Penn State Hershey Neurosurgery
Penn State Hershey Neurosurgery is actively involved in the treatment of conditions involving the brain, skull, spine, and nervous system.
Nationally and Internationally Recognized Staff
Our staff has received national and international recognition with expert physicians and researchers in every subspecialty of neurosurgery. Our staff cares for patients of all ages and from all walks of life, and is equipped with the knowledge and experience to treat many different kinds of conditions.
Leading the Medical Community
Penn State Hershey Neurosurgery is among the first to offer the latest procedures and the most modern multidisciplinary approach to treatments. Neuro-oncology offers protocols for the treatment of patients with benign and malignant brain and spinal cord tumors.
Harbaugh Named Society of Neurological Surgeons President
Robert E. Harbaugh M.D., FAANS, FACS, FAHA, director of the Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Institute and distinguished professor and chair of Penn State Hershey Neurosurgery, was selected as President of the Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS) at its annual meeting June 8, 2015. Harvey Cushing, M.D., the founder of neurosurgery, was the first president of the SNS in 1920, making it the oldest neurosurgical society in the world.
The SNS, comprised of Neurosurgical Department Chairs and other senior educational leaders, holds the following as its principal missions: fostering neurosurgical research, developing neurosurgical curricula and educating medical students, neurosurgical residents and neurosurgery fellows. Membership in the SNS is limited to 200 active members.
Zacko Receives Citation from Neurocritical Care Society
Christopher Zacko, M.D., Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of Neurotrauma and Neurocritical Care, has been presented with the Presidential Citation from the Neurocritical Care Society. He was given this citation for his continual support and dedication to the society, as well as strengthening the Society's neurocritical care community through his extraordinary efforts and contributions.
Semyon Slobounov Publishes Book on Concussions in Athletics
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Semyon (Sam) Slobounov, professor of kinesiology and neurosurgery at Penn State, has published a book titled "Concussions in Athletics: From Brain to Behavior." The book offers state-of-the-art clinical guidance on diagnosing and treating concussion, the latest research findings and implications written by an international panel of experts and advanced brain imaging findings to delineate the hidden symptoms of concussion. Learn More >>
Penn State Hershey performs 1,000th Gamma Knife procedure
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center recently completed its 1,000th Gamma Knife radiosurgery procedure. Gamma Knife radiosurgery uses a single dose of radiation instead of a surgeon's scalpel to treat a wide range of diseases, including both benign and malignant tumors, Parkinson's disease, vascular malformation and lesions that cause epilepsy.
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Penn State Hershey Recognized for Quality Care for Heart Failure and Stroke Patients
Medical Center receives Gold Plus and Honor Roll designations for both programs
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has recognized Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for its ongoing commitment to providing high-level care to heart failure and stroke patients.
The Medical Center has received the Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award through the Get With The Guidelines program. Learn More >>
Experts and patients discuss brain tumor diagnosis, treatment and recovery
Stroke survivor stories
Patients and physicians discuss the latest treatments of back pain and spinal injuries
Discovering treatment options for essential tremor
Experts and patients discuss the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of carotid artery disease
Restless legs syndrome
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- Better definition needed for reasonable medical certainty in child abuse cases Physicians use different definitions of "reasonable medical certainty" when testifying as expert witnesses in child abuse cases. The variability is troubling because it could result in flawed rulings, according to researchers at Penn State College of Medicine. In court cases involving alleged child abuse, expert medical witnesses are asked to testify if abuse has occurred and when. Attorneys commonly ask expert witnesses to express their opinions in terms of reasonable medical certainty. However, there is no clear legal definition for the term.More...
- The art of medicine Imagine trying to paint a copy of one of Vincent van Gogh’s or Claude Monet's works — without being able to look at it. Instead you can ask a partner short, close-ended questions and do your best. That was one of the challenges students faced as part of the class “Impressionism and the Art of Communication.” The monthlong class, which Dr. Michael Flanagan taught for the first time in January, gives Penn State College of Medicine students a chance to approach what they’re learning from a new direction.More...