. He also serves as a Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Emory University.



President-Elect – John Cowan, MD
Dr. John Cowan received his undergraduate degree from Davidson College in North Carolina and continued onto medical school at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.. He graduated medical school in 2001 and furthered his education at the University of Michigan Hospital with an internship in General Surgery and completed his residency in Neurosurgery. Dr. Cowan has been practicing at Harbin Clinic since 2008.



Secretary/Treasurer - Daniel Refai, MD
Dr. Daniel Refai is a neurosurgeon in Atlanta, Georgia and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Emory Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital-Atlanta. He received his undergraduate degree from Tufts University and continued onto to receive his medical degree from University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Refai is an Associate Professor at Emory University Department of Neurosurgery, Associate Professor at Emory Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Director of Spinal Oncology at Emory Spine Center.



Immediate Past President – Jay Howington, MD
Dr. Jay Howington is a board certified neurosurgeon with fellowship training in endovascular neurosurgery at Neurological & Spine Institute of Savannah. He grew up in Augusta and, after completing his undergraduate work at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Howington returned home to attend the Medical College of Georgia. After graduating from medical school, he completed an internship in general surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. Dr. Howington gained his neurosurgical clinical experience at Charity Hospital, Children’s Hospital, as well as the Ochsner Clinic as part of his neurosurgical residency at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. While at the Ochsner Clinic, he spent an elective year focusing on vascular and endovascular neurosurgery. After serving as Chief Resident at Charity Hospital, Dr. Howington moved to Buffalo, New York for a two-year fellowship in endovascular neurosurgery under Dr. Nick Hopkins. He moved to Savannah in 2004 and now calls it his home.



Program Chair - Barunashish Brahma, MD
Dr. Brahma graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in biomedical engineering and then went to the University of Michigan Medical School where he graduated with honors in 2000. He continued his internship and residency in neurosurgery at the University of Michigan under Dr. Buz Hoff. After completion of residency, he spent a year in the pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at Emory University and remains in the practice at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta since 2007. He serves as the director of the Neurospine division since 2013 and previously served as the fellowship director.



Marketing/Development Chair
Frank Lin, MD

‎Dr. Franklin Lin is a practicing physician with the Wellstar Medical Group in Marietta, Georgia. Dr. Lin's primary interests are in complex disorders of the spine and neurological trauma. He also has special interests in sports-related injuries and currently oversees the management of head and spinal injuries for regional high school systems and universities. Dr. Lin attended college at Duke University and graduated with a BSE in Biomedical Engineering and Economics. Dr. Lin attended medical school at the University of Florida and completed his residency training at Emory University.



Director - Area One (term 2) 2018 - 2021 Sandea Greene-Harris, MD
Director - Area One (term 1) 2017 - 2020 Matthew Gary, MD
Director - Area Two (term 1) 2018 - 2021 Scott Rahimi, MD
Director - Area Three (term 1) 2017 - 2020 Kevin Ammar, MD


Committee of the State Neurosurgical Societies - William Boydston, MD
Committee of the State Neurosurgical Societies - Hugh Smisson, MD