• Editor's Note

    Author: Gerald A. Grant, MD

    This issue of Congress Quarterly (cnsq), entitled “Neurosurgeons at the Crossroads of US Tragedies,” attempts to highlight key moments in recent history when neurosurgeons were abruptly thrown into the set—but this time the set was real. We revisit ?ve poignant events and interview the neurosurgeons who were primarily involved in these life-changing events.

    We speak with Dr. Geoff Manley, who was the treating neurosurgeon at San Francisco General Hospital on July 6, 2013, when Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed at the edge of the runway at San Francisco Airport. Dr. Kyle Smith’s interview with Dr. Manley captures the mass casualty triage that ensued as well as Dr. Manley’s leadership following this event. One can never be over-prepared.

    We then move to the University of Arizona, where US Representative Gabrielle Giffords suffered a gunshot wound to her head on January 8, 2011. Dr. Martin Weinand was the neurosurgery attending on call who saved her life. Dr. Vivek Mehta’s interview with Dr. Weinand provides a unique look into this moment in time that shook our nation. We are so thankful to Congresswoman Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly for their willingness to support this interview for Congress Quarterly.

    Professor Robert Grossman was one of two neurosurgeons who examined President John F. Kennedy’s head wound in the emergency room of Parkland Hospital on November 22, 1963. Interviewed by Dr. Kimon Bekelis, Dr. Grossman comments on the effect this tragic event had on him and the nation.

    On May 12, 2015, an Amtrak train traveling from Washington, DC, to New York City derailed outside of Philadelphia. Dr. Kristopher Kimmell and Dr. Bekelis interview Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu, who cared for a number of the victims after this tragic event.

    It is hard to believe that the 2015 CNS Annual Meeting in New Orleans coincides with the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. I personally will never forget that day in the summer of 2005; I was on a plane to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and we were completely unaware of this disaster until we landed and turned on CNN. In our ?nal feature, Dr. David Kline shares his experiences in New Orleans after Katrina.

    Neurosurgeons played pivotal roles in the aftermath of all of these tragic events in the United States. These are only examples of what we do every day in cities around the world, but these events highlight the extraordinary professionalism, courage, and leadership of neurosurgeons when called to duty.


    Summer 2015
    Volume 17, Number 3

    Gerald A. Grant, MD, FACS

    Michael Y. Wang, MD, FACS

    Aviva Abosch, MD
    Edward C. Benzel, MD
    Nicholas M. Boulis, MD
    L. Fernando Gonzalez, MD
    Catherine A. Mazzola, MD
    Todd C. Hankinson, MD, MBA
    Charles J. Prestigiacomo, MD
    Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, MD
    Brian T. Ragel, MD
    Jason M. Schwalb, MD
    Ashwini Dayal Sharan, MD
    Jamie S. Ullman, MD, FACS

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