Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Lipinski completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, finishing Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences. She attended Penn State College of Medicine, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in recognition of academic excellence. She completed her neurological surgery residency at the University at Buffalo, including time spent at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center for neuro-oncology training, elective time in Kijabe, Kenya participating in pediatric neurosurgery in the developing world, as well as an enfolded fellowship at the Mayo Clinic for training in peripheral nerve surgery.
Upon completion of residency, she had the privilege of spending four years on active duty in the United States Navy. She was stationed in Virginia but spent time serving at Camp Foster in Okinawa, Japan and Camp LeJeune in Jacksonville, NC, as well as a combat deployment to the NATO hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan. She served in several military leadership roles, and her calm but direct style allowed her to impact change and promote the development of those serving under her. She also served as adjunct faculty, participating in medical student and resident education through the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. During her service, she was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, among other accolades.
After completion of her military service, she was thrilled to join the team in the Neuro-Oncology Center at Roswell Park as Assistant Professor of Oncology in May of 2019. Her focus is her clinical practice; her interests include brain and spine tumors, including primary tumors as well as metastatic disease, spine instrumentation, pituitary tumors, and peripheral nerve tumors, as well as entrapment neuropathies unrelated to cancer. She also has a special interest in neurofibromatosis and the surveillance and surgical management of patients and families affected by this diagnosis. She has published numerous articles on several topics in neurosurgery to include oncology, trauma, and peripheral nerve. She is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and an advocate for the human connection in the practice of medicine.