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Science AMA Series: I am Sumeet Vadera, a neurosurgeon who specializes in epilepsy surgery at University of California, Irvine, Ask Me Anything!
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Hi Reddit. My name is Sumeet Vadera and I am Director of Epilepsy Surgery at University of California, Irvine. I did my Neurosurgery and Epilepsy Surgery training at the Cleveland Clinic. Here is a link to my profile page http://www.ucirvinehealth.org/find-a-doctor/v/sumeet-vadera/. Here are some aspects of my career that might be interesting to the Reddit community - 1) As an epilepsy surgeon, we have a variety of surgeries that we perform that can be broken down into diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Diagnostic procedures require implanting electrodes within the brain to localize where the seizures are coming from. I have written several papers that have to do with this technique http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=vadera+s. I also have a neurosurgical robot at UCI that helps me perform these surgeries and they recently wrote about the robot and our surgeries in the OC Register http://www.ocregister.com/articles/brain-650683-device-surgery.html Therapeutic procedures are performed after we know where the seizures are coming from and these include resections (temporal lobectomy, hemispherectomy, etc) and implantation of neurostimulators. 2) I wrote a paper that was published last month in Journal of Surgical Education looking at “National Incidence of Medication Error in Surgical Patients Before and After Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Duty-Hour Reform.” This is something that has never been looked at before and has some really interesting results. We showed that since the 80 hour Duty Restriction for resident training, there has been a spike in medication errors within teaching hospitals. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26089160 3) We use high tech tools to treat patients with epilepsy. I have robots, lasers and neurostimulator devices that assist me in treating patients who have epilepsy that fails medications. I’ll be back at 3 pm EST (12 pm PST, 9 pm UTC) to answer Ask me anything about about epilepsy surgery, neurosurgery in general, or residency training. EDIT1: Finished my case early today, I’m here to answer questions now. EDIT2: Dr Jack Lin, Director of Epilepsy Neurology at UCI has joined me to answer questions related to the neurology side of epilepsy surgery. EDIT3: Thank you for all the great questions, I hope this was helpful for everyone. I will check tonight if there are any more questions so keep them coming. Feel free to email me at [email protected]. We also are doing some exciting research at UCI and we are always looking for good people to get involved. Feel free to contact me about that as well.