AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 29, Number 1, 2020


Video Feature: Neurosurgical Patient Shares His Story

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Tim Engberg is vice president for ambulatory care at Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, Stanford, Calif. He became my patient when he presented with terrible neck pain and arm weakness. Diagnosed with an epidural abscess, he had to be rushed emergently to surgery.

Tim developed this video telling his story. His courage in sharing this highly personal ordeal is tremendous. The video is used for our new hires at Stanford Hospital. His eloquence in describing his experience — the loneliness, the fear over undergoing surgery — offers perspective on the experiences our patients face every day. Watching this video is truly revelatory. Tim has been kind enough to share this video with the readers of AANS Neurosurgeon, and I am proud to be able to share his message.


Watch this video for Tim Engberg’s discussion of his experience as a neurosurgical patient. The video appears in AANS Neurosurgeon through the courtesy of Stanford Healthcare.


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