Board Certification and Education

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery - Neurological Surgery
  • University of Cincinnati - College of Medicine, OH, 2004
Residencies & Internships
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center / University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Neurosurgery, OH, 2010
  • San Francisco VA Medical Center, Movement Disorder, CA, 2011

About Me


  • Neurosurgery Residency Program Director, Henry Ford Health
  • Co-Director Functional Neurosurgery, Henry Ford Health
  • Interim Division Head, Movement Disorders, Department of Neurology
  • Chair-Elect, AANS/CNS Joint Section on Women in Neurosurgery
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons Executive Board, Member-At-Large
  • American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Board of Directors
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Wayne State University

Care Philosophy:
What drives me is helping patients regain their quality of life. I am inspired every day by my patients and enjoy helping patients reach their goals and to enjoy what is important in their lives.

Biographical Statement:
My relationship with my patients comes from collaboration, honesty and dedication to work for them. I am always pushing myself to become a better doctor and surgeon so that I can take on anything my patients may need from me.

Officially, I am called a ‘functional neurosurgeon’. This simply means that I help individuals with neurological disorders live as productive lives as possible. This varies from reducing pain to managing seizures and movement disorders.

Neither medicine nor surgery may get patients back to 100%. I think that it is important to be an advocate for patient resources so that they may connect with other patients, receive education materials and see the progression of research. Below are some organizations that I support so that patients can find the resources they need:

Research Interests:

  • Epilepsy
  • Movement Disorders
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

Awards & Honors:

  • Top Doctor, Castle Connolly (2019)
  • Exceptional Women in Medicine, Castle Connolly (2019)
  • “Top Docs”, Hour Detroit magazine (2017–20)
  • L. Murray Thomas Visiting Professor, Wayne State University, Department of Neurosurgery (2017)
  • Senior Staff Teaching Award, Henry Ford Department of Neurosurgery (2017)
  • “Forty Under 40” Awardee, Cincinnati Business Courier (2013)
  • Ellen and Stewart B. Dunsker, M.D., Award for Clinical Research 2010

Videos and Articles

  • Videos
  • Blog Posts

Ellen Air, MD - Neurosurgery, Henry Ford Health System


Location Pin
2799 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202
Location Pin
6777 W Maple Rd
West Bloomfield, MI 48322

Hospital Privileges

  • Henry Ford Hospital
  • Henry Ford Macomb Hospital - Clinton Township
  • Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
  • Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital
Patient Ratings
Overall Patient Ratings :
4.7 out of 5
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