Jonathan Russin, MD has been an integral member of the neurosurgery team at the Pickup Family
Neuroscience Institute since 2016. He serves as the primary cerebrovascular microsurgical resource to support the neurosurgical and neuroendovascular programs at the Hoag Comprehensive Stroke Center. In addition, he is also a key member of the
Hoag Comprehensive Epilepsy Program supporting the microsurgical resections.

Jonathan Russin grew up on the East Coast and played competitive collegiate lacrosse. He completed his medical education graduating at the top of his class at UMDNJ. He then matched into the highly competitive neurosurgical residency program at USC and was immediately recognized as a uniquely gifted technical microneurosurgeon. He completed an en-folded fellowship in epilepsy surgery under the direction of Charles Liu and played a seminal role in establishing the USC Comprehensive Epilepsy Consortium.

After residency, he completed a cerebrovascular microsurgical fellowship at the Barrow
Neurological Institute under the direction of Robert Spetzler; this is widely regarded as the top post-graduate fellowship in the field. He then returned to join the neurosurgical faculty at the USC. He is presently appointed as Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of Cerebrovascular Surgery at USC.

He has established himself as one of the top technical neurosurgeons in his generation and has made numerous contributions to the published literature in this realm. He is a recognized expert in cerebrovascular microsurgery with particular emphasis on novel cerebrovascular bypass solutions to highly complex neurovascular challenges not amenable to endovascular approaches.

He is the principal cerebrovascular microvascular resource to a large network of private andpublic healthcare delivery systems from Central California to Orange County. He is also the Associate Director – Microneurosurgery and Director of the Translational Neural Repair Laboratory of the USC Neurorestoration Center and leads a number of key
research efforts that maximize the opportunities afforded by surgical tissue from epilepsy and cerebrovascular surgeries.

Meet Our Team

Behind everything we offer our patients at Newport Neurospecialists are the compassionate and experienced doctors, ready to provide world-class healthcare.


Jay Puangco, MD currently serves as Chief of Service for the Hoag Voltmer Sleep Center. He is one of the most sought after sleep physicians in Orange County.


David Brown, MD is a Neurologist and fellowship trained Stroke Specialist who has been voted one of the top Neurologists in Orange County.


David Millett, MD, PhD is a passionate epileptologist who has established two epilepsy programs over the past 9 years in Southern California.


Jason Muir, MD is uniquely board certified in Neurology, Sleep Medicine and Clinical Neurophysiology. He is highly respected by his colleagues and peers in the fields of neurology and sleep medicine.


Andrew Ly, MD is advising and leading the charge in developing a concussion/head injury program for the community. He is a board-certified member of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.


Victor Doan, MD is board-certified neurologist. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology: Neurobiology.


Vivek Mehta, MD is a Neurosurgeon with particular expertise in complex and minimally invasive brain and spine surgery. He currently serves as the Surgical Director of the Hoag Comprehensive Epilepsy Program.


James Park, D.O. is a board-certified neurologist and epileptologist – who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of seizures. He brings that passion and expertise to the Hoag Epilepsy Program.


Charles Liu, MD, PhD has been an integral member of the neurosurgery team at the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute since 2014.


Jonathan Russin, MD has been an integral member of the neurosurgery team at the Pickup Family Neuroscience Institute since 2016. He serves as the primary cerebrovascular microsurgical resource to support the neurosurgical and neuroendovascular programs.


Lauren Bennett, Ph.D., ABPP-CN is a clinical neuropsychologist specializes in neurodegenerative diseases, traumatic brain injury, vascular disease/stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and the relationship between psychological and cognitive symptoms. sports.

nurse practitioner


Kelly Watkins FNP-C is a board-certified nurse practitioner with a background in neuroscience nursing. She collaborates alongside Dr. Millett and Dr. Mehta as part of Hoag’s Epilepsy Program as well as Hoag’s Neurology and Neurosurgery Program. 

Miki Ohata


Miki Ohata is a board certified Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner who specializes in memory and cognitive disorders. She is excited for the opportunity to be part of the team to develop a memory and cognitive disorders screening program for Newport Neurospecialists.

Patient Testimonials

What Our Patients Have To Say About Our Healthcare Services

“I have trouble putting into words just how fantastic Dr. Mehta is. He was there for me in my time of real need helping me through two major spine surgeries. He took the time to explain everything to me. Never pressured me to just jump into a surgery but rather provided me options. Once it became clear that surgical intervention was an absolute must he was very quick to respond, I was admitted to Hoag Hospital right away and handled himself amazingly. He is hands down the best surgeon I’ve ever met. I would highly recommend him for any spine surgery. I am so thankful to him for him. I had lost function to my arm and was very scared I would never be able to use my arm again however shortly after the surgery function to my arm is already coming back. Thank you so much for all of your help.”

J. Merrill

“I’m very thankful for the wonderful staff and physicians at Hoag. I was treated extremely well and everyone seemed genuinely concerned about my well being.”

Susie Chew

“My memory and naming ability are awesome now. My husband said from the moment I woke up from surgery, ‘The old Tiffany is back.’ Dr. Millett and Dr. Liu are phenomenal. I am so grateful for the help they’ve given me.”

Tiffany Mueller

“Dr. Park is a listener and a teacher. He carefully listened to all my issued, I know this because he went over everything I said one by one and helped me understand what’s happening to me. He made me also feel very comfortable and not be rushed. Most doctors’ office is very systematic and quick to dismiss you. Highly recommend him!”

Patient from

“When we moved to Arizona, Dr. Millet asked me if I wanted him to help me find a doctor there. I said, ‘No. I’m staying with you. We’re with you for life.’”

Emily Shafer

“By monitoring me almost every day, being flexible and responsive, Dr. Mehta gave me the confidence that doing the procedure was the right thing to do.” 

Tim Hsiao

Better Health Care is Our Mission

Concussions | Sleep | Epilepsy | Stroke | Neurodiagnostics | Neurophysiology


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