The MetroHealth Department of Neurosurgery is a dynamic, integrated and academic team dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching, innovation and research. Our clinical and academic staff includes five Neurosurgeons (cranial, spine and nerve expertise), two Spine (orthopedic) surgeons, a Pain/Anesthesia specialist, two Neuro-intensivists, as well as eleven Advanced Practice Providers (APPs).
Our team includes residents and fellows: at any given time, we may have two Neurosurgery residents through our affiliation with Cleveland Clinic Neurosurgery residency, a Neurocritical care/Neurotrauma fellow, APP Neurocritical care fellow, and a Spine Surgery fellow (Cleveland Clinic Spine Fellowship affiliation). Case Western Reserve School of Medicine students often rotate in our Department. We enjoy the support of dedicated nurses, medical secretaries, and a program coordinator/research nurse.
Our Department is renowned for excellent neurotrauma care, complex spine operations including repair of severe deformities, and minimally invasive approach to spine surgery when feasible. We have strength in neurocritical care, vascular and skull base neurosurgery, brain tumor treatment, pediatric neurosurgery and peripheral nerve operations.
At MetroHealth Neurosurgery, we always keep our focus on the patients – each patient is an individual who needs a personal and patient-centered approach.
Our surgeons are members of integrated teams and treatment centers. For example, the Spine Center combines surgeons, Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation physicians and Anesthesia Pain physicians in one collaborative team. Brain tumors are treated by our surgeons in collaboration with the Neuro-Oncology team.
We use advanced technologies such as minimally invasive approaches or virtual reality simulation for preparation for complex operations. We are among the leading institutions in the world in virtual reality simulation for neurosurgery, and its practical applications.
In recent years, we expanded our volume by more than 50%, grown our faculty and staff, opened the Neurocritical Care unit and expanded our capabilities in minimally invasive spine, scoliosis surgery, skull base and vascular neurosurgery. We have also increased our publications, presentations and visibility nationally and internationally thanks to our research prominence in Spine and Spinal cord injury, medical publishing, simulation (virtual reality) in Neurosurgery, outcomes research and Neuro-Critical care research. The MetroHealth Department of Neurosurgery has an illustrious history of innovation since the times of Dr. Robert J.White. Our development and growth today honor the legacy of Dr. White.
Our mission to provide excellent care for all patients, and our vision of integrated and collaborative growth helps us sustain the momentum of growth and development. We are looking forward to rapid further growth in scope and extent of our services, as well as clinical and academic excellence.
Ben Roitberg, MD
Professor and Chairman,
Department of Neurosurgery, MetroHealth