PNA Spotlight: Dr. Johnny Delashaw

Dr. Johnny DelashawJohnny Delashaw, MD is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon and Chief of the Department of Neurosurgery at Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in skull base and brain tumor surgery, cerebrovascular surgery, and a wide range of spine surgery.

Dr. Delashaw has served as Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of California Irvine and as Vice Chairman of Neurosurgery at Oregon Health Sciences University. He has also served as the Director of Education and Neurosurgery Fellowships. During the past 25 years, he has published over 100 peer reviewed articles, has been a visiting professor, and has guest lectured at professional meetings and to the lay public.

Dr. Delashaw received his undergraduate degree at Stanford University and earned his medical degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He then completed a neurosurgery residency at the University of Virginia under the guidance of Dr. John Jane. He went on to be a founding member of the North American Skull Base Society.

Dr. Delashaw has a passion for teaching the next generation of neurosurgeons and continuing the advancement of neurosurgical techniques and treatment. His clinical interests include skull base tumors, cranial and spine tumors, acoustic neuromas, aneurysms, cerebrovascular diseases, pituitary disorders, and various degrees of spinal disease. When time is available, he enjoys spending time with his family, his dogs, and fly fishing.

Dr. Delashaw will be doing a webinar for us in November entitled Skull Base Approaches for Giant Pituitary Tumors. Dr. Delashaw was kind enough to answer a few questions for us, here are his answers:

What inspired you to choose your career path?

I became involved in Sleep Research at Stanford University as an undergraduate. I began doing brain surgery on dogs implanting electrodes - this stimulated me to apply to medical school in order to become a neurosurgeon.

What is the primary focus of your work/research?

My primary interest is Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery

What do you consider to be the future of your field?

Our ability to image the brain more clearly leads to new methods of surgery that are safer and more rapid. It is an amazing time to be a neurosurgeon.

What should patients know about your field/what deserves more recognition/awareness?

In pituitary surgery, experience makes a difference in tumor removal and in preserving the pituitary gland in hormone function.

What would you like to convey about yourself to your patients?

I am Chairman of Swedish Neuroscience Institute and seek to change the world in many areas of the neurosciences. I have an extremely busy practice. I am also focused on getting people walking again and out of wheelchairs with our new spinal cord research center. It is my privilege to take care of patients.

Why did you get involved with the PNA and what is the extent of your involvement?

PNA is a great venue to provide information to individuals with pituitary problems. It is a fantastic tool for patients that will help them in the quest for great care and resolution of their problems.

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