1. Partnering with Hospitals
  2. Healthcare Quality and Value
  3. Managing Change
  4. Leadership and Organizational Culture
  5. Electronic Health Record
  6. Patient Satisfaction
  7. Workforce: Training and Education
  8. Design and Function
  9. Finance and Strategy
  10. General Healthcare
  11. Clinical Medicine
  12. Scientific Research
  13. Books


Partnering with Hospitals
Important Opportunities for Partnering with Hospitals – 2014
Competitive Kaisers:  The future of American healthcare is vertically integrated accountable care organizations where patient members pay for health care instead of health insurance - 2013
Philanthropy funding for neurosurgery research and program development – 2013
The neurosurgeon’s role in integrated health systems - 2012     
Hospital boards changing with new challenges – 2012
Physician employment:  It will work this time – 2011
Building the Business Case for Neurosurgery – 2009
How Hospitals See Profitability – 2009

Healthcare Quality and Value
HCAHPS replaces Press Ganey survey as quality measure for patient hospital Experience – 2012               
Comparative effectiveness research:  policy and politics - 2012
Creating Shared Health Care Value - 2011
Comparative effectiveness research:  is it progress – 2010

Managing Change
Changing our Culture - 2014
Engineering breakthrough research:  High-tech has it hardwired - 2011  
Restructuring of Multidisciplinary Scientific Meetings Improves Valuable Exchange of Information – 2011
Diving into the Pool:  Effecting Change Through Our Participation - 2009

Leadership and Organizational Culture
Failure:  the key to success.  Neurosurgery - 2012            
Bridging the generations for successful neurosurgery practice – 2012
Decision-driven change management:  A model from business for healthcare - 2010       
Diving into the pool.  Effecting change through our participation - 2009  
Working together to achieve greatness - 2000   
The HMO alternative – Kaiser Employment - 1999            

Electronic Health Record
Electronic Health Record:  Neurosurgeons Define Meaningful Use – 2013
Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program - 2013
Clinical decision support systems:  Key to making EHR an improvement - 2012    
Meeting meaningful use objectives for electronic health record implementation – 2011
Managing information overload to regain efficiency and focus - 2010      

Patient Satisfaction
Patient Satisfaction: Friend or Foe - 2013
Above all, Do no Harm - 2013
Checklists Don’t Save Lives, People Do – 2013
HCAHPS replaces Press Ganey survey as quality measure for patient hospital experience – 2012               

Workforce: Training and Education
Scaling Neurosurgery’s Mt. Everest: Are we All Icons – 2014
In-training factors predictive of choosing and sustaining a productive academic career path in neurological surgery – 2011
Efficacy of neurosurgery resident education in the new millennium: the 2008 council of state neurosurgical societies post-residency survey results - 2010
The Future of Neurosurgery:  A white paper on the recruitment and retention of women in neurosurgery - 2008             

Design and Function
Our Future is Now; Our Future is Sustainable – 2012
Form facilitates function:  innovations in architecture and design drive quality and efficiency in healthcare – 2010
Key factors contributing to the success of clinician investigators:  converting K08 and K23 to R01 awards - 2010

Finance and Strategy
Competitive Kaisers:  The future of American healthcare is vertically integrated accountable care organizations where patient members pay for health care instead of health insurance - 2013
Philanthropy funding for neurosurgery research and program development – 2013
Disaster management in the era of lean healthcare - 2013           
Thy Will be Done (Now) - 2013.
Review of closed-claim malpractice litigation in neurosurgery – 2011
Creating Shared Health Care Value – 2011

General Healthcare
Managing an online reputation – 2013
Accomplishing much with Dedicated Volunteers - 2012.
We are Neurosurgery, Helping Humanity – 2012               
If It Were Only Brain Surgery - 2008.
Geographical Neurosurgery Workforce Analysis from 1990 to 2005 Improves Our Understanding of the Role of Market Factors – 2008
Response to tobacco industry advertising - 1985   

Clinical Medicine
Safely Returning an Athlete to Play – 2011
Obesity.  What are the Complications for your Patients – 2008
Obesity and Anesthetic Care.  Implications for Neurosurgical Patient – 2008
Myelopathy as a complication of intrathecal drug infusion systems - 2007
Combination Therapy with Thalidomide, Temozolomide, and Tamoxifen Improves Quality of Life in Patients with Malignant Astrocytomas – 2007
Meningioangiomatosis associated with neurofibromatosis: report of 2 cases in a single family and review of the literature - 2006.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Tumors of the Spine.  An Anatomical Approach to Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery – 2006
Safety and efficacy of stereotactic radiosurgery for tumors of the spine – 2004
Knife wound to the posterior fossa in a child - 2004
Use of stereotactic intensity-modulated radiotherapy in thyroid-related ophthalmopathy - 2004
Safety and efficacy of high-dose chemotherapy with autologous stem cell transplantation for patients with malignant astrocytomas - 2004
Safety of multiple stereotactic radiosurgery treatments for multiple brain lesions - 2003
Sympathectomy for chronic pain management - 2003
Update on treatment modalities for optic nerve sheath meningiomas - 2003
Traumatic brain injury in the elderly: increased mortality and worse functional outcome at discharge despite lower severity - 2002
Levetiracetam monotherapy for adults with localization-related epilepsy – 2002
Optic nerve sheath meningiomas:  visual improvement after stereotactic radiotherapy - 2002
Tandem high dose chemotherapy for patients with malignant brain tumors - 1999
Pediatric Cranial Golf Club Injuries--The Tiger Woods Syndrome - 1998
Development and Clinical Applications of Stereotactic Radiosurgery -1997
Sensorimotor cortex localization by magnetic source imaging and by intraoperative brain mapping: use of the ISG viewing wand for objective comparison - 1996   
The role of stereotactic radiosurgery in the treatment of intracranial tumors and vascular malformations – 1995
Correlation of functional magnetic source imaging with intraoperative cortical stimulation in neurosurgical patients. Journal of Image Guided Surgery – 1995
Intramedullary abscess: An unusual manifestation of a dermal sinus.  Case report.  American Journal of Neuroradiology - 1993
Early single-stage repair of complex craniofacial trauma - 1992
Intramedullary epidermoid associated with an intramedullary spinal abscess secondary to a dermal sinus – 1992
The Outcome Following Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury -1992  
Aneurysms of the distal anterior cerebral artery in infants -1990               

Scientific Research
Mutant human tumor suppressor p53 modulates the activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase and nuclear factor-jappaB, but not c-Jun N=terminal kinase and activated protein-1 -2006
Mortality risk after head injury increases at 30 years - 2003
Immunohistochemical evaluation of erbB-2 and P53 protein expression in benign and atypical human meningiomas - 1996
Expression pattern of alpha-PKC in human astrocytomas indicates a role in malignant progression - 1992

Books
DL Benzil and KM Muraszko, Eds. Heart of a Lion, Hands of a Woman: What Women Neurosurgeons Do. Donning Company Publishers, 2009.




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