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SLU Creates Department of Neurosurgery

Division Reorganized to Reflect Growth, National Presence

ST. LOUIS - Because of strong growth and in keeping with national trends, Saint Louis University's division of neurosurgery will be reorganized as a department. The change, effective July 1, will align the department with other academic neurosurgical training programs in the U.S., of which about 90 percent are organized as departments.

Saleem Abdulrauf, M.D.

Nationally recognized for leadership, research, education and innovation in neurosurgery, the division is poised for future growth.

The department will be chaired by Saleem Abdulrauf, M.D., a leader in the field, who currently serves as vice president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, secretary of the North American Skull Base Society and secretary general of the World Federation of Skull Base Societies. A pioneer in the field, Abdulrauf developed a high blood-flow brain bypass technique that is less invasive and keeps more blood flowing in the brain than previous bypass surgeries for brain tumors and aneurisms.

SLU neurosurgeon Richard Bucholz, M.D., who holds the K.R. Smith endowed chair in neurosurgery, has been named vice-chair of research for the new department. Bucholz is an internationally renowned innovator who, among other accomplishments, invented the Stealth Station, a device now widely used to make cranial and spinal surgery safer and less invasive. He has also pioneered the development of the radiosurgical program at the University and the use of advanced functional imaging such as magnetoencephalography to guide functional cranial procedures.

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