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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

As the only Academic Medical Center in New Hampshire, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System have many active trials that are enrolling patients across the system.

A clinical trial/study is research in which people can participate and is one of the final steps in the process to look for better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat your condition. The purpose of a clinical trial/study is to research the effectiveness of a treatment, medication, experimental drug, or device. Many of the "standard treatments" that patients receive today were developed based on the results of previous clinical trials.

View the list of neurosurgery clinical trials with which this program is currently involved. Consider joining a trial today, you could help change the future of medicine.

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