Message from the Chair, Alan Boulos, MD
Welcome to the Department of Neurosurgery. Our program comprises 12 world-class neurosurgeons providing increasingly diverse and complex surgical care to patients with a wide range of neurological conditions, ensuring that Albany Medical Center offers the most advanced neurosurgical services available in the region. Beyond traditional neurosurgical procedures, we are committed to an interdisciplinary treatment approach by working with specialists in neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and pain management.
Our highly skilled team of neurosurgeons and midlevel providers has subspecialty expertise in the following areas:
- Brain Tumors
- Cerebrovascular Surgery
- Endovascular Surgery
- Epilepsy Surgery
- Pediatric Neurosurgery
- Skull Base Surgery
- Spine Surgery
- Functional Surgery
- Restorative Surgery
- Peripheral Nerve Surgery
To make services more accessible and convenient, we now see patients at offices in Glens Falls, Malta, Latham, Delmar, North Greenbush, Kingston, and Poughkeepsie, NY and we are operating at Glens Falls Hospital, and Albany Medical Center. In the fall of 2014, we plan to also operate out of Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.
The neurosurgery faculty is committed to enhancing the quality of residency and medical student training and education. The 7-year accredited neurosurgical resident training program at Albany Medical Center is one of the oldest in the country and encompasses all aspects of neurosurgical practice. Neurosurgery residents have successfully matched within the best fellowships in the country and our residents have received numerous research awards both nationally and locally.
The Department also upholds a strong tradition of research at Albany Med. Our faculty physicians have held NIH and other extramural grants supporting translational research and are increasingly productive in clinical and outcomes research, analyzing the impact that minimal access spinal surgery has made on outcomes, deep brain stimulation has made on functional outcomes, and the impact endovascular procedures have made on cerebrovascular patient outcomes.
Several recent developments in neurosurgery are to be celebrated at Albany Med. In 2013, a new 15-bed neurosurgical ICU opened, providing a comprehensive approach to caring for patients with severe neurological injuries or conditions who require round-the-clock critical care. A new specialized OR suite now enables surgeon’s greater precision during brain and spinal surgeries by utilizing intra-operative CT scanning when necessary. Our neurosurgeons have been using the “Solitaire” clot-removal system since its approval by the FDA in March 2013 and remain the only surgeons in the region to use the device. Doing this procedure, we have seen several cases that the device has dramatically improve survival and reduce neurological disability from stroke.
An important achievement was the granting of Department status to the former Division of Neurosurgery in January 2014. This recognition of the strong expertise of the neurosurgery program will enable the Department to continue to pursue clinical, academic, and research excellence through continued recruitment and retention of world-class subspecialty neurosurgeons and translational research physicians.
I invite you to learn more about the Department of Neurosurgery on our webpages.
Alan Boulos, MD
Chair of Neurosurgery