The neuroanesthesia division provides anesthesia services for a wide assortment of procedures ranging from micro-discectomies and ventriculo-peritoneal shunts to complex intracranial (open and endovascular) neurovascular procedures, functional neurosurgery including deep brain stimulators, awake craniotomies and epilepsy surgery as well as major spinal fusions with instrumentation. The breadth of cases is not just limited to the adult population but we also cater to children of all ages requiring neurosurgical interventions from simple tumor resections to more intricate cranial vault reconstructions for craniosynostosis.
The neuroanesthesia rotation is offered to residents at all levels of training (CA1, CA2, CA3) with an emphasis on basic physiology, pharmacology and monitoring of the brain in the junior years and more advanced anesthesia management skills and autonomy in the senior years. Our residents gain robust skills training and experience in line placement, fiberoptic intubation, advanced neuromonitoring techniques and electrocorticography as well as didactic training both one on one in the operating rooms and in more formal didactic settings.
Since we are a tertiary care center we operate daily one dedicated neurosurgical anesthesia room (at least) and our current operating room case load averages about 500 neurosurgical procedures yearly. We aim to deliver higher quality anesthesia care to our patient population and we are proud to be a reference center that drains cases from all over the MENA region.
Carine Zeeni, MD
Neuroanesthesia Division Director