Neurological Surgery Advanced Practice Providers
The Advanced Practice Providers (APP's) are board certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants who practice in collaboration with neurosurgeons and neurointensivists, providing a team approach in the management of patients' health care. APP’s are licensed medical professionals who can examine, test, treat and prescribe medications for patients. Our APP’s practice both in the hospital and in our clinics.
The goal of advanced practice providers is to ensure continuity of care and increase access to neurosurgical treatment. They also provide patient and family education regarding diagnoses and treatment plans. They work closely with your doctor to deliver high quality care.
Megan Rye, NP
Katie Chirco, NP
Nick Loper, NP
Melanie Catangay, NP
Rea De Mesa, NP Per Diem
Advanced Practice Supervisor for Department of Neurological Surgery Board certified nurse practitioner. Completed a Master of Science in Nursing in 2016 at the University of California, San Francisco.
Vilija Abrute, NP (Midtown)
Graduated from the University of Illinois in Chicago with a Master of Science in Nursing in 2011 and is a board certified nurse practitioner.
Claire Basco, NP (Midtown)
Earned a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix in 2016 and is a board certified nurse practitioner.
Tram James, NP (Midtown)
Graduated from Sonoma State University with a Master of Science in Nursing in 2014 and is a board certified family nurse practitioner.
Cassandra Chin, NP (Spine)
Graduated from Samuel Merritt University with a Master of Science in Nursing in 2016 and is a board certified family nurse practitioner.
Rex Ambatal, NP (Spine)
Board certified nurse practitioner. Completed his education at Walden University in 2014 (FNP) and University of Pennsylvania in 2018 (AGACNP)
Neurosurgery Inpatient Only
Eshan Ejaz, PA
Daniel Ayana, NP (Midtown)
Completed her education at University of California, Davis in 2002 and is a board certified physician's assistant.
Associate Director of Advanced Practice for UC Davis Medical Center. Christi completed a Master of Science in Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco and is a board certified nurse practitioner.
Graduated from Saint Louis University with a Master of Medical Science in 2016 and is a board certified physician assistant.