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Nathan R. Selden M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P.

    • Professor of Neurological Surgery School of Medicine
    • Mario and Edith Campagna Chair of Pediatric Neurological Surgery Neurological Surgery School of Medicine
    • Department Chair Neurological Surgery School of Medicine

Dr. Selden's scientific research focuses on basic mechanisms of pain sensation mediated by brainstem and limbic system pharmacological circuits. He was the co-principal investigator and surgeon for the first ever trial of human neural stem cell therapy, performing the first implant of neural stem cells in a patient in 2007. He also researches outcomes for neurosurgical care delivered to children with Chiari malformation and tethered spinal cord. In addition, Dr. Selden has a national and internation reputation for studying new methods of neurosurgical education and continuing education that promote patient safety and quality. Finally, he is an author of the Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Guidelines, which are used around North America and in many countries around the world.

Areas of interest

  • Pediatric epilepsy, Cranial Synostosis, Chiari Malformation, Tethered Spinal Cord, Neurosurgical Education

Education

  • A.B., Stanford University, Stanford California 1986
  • Ph.D., Cambridge University, Cambridge 1990
  • M.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston Massachusetts 1993
  • Residency:

    • Neurosurgery, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, 1999
  • Fellowship:

    • Pediatric neurological surgery, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, 2000
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, 2011
    • American Board of Neurological Surgery, 2004

Honors and awards

  • British Marshall Scholar, 1986-89
  • Award of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery, 1998
  • ACGME Parker-Palmer Courage to Teach Award, 2013

Memberships and associations

  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Past-President
  • Society of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Academy of Neurological Surgery
  • American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons
  • Cambridge Philosophical Society
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics

Publications

  • "A microcontroller-based simulation of dural venous sinus injury for neurosurgical training." Journal of neurosurgery In: , Vol. 128, No. 5, 01.05.2018, p. 1553-1559.
  • "Incidence of symptomatic tethered spinal cord in pediatric patients presenting with neurofbromatosis types 1 and 2." Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics In: , Vol. 21, No. 5, 01.05.2018, p. 456-459.
  • "Improving Performance by Improving Education."  Quality and Safety in Neurosurgery. Elsevier Inc., 2018. p. 213-224.
  • "Prone to error, or enlightenment?" Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics In: , Vol. 21, No. 1, 01.01.2018, p. 1-3.
  • "QuickBrain MRI for the detection of acute pediatric traumatic brain injury." Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics In: , Vol. 19, No. 2, 01.02.2017, p. 259-264.
  • "Mentorship : Service, education, progress. The 2015 CNS Presidential Address." Journal of Neurosurgery In: , Vol. 126, No. 1, 01.01.2017, p. 158-164.
  • "The Effect and Use of Milestones in the Assessment of Neurological Surgery Residents and Residency Programs." Journal of Surgical Education In: , 2017.
  • "Assessment of the interrater reliability of the congress of neurological surgeons microanastomosis assessment scale." Operative Neurosurgery In: , Vol. 13, No. 1, 2017, p. 108-112.
  • "Implementation of a Tranexamic Acid Protocol to Reduce Blood Loss During Cranial Vault Remodeling for Craniosynostosis." Journal of Craniofacial Surgery In: , 24.08.2016.
  • "Computed tomography-generated anthropometric measurements of orbital relationships in normal infants and children." Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics In: , Vol. 18, No. 2, 01.08.2016, p. 201-206.
  • "IGF1R as a Key Target in High Risk, Metastatic Medulloblastoma." Scientific Reports  In: , Vol. 6, 27012, 03.06.2016.
  • "Age at the Time of Surgery and Maintenance of Head Size in Nonsyndromic Sagittal Craniosynostosis." Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery In: , Vol. 137, No. 5, 01.05.2016, p. 1557-1565.
  • "Response." Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics  In: , Vol. 17, No. 5, 01.05.2016, p. 636.
  • "A reduction in radiation exposure during pediatric craniofacial computed tomography." Journal of Craniofacial Surgery In: , Vol. 27, No. 2, 23.03.2016, p. 331-333.
  • "Distinct pathways for norepinephrine- and opioid-triggered antinociception from the amygdala." European Journal of Pain (United Kingdom) In: , Vol. 20, No. 2, 01.02.2016, p. 206-214.
  • "Comment." Neurosurgery In: , Vol. 77, No. 4, 21.10.2015, p. 602-603.
  • "Simulation Training Curricula for Neurosurgical Residents : Cervical Foraminotomy and Durotomy Repair Modules." World Neurosurgery In: , Vol. 84, No. 3, 01.09.2015, p. 751-755.E7.
  • "Five-year institutional bibliometric profiles for 103 US neurosurgical residency programs." Journal of Neurosurgery  In: , Vol. 123, No. 3, 01.09.2015, p. 547-560.
  • "Comment." Neurosurgery In: , Vol. 77, No. 2, 20.08.2015, p. 232.
  • "The comparative effectiveness of specific professional educational tools for correcting knowledge gaps among practicing neurosurgeons." Neurosurgery  In: , Vol. 62, 01.08.2015, p. 133-136.
  • "Commentary to : Development, Organisation and Implementation of a Surgical Skills 'Boot Camp': SIMweek." World Journal of Surgery In: , Vol. 39, No. 7, 05.07.2015, p. 1661-1662.
  • "Secondary cranial vault remodeling for restenosis after primary sagittal synostosis repair." Pediatric Neurosurgery In: , Vol. 50, No. 2, 01.06.2015, p. 104-108.
  • "Test characteristics of quick brain MRI for shunt evaluation in children : an alternative modality to avoid radiation." Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics In: , Vol. 15, No. 4, 01.04.2015, p. 420-426.
  • "Quality improvement in neurological surgery graduate medical education." Neurosurgery Clinics of North America In: , Vol. 26, No. 2, 01.04.2015, p. 231-238.
  • "Using clinical registries to improve the quality of neurosurgical care." Neurosurgery Clinics of North America In: , Vol. 26, No. 2, 01.04.2015.
  • "Duty-hour exceptions for neurosurgery residency programs." The virtual mentor : VM In: , Vol. 17, No. 1, 01.01.2015, p. 23-32.
  • "Use of lumbar laminoplasty vs. laminotomy for transection of the filum terminale does not affect early complication rates or postoperative course." Child's Nervous System In: , Vol. 31, No. 4, 2015, p. 597-601.
  • "The cognitive and technical skills impact of the congress of neurological surgeons simulation curriculum on neurosurgical trainees at the 2013 neurological society of India meeting." World Neurosurgery In: , Vol. 83, No. 4, 2015, p. 419-423.
  • "Using a 2-variable method in radionuclide shuntography to predict shunt patency." Journal of Neurosurgery In: , Vol. 121, No. 6, 01.12.2014, p. 1504-1507.
  • "Bibliometric evaluation of pediatric neurosurgery in North America." Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics In: , Vol. 14, No. 6, 01.12.2014, p. 695-703.

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