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Preface

Aaron Cohen-Gadol, M.D.

November 13, 2021

Receiving the diagnosis of a brain tumor is devastating, and it takes tremendous courage and strength to seek treatment. Ultimately, patients must be determined to find a neurosurgeon and a team of specialists equipped with the most current and safe surgical techniques to achieve the best possible outcome. Choosing the right neurosurgeon will be the most important decision that a patient can make for optimal recovery.

For decades, neurosurgical training has relied on an intense program of surgical observation and carefully supervised hands-on training with the aid of printed textbooks and surgical atlases. However, not all surgeons are exposed to the necessary training for managing high-risk operations or newly introduced procedures. After formal training, details of newer and safer techniques might never reach the neurosurgeon operating on a patient who needs it most.

Today’s new multimedia technologies provide a unique opportunity to expand surgeons’ access to educational materials that share the unspoken technical details that make the most significant difference for patients. The Neurosurgical Atlas project does just that. This dynamic resource enables neurosurgeons to learn from one another on a scale never before possible.

The Neurosurgical Atlas is a web project featuring over 510 text chapters, 9,000 illustrations, 1,200 educational videos, more than 200 “grand-round” webinars presented by world-renowned neurosurgeons, and ultrarealistic 3D anatomical models. These resources are constantly updated by a team of medical experts and artists. Currently and as of November 2021, The Neurosurgical Atlas supports more than 56,000 neurosurgeons and 1.3 million website users/care providers across the globe.

We believe that patients, wherever they are, must have access to neurosurgeons who are equipped with the most current surgical techniques. Through The Neurosurgical Atlas and Neurosurgical Atlas Foundation, we aim to advance patient safety and care worldwide to promote life after brain surgery. However, we cannot do this without your support. Please consider donating here to grow The Neurosurgical Atlas and improve the care of patients suffering from neurological and neurosurgical disorders. Thank you for visiting The Neurosurgical Atlas, and we wish you the very best.

Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol, MD, MSc, MBA
Indianapolis, Indiana

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