PNA Spotlight - Dr. Aaron Cohen-Gadol
This month the PNA Spotlight focuses on Dr. Aaron Cohen-Gadol (Cohen) performed his undergraduate and medical school trainings in the University of California at San Diego and University of Southern California, respectively. He then completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He also completed advanced fellowship training in two subspecialties: Epilepsy surgery (Yale University) and skull base/cerebrovascular neurosurgery (University of Arkansas.) Dr. Cohen has a Masters Degree in Clinical Research.
His areas of interest include surgical treatment of complex intracranial disorders such as various brain/pituitary tumors and vascular lesions. He practices at Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine and is a Professor at Indiana University Department of Neurosurgery. He is also the director of neurosurgical oncology and co-director of the Signature Center Initiative to Cure Glioblastoma. He has a special interest in management of pituitary tumors via minimally invasive endoscopic techniques.
He was kind enough to answer some questions from the PNA:
What inspired you to choose your career path?
My interest in microsurgery and its potential to improve lives. I have been always interested in learning more about how surgical techniques can be advanced.
What is the primary focus of your work/research?
My clinical research focuses on the surgical treatment of brain tumors and aneurysms, while my basic science research is exploring the options for advancing the care of brain cancer.
What do you consider to be the future of your field?
Further advancement in minimally invasive surgery via the use of robotics.
What should patients know about your field/what deserves more recognition/awareness?
The importance of philanthropy to raise funds to advance the research associated with the care patients suffering from brain/pituitary tumors.
What would you like to convey about yourself to your patients?
I am blessed to be able to do what I love to do as a neurosurgeon. I rarely feel like I am going to work. My patients are the most important factor that keep me energized to continue.
Why did you get involved with the PNA and what is the extent of your involvement?
I have been involved with a webinar and discussion of some patient cases. The PNA does an amazing job to empower our patients with important information so that they can make appropriate decisions.