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Leading Neurosurgeon to Address LSUA Honors Program

Released: 11/03/2009

Dr. Ravish Patwardhan, one of the country’s leading neurosurgeons, will address Honors Program students at LSU Alexandria on revolutionary surgical techniques Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. in the Coughlin Hall auditorium on campus. The lecture, “Brain and Spine Neurosurgery: The Latest Techniques,” is free and open to the public.

“The brain and spine constitute the ‘control center’ for our ability to think and what we physically are able to do. Developments in medical surgery’s capacity to intervene and heal are intrinsically interesting, and Dr. Patwardhan is extraordinarily qualified in this field,” said Dr. Stephen Vanderslice, professor of English and philosophy and member of the Honors Program steering committee. “Dr. Patwardhan’s lecture will be appropriate for the community-at-large as well as participants in the Honors Program.”

Patwardhan, founder of The Comprehensive Neurosurgery Network in Shreveport, has been named one of America’s Top Surgeons. He said his talk will deal with “first of their kind in America brain and spine procedures.” Patwardhan solo medical practice is based at Willis-Knighton Hospital.

He and a Chinese doctor are credited with performing the first successful surgery in the world that rerouted nerves for bladder function in a patient who had suffered a gunshot wound to the spine seven years earlier. Patwardhan also has special interests in neurosurgery using electrical stimulation to control seizures in epilepsy patients and in brain mapping for neurosurgical planning and function localization. He has published and presented nearly four dozen professional papers.

Patwardhan earned a medical degree from UCLA School of Medicine following double-major undergraduate degrees in biomedical sciences and electrical engineering. He was chief resident in neurosurgery at LSU Medical School in Shreveport from 2002-04 after a four-year neurosurgery residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Patwardhan also participates in marathons, triathlons, scuba diving and sky diving.

The LSUA Honors Program, which began in 2008, is an academically accelerated interdisciplinary curriculum open to all qualified students. The program also includes a travel component. Students visited New York City last year, and a trip to Washington, D.C., is planned in the spring semester.