The first problem that we commonly see in our field is stroke and cerebral aneurysms. We’re able to fix that from within the blood vessel in a minimally invasive way, or we could also fix it by open surgery. As an endovascular/cerebrovascular dual-trained neurosurgeon, it makes me unique that I’m able to unbiasedly recommend to the patient which way is the best way to fix their vascular problem — either by the open surgery or within the blood vessel.
My other subspecialty is base-of-the-skull tumors, complex tumors. With a combination of radiation therapies plus the fact that we have newer technology, we’re able to tackle these challenging tumors and vascular problems in a much more efficient and effective way.
I feel that if you put yourself in the shoe of the patient, their families, and be able to approach it in that perspective, it really makes you connect with that patient. And it really makes you think about what that family is going through.