The COVID-19 crisis has produced seismic changes in the practice of neurosurgery. For weeks elective surgeries have been eliminated and shelter in place orders implemented. Patients still develop herniated discs with neurologic deficits, present with brain tumors and need neurosurgical treatment. Telemedicine has provided one option for remaining connected to our established patients and caring for new patients during the pandemic. Read More
COVID-19 has had a tremendous global impact and has taken the lives of many people. It has halted economies and disrupted our educational system. It has strained health care resources and has expedited health policy reforms. One particular impact of COVID-19 that troubles me as a minority provider is the disproportionate burden of illness and death among racial and ethnic minority groups. COVID-19 has further illuminated existing health disparities in our society. Read More
With the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the nation, some regions of our country are encountering a shortage of health care providers to look after the surge of hospitalized patients. As personnel resources are strained, neurosurgeons are being asked to care for critically ill patients — including ones that do not have neurological diagnoses. Read More
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
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
“Death, be not proud, though some have called thee.
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so.”
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
Guest post written by multiple neurosurgeons from the Department of Neurological Surgery at UCSF. Shawn L. Hervey-Jumper, MD FAANS (left); Edward F. Chang, MD FAANS (center); and Mitchel S….
Clemens M. Schirmer, MD, PhD, FAANS, FAHA (left)Chair, AANS/CNS Communications and Public Relations CommitteeGeisingerWilkes Barre, PA Kristopher T. Kimmell, MD (right)Neurosurgeon at Rochester Regional HealthRochester, NY Every August is…