Why and how I practice Neurosurgery

From a young age, I knew I wanted to be a physician, but I didn't know much about neurosurgery until late in medical school. I was hooked after my first neurosurgery rotation! So I went on do my residency at Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit, Michigan). By then, I wanted to gain further expertise in spinal surgery, so I completed a fellowship in orthopedic spine surgery at Rush University (Chicago, Illinois), furthering my experience in minimally invasive and complex spinal surgery.

As I started my practice in Munster, Indiana, I treated a broad group of neurosurgical problems. Since my Board certification in neurosurgery (by the American Board of Neurological Surgery), I have focused on a few key areas:

  1. degenerative spinal conditions: including disc problems, spinal stenosis, sciatica, neck pain, and back pain. I try to utilize the very latest technology and techniques - but that are well-established and proven by good scientific studies! - to treat these problems
  2. complex spine pathology: spinal tumors, scoliosis and spinal trauma, and sagittal balance problems. Generally, these problems require a more complicated and creative solution to achieve good results
  3. functional pain surgery: sometimes, you cannot safely or reasonably fix the problem facing the patient. Or the patient may have some underlying nerve damage (CRPS, for example) that does not correct with surgery. Spinal cord stimulators (SCS) can be of great help to these patients. 
  4. minimally invasive surgery: using advanced retractors, endoscopic and microscopic techniques to alleviate a patient's pain can lead a quicker recovery
  5. brain tumors: such as pituitary tumors, or tumors compressing or invading the brain. Surgery can often help to diagnose and treat these tumors