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Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANS

Professor at Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience / Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Program Director for the Division of Neurosurgery at Virginia Tech Carilion Clinic.
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I recently retired as the Chief of Neurosurgery at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. I trained in neurosurgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and have received multiple awards, performing over 13,000 major neurosurgical procedures during the course of my career. Today I keep myself busy teaching neuroscience, writing novels, and learning to play the bagpipes.

Latest articles with Gary

Managing cauda equina syndrome

In this Medmastery lesson, from our Neurology Masterclass: Managing Emergencies course, we review the detailed management of cauda equina syndrome so you can confidently manage it.
10th Sep 2021 • 6m read

Managing spinal cord injury

In this video, we look at the factors that lead to worsening neurological deficits, what to do when your patient responds poorly to fluid resuscitation, and commonly used medications that can actually make the situation worse.
10th Sep 2021 • 4m read

Identifying and managing meningitis

In this video, we'll look at the important symptoms that scream bacterial meningitis, how to initiate treatment, and when to avoid a lumbar puncture at all costs.
10th Sep 2021 • 5m read

Managing status epilepticus

In this video, we go through the step-by-step process for treating status epilepticus, where the process can go horribly wrong, and what to do if the patient remains unresponsive.
10th Sep 2021 • 4m read

Treating aneurysmal hemorrhage

In this video, we take an in-depth approach to the initial management of aneurysmal hemorrhage, controversial medications sometimes used in the process, and what to do if your patient deteriorates further.
10th Sep 2021 • 4m read

Managing hemorrhagic strokes

In this video, we look at the process to follow when managing a hemorrhagic stroke and what affects prognosis in these patients.
10th Sep 2021 • 4m read

Recognizing hemorrhagic strokes

In this video, we look at the process to use when trying to distinguish between ischemic vs hemorrhagic stroke, risk factors for each, and why surgery is often not indicated in hemorrhagic stroke.
10th Sep 2021 • 4m read

Managing the ischemic stroke patient

In this video, we look at the complicated care of cerebral ischemia, the initial steps that should be followed to manage a stroke patient, and how to make sure you're not actually dealing with another pathology altogether.
10th Sep 2021 • 5m read

Preventing burnout in healthcare: taking sanity breaks

In this video, you'll learn strategies that can help you to incorporate breaks into your routine and take some time to detach from the medical world and all of its accompanying worries and stressors. 
19th Mar 2021 • 7m read

Realistic optimism: a key to burnout prevention

In this video, you'll learn to recognize the tendency to frame experiences from a pessimistic perspective and, instead, develop an optimistic (yet realistic) approach to your environment.
19th Mar 2021 • 7m read

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