Alexander F Post, MD
Dr. Post completed his General Surgery internship at Fletcher Allen Health Care of the University of Vermont School of Medicine, his Neurosurgery residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center of New York University, his Pediatric Neurosurgery fellowship at Children�s Memorial Hospital of Northwestern University and his Spinal Neurosurgery fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital. He served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at George Washington University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosciences, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine, Inova Campus. He was Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery for the Inova Regional Neurosurgery Service and was both co-founder and co-director of the system-wide Inova Health System Concussion Program. At New Jersey Pediatric Neuroscience Institute he served as director of the multidisciplinary Craniofacial Team at Goryeb Children's Hospital at Morristown Medical Center. After an additional fellowship in complex spinal disorders he now serves as Assistant Professor and Chief of Complex Neurosurgical Spine in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. He has been active in teaching neurosurgical residents and medical students as well as mentoring college and graduate-level students interested in the disciplines of medicine and neurosurgery. He is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS). He has lectured on multiple topics including mild traumatic brain injury / concussions, severe traumatic brain injury from accidental and nonaccidental trauma, craniosynostosis and neuroendoscopy, minimization of complications during spinal surgery. Dr. Post evaluates and treats adult and pediatric neurosurgical disorders of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves including traumatic fractures and dislocations, traumatic spinal cord injury and spinal cord compression, spinal degeneration with disc herniation and deformity, spinal tumors and vascular malformations, Chiari malformations and congenital disease of the spine. Dr. Post's also utilizes his training in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering towards the development and improvement of novel devices used during neurosurgical operations.
I currently provide diagnosis and treatment of spinal diseases as the Chief of Complex Neurosurgical Spine as part of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. These diseases include traumatic fractures and dislocations, traumatic spinal cord injury and spinal cord compression, spinal degeneration with disc herniation and deformity, spinal tumors and vascular malformations, Chiari malformations and congenital disease of the spine.
Many spinal diseases do not require surgery and may benefit from medical or physical therapies. For those diseases that may benefit from surgical intervention I offer both open (traditional) and minimal access / minimally invasive options for many and the offered surgeries are tailored for each patient.
My prior research has included quality metrics for cervical and lumbar spine surgery (to reduce infection, CSF leak and length of hospital stay), active reduction of complications through standardization of processes and medical instrument design, efficacy of flex-extension MRI in the evaluation and treatment of cervical spondylitic myelopathy, radiographic predictors of adjacent segment disease following cervical spine fusion, minimally invasive spinal surgery and evaluation of academic neurosurgical and orthopedic spine programs correlating faculty H-index to subspecialty.
I am currently pursuing clinical research with spinal neurosurgery patients, as well as advancing novel design and iterative improvement of hospital equipment and neurosurgical operative instruments.
In order for patients and families to be satisfied with their care they must understand what is wrong, the realistic options available and the likely outcome of each choice we present to them. Patients and their families have many of sources of information available to them but must rely on medical practitioners to inform them, teach them and guide them through the unfamiliar landscape of the medical problem at hand. Through discussion, drawings, review of their medical imaging and answering of their questions I try to teach them enough about their disease so that they can understand the options available and why I make the surgical or nonsurgical recommendations that I do. Ideally, they understand it well enough that they can then explain it to their other friends and family members. For those who require surgery, a strong neurosurgical team allows me to provide quality care in and out of the OR so that the patient’s neurologic recovery and comfort are maximized. As part of my patient care I work with a talented group of neurosurgical surgeons whom I teach and who will become the next generation of skilled neurosurgical leaders. This has included direct operative teaching in the ICUs and operating rooms as well as bedside teaching in patient wards, clinics and offices. I have also been part of the Neurology / Neurosurgery / ICU curriculum for Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine residents and I have mentored medical students and undergraduate students pursuing neuroscience careers.
Chief of Complex Neurosurgical Spine
American Board of Neurological Surgery - Certified
Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine (NY, NY)
Internship: University of Vermont (Burlington, VT)
Residency: Mount Sinai of Medicine (NY, NY)
Fellowship: Pediatric Neurosurgery: Children's Memorial Hospital (Chicago, IL), Spinal Neurosurgery: Mount Sinai School of Medicine (NY, NY)
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