Michael Schulder, MD, vice chair of neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset and Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, has been appointed as president of the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (WSSFN).
The WSSFN is the principal international organization that unites neurosurgeons, physicians in other fields and some engineers to advance the science and practice of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. Practitioners in this subspecialty care for patients with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, medically untreatable pain and brain tumors.
“As a means of increasing the interdisciplinary approach in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, the WSSFN encourages and coordinates meetings with investigators and scientists in related fields such as neuroscience, neurology, psychiatry, microelectronics, microsurgery and other fields of expertise,” said Dr. Schulder.
The WSSFN is the forum where neurosurgeons discuss new technologies for brain surgery, merging with Dr. Schulder’s expertise in the use of intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which has proved to be a key part of brain surgery for patients with a variety of conditions, mostly brain tumors. He also introduced the use of surgical navigation using functional MRI and helped to establish deep brain stimulation as treatment for patients with tremor caused by multiple sclerosis.
He served as WSSFN’s vice president for the past four years, and previously as Secretary-Treasurer. In addition to his role as vice chair of neurosurgery, Dr. Schulder is also director of the hospital’s neurosurgery residency program; director of the Brain Tumor Center at Northwell Health’s Neuroscience Institute; and co-director of the Center for Stereotactic Radiosurgery at Northwell Health’s Cancer Institute.
Dr. Schulder is past president of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery; founding vice-president of the Intraoperative Imaging Society; past president of the Section on History of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons; and an elected member of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery and the Society of Neurological Surgeons.
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