Department of Neurosurgery Facilities
Westchester Medical Center
Westchester Medical Center is a tertiary care academic medical center of New York Medical College. The medical school, Westchester Medical Center, and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital are situated on the same campus. Westchester Medical Center has 650 acute medical and surgical beds. There is a separate floor for Neurosciences, consisting of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit. On the same floor are the Neurology offices and the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. Currently, there are ten Neurosurgery ICU beds and four stroke beds, but a planned expansion in the near future will provide an 18-bed neuroscience ICU, in addition to the four stroke beds. There is also a four-bed step-down unit. staffed by neuroscience-trained nurses. The ICU is managed in conjunction with specialists from Critical Care Medicine, and the Critical Care Medicine Fellow is also present in the Neuroscience ICU. Neurosurgery staff includes neurosurgery residents and five nurse practitioners. A neuroscience administrator at the Vice President level is provided by the hospital. The fully equipped neurosurgery operating room includes a Zeiss Pentero microscope, intraoperative ultrasound, ultrasonic aspirator, endoscopes, image guidance, and facilities for minimally invasive spine and cranial surgery. Intraoperative monitoring of brain and spinal cord function is available at all times. The Neurosurgery operating room at the Children’s Hospital has similar facilities. A dedicated neuro-anesthesiologist and neurosurgically trained nurses are available. Comprehensive neuroradiological facilities include an endovascular suite, three tesla MRI unit, a 64-slice CT scanner, and a centralized image storage and retrieval system. A board-certified neuropathologist with all the necessary tools for neuropathologic analysis is present. Neurosurgeons work closely with the Departments of Neuro-ophthalmology, Neuro-otology, Orthopedic Surgery, Neurology, and Rehabilitation Medicine. The hospital has residency and fellowship programs in seventeen specialties and sub-specialties.
New York Medical College
Founded in 1860, New York Medical College, a health sciences university, comprises a School of Medicine, a Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, and a School of Public Health. The university’s main campus is located in Valhalla, New York. The university has 760 medical students and 900 full- and part-time graduate students taught by a faculty of nearly 2,800 with 1,350 full-time members. An extensive network of 28 affiliated hospitals includes large urban medical centers, small suburban hospitals, and technologically advanced regional tertiary care facilities. NYMC has more than 1,300 residents in 103 sponsored residency programs.