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Peripheral Nerve Surgery: Dr. Winfree on the Cutting Edge

Winfree in the lab, researching peripheral nerves

Dr. Christopher Winfree has had a keen interest in peripheral nerve surgery since his early days as a neurosurgeon. In the years since, that interest has evolved into a world-renowned reputation.

He completed a unique fellowship program in peripheral nerve surgery after finishing his general training in neurosurgery at Columbia.

Today he heads the Peripheral Nerve Center at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital. When he isn’t consulting with patients and performing surgery, Dr. Winfree spends his time researching peripheral nerves. (That’s him in his research lab above left.)

His current research interest is fascinating. It’s about treating spinal cord injury using a new technique called nerve transfer. Read an account of this research published by Dr. Winfree and his colleague Dr. Alfred Ogden here: Spinal Cord Bypass Surgery Feasibility Study Published. And read here about a patient who had the procedure done by Dr. Winfree: Spinal Cord Bypass Surgery “Breathes” New Life into Man’s Legs.

And when he isn’t consulting with patients, performing surgery, or conducting research…the busy Dr. Winfree can be found instructing fellow neurosurgeons about peripheral nerves. At the most recent meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Dr. Winfree was on the faculty for a course called “Peripheral Nerve Anatomy and Surgery.”

Dr. Winfree was among ten senior neurosurgeons to teach the course, and the students were neurosurgeons from around the country and the world. The course gave the attendees hands-on practice with nerve anatomy and common surgical approaches to nerves. The course also discussed the techniques of nerve reconstruction and nerve transfer.

When it comes to peripheral nerve surgery, it’s fair to say that Dr. Winfree is always on the cutting edge.

Dr. Winfree also specializes in peripheral nerve cancer surgerynerve and muscle biopsies, pain neurosurgery, Gamma Knife radiosurgery and spasticity. His research interests also include the use of neuro-stimulation to treat chronic pain disorders.

Learn more about Dr. Winfree on his bio page here.


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