Brain and Spinal Injury

Clinical care for brain and spinal injuries is based at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), a central hospital for the San Francisco Bay Area and a designated Level 1 Trauma Center. It is also designated as a Regional Center for Injury Prevention and Control by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Each year, our neurotrauma specialists see over 1200 patients with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries and perform nearly 300 neurosurgical operations. With an average daily census of 30 patients, the neurosurgical service at SFGH also actively manages the critical care of these patients and provides advanced neurotrauma care, including brain tissue oxygen monitoring, cerebral blood flow monitoring, jugular venous saturation monitoring, and continuous EEG.
The brain and spinal injury program at SFGH also provides rich educational opportunities. The neurotrauma post-residency fellowship program has attracted individuals from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. The visiting scholars program offers clinical and research opportunities for more senior international scholars interested in neurotrauma. Each summer the SFGH Neurotrauma Program also offers educational experiences for many undergraduate students and highly motivated high school students with an interest in medicine. Educational outreach programs include the annual SFGH Neurotrauma Symposium, which attracts participants throughout the West, and the UCSF Neurotrauma Resident's Course that brings nearly 60 mid-level neurosurgery residents from across North America to San Francisco each year to introduce them to neurotrauma as a subspecialty. Through these programs, we are raising awareness of neurotrauma, disseminating the latest research findings and guidelines for clinical care, and educationg future leaders in brain and spinal cord injury.

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