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COVID-19

The COVID-19 Challenge from a Health System Perspective

By CNS Spotlight, COVID-19, Guest Post, HealthNo Comments

It’s hard to believe that just over a month ago, the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Michigan. We were all aware that it was coming, but really couldn’t imagine the profound impact this virus would have and the rapidity of the viral spread. Many reasons have been postulated for why Detroit in particular turned into one of the country’s most serious COVID-19 hotspots, including the fact that our international airport, Detroit Metropolitan Airport, is one of the 5 busiest hubs in the country. The resurgence of Michigan’s economy in the last few years also resulted in a dramatic rise in international industry business travel, including to China, Korea, Japan and Italy. Read More

We believe we’re through the peak of the surge, but we’re not ready to declare victory yet.

Steven N. Kalkanis, MD, FAANS

Keeping Neurosurgical Practices Operating During COVID-19 and Beyond

By COVID-19, Faces of Neurosurgery, Guest Post, HealthNo Comments

Altair Health has been providing life-saving care in the state of New Jersey since 1958. We have grown significantly since that time, and Altair Health now employs nearly 150 people —   providing them with health care and retirement benefits, as well as rewarding work taking care of patients with neurosurgical disorders. The current pandemic has been a stark reminder that we are, after all, a small business dependent on professional reimbursement to keep our team and their families safe and employed during this crisis. Read More

A Memorial Tribute to The Most Interesting Man in the World: James T. Goodrich, MD, PhD

By COVID-19, Faces of Neurosurgery, PediatricsOne Comment

The passing of James T. Goodrich, MD, PhD on March 30, 2020, was a devastating blow — not only to the neurosurgical community, but to his many friends throughout the world. Jim was a kind and compassionate man who was revered by many. He was always willing to help others and traveled extensively to help those who needed his expertise. He was a great teacher, surgeon and student of medical history. His accomplishments were many and varied. Read More

The Global Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Neurosurgical Practice (Part III)

By AANS Spotlight, COVID-19, Faces of Neurosurgery, HealthNo Comments

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Journal of Neurosurgery (JNS) Publishing Group are pleased to announce the publication of four editorials on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on neurosurgical practice. This batch of editorials concludes our rapid-response collection on this topic. Altogether the collection boasts 19 papers, an introduction and 18 editorials, published in the Journal of Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics or Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. All of the articles are posted online, and they will also be accessible by PubMed Central as part of the Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Initiative. Read More

COVID-19 and Neurosurgery: Response, Adaptation and Action on Behalf of Our Patients

By COVID-19, Faces of Neurosurgery, Guest Post, HealthNo Comments

 “Death, be not proud, though some have called thee.
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so.”
John Donne

The COVID-19 pandemic is a generational event. It has disrupted every aspect of modern life. Businesses are shuttered. Schools and universities are closed. Social distancing has altered our normal mores for connecting with our neighbors, friends and colleagues. Although many in medicine are dramatically affected by the pandemic as they are on the ‘front lines’ of the crisis, the pandemic has had a ripple effect through the entire health system. Read More

The Global Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Neurosurgical Practice (Part II)

By AANS Spotlight, COVID-19, Faces of Neurosurgery, HealthNo Comments

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group are pleased to announce the publication of eleven new editorials on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on neurosurgical practice. The series kicked off last week with three editorials and an introduction on the subject, which were published in the Journal of Neurosurgery and the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. Read More

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 Global Pandemic: A Neurosurgical Treatment Algorithm

By CNS Spotlight, COVID-19, Faces of Neurosurgery, HealthNo Comments

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting neurosurgical care at medical centers throughout the United States. Institutional and governmental recommendations are not specific to neurosurgery. Protocols are urgently needed to help neurosurgeons triage cases based on acuity, and also to minimize the risk of infection for both patients and peri-operative medical staff. In many academic tertiary care hospitals, there is limited personal protective equipment and staffing shortages. Read More