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Our clinical productivity again exceeded budget for operative cases, wRVUs (work relative value units) per clinical provider, and contribution margin.

Other clinical achievements include:

  • Multidisciplinary programs in neuro-oncology, spine, skullbase, pituitary, epilepsy, stroke, peripheral nerve, pain, and radiosurgery coordinated increasingly complex patient management and surgery across the field.
  • New multidisciplinary clinical programs in extracranial radiosurgery (with Radiation Oncology) and spine tumor (with Orthopaedics) were initiated.
  • Care paths in brain tumor and in acoustic neuroma are far along in development.
  • Expansion of our clinical activity to the southern region has been initiated, with the establishment of regular outpatient clinics in Manchester.
  • In the departmental initiative to achieve cost savings, the Section, spearheaded by Nathan Simmons, MD and together with the Department of Orthopaedics, achieved a 15 percent reduction in expenses through standardization of spinal instrumentation hardware.

Education

  • Our fully accredited Neurosurgery Residency Program once again had an outstanding year in the national match, with the arrival of Jennifer Hong, MD from Stanford University School of Medicine.
  • Our graduating resident, Tarek Radwan, MD, gained a Spine Fellowship at the University of Washington.
  • Kimon Bekelis, MD pursued and published studies on intracranial seizure localization, fluorescence assisted meningioma resection, and extracranial carotid and vertebral artery disease.
  • Atman Desai, MD received a CNS Resident Travel Award for the 2010 Congress of Neurological Surgeons Fall Annual Meeting for his work on "outcomes after incidental durotomy during surgery for spinal stenosis," receiving one of the highest scoring abstracts submitted by a resident.
  • Student sub-intern rotations and our elective for first and second year DMS students were again popular, and faculty participation in Dartmouth's Undergraduate Shadow Program kept the hallways young.
  • In the spring, Rodrigo Moragues, MD, chief resident in neurosurgery in Montevideo, spent a month with the service, continuing our long-standing relationship with Uruguay's growing epilepsy program.
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