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Chairman Solomon Featured in ‘AANS Neurosurgeon’

Dr.Robert SolomonDr. Robert Solomon, Byron Stookey Professor of Neurosurgery and Chairman and Director of Service here at Columbia’s Department of Neurosurgery, was interviewed recently for a featured article in AANS Neurosurgeon.

AANS Neurosurgeon is an official online publication of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons that features “information and analysis for contemporary neurosurgical practice” written by and for neurosurgeons.

Below is an excerpt from the interview where Dr. Solomon talks about his career from his residency at the Department of Neurosurgery at Columbia University Medical Center to his Chairmanship of that same department:

When I was a resident, all subarachnoid hemorrhage patients at our institution (and the vast majority of hospitals across the country) were sedated, treated with antihypertensives and kept on bed rest for 10 to 14 days before it was felt safe to clip their aneurysm. About 50 percent died of rebleeding and vasospasm. My first clinical research project as a resident documented that SAH [subarachnoid hemorrhage] patients who developed symptomatic vasospasm had a significantly greater reduction of intravascular volume than patients who did not develop delayed cerebral ischemia after rupture of an intracranial aneurysm. This finding allowed me, as an attending, to launch a program at Columbia of early aneurysm surgery, followed by prophylactic volume expansion. In the mid-1980s, this still was a highly controversial topic that is now universally accepted. Then, in my early 40s, I became chairman of neurosurgery at Columbia University. It was a great opportunity to build on the strength of a famous neurosurgery department. I am proud to have been able to expand the faculty and hold together a large group of individuals containing many national leaders and neurosurgeons who could have moved to other chairman jobs.

You can read the whole interview here or find it in Volume 22, Number 2, 2013 of AANS NEUROSURGEON.

If you’d like to hear more about his work, watch this terrific video of fashion designer Valentina, who survived a hereditary aneurysm with the help of Dr. Robert Solomon. You can also read her story in our blog, Fashion Designer Inspired by Her Neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Solomon.

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