In December our PNA Spotlight focuses on Dr. Yair Gozal, an esteemed neurosurgeon at Mayfield Brain & Spine in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Gozal earned his undergraduate degree at Case Western Reserve University. He earned his doctorate and then a medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine. He went on to do a residency in neurosurgery at the University of Cincinnati and a fellowship in skull base and open cerebrovascular neurosurgery at the University of Utah. Dr. Gozal answered a series of questions from the PNA; his answers follow.
What inspired you to choose your career path?
My fascination with the brain, coupled with the aspiration to translate my passion into definitive care for patients, has been the driving force in my decision to pursue a career in neurosurgery. The brain is an intriguing and tremendously complex organ. I felt that the ability to perform surgery in this part of the body would be a privilege rewarded with nearly daily intellectual and physical challenges. And while the complexity of our surgical procedures was certainly a factor in choosing to become a neurosurgeon, I knew that the opportunity to care for these resilient patients would motivate me to get out of bed each morning for years to come.
What is the primary focus of your work/research?
Although I perform a wide array of neurosurgical procedures, my primary interest, and the focus of my training, has been on complex cranial surgery. This includes a variety of brain tumors, including pituitary lesions, that arise in important and difficult to reach areas, such as the base of the skull. Removing these tumors requires a mastery of microsurgical principles as well as an exquisite understanding of three-dimensional anatomy. In my practice, I hope to contribute to the ongoing efforts to improve outcomes for patients with these tumors, and to have the opportunity to add to the rich history of excellence in the realm of skull base surgery at the Mayfield Clinic.
This month the PNA Medical Corner features a study co-authored by two PNA members: Drs. Georgios Zenonos and Paul Gardner. The study looks at the best ways to avoid transmission of COVID-19 during endonasal skull base surgery. They recommend doing more intense preoperative screening in symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. They advise use of reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) for any patient with symptoms. And they recommend increased use of airborne Personal Protective Equipment.
5 Tips for Effective Communication with Your Healthcare Team
Provider Editorial – Chris Yedinak DNP, FNP, MN, BSN, Grad Dip Ed.
There are a lot of things, in my case shopping or staying in touch with old friends, that are made easier in a virtual world. However, for some patients, a lack of in-person conversation makes discussing acromegaly difficult. And now, with COVID-19 increasing the adoption of telehealth, some patients may feel like this places an added barrier to having productive conversations. The advent of new treatments such as oral octreotide may be prompting questions that can be addressed during virtual format visits. Whether you want to talk about symptoms or treatment options, as a Doctor of Nursing Practice, I strongly believe that approaching your virtual visit with a game plan can help make sure your needs are heard.
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