AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 4, 2018

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Neurosurgical Training in 25 Years

Neurosurgical Training in 25 Years

Salah G. Aoun, MD; H. Hunt Batjer, MD, FAANS

“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future”. - Yogi Berra Envisioning the future of a field as broad and complex as neurosurgery is quite a daunting task; anticipating the educational and training needs of the …

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How Artificial Intelligence Is Transforming Neurosurgery

How Artificial Intelligence Is Transforming Neurosurgery

Laura Stone McGuire, MD

Sci-fi is becoming reality for medicine as technology rapidly evolves. Artificial intelligence (AI) is a key factor impacting everything, including diagnosis, prognosis and management of disease. Neurosurgery, like all of medicine, will see significant transformation …

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Stem Cells in Neurosurgery: Panacea on the Horizon?

Stem Cells in Neurosurgery: Panacea on the Horizon?

Clemens M. Schirmer, MD, PhD, FAANS

Medical news, like all news, blatantly works to grab our attention with hyperbolic claims about miracle interventions. Countless newsletters and updates (once a blessing, now a curse from which it is impossible to unsubscribe) extol …

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The Future of Diversity in Neurosurgery

The Future of Diversity in Neurosurgery

Travis Hamilton, MD; Ellen L. Air, MD, PhD, FAANS

Will diversity finally shatter the hallowed halls of neurosurgery? If diversity does gain a foothold, what are the implications for neurosurgeons and our patients? Looking ahead, the question of diversity is critical to the future …

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Virtual Neurosurgery: The Future is Here

Virtual Neurosurgery: The Future is Here

Peter A. Rasmussen, MD, FAANS

Imagine practicing neurosurgery in a time and place where patients come in person only to see you at the time of their surgery. Sound far-fetched? Impossible? Not really, as that world exists today. Through the …

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Call to Arms with Big Data

Call to Arms with Big Data

Daniel Cleary, MD, PhD; Sharona Ben-Haim, MD

The tools for the next major disruption in neurosurgery are already here, we just have to leverage them. Large data sets from our daily lives will allow insights into health that, when merged on national …

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The Future of Pain Control

The Future of Pain Control

Lara Massie, MD; Jason M. Schwalb, MD, FAANS; Richard Rammo, MD

The Rise and Fall of Pain Treatment In addition to developing treatments to address pathology and disease, the evolution of neurosurgery has been closely tied with innovations that alleviate pain and suffering. Some seminal examples that …

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Looking into the Future ... Spine Surgery in 2050

Looking into the Future ... Spine Surgery in 2050

Anand Veeravagu, MD; Allen L. Ho, MD; Martin N. Stienen, MD, FEBNS; John K. Ratliff, MD, FAANS; Atman Desai, MD

Vision #1 from Dr. Steinen, Dr. Ho, Dr. Desai and Dr. Veeravagu Spine surgery in the year 2050 is diverse. Decades of big-data collection combined with machine learning algorithms have provided us with robust tools to …

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Science is We: Neurosurgical Research 2030 and Beyond

Science is We: Neurosurgical Research 2030 and Beyond

Russell R. Lonser, MD, FAANS; Shelly D. Timmons, MD, PhD, FACS, FAANS; E. Antonio Chiocca, MD, PhD, FAANS

Amazon launched software that can extract data from patient records late in 2018. Clearly, mega-businesses recognize the potential for big data to transform healthcare in many ways.  This trend, coupled with computer capacity, computer learning …

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Healthcare at Your Fingertips

Healthcare at Your Fingertips

Ghaith Habboub, MD; Thomas E. Mroz, MD

Many aspects of artificial intelligence (AI) have the potential to impact medicine. For example, AI making medical decisions is thought to be unattainable in the near future. Given today’s access to “big data,” opportunities to …

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Improvements through Augmented Reality

Improvements through Augmented Reality

Robert D. Ecker, MD, FAANS

Augmented reality (AR), or the superimposition of computer generated sensory input on the real world, and Virtual reality (VR), the complete sensory immersion in a computer generated world, are powerful technologies that will be progressively …

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The Future of Robot-assisted Spine Surgery

The Future of Robot-assisted Spine Surgery

Siri Sahib S. Khalsa, MD

The culture of constant innovation and technological advancement is a factor that attracts many to pursue a career in neurosurgery. On the forefront is robotic assistance in the operating room. Spine Robotics Today The current generation of …

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The Future of Battlefield Neurotrauma

The Future of Battlefield Neurotrauma

Donald W. Marion, MD, MSc

Battlefield neurotrauma care in the United States Military Health System (MHS) is rapidly changing and will encounter real and virtual threats from adversaries. It is projected that the future strategies the U.S. Military will employ …

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Future Trends in Brain Tumor Diagnosis

Future Trends in Brain Tumor Diagnosis

Daniel Orringer, MD, FAANS

The clinical practice of brain tumor diagnosis is entering a period of dramatic change and stands to be profoundly transformed over the next decade by advances in our understanding of tumor biology and emerging technologies. …

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It’s Time for Neurosurgeons to Take a Crack at Obesity

It’s Time for Neurosurgeons to Take a Crack at Obesity

Alexander C. Whiting, MD; Michael Y. Oh, MD, FAANS

For decades, most interventions for obesity have failed. Innovative neurosurgical interventions of the future may just provide sustainable and significant results. National Epidemic It is no secret that obesity is a national epidemic. According to the Centers …

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