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Published on Sep 8, 2010
Watch an interview with Eric L. Zager, MD, a neurosurgeon at Penn Medicine.
"Together we create an atmosphere in which we pursue a common goal; to get our patients better, to get them home, to get them with their families functioning at the highest level possible."
"I see patients who have suffered devastating injuries to peripheral nerves, including the brachial plexus, which is a complex area of nerves at the base of the neck that controls all of the function in the arm and the hand. And many of these patients have suffered devastating injuries in motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents or other types of trauma. My job as a peripheral nerve specialist is to diagnose their problem, identify which nerves are actually recovering spontaneously on their own, and which nerves need a microsurgical repair."
"We have a leading team of neurologists and rehab physicians and neurosurgeons here who can reconstruct peripheral nerves, often with nerve graphs or nerve transfers; the latest reconstructive techniques."
"Our practice is unique in that we have a cutting-edge academic department in which research is done by all of us and we apply the latest techniques in clinical practice."
"When I pursued my surgical specialties, I became the most excited because there was an opportunity for direct intervention, hands-on treatment of a patient's problem and conquering a disease that day, it was very immediate and very gratifying."
"My name is Eric Zager. I'm an Attending Neurosurgeon here at Penn Medicine."