School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Faculty Profile

Sussan Salas, MD
Title
Assistant Professor
Phone
(877) 486-7978
Biography

Dr. Salas specializes in the surgical management of brain and spinal cord tumors, including both benign and malignant tumors. Her particular expertise is in performing surgeries for tumors located in eloquent areas of the brain, such as speech and motor areas. She is also credentialed to perform Gamma Knife radiosurgery. Dr. Salas also treats tumors of the skull base, such as vestibular schwannomas, and also treats conditions such as Chiari malformation, trigeminal neuralgia, degenerative spine disease, and intervertebral disc disease.

As a member of the Surgical Neuro-Oncology Program at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Dr. Salas is part of a multi-disciplinary group that integrates neurosurgery, radiation oncology, neuro-oncology, neuro-pathology, neuro-radiology, and otolaryngology to provide the most comprehensive treatment plan for each patient. Due to her specialized training, Dr. Salas is able to integrate techniques such as stereotactic navigation, radiosurgery, microsurgery, as well as awake and asleep brain mapping in order to maximize the safety of brain surgery and optimize clinical outcomes for patients.

Dr. Salas graduated from Duke University with Distinction and received her medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. She trained in neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, during which time she also completed a neurological surgery research fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Following graduation from residency, Dr. Salas completed a one-year neurosurgical oncology fellowship at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine in New York. Her research experience in both basic science and clinical research in neuro-oncology enables her to have an in-depth understanding of the multi-modality treatments that are necessary for optimal results in this field.

Dr. Salas is fluent in Spanish.

Publications

Selected Publications for Dr. Salas

Markowitz D1, Lin D, Salas S, Kohn N, Schulder M. Compact Intraoperative MRI: Stereotactic Accuracy and Future Directions. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2017;95(3):197-204. doi: 10.1159/000475673. Epub 2017 Jun 15.

Zhang I, Antone J, Li J, Saha S, Riegel AC, Vijeh L, Lauritano J, Marrero M, Salas S, Schulder M, Zinkin H, Goenka A, Knisely J. Hippocampal-sparing and target volume coverage in treating 3 to 10 brain metastases: A comparison of Gamma Knife, single-isocenter VMAT, CyberKnife, and TomoTherapy stereotactic radiosurgery. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2017 May - Jun;7(3):183-189. doi: 10.1016/j.prro.2017.01.012. PubMed PMID: 28477798

Chalouhi N, Daou B, Kung D, Zanaty M, Phillips JL, Tjoumakaris S, Starke RM, Hasan D, Polifka A, Salas S, Rosenwasser RH, Jabbour PM. Fate of the ophthalmic artery after treatment with the pipeline embolization device. Neurosurgery 2015; 77(4):581-4

Li Q, Wijesekera O, Salas SJ, Wang JY, Zhu M, Aprhys C, Chaichana KL, Chesler DA, Zhang H, Smith CL, Guerrero-Cazares H, Levchenko A, Quinones-Hinojosa A. Mesenchymal stem cells from human fat engineered to secrete BMP4 are nononcogenic, suppress brain cancer, and prolong survival. Clin Cancer Res 2014; 20(9):2375-87 (cover article)

Salas SJ, McFalls JM, Senders ZJ, Kenyon LC, Harrop JS. Intradural cervical nerve root traumatic neuroma without a history of direct trauma. Clin Neurol Neurosurg 2013; 115(9):1879-81

Azmi H, Biswal B, Salas S, Schulder M. Functional imaging in a low-field, mobile intraoperative magnetic resonance scanner: expanded paradigms. Neurosurgery 2007; 60(1):143-8

Salas S, Brimacombe M, Schulder M. Stereotactic accuracy of a compact intraoperative MRI system. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg 2006; 85(2-3):69-74

Heary RF, Salas S, Bono CM, Kumar S. Complication avoidance: thoracolumbar and lumbar burst fractures. Neurosurg Clin N Am 2006; 17(3):377-88

Schulder M, Salas S, Brimacombe M, Fine P, Catrambone J, Maniker AH, Carmel PW. Cranial surgery with an expanded compact intraoperative magnetic resonance imager. Technical Note. J Neurosurg 2006; 104(4):611-7

Ilagan R, Zhang LJ, Pottratz J, Le K, Salas S, Iyer M, Wu L, Gambhir SS, Carey M. Imaging androgen receptor function during flutamide treatment in the LAPC9 xenograft model. Mol Cancer Ther 2005; 4(11):1662-9

Links of Interest
Residency

2007-2015
Neurosurgery
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Fellowships

2011-2012
Neurosurgical Surgery Research
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Balitimore, Maryland

2015-2016
Neurosurgical Oncology
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Manhasset, New York

Medical Education

2003-2007
MD
Mew Jersey Medical School
Newark, New Jersey