Dr. Joseph Danto, professor and chair of speech pathology/audiology at Stern College for Women, recently gave a lecture on”Neurophysiological Intraoperative Monitoring – Anesthesia Interactions” to the Department of Anesthesia at the new Assuta Hospital in Ashdod, Israel. “When Assuta opened a new medical center in Ashdod,” Danto explained, “the anesthesia departments wanted a lecture on Neurophysiololgical Intraoperative Monitoring (NIOM) and its interactions with anesthesia. NIOM is used to add a level of protection during spine/cardiac and neurosurgery. The Chief of Anesthesiology invited me to update his staff.”

Danto was also invited to be a member of the course faculty for the “Northwell Health Skull Base Center Fourth Annual Symposium: Vestibular Schwannomas; Diagnosis and Treatment Options” on Friday, May 4, 2018, at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, New York. “Vestibular schwannomas,” he noted, “are also called ‘acoustic tumors’ which, while usually benign, grow from the auditory nerve as it enters the brainstem and can cause hearing and balance disturbances and possibly facial nerve involvement as they grow.” He will lecture on NIOM for these types of tumors, focusing on reducing the risk of iatrogenic injury (i.e., an injury suffered during medical treatment) and helping guide the surgeon using physiologic tools.

Danto is also one of several co-authors for an article in an upcoming issue of The Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology titled “The effect of intra and extra surgical factors on the efficacy of intraoperative neuromonitoring during cervical spine surgery.”

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