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University Neurosurgery at Rush benefits from the skills and expertise of nurses with extensive experience in the care of neurosurgical patients.

Our nursing staff strives to provide excellent service to our patients offering constant communication throughout their clinical course.

To learn more about our nursing staff, please visit their bios listed below.

Candace Frazier, RN, BSN

Candace Frazier is a nurse clinician in University Neurosurgery. Candace received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in January 2004 from Saint Xavier University in Chicago. She has been a part of University Neurosurgery for four years and worked previously with the inpatient neurosurgical population at Rush.

Candace currently works primarily for Harel Deutsch, MD.

Robyn Mudro Flanders, RN, MS, CS-ACNP, CNRN

Robyn Mudro Flanders is expert in the field of neurosurgical nursing with over 20 years of experience. She has worked in many areas of neurosurgical nursing, including as a staff nurse in the intensive care unit, a head nurse, a clinical nurse specialist and her current position as a nurse practitioner and clinical manager of University Neurosurgery.

Robyn completed her Bachelor of Science in nursing at St. Xavier University and her Master of Science in nursing at University of Illinois at Chicago. She graduated with honors at both St. Xavier University and University of Illinois at Chicago. She achieved her postgraduate certification as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program in 1997 from University of Illinois at Chicago. She holds the following certifications: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Certified Neuroscience RN (CNRN).

Robyn is an accomplished speaker and has presented nationally on areas related to neurosurgery and neurosurgical nursing. She is currently a member of the following professional organizations: Rush University Cancer Center, American Association of Critical Care, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, Society of Critical Care Medicine and Sigma Theta Tau. She is involved in several clinical research projects related to evaluation and treatment of the neurosurgical patient.

Robyn currently works primarily with Lorenzo Muñoz, MD.

Kiffon Keigher, RN, MSN, ACPN

Kiffon Keigher is a nurse practitioner with many years experience in neurosurgery and neuroscience nursing.  She has been at Rush University Medical Center since 2003. She worked for seven years as a neuroscience ICU nurse before starting her career as an advanced practiced nurse. She completed both her BSN and MSN degree at Rush University. She has certification as an acute care nurse practitioner. She also holds certifications as a CNRN (certified neuroscience RN) and CCRN (certified critical care RN). She is BLS, ACLS, PALS and NIHSS certified.

She is published in the journals of Endovascular Today. She is a member of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau.

Kiffon currently works primarily with Demetrius Lopes, MD.

Betsy Rew, RN, BSN

Betsy Rew is a nurse clinician in University Neurosurgery. Betsy received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2003 from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn. She has worked in variety of nursing settings, including home health care RN, inpatient staff RN and nurse staff educator. Prior to starting at University Neurosurgery she worked as a neuroscience ICU nurse at Northwestern. She is a member of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses and American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She is BLS, ACLS, and NIHSS certified.

Betsy currently works primarily with Lorenzo Muñoz, MD and Richard Byrne, MD.

Diane Rowles, MS, APN, ACNP, BC

Diane Rowles is a nurse practitioner in University Neurosurgery. Diane is an expert in the field of spine and spinal cord injury with over 25 years of experience. She has spent her career providing both inpatient and outpatient care as well as doing research, program management, publishing and teaching. She is an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.

Diane completed her Bachelor of Science in nursing at St. Mary’s College at Notre Dame and her Master of Science at University of Illinois at Chicago. She graduated with multiple awards and honors at both St. Mary’s College and the University of Illinois at Chicago. She achieved her postgraduate certification as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program in 1996. She holds the following certifications: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Certified Registered Rehabilitation Nurse.

Diane speaks nationally and internationally on areas related to spine and spinal cord injury about her research as well as teaching medical education. Her long history of research in spinal cord injury includes prevention of complications, drug studies and new product development. She has multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. She is currently a member of the following professional organizations: American Association of Critical Care, American Spinal Injury Association, Illinois Society of Advanced Practice Nurses and Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. 

Diane currently works primarily with Vincent Traynelis, MD.

Valerie Toll, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC

Valerie Toll is an acute care nurse practitioner for Michael Chen, MD, in the Neuroendovascular Services Section of Cerebrovascular Disease and Neurologic Critical Care. She received her Master of Science in nursing degree from Rush University. Valerie’s background as an emergency room staff nurse at both West Suburban Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center has exposed her to variety of patient populations and disease entities; with her main area of interest being neurologic critical care.

Valerie currently works primarily with Michael Chen, MD and Roham Moftakhar, MD.

Andrea Whedon, RN, MSN, FNP

Andrea is a nurse practitioner who has been at Rush University Medical Center for over five years. Throughout this time she has specialized in the post-operative management of neurosurgical and cardiovascular-thoracic patients in the inpatient setting. Her roles have included charge nurse and nurse preceptor which involved training new nurses to care for these patient populations. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Northern Illinois University and Master of Nursing Science with certification as a family nurse practitioner from Rush University. Andrea is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American College of Nurse Practitioners and American Association of Neuroscience Nursing.

Andrea currently works primarily with John O'Toole, MD.

Margaret Yesko, RN, MSN, ANP

Margaret is an accomplished nurse practitioner who has been at Rush University Medical Center for more than 10 years. She has extensive experience in both neurology and neurosurgery. She completed her bachelor of science in nursing at Marquette University and her Master of Science of nursing with certification as an adult nurse practitioner at Rush University.

She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses and the American Academy of Neurology.

Margaret currently works primarily with Roy Bakay, MD and Richard W. Byrne, MD.

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