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Surgery & Engineering Symposium

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December 11 • 208 Light Hall from 4-7 p.m.

L. Nelson Hopkins, MD, FACSKeynote Speaker

L. Nelson Hopkins, MD, FACS


"Innovations in Vascular Care"

SUNY Distinguished Professor
Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology
State University of New York at Buffalo
Director, Toshiba Stroke and Vascular Research Center 
CEO of the Jacobs Institute 


Renowned neurosurgeon spoke at 2nd Annual Vanderbilt Surgery and Engineering Symposium & Poster Session Dec. 11

Neurosurgery innovator and pioneer, L. Nelson Hopkins, M.D., F.A.C.S., presented  “Innovations in Vascular Care,” at the 2nd Annual Vanderbilt Surgery & Engineering Symposium and Poster Session Dec. 11 in Light Hall 208. The event was hosted by The Vanderbilt Initiative in Surgery and Engineering (ViSE) and the Department of Surgery Research Collaborative as a means to create synergy and facilitate the exchange of ideas between physicians, engineers and computer scientists to improve patient care.

The poster session and reception followed.

Dr. Hopkins is SUNY Distinguished Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology at State University of New York at Buffalo. A physician scientist, Dr. Hopkins is a pioneer in the catheter-based treatment of Neurovascular disease and stroke. He spearheaded the creation of the Toshiba Stroke & Vascular Research Center by bringing together physicists, chemists, aerospace engineers, neurosurgeons, cardiologists and radiologists to study the neurovascular circulation and develop innovative technologies and approaches for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of neurovascular diseases.

A proponent of the global approach to revascularization for the improvement of outcomes for patients with vascular disease, Dr. Hopkins served on the faculty of numerous symposiums nationally and internationally. Each year he hosts multidisciplinary seminars along with industry leaders focused on assessing and managing complications associated with minimally invasive catheter-based interventions.

He conceived a new way to organize the multidisciplinary treatment of vascular disease and brought experts from around the world together to design the futuristic Gates Vascular Institute building and then recruited the necessary partners to bring the Jacobs Institute and Gates Vascular Institute to life. Dr. Hopkins serves as Chairman of the Board and President of the GVI and CEO of the Jacobs Institute and its Center for Innovation in Medicine (CIM).

The Vanderbilt Initiative in Surgery and Engineering  (ViSE) is an interdisciplinary, trans-institutional center whose mission is the creation, development, implementation, clinical evaluation and commercialization of methods, devices, algorithms, and systems designed to facilitate interventional processes and their outcome.

The Department of Surgery Research Collaborative was developed to provide synergy between the basic sciences and clinical research as a means of enhancing research opportunities within the Section of Surgical Sciences.

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