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Dr. David S. Baskin

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Tmhpo Physician

Houston Methodist
6565 Fannin Street
Houston , Texas 77030
United States

Company Description: Houston Methodist is a nonprofit health care organization based in Houston, Texas. It has extended the world-renowned clinical and service excellence of its...   more

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  • MD
  • Swarthmore College
  • Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
  • M.D.
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"This is a group of patients ..., 11 Mar 2015 [cached]
"This is a group of patients that desperately need a new approach, and this is a clever and exciting approach," said Dr. David Baskin, director of the Peak Brain and Pituitary Tumor Center at Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas, who wasn't involved in the new study but has participated extensively in other brain tumor research.
"All of us in the field are eager to move away from standard chemotherapy ... and trying to attack some basic thing that cancer cells just can't do without, an Achilles' heel in the cancer," added Baskin, also vice chairman of the hospital's department of neurosurgery.
"So the idea of using the immune system to treat cancer conceptually makes sense," he said.
SOURCES: Kristen Batich, M.D.-Ph.D. student, Duke University, Durham, N.C.; David Baskin, M.D., vice chairman, department of neurosurgery, and director, Peak Brain & Pituitary Tumor Center, Houston Methodist Hospital; March 11, 2015, Nature, online
We are bringing together specialists from ..., 27 Sept 2013 [cached]
We are bringing together specialists from all over the world and designing novel treatment options available to each patient so we can make this journey as smooth as possible and, when possible, eradicate tumors and cancer," said Dr. David S. Baskin, director of the Peak Center and vice chairman of the department of neurosurgery at Houston Methodist Hospital.
"The Peak Center will ... provide extraordinary, compassionate care, and any patient who wishes to be seen will be seen within 24 hours, seven days a week, and can talk directly with a senior physician any time of the day or night. There will be access to all research protocols for treatment available at other major tumor and cancer centers. In addition, there will always be at least three to five novel protocols not available elsewhere for patient participation."
Baskin said The Kenneth R. Peak Brain & Pituitary Tumor Treatment Center will have a number of scientists developing novel technology using nanoscale science and cell biology.... The center also will characterize each tumor in ways not being done anywhere else on a routine basis.
"We consider each patient to be unique, and know that each tumor has different genetic information and biological behaviors. The Peak Center will capitalize on these differences, starting with an initial $4 million commitment to research...," Baskin said.
"Many more advances are anticipated, which will be unique to the center. The center will play a major role in development of new and effective treatments for brain tumors that will be disseminated widely throughout the world," Baskin said.
It was explained that we would need many millions of dollars for such an enterprise, and he generously offered to give $10 million," Baskin said.
With this generous gift, this is already the case, and much more will be available in the coming months," Baskin said.
David Baskin M.D., Professor ... [cached]
David Baskin M.D., Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of the Peak Brain Cancer Center.
David S. Baskin, MD, FAANS, ... [cached]
David S. Baskin, MD, FAANS, FACS
DAVID S. BASKIN is a Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Methodist Hospital Neurological Institute. He joined the Neurological Institute, after serving as Professor of Neurosurgery and Anesthesiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas for 21 years.
Dr. Baskin graduated from Swarthmore College with high honors in the Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering. He attended the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York and then received his surgical and neurosurgical training at the University of California in San Francisco. During his training, he was a research associate at the University of Capetown in South Africa and won the American Academy of Neurosurgery Award.
After residency, Dr. Baskin came to Baylor College of Medicine to work with Robert Grossman, where until recently, he served as professor of Neurosurgery and Anesthesiology. He recently joined the Methodist Hospital Neurological Institute along with Dr. Grossman. Dr. Baskin has performed research studying protection of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves from injury, and is the recipient of numerous awards for his research. These include the Smith, Kline, and French fellowship of the American College of Surgeons, the Wakeman Award for scientific research, and the distinguished alumni award from the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. He is listed in Who's Who in America, and is consistently on the list of Best Doctors in America.
He has an active practice, operating on over 350 patients a year. He specializes in microsurgery of the brain and spine and has been a pioneer in pituitary surgery having performed approximately 3500 transsphenoidal operations. He also performs surgery for brain and spinal tumors and complex cervical spine reconstructions. He has has investigated various ways to improve cervical spine fusions.
Dr. Baskin is the program director of the Neurosurgery Residency training program at the Methodist Hospital Neurological Institute. He is the author of over 110 publications, including several books. He is a member of numerous local, state, and national societies, and has participated in a number of multicenter national and international trials of drugs to improve outcome in stroke, spinal cord injury, and Alzheimer's disease. He has received grants totaling over 3 million dollars from The National Institutes of Health, the Veterans Administration, the Texas Advanced Technology Program, and a number of private foundations.
His clinical research has focused on minimally invasive spine and brain surgery, including neural navigation using virtual reality systems. He is presently developing technology for 3D endoscopy, as well as studying the effects of novel ways to deliver radiation to the brain to treat tumors, vascular abnormalities, and pain.
Dr. Baskin currently serves as the Director of the Kenneth R. Peak Brain and Pituitary Treatment Center at Houston Methodist Hospital.
Autism Tissue Program - The Gift of Hope, 7 Dec 2009 [cached]
David S. Baskin, M.D., F.A.C.S. . Professor Neurological Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine; and Director of Research, Department of Neurosurgery at The Methodist Neurological Institute.
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