Dr. Heyer retired after 25 years as a neuroanesthesiologist at Columbia. During his time here he forged close relationships with our neurosurgeons, working in collaboration with them in many different areas related to neurosurgery.
The pair worked together for 15 years on a project to identify factors leading to a poor cognitive (brain function) outcome after carotid endarterectomy, a surgical procedure in which obstructing plaque buildup is removed from the carotid artery.
Dr. Heyer and Dr. Connolly created a database of patients having carotid endarterectomy surgery at Columbia, including the results of cognitive testing before and after the surgery. They were able to use this information to identify factors that led to poor outcomes, paving the way for treatments to improve outcomes.
Congratulations, Dr. Heyer—we wish you all the best!
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