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Report Details Neurosurgeon Shortage


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Report Details Neurosurgeon Shortage

  2. 2. Introduction  Dr. Franklin Epstein teaches up-and-coming neurosurgeons as an assistant professor with the University of Texas Health Science Center Department of Neurosurgical Science in San Antonio. In the United States, there are presently too few neurosurgical specialists to meet medical demand in the areas of emergency care and pediatric neurosurgery, according to a statement published by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). The report predicts that as the population of the country ages, the demand for neurosurgical care will rise, necessitating an influx of new specialists trained by academics like Dr. Franklin Epstein.
  3. 3. Neurosurgeon Shortage  The AANS statement highlights several contributing factors to the current and projected shortage of neurosurgeons. One such factor centers on the rigors of neurosurgical training, which can take nearly two decades if measured from the start of medical school through final speciality certification. Currently, the academic system produces roughly 160 new neurosurgical specialists annually, a number that falls short of projected requirements. This is especially true when considering possible unforeseen demand created by breakthrough treatments. Interested parties can access the full text of the AANS report at