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Elias Rizk, MD, Neurosurgery, Hershey, PA, Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center


Neurosurgery Hershey, PA

Brain & Spinal Tumor, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Peripheral Nerve

Associate Professor Associate Program Director

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  • I am board certified Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgeon. I specialize in pediatric and peripheral nerve neurosurgery. My areas of interest entails nerve regeneration, nerve stimulation, treatment of central and peripheral nervous system tumors and tissue engineering.

Education & Training

  • University of Alabama Hospital
    University of Alabama HospitalFellowship, Pediatric Neurosurgery, 2012 - 2013
  • Penn State University
    Penn State UniversityM.S., Public Health Sciences, 2009 - 2012
  • Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Center
    Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical CenterResidency, Neurological Surgery, 2006 - 2012
  • Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Center
    Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical CenterInternship, Transitional Year, 2005 - 2006
  • American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine
    American University of Beirut Faculty of MedicineClass of 2003
  • American University of Beirut
    American University of BeirutB.S., With distinction, 1996 - 1999

Certifications & Licensure

  • AL State Medical License
    AL State Medical License 2012 - 2013
  • PA State Medical License
    PA State Medical License 2005 - 2022
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery Neurological Surgery
  • American board of pediatric neurosurgery ABPNS

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Midface and Upper Airway in Craniosynostosis NIH
  • Fellow award Council of State Neurosurgical Societies, 2012
  • Enfolded Neurosurgical fellowship Department of Neurosurgery, Sir Gardiner Hospital, 2011
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Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Click chemistry improved wet adhesion strength of mussel-inspired citrate-based antimicrobialbioadhesives  
    Guo J, Kim GB, Shan D, Kim JP, Hu J, Wang W, Hamad FG, Qian G, Rizk EB, Yang J, Biomaterials, 1/1/2017
  • Association of the Extent of Resection With Survival in Glioblastoma: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis  
    Brown TJ, Brennan MC, Li M, Church EW, Brandmeir NJ, Rakszawski KL, Patel AS, Rizk EB, Suki D, Sawaya R, Glantz M, JAMA Oncol, 1/16/2016
  • A previously unreported variant of the synostotic sagittal suture: Case report and review of salient literature  
    Madison Budinich, Brittni Burgess, Christian Fisahn, Rod J Oskouian, R Shane Tubbs, Elias Rizk, Translational Research in Anatomy, 1/1/2016
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Books/Book Chapters

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  • The Muscular Axillary Arch: An anatomical study and clinical considerations
    Rizk E, Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society, Hershey, PA, 1/1/2008


  • Diaphragm Stimulators 
    York, PA - 1/11/2015
  • Clinical Trials 
    Chicago, IL - 1/11/2015
  • Calculating Sample Size 
    Chicago, IL - 1/10/2014
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  • Evaluation of the impact of the United Nations program in elevating sexual awareness and contraception in the Lebanese community 
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  • Study of adherence to international guidelines of sanitation in 6 major hospitals in Lebanon 
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  • Thyroid cancer “The American University hospital experience” 
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Press Mentions

  • Penn State Health: Peripheral Nerve Surgery
    Penn State Health: Peripheral Nerve SurgeryFebruary 21st, 2017

Grant Support

  • In-situ Inkjet Bioprinting of Composite Tissues Constructs with Gene-activated Matrix for Maxillofacial Reconstruction”Osteology Foundation2016–2017
  • Midface and Upper Airway in CraniosynostosisNIH2012–2017


  • Member, CSNS 2011 - 2017

Research History

  • Research AssitantUniversity of Wisconsin Department of Neurosurgery2003 - 2005

Professional Memberships

Other Languages

  • French, Arabic

Hospital Affiliations