UCSD Neurosurgery welcomed Dr. Justin Brown from Washington University School of Medicine as visiting lecturer in a joint grand rounds with the Neuroscience Department. Dr Brown spoke on recent developments in peripheral nerve surgery, highlighting the progress in distal nerve transfer which has increased the range of options for restoring mobility and function to individuals with paralysis in the extremities.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew Nguyen has joined our UCSD Neurosurgery Faculty. Dr. Nguyen will be joining Dr. Mark Spicer at our Murietta practice and will maintain privileges both at Inland Valley Medical Center and UCSD Medical Center. Dr. Nguyen is a graduate of Harvard College and the MD PhD program at UCSD Medical School and the UCSD neurosurgical residency program. He has a special interest in endovascular techniques and has expertise in a broad range of neurosurgical care.
Dr. Christopher Ogilvy, Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, and one of the nation's leading experts on Cerebrovascular Disease joined UCSD Neurosurgery to celebrate the graduation of Dr. Andrew Nguyen from the Neurosurgical Residency Program. Dr. Ogilvy spoke on the endovascular and open surgical management of paraclinoid aneurysms.
Dr. Nguyen will join the UCSD faculty with a special interest in cerebrovascular disesase.
Dr. William Taylor, Professor of Neurosurgery at UCSD Medical Center, has been appointed Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Division of Neurosurgery at UCSD Medical Center. Dr. Taylor has been at the forefront of the development of minimally invasive spinal surgery techniques and President Elect of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.
"Dr. Taylor brings a wealth of expertise in clinical neurosurgery and service to UCSD Medical Center to this position. He has been an international leader in outcomes research for patients with spinal disorders and the development minimally invasive techniques to treat patients. He will help advance our clinical and academic mission to develop new and innovative therapies for patients with spine and brain conditions that require surgery" noted Dr. Bob Carter, Neurosurgery Division Chief.
Dr. Joseph Ciacci, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, has been named UCSD's Neurosurgery Residency Program Director. Dr. Ciacci, having recently served as Associate Program Director with Dr. Lawrence Marshall has now been asked to lead the program as UCSD Neurosurgery expands its clinical program in the next several years.
"Dr. Ciacci is an oustanding educator in his own right and since joining the faculty in recent years has dedicated himself to the residency program, mobilizing efforts to improve the didactic and clinical experience signficantly." noted Dr. Bob Carter, Chief of Neurosurgery at UCSD.
The UCSD Neurosurgery residency is San Diego's only program for training new neurosurgeons. Many of the region's neurosurgeons have trained at UCSD and are a credit to the quality of the learning environment.