Peripheral Nerve
Surgery Program

Our Team

John Ratliff, MD, FACS

Co-director, Spine and Peripheral Nerve Surgery
Associate Professor, Neurosurgery

Dr. Ratliff has been leading complex peripheral nerve reconstruction surgeries for over 15 years. He is fellowship-trained in complex spinal reconstructive surgery and completed a research fellowship in neural regeneration and peripheral nerve repair at the National Institutes of Health. Having trained under world-renowned peripheral nerve surgeon, David G. Kline, MD, Boyd Professor of Neurosurgery and Department Chairman Emeritus at Louisiana State University, Dr. Ratliff brings extensive skills and leadership to the Stanford Peripheral Nerve Surgery Program.

He is well versed in the evaluation and treatment of nerve compression syndromes and peripheral nerve trauma. His current research focuses on preventing complications in spine surgery, assessing patient outcomes and developing population-based metrics for assessing surgical outcomes.

Dr. Ratliff has published more than 100 articles, chapters and tutorials. He has trained other surgeons in national and international training programs and has presented more than 100 lectures and posters at regional and national conferences. He holds leadership positions in the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and in the American Medical Association. He has been awarded the American College of Surgeons/American Association of Neurological Surgeons Health Policy Scholarship for the Brandeis University Health Policy Leaders Program.

Amelie Lutz, MD, PD

Assistant Professor, Radiology

Dr. Lutz is an Assistant Professor of Radiology and has been on the Stanford faculty since 2009. She received a MD degree from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and a PD degree from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She underwent her Radiology training at the University of Zurich, including the Orthopedic University Hospital Balgrist.

Her clinical focus is on musculoskeletal radiology, including MR neurography and image-guided diagnostic/therapeutic procedures. Her research interests include cellular imaging of musculoskeletal inflammatory diseases, application of novel MRI pulse sequences to musculoskeletal disorders, kinematic musculoskeletal imaging and molecular imaging in oncology.

Christopher Beaulieu, MD, PhD

Chief, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Stanford University
Professor, Radiology

Dr. Beaulieu has been a member of the Stanford faculty since 1995. He completed the Medical Scientist Training Program in at the University of Washington and received a MD degree and a PhD degree in Biological Structure in 1989. During his graduate research, Dr. Beaulieu applied nuclear magnetic resonance techniques to biophysical processes related to eye lens transparency.

He was a resident in diagnostic radiology at Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, NC, and served as Chief Resident. Subsequently, Dr. Beaulieu completed a fellowship in Abdominal Imaging and supplemental training in Musculoskeletal Imaging at Stanford University Medical Center. His research focuses on image processing, imaging informatics and computer-aided detection in radiology, as well as applications of new MRI pulse sequences to clinical disorders.

Vania Bernatsky, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Vania received her Master of Science in Nursing with a minor in Education from the University of California, San Francisco in 2001. She is certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and is a member of the American Association of Neurosciences Nursing, American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau.

She has spent her career caring for patients both in acute care inpatient, as well as outpatient settings.

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