Board of Directors


President - 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.



President-Elect – Kevin Ammar, MD
Kevin Ammar is a board certified, fellowship-trained neurosurgeon who specializes in complex spine and minimally invasive spinal procedures. After completion of his undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia, he pursued his medical education at the University of Florida where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He then pursued his neurosurgical residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he served as Chief Resident and met his wife, Kathryn. Following residency, he and Kathryn moved to Los Angeles where he completed a dual neurosurgical / orthopedic fellowship in complex spinal procedures at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. This included training in complex spinal procedures such as spinal deformity and scoliosis, as well as the latest minimally invasive procedures.

His practice is based at the Neurological & Spine Institute’s office in Savannah, Georgia. Dr. Ammar also practices at our satellite office in Statesboro, Georgia.



Secretary/Treasurer - Scott Rahimi, MD
Dr. Scott Rahimi graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a degree in Biochemistry and went on to complete medical school and neurosurgical residency training at the Medical College of Georgia. Following his residency, he pursued a 2-year endovascular and open cerebrovascular fellowship at Emory University. He then returned to Augusta and joined the faculty at MCG. Dr. Rahimi is currently a Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurosurgical Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Augusta University Medical Center. He also serves as the program director for the neuroendovascular fellowship and associate program director of the neurosurgery residency training at Medical College of Georgia. His primary areas of interest include treating patients with cerebrovascular disease and tumors of the central nervous system.

Dr. Rahimi is married to Bric Rahimi who is an OB-GYN. They have three children.



Immediate Past President – 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.



Program Chair - David Jason McCracken, MD
Dr. McCracken is a board-certified, fellowship trained Neurosurgical Oncologist who specializes in the surgical treatment of primary and metastatic tumors affecting the brain, pituitary gland and skull-base. He is well-versed in many different surgical approaches including open and minimally invasive craniotomies, endoscopic approaches to the skull base and pituitary gland, and stereotactic radiosurgery with both Gamma Knife and Linear Accelerator based technology. He leads the Piedmont Neurosurgical Oncology Service, is Co-Director of the Piedmont Brain Tumor Center—an MD Anderson Provider Network clinic, and Medical Director of the Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital.



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) 2021 - 2024 Brian Howard, M.D.
Director - Area One (term 2) 2020-2023 Matthew Gary, MD
Director - Area Two (term 1) 2021-2024 Igor DeCastro, M.D.
Director - Area Three (term 1) 2020 - 2023 Ryan Lingo, MD


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