Neurosurgery, COVID-19 and Health Disparities: Perspectives from a Minority Provider

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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

Answering the Call: From Neurosurgeon to Critical Care Physician During COVID-19

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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

The COVID-19 Challenge from a Health System Perspective

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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

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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

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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