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James Killeffer, MD, FAANS

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Chairman of the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Killeffer has been in clinical neurosurgical practice since 1997, after completing medical school at the University of Tennessee and neurosurgical training at West Virginia University. In addition to his private practice, he also serves on the full-time faculty at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine as Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery and Assistant Professor. Throughout the last decade, he has maintained an interest in the interface of engineering and neurosurgery. He has worked with numerous students and faculty members at the University of Tennessee School of Engineering and with them has co-authored publications published in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of head injury biomechanics and hydrocephalus. Having been frustrated with the inadequacy of hydrocephalus care throughout his career and the complacency of technology development in the field, Dr. Killeffer, along with private-sector engineers Chad Seaver and Chris Arnot, founded Arkis Biosciences in 2010. His goal at Arkis is to efficiently develop commercially available tools and devices to put in the hands of practicing neurosurgeons to improve the care of patients with hydrocephalus, stroke, and traumatic brain injury.
 

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