All Physician Assistants (PAs) in our practice work exclusively with our physicians in the practice under close supervision knowing their patients in detail. They assist in the office visits, medication refills, returning phone calls, rounding in the hospitals and assisting the neurosurgeons in the operating room.

After obtaining their bachelor's degree, PAs complete nearly three years of education and training at a US accredited program in Physician Assistant studies, which closely resembles the medical school curriculum. After such studies, they are awarded a degree in Masters of Science and then sit for a certification examination administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

The PAs on-site training with Neurological Surgery and Spine Surgery results in a very close familiarity with neurosurgery, making their clinical judgment even more advanced than many general medical practitioners in their specific field. This is a very valuable asset when they screen patients either individually or in combination with one of our physicians.

All of our PAs are Midwestern University PA program graduates who have been with the practice for a number of years resulting in a vast clinical experience and familiarity with all our physicians, their preferences and methods.



Laura L. Connolly, PA-C

Laura L. Connolly

Laura graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Cell and Structural Biology. She graduated from Midwestern University with a Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Laura is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She is licensed by the state of Illinois and certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She has assisted Dr. Zelby in the operating room and in our office since 2003.








Elizabeth A. Koch, PA-C

Elizabeth A. Koch

Liz graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. She graduated from Midwestern University with a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies. She is licensed by the state of Illinois and certified by the National Commission Certification of Physician Assistants. Liz is a member of the American Association of Physician Assistants and the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants. She assists Dr. Salehi in the operating room and sees patients in our office.








 

Lauren S. Kramer, PA-C

Lauren S. Kramer

Lauren graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Honors Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She graduated from Midwestern University with a Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies. She is licensed by the state of Illinois and certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants. She assists Dr. Espinosa in the operating room and sees patients in our office.







Natalie Nehart, PA-C

Natalie Nehart

Natalie graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She graduated from Midwestern University with a Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies. She is licensed by the state of Illinois and certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Association of Neurosurgical Physician Assistants. She assists Dr. Salehi in the office and in the operating room. 






Monica Shah, PA-C

Natalie Nehart

Monica graduated from University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana with a Bachelor of Science honors diploma in Psychology and Biology. She graduated from University of Saint Francis with her degree in Physician Assistant Studies and has been working as a Neurosurgical Physician Assistant since 2005. She is licensed by the state of Illinois and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Association of Neurosurgical Physician Assistants. She assists Dr. Boco in the office, hospital and in the operating room.





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