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Faculty Rank: Professor
Medical or Graduate Education:
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Rush University Medical Center - Neurological Surgery
Cancer surgery, brain
Seizure focus resection
Skull base surgery
Skull base tumors
Vagus nerve stimulation
Surgical treatment of epilepsy
Below is a list of scientific publications for which this practitioner was either the primary author or a contributor. Citations come from PubMed, a database of biomedical literature, life science journals and online books. PubMed is a service of the US Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Click on the title of the cited work for more information (this will take you directly to PubMed.gov). Listings go back five years.
Relevance of early head CT scans following neurosurgical procedures: an analysis of 892 intracranial procedures at Rush University Medical Center. Fontes RB, Smith AP, Muñoz LF, Byrne RW, Traynelis VC J. Neurosurg. 2014 May 30 :1-6. Chronic unlimited recording electrocorticography-guided resective epilepsy surgery: technology-enabled enhanced fidelity in seizure focus localization with improved surgical efficacy. DiLorenzo DJ, Mangubat EZ, Rossi MA, Byrne RW J. Neurosurg. 2014 Jun 120(6):1402-14. Retrosigmoid approach for resection of an extraventricular choroid plexus papilloma in the cerebellopontine angle. Tan LA, Fontes RB, Byrne RW Neurosurg Focus 2014 Jan 36(1 Suppl):1. Recurrent glioblastoma multiforme presents as a mirror image in the contralateral temporal lobe. Uy BR, Tan LA, Byrne RW Br J Neurosurg 2014 Feb 17 Impact of therapeutic regimen and clinical presentation on overall survival in CNS lymphoma. Kellogg RG, Straus DC, Karmali R, Munoz LF, Byrne RW Acta Neurochir (Wien) 2013 Sep 28 Chiari I malformation associated with atlanto-occipital assimilation presenting as orthopnea and cough syncope. Mangubat EZ, Wilson T, Mitchell BA, Byrne RW J Clin Neurosci 2013 Sep 27 Model-based simulation for early neurosurgical learners. Selden NR, Origitano TC, Hadjipanayis C, Byrne R Neurosurgery 2013 Oct 73 Suppl 1:S15-24. Differentiating ictal panic with low-grade temporal lobe tumors from psychogenic panic attacks. Ghods AJ, Ruban DS, Wallace D, Byrne RW J Clin Psychiatry 2013 Nov 74(11):1071-5. Editorial: Temporal lobectomy. Byrne RW. J Neurosurg. 2013 2013 May 24. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available. Neurological surgery milestones. Selden NR, Abosch A, Byrne RW, Harbaugh RE, Krauss WE, Mapstone TB, Sagher O, Zipfel GJ, Derstine PL, Edgar L J Grad Med Educ 2013 Mar 5(1 Suppl 1):24-35. Application of Novel CO2 Laser-Suction Device. Straus D, Moftakhar R, Fink Y, Patel D, Byrne RW J Neurol Surg B Skull Base 2013 Dec 74(6):358-63. Chronic epilepsy due to low grade temporal lobe tumors and due to hippocampal sclerosis: Do they differ in post-surgical outcome? Vannemreddy PS, Kanner AM, Smith MC, Rossi M, Wallace D, Vannemreddy SN, Byrne RW J. Neurooncol. 2013 Aug 17 Large cerebellar mass lesion: A rare intracranial manifestation of blastomycosis. Munich SA, Johnson AK, Ahuja SK, Venizelos A, Byrne RW Surg Neurol Int 2013 4:141. Microsurgical anatomy of the transsylvian translimen insula approach to the mediobasal temporal lobe: Technical considerations and case illustration. Straus D, Byrne RW, Sani S, Serici A, Moftakhar R Surg Neurol Int 2013 4:159. Intracranial cotton ball gossypiboma mimicking recurrent meningioma: report of a case with literature review for intentional and unintentional foreign body granulomas. Peloquin P, Vannemreddy PS, Watkins LM, Byrne RW. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2012 2012 Sep 114(7):1039-41. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2012.01.046. Epub 2012 Feb 22. No abstract available. Tailored temporal lobectomy for medically intractable epilepsy: evaluation of pathology and predictors of outcome. Falowski SM, Wallace D, Kanner A, Smith M, Rossi M, Balabanov A, Ouyang B, Byrne RW. Neurosurgery. 2012 2012 Sep 71(3):703-9; discussion 709. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0b013e318262161d. Practice on an Augmented Reality/Haptic Simulator and Library of Virtual Brains Improves Residents' Ability to Perform a Ventriculostomy. Yudkowsky R, Luciano C, Banerjee P, Schwartz A, Alaraj A, Lemole GM Jr, Charbel F, Smith K, Rizzi S, Byrne R, Bendok B, Frim D. Simul Healthc. 2012 2012 Oct 31. [Epub ahead of print] Cross-immunoreactivity between bacterial aquaporin-Z and human aquaporin-4: potential relevance to neuromyelitis optica. Ren Z, Wang Y, Duan T, Patel J, Liggett T, Loda E, Brahma S, Goswami R, Grouse C, Byrne R, Stefoski D, Javed A, Miller SD, Balabanov R. J Immunol. 2012 2012 Nov 1 189(9):4602-11. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.1200486. Epub 2012 Sep 24. Temporal lobe gangliogliomas associated with chronic epilepsy: Long-term surgical outcomes. Wallace D, Ruban D, Kanner A, Smith M, Pitelka L, Stein J, Vannemreddy PS, Whisler WW, Byrne RW. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2012 2012 Jun 21. [Epub ahead of print] High-grade glioma relationship to the neural stem cell compartment: a retrospective review of 104 cases. Marsh JC, Wendt JA, Herskovic AM, Diaz A, Gielda BT, Byrne RW. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2012 2012 Feb 1 82(2):e159-65. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2010.08.036. Epub 2011 May 16. Incidental aneurysms in temporal lobe epilepsy surgery: report of three cases and a review of the literature. Lad SP, Shannon L, Byrne RW. Br J Neurosurg. 2012 2012 Feb 26(1):69-74. doi: 10.3109/02688697.2011.601819. Epub 2011 Sep 7. Review. Corpus callosotomy with the CO2 laser suction device: a technical note. Falowski S, Byrne R. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2012 2012 90(3):137-40. doi: 10.1159/000336337. Epub 2012 Mar 2. Frontal sinus schwannoma: case report and review of literature. Mangubat EZ, Pitelka L, Petruzzelli GJ, Byrne RW Skull Base Rep 2011 May 1(1):17-22. Medically intractable temporal lobe epilepsy in patients with normal MRI: surgical outcome in twenty-one consecutive patients. Smith AP, Sani S, Kanner AM, Stoub T, Morrin M, Palac S, Bergen DC, Balabonov A, Smith M, Whisler WW, Byrne RW. Seizure. 2011 2011 Jul 20(6):475-9. doi: 10.1016/j.seizure.2011.02.013. Epub 2011 Mar 23. Temporal lobe pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma and chronic epilepsy: long-term surgical outcomes. Wallace DJ, Byrne RW, Ruban D, Cochran EJ, Roh D, Whisler WW. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2011 2011 Dec 113(10):918-22. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2011.06.001. Epub 2011 Jul 7. Emergency neurosurgical care solutions: acute care surgery, regionalization, and the neurosurgeon: results of the 2008 CNS consensus session. Byrne RW, Bagan BT, Bingaman W, Anderson VC, Selden NR. Neurosurgery. 2011 2011 Apr 68(4):1063-7; discussion 1067-8. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0b013e318209cde0. Surgical treatment of cerebellar metastases. Ghods AJ, Munoz L, Byrne R. Surg Neurol Int. 2011 2011 2:159. doi: 10.4103/2152-7806.89859. Epub 2011 Nov 14. The history of neurological surgery at rush university medical center. Boco T, Jobe KW, O'Leary ST, Byrne RW, Whisler WW. Neurosurgery. 2010 2010 Oct 67(4):1036-43. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0b013e3181eda3b1. Predicting white matter targets for direct neurostimulation therapy. Rossi MA, Stebbins G, Murphy C, Greene D, Brinker S, Sarcu D, Tenharmsel A, Stoub T, Stein MA, Hoeppner TJ, Byrne RW, Moseley ME, Bammer RA, Bild S, Dennis J, Arnett N, Balabanov A, Bergen D, Kanner AM, Smith MC. Epilepsy Res. 2010 2010 Oct 91(2-3):176-86. doi: 10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2010.07.010. Epub 2010 Aug 21. Neuro-critical care skills training using a human patient simulator. Musacchio MJ Jr, Smith AP, McNeal CA, Munoz L, Rothenberg DM, von Roenn KA, Byrne RW. Neurocrit Care. 2010 2010 Oct 13(2):169-75. doi: 10.1007/s12028-010-9405-7. Major intratumoral hemorrhage of a petroclival atypical meningioma: case report and review of literature. Mangubat EZ, Byrne RW. Skull Base. 2010 2010 Nov 20(6):469-74. doi: 10.1055/s-0030-1261266. Occult middle fossa encephaloceles in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. Byrne RW, Smith AP, Roh D, Kanner A. World Neurosurg. 2010 2010 May 73(5):541-6. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2010.01.018. What's new in neurosurgery: Advances in neurovascular and spine surgery, epilepsy surgery, surgery for movement disorders and intraoperative imaging. Dohrmann GJ, Byrne RW. Med Princ Pract. 2010 2010 19(5):328-9. doi: 10.1159/000316367. Epub 2010 Jul 14. No abstract available. A lifetime psychiatric history predicts a worse seizure outcome following temporal lobectomy Kanner AM, Byrne R, Chicharro A, Wuu J, Frey M Neurology 2009 Mar 3 72(9):793-9 Survival of mossy cells of the hippocampal dentate gyrus in humans with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy. Seress L, Abrahám H, Horváth Z, Dóczi T, Janszky J, Klemm J, Byrne R, Bakay RA. J Neurosurg. 2009 2009 Dec 111(6):1237-47. doi: 10.3171/2008.11.JNS08779. Chronic epilepsy associated with temporal tumors: long-term surgical outcome. Ruban D, Byrne RW, Kanner A, Smith M, Cochran EJ, Roh D, Whisler WW. Neurosurg Focus. 2009 2009 Aug 27(2):E6. doi: 10.3171/2009.5.FOCUS0998. Occult cervical (C1-2) dural tear causing bilateral recurrent subdural hematomas and repaired with cervical epidural blood patch. Buvanendran A, Byrne RW, Kari M, Kroin JS. J Neurosurg Spine. 2008 2008 Nov 9(5):483-7. doi: 10.3171/SPI.2008.9.11.483. Neurosurgical emergency transfers to academic centers in Cook County: a prospective multicenter study. Byrne RW, Bagan BT, Slavin KV, Curry D, Koski TR, Origitano TC. Neurosurgery. 2008 2008 Mar 62(3):709-16; discussion 709-16. doi: 10.1227/01.neu.0000317320.79106.7e. Postoperative acute disseminated encephalomyelitis after exposure to microfibrillar collagen hemostat. Sani S, Boco T, Lewis SL, Cochran E, Patel AJ, Byrne RW. J Neurosurg. 2008 2008 Jul 109(1):149-52. doi: 10.3171/JNS/2008/109/7/0149. Cervical syrinx as a cause of shoulder pain in 2 athletes Lewis PB, Rue JP, Byrne R, Capiola D, Steiner M, Bach BR Jr Am J Sports Med 2008 Jan 36(1):169-72 Papillary tumor of the pineal region. Boco T, Aalaei S, Musacchio M, Byrne R, Cochran E. Neuropathology. 2008 2008 Feb 28(1):87-92. Epub 2007 Dec 5. Epidural cylinder electrodes for presurgical evaluation of intractable epilepsy: technical note. Byrne RW, Jobe KW, Smith MC, Kanner A, Bergen DC, Palac SM, Balabanov AJ, Ajiboye NA, Takagi I, Whisler WW. Surg Neurol. 2008 2008 Aug 70(2):160-4; discussion 164. doi: 10.1016/j.surneu.2007.04.024. Epub 2008 Feb 8.
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A majority of my practice is brain tumor surgery. I also do epilepsy surgery, and I do surgery for trigeminal neuralgia and other functional disorders of the nervous system. I’ve gone through this thousands of times, and I’ve operated on well more than a thousand brain tumors. But for them it’s the first time they’ve ever experienced anything like that. And we’re very aware of that. And we understand that patients need to be guided through what can be a very difficult time.
What we can do today is dramatically different compared to what was possible 50 years ago. Technology, microsurgery, the GPS-tracking technology we use during surgery, the instruments we use — all of these things make neurosurgery much safer than it used to be, and much more effective.