Current Residents

Ephraim Church, M.D.

Ephraim Church, M.D.

Neurosurgical Resident

Class Year: PGY-5

Department/Institute/Center(s):

  • Department of Neurosurgery

Contact Information:

  • Phone: 717-531-1279
  • Fax: 717-531-3858

Education:

Medical Doctorate
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
2011

Neurological Surgery Residency
Penn State University College of Medicine
Hershey, PA
2011-present

Clinical Interests:

  • Cerebrovascular neurosurgery
  • Endovascular neurosurgery
     

Research Interests:

  • Cerebrovascular neurosurgery
  • Endovascular neurosurgery
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Medical ethics

Publications:

Book Chapters:Church EW, Rizk E, Sheehan JM. Resection of solitary brain metastases. In J Sheehan and P. Gerszten (Eds.),Controversies in stereotactic radiosurgery. Thieme. 2014.

Halpern CH, Church E, Wolf JA, Bale TL, Stunkard AJ, Jaggi JL, Grady MS, Wadden T, Baltuch GH.
Neurosurgery in the treatment of obesity. In P. Vinai (Ed.), Pathways to obesity and main roads to recovery.
Nova Science Publishers Incorporated. 2011.

Original papers

Brown TJ, Brennan MC, Li M, Church EW, Brandmeir, NJ, Rakszawski K, Patel AS, Rizk EB, Suki D, Sawaya R., Glantz M. Association of Extent of Resection with Survival in Glioblastoma: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. JAMA Oncol. Accepted

Church EW, Sieg EP, Zalatimo O, Hussain NS, Glantz MJ, Harbaugh RE. Systematic review and meta-analysis
of chiropractic care and cervical artery dissection: No evidence for causation. Cureus. 2016;8(2):e498.

Faught RWF, Church EW, Halpern CH, Balmuri U, Attiah MA, Stein SC, Dante SJ, Welch WC, Simeone FA.
Long-term quality of life after posterior cervical foraminotomy for radiculopathy. Clin Neurol Neurosurg.
2016;142:22-25.

Church EW, Anderson BL, Bogason ET, Brandmeir N, Daggubati LC, Davanzo J, Hussain NS, Lane J, McDermott D, Payne R, Rohatgi P, Savaliya S, Sieg EP, Ziu E. Journal club: Neurosurgical practice liability: Relative risk by procedure type. Neurosurgery. 2016;78(2):306-8.

Skjei KL, Church EW, Harding BN, Holland-Bouley KD, Clancy RR, Porter BE, Heuer GG, Marsh ED.Clinical and histopathological outcomes in patients with SCN1A mutations undergoing surgery for epilepsy. JNeurosurg Pediatr. 2015;16(6):668-74.

Church EW, Halpern CH, Faught R, Balmuri U, Attiah M, Hayden S, Kerr M, Maloney-Wilensky E, Bynum J,
Dante SJ, Welch WC, Simeone FA. Posterior cervical foraminotomy for radiculopathy: Symptomatic and
functional outcomes in a large cohort with long-term follow-up. Surg Neurol Int. 2014;5(Suppl 15):S536-43.

Payne R, Bogason E, Anderson B, Brandmeir N, Church E, Cooke J, Davies G, Hussain N, Patel A, Rohatgi P,
Sieg E, Zalatimo O, Ziu E, Davanzo J. Journal club: The impact of body mass index on hospital stay and
complications after spinal fusion. Neurosurgery. 2014;75(5):599-601.

Anderson BL, Bogason E, Brandmeir N, Church E, Cooke J, Davanzo J, Davies G, Hussain N, Patel A, Payne
R, Rohatgi P, Sieg E, Zalatimo O. Journal club: National variability in intracranial pressure monitoring and
craniotomy for children with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. Neurosurgery. 2014;75(2):191-3. 

Rohatgi P, Anderson B, Bogason E, Brandmeir N, Church E, Cooke J, Davanzo J, Davies G, Hussain N, Patel
A, Payne R, Sieg E, Zalatimo O, Ziu E. Journal club: Magnetic resonance imaging-guided focused laser
interstitial thermal therapy for intracranial lesions: Single-institution series. Neurosurgery. 2014;74(5):562-4.

Bogason E, Anderson B, Brandmeir NJ, Church EW, Cooke J, Davanzo J, Davies GM, Patel AS, Payne R,
Rohatgi P, Sieg E, Zalatimo O, Ziu E. Journal club: The epidemiology of admissions of nontraumatic
subarachnoid hemorrhage in the United States. Neurosurgery. 2014;74(2):227-9.

Church EW, Anderson B, Bogason E, Brandmeir NJ, Cooke J, Davies GM, Kainth K, Kelleher J, Patel AS,
Payne R, Rohatgi P, Sieg E, Zalatimo O. Journal club: the impact of provider volume on the outcomes after
surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis. Neurosurgery. 2013;72(2):E314-7.

Whitmore RG, Urban C, Church E, Ruckenstein M, Stein SC, Lee JY. Decision analysis of treatment options
for vestibular schwannoma. J Neurosurg. 2011;114(2):400-13.

Kilpatrick M, Church E, Danish S, Stiefel M, Jaggi J, Halpern C, Kerr M, Maloney E, Robinson M, Lucki I, Krizman-Grenda E, Baltuch G. Intracerebral microdialysis during deep brain stimulation surgery. J Neurosci Methods. 2010;190(1):106-11.

Lee JY, Chen HI, Urban C, Hojat A, Church E, Xie SX, Farrar JT. Development of and psychometric testing for
the Brief Pain Inventory-Facial in patients with facial pain syndromes. J Neurosurg. 2010;113(3):516-23.

Bauman JA, Church E, Halpern CH, Danish SF, Zaghloul KA, Jaggi JL, Stein SC, Baltuch GH. Subcutaneous
heparin for prophylaxis of venous thromboembolism in deep brain stimulation surgery: Evidence from a
decision analysis. Neurosurgery. 2009;65(2):276-80.

Connolly PJ, Kilpatrick M, Jaggi JL, Church E, Baltuch GH. Feasibility of an operational standardized checklist
for movement disorder surgery. A pilot study. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2009;87(2):94-100.

Oral abstracts

Brown TJ, Brennan MC, Church EW, Brandmeir NJ, Rakszawski KL, Suki D, Li M, Rizk EB, Sawaya R,
Glantz MJ. Better in the bucket: Extensive resection improves survival in glioblastoma. A systematic review
and meta-analysis of the world’s literature. Society for Neuro-Oncology, San Antonio, TX. November 19-22,
2015.

Church EW, Short KW, Patel AS, Cockroft KM, Drew PJ. Absence of cortical microvessel spasm during large
vessel spasm following experimental subarachnoid hemorrhage. Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society, Hershey,
PA. July 10, 2015.

Patel AS, Brong K, Church EW, Cockroft KM, Drew PJ. A novel model for studying cortical microvasculature
after subarachnoid hemorrhage. Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society, Hershey, PA. July 13, 2013.

Faught R, Church E, Halpern CH, Balmuri U, Attiah M, Hayden S, Kerr M, Maloney-Wilensky E, Bynum J,
Stein SC, Dante SJ, Welch WC, Simeone FA. Posterior cervical foraminotomy for cervical radiculopathy:
Symptomatic, functional and quality of life outcomes in 1085 cases with long-term follow-up. AANS/CNS
Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, Orlando, FL. March 9, 2012.

Church E, Kilpatrick MR, Halpern CH, Robinson MB, Lucki I, Jaggi JL, Baltuch GH. Intracerebral
microdialysis during deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinson’s disease. American Association of
Neurological Surgeons, San Diego, CA. May 6, 2009.

Whitmore RG, Lega BC, Heuer GG, Urban C, Church E, Ruckenstein M, Lee JY, Stein S. Decision analysis of treatment options for vestibular schwannoma. International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society, Seoul, South Korea. June 10, 2009.

Connolly PJ, Church E, Kilpatrick MR, Jaggi JL, Baltuch GH. Use of an operational standardized checklist for
movement disorder surgery. Academy of Neurological Surgeons, Sedona, Arizona. September 12, 2008.

Bauman JA, Church E, Halpern CH, Danish SF, Zaghloul KA, Jaggi JL, Baltuch GH. Subcutaneous heparin for
prophylaxis of venous thromboembolism in deep brain stimulation surgery. American Society for Stereotactic
and Functional Neurosurgery, Vancouver, British Columbia. June 3, 2008.

Kilpatrick MR, Church E, Halpern CH, Robinson MB, Lucki I, Jaggi JL, Baltuch GH. Intracerebral
microdialysis during deep brain stimulation. American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery,
Vancouver, British Columbia. June 3, 2008.

Church E, Griffith J, Zinbarg R, Mineka S. Retrieval training for autobiographical memory specificity. Stanford
Undergraduate Psychology Conference. May 7, 2005.

Poster abstracts

Brown TJ, Brennan MC, Li M, Church EW, Brandmeir NJ, Rakszawski K, Patel AS, Rizk EB, Suki D, Sawaya
R., Glantz M. Examining extent of resection and progression-free survival in glioblastoma: A systematic review
and meta-analysis. American Society of Clinical Oncology, Chicago, IL. June 3-7, 2016.

Short KW, Church EW, Patel AS, Cockroft KM, Drew PJ. Absence of cortical microvessel spasm during large
vessel spasm following experimental subarachnoid hemorrhage. International Stroke Conference, Los Angeles,
CA. February 17-19, 2016.

Church EW, Short KW, Patel AS, Cockroft KM, Drew PJ. Absence of cortical microvessel spasm and cerebral
perfusion change during large vessel spasm following experimental subarachnoid hemorrhage. AANS/CNS
Cerebrovascular Section, Los Angeles, CA. February 15-16, 2016.

Short KW, Church EW, Patel AS, Cockroft KM, Drew PJ. Microvessel, physiological and behavioral
measurements during large vessel spasm following experimental subarachnoid hemorrhage. American
Association of Neurological Surgeons, Chicago, IL. April 30-May 4, 2016.

Brown TJ, Brennan MC, Church EW, Brandmeir NJ, Rakszawski KL, Suki D, Li M, Rizk EB, Sawaya R,
Glantz MJ. Extent of resection prolongs survival in glioblastoma: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society, Hershey, PA. July 10-11, 2015.

Church EW, Sieg EP, Zalatimo O, Hussain NS, Glantz MJ, Harbaugh RE. Cervical manipulation does not cause
carotid and vertebral artery dissection. American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Washington, DC. May
2-6, 2015.

Church EW, Davies GM, Gaiteri D, McInerney J. A wound revision strategy for deep brain stimulation surgical
site infection. American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Washington DC. May 31-June 3,
2014.

Davies GM, Church EW, McInerney J. Use of povidone-iodine solution for irrigation during deep brain
stimulation surgery. American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Washington DC. May 31-
June 3, 2014.

Church EW, Huang C, Zalatimo O, Villanueva P. Minicraniotomy for chronic subdural hematoma.
Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society, Hershey, PA. July 20-21, 2012. 

Church E, Faught R, Halpern CH, Balmuri U, Attiah M, Hayden S, Kerr M, Maloney-Wilensky E, Bynum J,
Stein SC, Dante SJ, Welch WC, Simeone FA. Long-term quality of life in patients undergoing posterior cervical
foraminotomy for cervical radiculopathy. American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Miami, FL. April
16-18, 2012.

Church E, Faught R, Halpern CH, Balmuri U, Attiah M, Hayden S, Kerr M, Maloney-Wilensky E, Bynum J,
Dante SJ, Welch WC, Simeone FA. Posterior cervical foraminotomy for cervical radiculopathy: Symptomatic
and functional outcomes in 1085 cases with long-term follow-up. Congress of Neurological Surgeons,
Washington, DC. October 1-6, 2011.

Kramer DR, Church E, Halpern CH, Jaggi JL, Baltuch GH. Error minimization after one year of checklist use
for DBS procedures. American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, New York, NY. June 13-
17, 2010.

Urban C, Chen I, Hojat A, Church E, Lee JYK. Measurement of pain severity using validated outcome scales in
typical versus atypical trigeminal neuralgia. Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Orlando, FL. September 20-
25, 2008 

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