Vanderbilt’s departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery consistently rank among the top of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals.” Neurosurgery and other neurologic services continue to expand at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and faculty specializing in neurosurgical anesthesiology are providing increasingly complex anesthesia and sedation services.
The Vanderbilt Department of Neurological Surgery currently has the highest volume of deep brain stimulator implantation in North America. The Vanderbilt Brain Tumor Center provides comprehensive care for patients with brain tumors, and more than 400 major brain tumor operations are performed annually. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is one of only four centers in Tennessee approved as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center providing state of the art care for acute ischemic stroke patients in the neurointerventional suites and other areas. Other complex neurosurgical procedures performed at Vanderbilt include treatment of arteriovenous malformations, coiling or clipping of cerebral aneurysms, resection of epileptic foci, treatment of traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries from our Level I trauma center, complex spine procedures, functional neurosurgery, and chronic pain management. More than 2,800 neurologic cases required anesthesia in fiscal year 2012.
Paramount to the success of this division is the collegial working relationship among team members. Vanderbilt boasts a long history of successful collaboration between the anesthesia service and the neurosurgical, neurological, neurointensivist, neurointerventional and nursing teams. The Division of Neuroanesthesiology includes 14 faculty, many of whom are also neurointensivists, and four dedicated certified registered nurse anesthetists. We have several anesthesia residents who rotate on our service on a monthly basis, in addition to student nurse anesthetists, and medical students. The Division has two conferences each week for residents, medical students, and student nurse anesthetists in addition to the regularly scheduled departmental conferences. The faculty are actively engaged in numerous clinical and outcomes research projects in which residents and students are encouraged to participate.