Ramin Eskandari is an Assitant Professor of Neurosurgery and the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Medical University of South Carolina. His clinical expertise focuses on the surgical management of children with disorders of the brain and spine, minimally invasive methods for treating pediatric neurosurgical disorders, and endoscopic treatment of multiple disorders. Dr. Eskandari has always had a very fervent desire to maintain basic science research alongside clinical therapeutics. He was co-principal investigator on the Hydrocephalus Association Mentored Young Investigators Grant while in residency training and has gained significant experience and knowledge with in-vivo animal models of neonatal and pediatric hydrocephalus. Currently, his laboratory has invented a novel cell culture model of elevated intracranial pressure to better assess the earliest signs of cell injury from pathologic pressure changes.
Dr. Mark M. Souweidane is Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at New York-Presbyterian-Komansky Children’s Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is the Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Souweidane has been instrumental in advancing intraventricular endoscopic surgery and minimal access surgery. He is a thought leader in the endoscopic management of intraventricular and pineal region tumors, removal of colloid cyst, and the treatment of arachnoid cyst. He has authored nearly 50 peer-reviewed articles on the topic of endoscopic neurosurgery, published a definitive atlas on intraventricular endoscopic surgery and oversees an endoscopic fellowship at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical College. Notable contributions to the field have included intraventricular endoscopic surgery in the absence of hydrocephalus, removal of asymptomatic colloid cysts, endoscopic management of pineal region tumors, and ETV in patients with a diminished prepontine interval. He is a strong advocate of surgical training in and outside of the operating room. Partnering with a host of other endoscopic notables including Doctors Henry Schroeder, James Drake and Nikolai Hopf, Dr. Souweidane has international presence in courses across the globe. Using virtual models and actual patient-derived 3-D printing Dr. Souweidane has recently championed accelerated training with otherwise nonexistent training.
Dr. Souweidane completed his undergraduate training at the University of Michigan, where he graduated with honors in Microbiology. He attended Wayne State University Medical School as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed his general surgery internship at University of Michigan Hospitals and subsequently did his neurosurgery residency at New York University and completed his fellowship pediatric neurosurgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. He has been practicing in New York City since 1995.
Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in pediatric neurosurgery. As creator and director of the Chiari CARE program, Dr. Greenfield has developed an international reputation caring for children and adults with Chiari malformation, tethered cord, syringomyelia, and other associated conditions. Dr. Greenfield also directs the pediatric skull base surgery program, evaluating and removing tumors of the pituitary gland region and skull base such as craniopharyngiomas with minimally invasive endoscopic tools. Dr. Greenfield is also expert in utilizing minimally invasive ventricular endoscopy of the brain to treat tumors, hydrocephalus, and cysts within the ventricles, and intraoperative brain and spine mapping and imaging to care for children with benign and malignant tumors of the brain and spine.
Dr. Proctor specialize in the treatment of pediatric craniofacial abnormalities, spinal disorders, sports-related injuries and trauma to the brain and spine. As chief of Boston Children's Hospital's Department of Neurosurgery, I believe in fostering a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach, and delivering to patients the best possible experiences and outcomes. In craniofacial surgery, we have developed and documented multiple novel approaches. We have pioneered the use of particulate skull autograph to fill in cranial defects, markedly reducing the dependence on allografts and allowing for normal skull development. Our work with this has been ongoing for a decade, with both clinical and research components. Dr. Proctor is one of the leading surgeons internationally performing minimally invasive endoscopic correction of craniosynostosis. Many aspects of this work have been published, including the marked effect endoscopic surgery has on ocular disorders in coronal synostosis.
Theodore H. Schwartz, MD, received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. After completing his residency and chief residency in Neurosurgery at The Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Dr. Schwartz spent a year at Yale-New Haven Medical Center receiving advanced fellowship training. Dr. Schwartz specializes in the surgical treatment of brain tumors, pituitary tumors and epilepsy using the latest techniques in computer-guided surgical navigation, minimally invasive endoscopy and microsurgery. Dr. Schwartz was recently named David and Ursel Barnes Professor in Minimally Invasive Surgery, the first endowed professorship in the department.
After medical school at Harvard and a post-residency fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital, I became chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery and director of Surgical Education at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. In the 1990s, my commitment to global pediatric neurosurgery increased, and I sought a way to help children and train doctors in the developing world. In 2000, I found the right opportunity in Uganda with CURE International, where we had the opportunity to found the first pediatric neurosurgery facility in sub-Saharan Africa. My wife and I sold our farm in Kentucky and moved our family of six children to Africa. I am also motivated personally by my children, one of whom was born with special needs. My experience as both a parent and a provider has deepened my understanding of treating children with disabilities and has particularly enriched my practice in the care of children with hydrocephalus and spina bifida and their families. We returned to the U.S. in 2006, when our daughter needed surgery, and after I had successfully trained successors of African neurosurgeons to take over in Uganda. I feel honored at Boston Children's Hospital to have an international platform where I can continue to advance my work in global surgery and reach more children and families.
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