The Huffington Post - Visionary Medicine: Neurosurgery Simulation and the Potential to Save Lives - Traci L. Slatton

 – November 15, 2013  –– 

Brain surgery simulation has remained elusive, both because of its inherent complexity and because of the exquisite, mushy, wet, softness of the human brain itself. It's also hard to distinguish critical structures within the brain from each other. Joshua Bederson, MD, Professor and Chair of Neurosurgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, made opening remarks at the Second Annual Neurosurgery Simulation Symposium that included a sobering figure: Neurosurgery in the Mount Sinai Health System covers eight hospitals where 3,290 open neurosurgery procedures are performed each year. Although safety has reached unprecedented levels, brain surgery, he said, entails serious risks and high cost.
-Dr. Joshua Bederson, Professor and Chair, Neurosurgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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