The Neuroanesthesiology Fellowship Program at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center provides a unique experience at an extremely busy hospital where about twenty-one hundred neurosurgical cases are performed annually. In addition, a number of faculty members have laboratories in which they conduct research that directly relates to the central nervous system. These laboratories are an integral component of our training program.
The fellowship program is designed to provide fellows with the skills necessary to become academic Neurosurgical Anesthesiologists at a time when major advances are being made in surgery, radiology, anesthesiology and neuroscience. The neurosurgical anesthesiology fellowship program has two tracks, which emphasize different interests; one is clinical, the other is research. In order to accomplish this, fellows primarily in the clinical track will have extensive clinical experience including patient management where appropriate within the operating room, neuroradiology suite, Neurosurgery/Neurology Intensive Care Unit and clinical electrophysiology laboratory. Fellows will also participate in research projects either laboratory based or clinical. Fellows in the research track will engage in ongoing research projects and develop their own research area. Their time will be spent primarily performing research.
Clinical fellows will learn both the fundamentals of cardiovascular and neurologic monitoring techniques, including transesophageal echocardiography, electroencephalography, evoked potential monitoring and blood flow monitoring techniques using xenon and transcranial Doppler ultrasonography. These skills will be acquired by rotations with clinical electrophysiologists, cardiologists, invasive neuroradiologists, and neurointensivists. Many members of the neurosurgical anesthesiology team are actively involved in clinical and laboratory based research projects. It is expected that a fellow will participate in one or more of these projects.
The clinical rotations will consist of two to three months each of Clinical Neurophysiology, Neurosurgery/Neurology Intensive Care, and Neuroradiology. First, the fellow will learn the basis of recording and interpretation of electroencephalography, and evoked potential monitoring (somatosensory, motor and brainstem auditory evoked potentials). Second, the fellow will become aware of the requirements for management of invasive neuroradiologic procedures. And third, the fellow will understand the important pre- and postoperative issues, which are essential to manage intraoperatively patients with neurosurgical lesions.
Fellows will provide anesthesia for neurosurgical cases. These will be assigned based on their complexity.
Eric J Heyer, MD, PhD, Chief
Zirka H Anastasian, MD
Mitchell F Berman, MD
A. Donald Finck, MD
Shailendra Joshi, MD
Eugene Ornstein, PhD, MD
Joseph Rumley, MD
John Van Driest, MD
Mark Weller, MD
Current Fellow 2012/13 and 2013/14:
E. Thomas Yocum, MD – (Dr. Yocum is also doing a NIH T32 2 year fellowship)
David Mintz, MD, PhD – Columbia University
Laura Friedman, MD – Columbia University
Zirka H Anastasian, MD - Cornell University
Claudia Praetel, MD – University of Florida
Maria Bustillo, MD – Columbia University
Paolo Trubiano, MD – St Lukes-Roosevelt – Columbia University
Joy Graham, MD – Columbia University
David C. Adams, MD – Columbia University
John Van Driest, MD – University of Geneva
Fellowship Application Checklist
For further information write or contact:
Eric J. Heyer, MD, PhD
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
and Clinical Neurology
Director, Division of Neurosurgical Anesthesia
630 West 168th Street (PH5-523)
New York, NY 10032