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Associate Professor of Neurosciences
University of California San Diego School of Medicine



Dr. Gertsch began significant biomedical research in neurosciences in 1998 after receiving his BS in biochemistry at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), the year before he started medical training. In addition to his general clinical training at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine, he developed parallel lines of interest in neurological aspects of altitude medicine and electrophysiology, eventually securing a neurology residency at the Stanford University hospital where he was introduced to surgical neurophysiology. He went on to fellowship training in surgical neurophysiology at the University of California Los Angeles before securing a faculty appointment in the Department of Neurosciences at UCSD in 2008. He subsequently built and currently directs the Interventional Neurophysiology program at the UCSD Medical Center, in addition to running an active research program in electrophysiology. Dr. Gertsch has served as a board member with the American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring since 2012 and is the current chair of the Clinical Practice Guideline Revision Committee. He additionally serves as the Medical Director of the Western Society of Electrodiagnostic Technologists. He is currently a funded investigator with the Office of Naval Research in electrophysiology, in addition to industry collaborative research in novel electrophysiological device development.

Members at Large

Gene K. Balzer, PhD, FASNM
Chief Executive Officer
Allied Managed Processes, LLC




Willy Boucharel, MS, CNIM, DABNM
Surgical Neurophysiologist - Biomedical Engineer
Ambulatory Practice Director
Children's Hospital Colorado

Willy Boucharel is the Ambulatory Practice Director at Children’s Hospital of Colorado. He is also a Clinical Neurophysiologist and Biomedical Engineer.

Matthew Alan Eccher, MD
Assistant Professor



I attended public school in a middle-sized city in central Maine, from kindergarten straight up through senior year of high school. I then had the great good fortune to be admitted to Harvard, where I learned exactly how brilliant truly brilliant people are, and exactly how much the laser-focused can accomplish. I also learned I am neither of those things – but did well enough to get into medical school, which has allowed me to pay the bills. Remaining something of an idealist -- or maybe just a geek -- I chose Neurology as my field. It is clearly geekiness and not idealism that has led me to sub-specialize in those fields that apply EEG and evoked potentials to clinical medicine. Most recently, my professional practice has been devoted nearly exclusively to intraoperative monitoring. “Devoted,” of course, is better reserved for my regard for my young family, who I’m now thrilled to have growing up in a Cleveland that has finally broken its long sports funk. 

James S. Zuccaro, DC, DABNM, CNIM
Director of Intraoperative Monitoring
Shriners Hospital for Children-Philadelphia



Since 2011, I have been serving as the Director of Intraoperative Monitoring at Shriners Hospital for Children. I was brought in to develop this program from the ground up including staff, policies, protocols, etc. After a period of 3 years, due to the success of this program, our corporate board has determined that all the high risk cases will be brought to Philadelphia. Additionally, based on the Philadelphia model, we have developed procedural guidelines for intraoperative monitoring in all 22 Shriners hospitals. We are also actively involved in research having been formally granted IRB approval. We are currently working on 4 projects. We are also developing an animal lab for neuromonitoring with approved grant funding. These projects will help to provide evidence based research for neuromonitoring.

Prior to my work at Shriners Hospitals for Children, I have worked for both vendor groups and hospital based programs. From this experience I have gained invaluable knowledge in different practice models and environments. Prior to my career in Intraoperative monitoring, I managed two multidisciplinary outpatient clinics that included neurodiagnostic testing. In addition, I served as an insurance consultant for medical claims. This has given me invaluable knowledge to coding and editing processes, as well as determining medical necessity.