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David S. Baskin, MD FACS
DAVID S. BASKIN is a member of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Methodist Hospital Neurological Institute. He joined the Neurological Institute, after serving as Professor of Neurosurgery and Anesthesiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas for 21 years.
Dr. Baskin graduated from Swarthmore College with high honors in the Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering. He attended the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York and then received his surgical and neurosurgical training at the University of California in San Francisco. During his training, he was a research associate at the University of Capetown in South Africa and won the American Academy of Neurosurgery Award.
After residency, Dr. Baskin came to Baylor College of Medicine to work with Robert Grossman, where until recently, he served as professor of Neurosurgery and Anesthesiology. He recently joined the Methodist Hospital Neurological Institute along with Dr. Grossman. Dr. Baskin has performed research studying protection of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves from injury, and is the recipient of numerous awards for his research. These include the Smith, Kline, and French fellowship of the American College of Surgeons, the Wakeman Award for scientific research, and the distinguished alumni award from the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. He is listed in Who’s Who in America, and is consistently on the list of Best Doctors in America.
He has an active practice, operating on over 350 patients a year. He specializes in microsurgery of the brain and spine and has been a pioneer in pituitary surgery having performed approximately 2000 transsphenoidal operations. He also performs surgery for brain and spinal tumors and complex cervical spine reconstructions. He has has investigated various ways to improve cervical spine fusions.
Dr. Baskin is the program director of the Neurosurgery Residency training program at the Methodist Hospital Neurological Institute. He is the author of over 90 publications, including several books. He is a member of numerous local, state, and national societies, and has participated in a number of multicenter national and international trials of drugs to improve outcome in stroke, spinal cord injury, and Alzheimer’s disease. He has received grants totaling over 3 million dollars from The National Institutes of Health, the Veterans Administration, the Texas Advanced Technology Program, and a number of private foundations.
His clinical research has focused on minimally invasive spine and brain surgery, including neural navigation using virtual reality systems. He is presently developing technology for 3D endoscopy, as well as studying the effects of novel ways to deliver radiation to the brain to treat tumors, vascular abnormalities, and pain.
His research has included studies of drugs that can reverse paralysis and neurological deficits in brain and spinal cord injury. His present research focuses on ways to protect the brain and spinal cord from injury, as well as ways to detect subtle changes in DNA structure and cell function. He has developed technology to detect apoptosis in both fixed tissue and in live cells, a process that is very important in stroke, neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s disease, and in cancer. He is collaborating with the Novel laureate Richard Smally, Ph.D. in projects that look at ways to label and place nanotubes and nanowires into cells. He is developing novel therapies for malignant brain tumors, including new approaches to immune therapy. He also is studying autism, including basic cellular disturbances in the immune system of autistic children, and how toxins and other environmental triggers may contribute to the pathophysiology of the disorder.
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