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Episode 53: Women in Neurocritical Care

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On this episode, celebrating Women's History Month, Dr. Fawaz Al-Mufti interviews members of NCS's WINCC (Women in Neurocritical Care) leadership section. Drs. Malaiyandi, O'Hana Nobleza, Greene-Chandos, and Darsie discuss inequities in medicine and the creation of policies and resources that will promote gender equity.

The NCS Podcast is the official podcast of the Neurocritical Care Society. Our senior producer is Bonnie Rossow. Our host is Fawaz Almufti, and our production staff includes Tareq Saad Almaghrabi, Andrew Bauerschmidt, Leonid Groysman, Atul Kalanuria, Lauren Koffman, Kassi Kronfeld, Holly Ledyard, Lindsay Marchetti, Alexandra Reynolds, Lucia Rivera Lara, Jon Rosenberg, Jason Siegel, Zachary Threlkeld, Teddy Youn, and Chris Zammit. Our administrative staff includes Bonnie Rossow. Music by Mohan Kottapally.


  • Deepa Malaiyandi, MD

    Deepa Malaiyandi MD, is an Assistant Professor and Division Directir of Neurocritical Care in the Department of Neurology at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, where she is also directs the undergraduate medical education 2-year ethics curriculum. She practices neurocritical care at the ProMedica Toledo Hospital, where she is a member of the hospital ethics committee and the Physician Champion for Life Connections of Ohio. Her areas of interest include medical ethics, mentorship, and acute neurological diseases in pregnancy. Dr. Malaiyandi completed her neurology residency at Medical College of Wisconsin and her neurocritical care fellowship at University of Pittsburgh.

  • Christa O'Hana Nobleza, MD, MSCI

    Dr. Christa O’Hana Nobleza, MD, MSCI is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She is currently the division head of the Neuroscience Intensive care division, the Director of the Neurocritical Care Fellowship program, and the Medical Director of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Her interests include mentorship and diversity. She is also involved in quality improvement in her department. Her research interests include cerebrovascular diseases, quality of life and patient outcomes.

  • Diana Greene-Chandos, MD

    Diana Greene-Chandos, MD, was born in Canton, Ohio, but grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. She began her medical training at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 1992, taking a year off in the middle of medical school for a research fellowship funded by the Howard Hughes Institute, during which time she worked in a neurosurgical research laboratory at the University of Washington studying neuronal plasticity. After medical school, she completed a neurology residency at Washington University in St. Louis in 2001, and did a neurocritical care fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she was the first woman with a child to enter the fellowship.

    She is currently at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and James Cancer Center, where she was the founding medical director of the neurocritical care unit and developed a thriving fellowship program at OSU. She is also the current chair for the Women in Neurocritical Care section (WINCC), working to champion causes relevant to all women within the field of neurocritical care.

  • Marin Darsie, MD

    Dr. Darsie is an assistant professor of emergency medicine and neurosurgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She is certified in Emergency Medicine and Neurocritical Care (UCNS). Dr. Darsie joined UW Health after completion of her neurocritical care fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she also attended residency and served as Chief Resident.