Paul Klimo Jr., MD, FAANS— There are a number of military conflicts raging in the world today – Syria, Ukraine, Iraq and Afghanistan, to name a few. Tragically, innocent civilians often make up the greatest percentage of casualties and deaths. For example, at the time of this writing, greater than 1,000 people have reportedly been killed in the latest and brief Gaza conflict, with thousands more injured, many of them civilians. Through the ages, civilian and military neurosurgeons from around the world have been called upon to care for civilians (adults and children) and soldiers who have suffered battlefield neurologic injuries, often providing such care in hostile or less-than-ideal environments.
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Archived Survey Results


Neurosurgeons can and should debate political issues in our meetings and publications.

  • Yes (57%, 85 Votes)
  • No (43%, 63 Votes)

Total Voters: 148


What do you consider the biggest neurosurgical invention in the last 100 years?

  • operating microscope (52%, 145 Votes)
  • bipolar (33%, 91 Votes)
  • frameless stereotaxy (8%, 21 Votes)
  • Bovie (5%, 14 Votes)
  • stereotactic frame (2%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 280


What role should pediatric neurosurgeons play in care for patients past the age of 18?

  • Collaborative care with the adult-care neurosurgeon until the patient reaches 25. (66%, 57 Votes)
  • Transfer of all care to an adult-care neurosurgeon at the patient age of 18. (17%, 15 Votes)
  • Consultation with other physicians, but no care. (17%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 87


Who is the best fictional neurosurgeon on television?

  • Dr. Derek Shepherd (“Grey's Anatomy”) (47%, 100 Votes)
  • Dr. Ben Casey (“Ben Casey”) (34%, 73 Votes)
  • Dr. Aaron Shutt (“Chicago Hope”) (9%, 19 Votes)
  • Dr. Ann Possible (“Kim Possible”) (8%, 18 Votes)
  • Dr. Douglas Hanson (“3 lbs.”) (2%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 214


  • Preoperative checklists are a useful way to prevent surgical errors. (88%, 79 Votes)
  • Preoperative checklists are needless intrusions that do not improve patient safety. (12%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 90

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