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Research and Clinical Trials

A diversity of neurosurgical clinical and research expertise is the foundation of our broadly disciplined clinical service and Dartmouth's highly competitive Neurosurgery Residency program.

Research acknowledgements:

  • Kimon Bekelis, MD earned the prestigious Congress of Neurological Surgeons Dandy Fellowship to study inflammation in cerebral aneurysms.
  • William Spire, MD presented an analysis of radiosurgery alone for the treatment of intracranial metastatic disease
  • Dr. Desai investigated dural leaks in spine surgery
  • Wes Whitson, MD wrote on confocal microscopy in fluorescent meningioma
  • George Kakoulides, MD presented an analysis of evoked potential monitoring in aneurysmal surgery.
  • Jessica Swienckowski, DMS II, received an NREF Summer Fellowship Award from the AANS to work with Scott Lollis, MD on magnetic resonance elastography in hydrocephalus.
  • Ziev Moses, DMS IV, who spent the year studying the relationship between microvascular density and 5-ALA-induced fluorescence in gliomas, won Best Poster in the Tumor Section at our national 2011 CNS meeting.
  • Not least, Pablo Valdes, DMS MD/PhD candidate, who successfully defended his PhD thesis this past year, is currently spending a post-doc year in Neurosurgery before rejoining his MD classmates. He won Best Student Poster Award at the Optical Society of America Conference, and is developing multispectral imaging systems for the operating microscope to see tumor fluorescence at depth.
  • Bringing together colleagues at the Thayer School, the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Neuropathology and Neuroradiology, as well as collaborators at the University of Toronto and now Georgetown, our NIH-sponsored fluorescence-guided brain tumor resection project extended the technology's utility to low-grade gliomas and other tumors through development of quantitative fluorescence.
  • Independently, the journal Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, edited out of Dartmouth, saw further increase in its volume of submitted manuscripts and its Impact Factor.

Clinical trials

A clinical trial is a research study in which people can participate. The purpose of a clinical trial is to study the effectiveness of a treatment, medication, experimental drug, or device.

The following is a list of clinical trials with which the Section of Neurosurgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is currently involved. Talk to your doctor to find out if a clinical trial is right for you.

Neurosurgery Clinical Trials
A Single-Center, Prospective, Randomized Controlled Trial Investigating The Utility Of Intraoperative Mri In Transphenoidal Pituitary Surgery Of Macroadenomas
Posterior Fossa Decompression With or Without Durplasty for Chiari Type 1 Malformation with Syringomyelia
Vigilant ObservatIon of GlIadeL WAfer ImplaNT (VIGILANT) Registry: A Multicenter, Observational Registry to Collect Information on the Safety and Effectiveness of Gliadel? Wafer (Carmustine Implant) Used in Usual Medical Practice
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