Do neurosurgeons need Neuroanesthesiologists? Should every neurosurgical case be done by a Neuroanesthesiologist?

Surg Neurol Int. 2014 May 23;5:76. doi: 10.4103/2152-7806.133106. eCollection 2014.


Neuroscience is exponentially growing and accompanied with everyday innovations and intriguing developments. There are new branches of science that are being developed within neuroscience. For instance, the fields of computer interface nanotechnology, molecular biology, ultra cellular, and gene therapy. The neuroscience programs have been established nationwide and worldwide. There is strong belief that better patient care is obtained through high volume and specialty physicians and hospitals. In fact, there are new subspecialties that already developed from within the specialty itself. Neuroanesthesia is one of the specialties that has contributed tremendously over the years to neuroscience yet it remained non-accredited and supported. In fact, there is a discouraging trend to pursue advocating the necessity of neurosurgery cases to be done by neuroanesthesiologists. It is one of the specialties that is lagging behind compared with other specialties and subspecialties in neuroscience. There is an ongoing debate within the neuroanesthesia society about the role of neuroanesthesiologists in neurosurgery. The author, being a neurosurgeon, neuroanesthesiologist, and neurointensivist, is presenting the topic, the views and expressing his opinion.

Keywords: Neuroanesthesia; neuroanesthesia fellowship; neuroscience; society for neuroscience anesthesia and critical care.