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Atman Desai, MD, MA, FAANS, is a Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Desai received his medical degree from the University of Cambridge. He completed his residency in Neurological Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and a fellowship in Spinal Oncology and Complex Spinal Reconstruction at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He focuses on the surgical treatment of spinal tumors and spinal deformity. He performed the first robotic-assisted spine surgery at Stanford, and has particular interest in robotic and minimally invasive surgical treatments.
Our laboratory aims to analyze and solve healthcare problems relating to neurosurgical care and spine care on a population level. Through the development of algorithms that can be applied to various large national and state-level healthcare datasets, our goal is to harness big data to: <br/><br/>1. Understand how quality in neurosurgical care and spine care can be defined in both short and long-term measures <br/><br/>2. Develop appropriate measures of quality neurosurgical and spine care <br/><br/>3. Create benchmarks for care in neurosurgery and spine surgery <br/><br/>4. Create multivariate bio-statistical models of pre-operative, peri-operative and post-operative events and long term patient outcomes <br/><br/>5. Understand how existing paradigms in neurosurgical care and spine care can be potentially improved to improve patient outcomes<br/><br/>In addition to our population level research, our laboratory has been a national pioneer in integrating prospective outcomes driven medical informative and database systems into the electronic health record. This allows us to identify pre- and post-operative treatment measures that influence patient outcomes, and in doing so improve patient safety and maximize the efficacy of current treatments for neurosurgical and spine patients.