After seventeen years in a private neurosurgical practice in Northern Virginia, I joined the academic practice of neurosurgery in Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh about 10 years ago. My private practice experience was not typicalâ€”I spent seven years on the Institutional Review Board at Inova Fairfax Hospital and five years as a reviewer on a variety of NIH Study Sections. I was heavily involved in brain injury pharmaceutical trials during that time through the American Brain Injury Consortium based in Richmond, VA. During that time, I founded and ran the Washington Computer Assisted Surgery Society meetings held in the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD. Since I joined the Department of Neurosurgery at Allegheny General Hospital in 2004, I have pursued academic collaborations to develop the ideas put forward in this proposal. In addition to my rank as an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery (Drexel), I am an adjunct at Carnegie Mellon University in both the Robotics Institute and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. I have taught the â€œSurgery for Engineersâ€ course there for 15 semesters and am co-advise Doctoral and Masters students.
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