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Dr. Robert Spetzler received his MD from Northwestern University and completed his neurosurgery residency at UCSF in 1977. In 1980, at Case Western, he received his first major NIH grant-developing a primate stroke model used to test therapeutic treatments for stroke and cerebral ischemia. Since 1983 he is the Chair of Neurosurgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute, an internationally recognized center of excellence, and ais lso its Director since 1985. Contributions include the development of theories on normal perfusion pressure breakthrough and how the size of AMVs is related to their rupture; development of a heuristic grading system of AVMs; advances in the surgical treatment of complex cerebrovascular lesions based on hypothermia, barbiturates, and cardiac arrest; and development of innovative surgical approaches for skull base surgery. To date, he treated close to 5700 aneurysms; published almost 500 articles in refereed journals, 200 chapters, and edited or coauthored numerous books.
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