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Meet Our Team

Alan Shatzel, DO | Medical Director, Neurology

Alan Shatzel, DO, a graduate of Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, is board certified in neurology, sleep medicine, and holds subspecialty certification in clinical neurophysiology. He completed his internship in internal medicine at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He moved on to University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento where he completed his residency in neurology, served as Chief Resident of Neurology, and was later invited to complete a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology with emphasis in sleep diagnostics and clinical sleep disorders.

In addition to serving as Medical Director of Neurology for Dignity Health Neurological Institute of Northern California, Dr. Shatzel is also Chair of the Department of Medical Specialists for Mercy Medical Group; Vice President for the Board of Directors for Mercy Medical Group; Medical Director for the Dignity Health Telemedicine Network Executive Steering Committee; and Executive Committee Member for the Mercy Foundation Board of Directors.

Kamran Sahrakar, MD | Medical Director, Neurosurgery

When Dr. Sahrakar decided on neurosurgery his career, his intent was to help individuals to health with neurosurgery, and this was and continues to be an extremely rewarding part of his work. More recently, he has additional interest in informing and educating colleagues and patients to prevent disease and creating systems and processes that promote health in populations.

Lucian Maidan, MD | Medical Director, Neurovascular Medicine

Lucian Maidan, MD, is a graduate of the Carol Davila School of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania. Board certified in both neurology and vascular neurology, Dr. Maidan completed his internal medicine residency at the Cabrini Medical Center in New York, NY, and his neurology residency at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Dr. Maidan completed fellowships in interventional neuroradiology and vascular neurology at Emory.

George Luh, MD | Medical Director, Interventional Neuroradiology

George Luh, MD, leads Mercy Neurological Institute’s interventional neuroradiology team. Dr. Luh completed his medical school and radiology residency at Loma Linda University. He completed a neuroradiology fellowship with the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Luh currently holds board certifications in diagnostic radiology, as well as a certificate of added qualification in neuroradiology.

Alex Nee, MD | Medical Director, Neurocritical Care

Alex C. Nee, MD, received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. Completing his internship in internal medicine and residency training in neurology at the University of Washington, Dr. Nee went on to complete a two-year fellowship in neurocritical care at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. He is a member of the Neurocritical Care Society, the American Academy of Neurology and the American Medical Association. Dr. Nee has presented to peers and is a published author in topics ranging from microarray studies in ischemic brain injury to clinical management of poor grade subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Sabeen Lulu, MD | Director, Mercy MS Center

Dr. Lulu aims to provide state of the art care for all patients. She views the physician/patient relationship as a team; listening to her patients’ concerns and involving them in decision making. Although Dr. Lulu sees patients with many types of neurological disorders, she has had a particular interest in multiple sclerosis and movement disorders. She serves as Director of the Mercy MS Center in Carmichael.

Edwin Cruz, MD | Director, Mercy Epilepsy Center

As a board certified physician from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Cruz has special training in treating patients with epilepsy. A graduate of Saint Louis University, Dr. Cruz completed his internship at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center, and his neurology residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Dr. Cruz went on to complete a two-year fellowship in EEG and epilepsy at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center. Dr. Cruz's approach to care begins with assuring his patients that they have options, and most importantly, an ally.

Dr. Cruz provides leadership for the Mercy Epilepsy Program, including an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Mercy General Hospital.