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Julie Pilitsis MD, PhD
American Board of Neurological Surgery, 2011
AMC Neurosurgery Group
47 New Scotland Avenue, MC 10
Physicians Pavilion, 1st Floor
Albany, NY 12208
Tel: (518) 262-5088
06/01/2000 - 05/31/2002
Wayne State University
07/01/2006 - 06/30/2007
Rush University Medical Center
07/01/1998 - 06/30/2006
Wayne State University
08/1994 - 05/21/1998
Albany Medical College
Julie G. Pilitsis MD, PhD is the only neurosurgeon in the region with subspecialty fellowship training in functional neurosurgery. She has many years of experience in the use of Deep Brain Stimulation to treat patients with essential tremor, Parkinson’s disease and dystonia and has a PhD in neurophysiology.
Dr. Pilitsis completed her neurosurgical residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. During that time, she also obtained a PhD in neurophysiology and became active in both basic science and translational research. She went on to complete a fellowship in Functional Neurosurgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL with Dr. Roy Bakay. She served as director of functional neurosurgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center. She returned to her alma mater Albany Medical College as an associate professor in 2011.
Recently, Dr. Pilitsis participated in the American Parkinson Disease Association’s Northeast Young Onset Conference and delivered remarks titled: Deep Brain Stimulation: What to Expect from Surgery and After. Watch Now. Additionally, Dr. Pilitsis has a great deal of experience with the surgical management of chronic pain, specifically using stimulation techniques, and performs general adult brain and spine surgeries.
Deep Brain Stimulation is the implantation of an electrode in the area of the brain that controls movement. The electrode is then connected it to a battery in the chest much like a pacemaker. Dr. Pilitsis describes how Deep Brain Stimulation can improve a patient’s quality of life:
“Functional neurosurgery is about improving the quality of life of patients. Though deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s and Essential Tremor does not stop the disease, its dramatic ability to treat symptoms is amazing. Patients and families frequently tell me how this operation gave them their life back. People that know I perform the operation and know someone that has had it, go out of their way to tell me about the differences it has made. There is no greater gift or honor than to be able to help people to become more independent in their interactions, their day to day living, and their overall ability to live.”
Dr. Pilitsis is active in organized neurosurgery at a national level, currently serving as President-Elect of the Pain Section, President-Elect of Women in Neurosurgery, Executive Council member of the Stereotactic and Functional Section and Chair of the publications committee of the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies. She continues to actively publish and perform research in the field.
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