HSC Weekly 2010-04-30
Apuzzo named the founding editor of World Neurosurgery
Michael L.J. Apuzzo, the Edwin Todd/Trent H. Wells, Jr. Professor of Neurological Surgery and Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics at the Keck School of Medicine, was named founding editor-in-chief of World Neurosurgery, the first new neurosurgical journal launched by a major society in 32 years. The journal is published by Elsevier, the publisher of more than 20,000 scientific medical titles.
The official journal of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, the journal debuted in April 2010. The federation represents the largest organization of neurosurgeons in the world, with more than 30,000 members and 115 aggregate societies.
Editor emeritus of Neurosurgery, Operative Neurosurgery and Neurosurgery-Online, Apuzzo says he was honored to lead development of the new world journal. The journal will address not only operative techniques, but also scientific, clinical, educational, social, cultural, economic, and political ideas and issues that affect regional neurosurgical practices, research and education.
One of the world’s best known and respected neurological surgeons, Apuzzo is recognized as a surgeon, innovator, researcher, educator, internationalist, visionary and futurist. He focuses on surgery of brain diseases such as tumors, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and neuropsychiatric disorders.
Apuzzo was one of the earliest pioneers of stereotactic radiosurgery and the employment of imaging as a navigational basis for brain surgery. He is director of the Gamma Unit Facility at USC University Hospital, one of the first in the country to acquire the Gamma Knife Perfexion, which Apuzzo says represents the next generation of stereotactic radiosurgery. Stereotactic radiosurgery is a highly precise form of radiation therapy that is commonly used to treat tumors and other brain abnormalities while the patient is awake and under only a local anesthetic.
Apuzzo has more than 750 scientific publications and 55 edited volumes, including the acclaimed surgical atlas texts Surgery of the Third Ventricle and Brain Surgery: Complication and Avoidance Management.
The Michael L. J. Apuzzo Professorship for Advanced Neurological Surgery was established in 2009 at the Keck School of Medicine. Based on a relationship of mutual respect for more than 40 years, the professorship was endowed by Ernest A. Bates, a neurosurgeon, entrepreneur, and chair and CEO of American Shared Hospital Services.
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