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.
recently joined the Methodist Hospital Neurological Institute
along with Dr. Grossman.
has performed research studying protection of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves from injury, and is the recipient of numerous awards for his
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
is listed in Who's Who in America, and is consistently on the list of Best Doctors in America.
has an active practice, operating on over 350 patients a year.
specializes in microsurgery of the brain and spine and has been a pioneer in pituitary surgery having performed approximately 3500 transsphenoidal operations.
also performs surgery for brain and spinal tumors and complex cervical spine reconstructions.
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.
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.
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.
clinical research has focused on minimally invasive spine and brain surgery, including neural navigation using virtual reality systems.
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.