Our Staff

Catherine Mazzola M.D.

Pediatric Neurological Surgery
Director, NJCC

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Dr. Catherine Mazzola is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery.  Dr. Mazzola completed her Pediatric Neurosurgical Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh in 2002 and did her neurosurgery residency at New Jersey Medical School, under the supervision of Dr. Peter Carmel, the President of the AMA in 2011-2012.  Dr. Mazzola served on the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and is an active member of the Executive Committee of the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies (CSNS). She is the Chair of the Medicolegal Committee of CSNS and is a member of the Ethics Committee of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Joint Guidelines Committee of the AANS/CNS. Her special interests include hydrocephalus, traumatic brain injury and concussion, pediatric brain and spine tumors, craniofacial surgery, plagiocephaly, torticollis, Chiari malformation, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spine deformity, epilepsy surgery and the management of movement disorders such as dystonia and spasticity.  Dr. Mazzola published several peer reviewed articles and presented at many national neuroscience meetings. Dr. Mazzola is involved in mentorship, training and education of pre-medical undergraduates, medical school students, and residents.

 

Dr. Catherine Mazzola is the founder of the Craniofacial Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital, the Pediatric Brain and Spine Tumor Center (now called GNOP) and the Spasticity and Gait Disorder Center of Goryeb Children’s Hospital.  She has been the Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurological Surgery since 2005.  Dr. Mazzola serves Morristown Medical Center on the Operating Room Committee and she is a Member-at-Large of the Morris County Medical Society Executive Board.

Dr. Catherine Mazzola has gone on neurosurgical missionary trips to Kenya and is currently planning a mission trip to Cebu, Philippines, for pediatric neurosurgery outreach.
Dr. Catherine Mazzola serves on the Bergen County Republican Organization County Committee and is a member of Most Blessed Sacrament, where she taught CCD for four years.  Dr. Mazzola grew up in Queens, NY and currently lives with her husband and five children in northern New Jersey. She is the founder, President and CEO of four LLC’s.
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LinksPublished In:
www.aans.orgMedulloblastoma
www.medtronic.comThe ABCs of Pediatric Head Trauma
www.sbaa.orgCritical care management of head trauma in children
www.atlantichealth.org/GoryebPrevention of Early-Onset Group B Streptococcal Disease
www.healthgrades.comRevision surgery for chiari malformation decompression in the New Millennium
www.cns.orgEfficacy of Neurosurgery Resident Education in the New Millennium
www.acpa-cpf.orgAmerican Cleft Palate - Craniofacial Association

 

John Collins, MD, FAANS

Pediatric Neurological Surgery

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Dr. John J. Collins is an experienced, academic pediatric neurosurgeon, certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. He is a member of the American Society of Pediatric Neurological Surgeons. He earned his bachelor degree at Duke University and his medical degree at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, then served for seven years as a United States Navy neurosurgeon, which included assignment to the hospital ship USNS Mercy. After promotion to Navy Commander, he became the Chief of Neurosurgical Services at the Tripler Military Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. In that position he was called upon to provide tertiary neurosurgical care for civilian children from numerous Pacific Island Trust Territories. That experience inspired him to leave the Navy and complete his advanced fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery at the University of Utah’s Primary Children’s Medical Center under Dr. Marion “Jack” Walker.

Dr. Collins comes to NJCC after twenty years of experience in academic pediatric neurosurgery. He was an Assistant Professor at the Children’s Hospital of Loma Linda University in Southern California, then was recruited to the West Virginia University Children’s Hospital as an Associate Professor where he created the first integrated, multidisciplinary, academic pediatric neurosurgical program the state had ever had. After his thirteen years of service there, he came to Virginia Commonwealth University as a full Professor and Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery where he expanded the pediatric neurosurgical program and integrated it into a multispecialty pediatric neuroscience center.

Dr. Collins has intensely focused on the surgical treatment of brain tumors over his entire neurosurgical career and he has acquired advanced skills in skull base microsurgery, endoscopic cranial surgery and para-fascicular techniques which are protective of interconnecting neural networks during subcortical brain operations. Currently he has a strong academic interest in diffusion tensor imaging of the brain’s neural networks and the use of image guided navigation to protect those neuronal pathways during operations. He also focuses on the rapid pace of new discoveries concerning the specific molecular-genetic dysfunctions which cause brain tumors and the newest strategies to treat those tumors at the molecular level.

Using microsurgical and, when needed, laser surgical techniques, Dr. Collins also has considerable experience is the treatment of complex congenital spinal abnormalities including spina bifida, tethered spinal cords, spinal lipomas, spinal tumors, syringomyelia, and Chiari malformations.

His long-standing work at academic medical centers has afforded Dr. Collins a wide breadth of pediatric neurosurgical experience which includes the surgical management of intractable epilepsy, hydrocephalus (endoscopically or with shunts), cerebral cysts, cerebrovascular malformations, neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, craniosynostosis and other cranio-fascial anomalies, spasticity of either cerebral or spinal cause, and traumas to head, brain, spine, spinal cord or peripheral nerves.

Committed to a principle of service wherever there is a need, Dr. Collins has provided missionary pediatric neurosurgical work at the Kajabe Medical Center in Kenya and in
Thailand he has taught basic neurosurgical procedures to missionary surgeons from throughout Southeast Asia. He has also treated children with complex neurosurgical problems brought to Virginia from Central America by the World Pediatric Project organization.

Dr. Collins is married and the father of three daughters. He understands the anxiety it causes whenever a family hears that one of their children needs the attention of a pediatric neurosurgeon. He is compassionate, highly accessible, and is a thoughtful communicator who explains things clearly. He is committed to answering all questions from his patients and their families in full detail and he works diligently for the best treatment outcomes for his patients.

 

 

Laura Natoli, APN

Pediatric APN

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In January 2012, Laura graduated from Seton Hall University College of Nursing with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She started her nursing career at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. She worked as a registered nurse in Telemetry and the Intensive Care Unit until she pursued her interest in pediatrics. She then worked on the Pediatric unit and has PICU and Intermediate Nursery experience. Laura served as a member of St. Joseph’s Nurse Practice Council for 4 years. She organized their first Children’s Hospital Bone Marrow Donation Drive, “Will You Marrow Me?”

In January 2017, Laura graduated from Seton Hall University College of Nursing with her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Master’s degree. During her graduate education, she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at SHU to educate and assist nursing students. She is nationally certified from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. She is currently working on completing her Registered Nurse First Assistant. Laura is obtaining her RNFA to expand her skills into the operating room under the mentorship of Dr. Mazzola and Dr. Tomycz. She plans to provide a more comprehensive quality of care to her patients.

Laura maintains membership to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, New Jersey State Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing. She has active privileges at Morristown Medical Center, Hackensack University Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

Outside of her professional responsibilities, Laura is involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Be the Match Bone Marrow National Donor Program, and National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She enjoys spending summers down the shore with her family and friends.

 

 

Tatiana Sikorskyj, R.N., BSN, MSN, PNP

Pediatric APN

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Tatiana Sikorskyj graduated from Rutgers University College of Nursing in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Tatiana began working as a registered nurse at Hackensack University Medical Center in September of 2005 in the Surgical Intensive Care Stepdown Unit. In 2007, Tatiana pursued her love for pediatrics and transferred to the Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit where she acquired a strong knowledge of epilepsy patients.
In February of 2009, Tatiana further pursued her interest in pediatrics and challenged her critical thinking skills by transferring to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. In the PICU, Tatiana managed a variety of neurosurgery patients aiding in their diagnosis and treatment.
Tatiana graduated from Rutgers University College of Nursing with her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner degree in January 2012. Tatiana maintains membership to the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, American Nurses Credentialing Association, New Jersey State Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing.

Outside of her professional responsibilities, Tatiana is an active member of Plast, a non-profit Ukrainian scouting organization, where she mentors youth and volunteers in the summer camp clinic.

 

 

Mike Ruebenacker

Center Coordinator, NJCC

MikeMike Ruebenacker specializes in Athletic Training and Concussion.  Mike was named the NJCC’s Center Coordinator in 2013 and has been with the practice for the past 3 years.  He has been working closely with Ice Hockey Rinks and Youth Sports leagues in the Bergen, Passaic, Morris and Essex Counties to develop concussion programs to be implemented among club and travel Ice Hockey programs.  He has also implemented numerous Concussion protocols among football programs in New Jersey.
Mike specializes in sports concussion education as well as training.  During his free time, Mike enjoys coaching youth sports.  He currently is the Head Coach of the 11U Franklin Lakes War Eagle Travel Baseball Team, which were League Champions at the 8U level.

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