Nima Alan, MD

PGY-4 Resident

Nima Alan




Nima Alan, MD, joined the University of Pittsburgh neurosurgery residency program in July 2015. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine with the Distinction in Research and Distinction in Teaching. He previously graduated from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. in 2010 with a degree in honors physiology.

Dr. Alan’s research in undergraduate focused on spinal cord injury, for which he received the Top Student in Neurophysiology award. While in medical school, he studied outcomes in neurosurgery with focus on spine surgery, for which he received the AANS Best Medical Student Abstract Award.

Dr. Alan’s hobbies include international traveling, soccer, tennis and yoga.

Dr. Alan’s publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine’s publication database. 

Specialized areas of interest

Complex spine, cerebrovascular surgery, microvascular decompression

Professional Organization Membership

American Academy for Advancement of Science
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Stroke Association
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
North American Spine Society 

Honors & Awards

  • AANS Best Medical Student Abstract award (2012, 2013)
  • American Academy of Neurology Research Fellow
  • Dean’s Summer Research Award, Case School of Medicine
  • Dean’s Honor List, University of British Columbia
  • Distinction in Research and Teaching, Case School of Medicine
  • President’s Entrance Scholarship, University of British Columbia
  • Research Assistant Professional Development Award, University of British Columbia
  • Summer Scholarship, University of British Columbia
  • Top Student in Neurophysiology, University of British Columbia
  • Trek Excellence Scholarship, University of British Columbia
  • Undergraduate Student Research Award, Natural Sciences Research Council
  • Wai-Man Leung Memorial Bursary, University of British Columbia