Company: Brain and Spine Surgeons of Orange County
Location: Newport Beach, California, United States
Christopher Duma, MD, FACS, Neurosurgeon at Brain and Spine Surgeons of Orange County, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements and leadership in neurosurgery.
Enjoying the instant gratification of surgery, Dr. Duma began his career as a research assistant in the Department of Neuropharmacology at Weill Cornell Medicine in 1981, remaining in this role for one year before becoming a pain service research assistant in the Department of Neurology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 1985. She then served as registrar in neurosurgery at Atkinson Morley’s Hospital in Wimbledon, England, in 1990 and was the chief resident of neurosurgery at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital from 1991 to 1993. Prior to the start of his professional career, Dr. Duma pursued a formal education at Colgate University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in neuroscience in 1981. He then attended the School of Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he attained an MD in 1986. After completing an internship and residency at Medstar Georgetown University, he received a stereotactic neurosurgery and gamma knife fellowship from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) between 1991 and 1992.
A contributor to the Journal of Neurosurgery in 2016, Dr. Duma’s biggest career achievement was when he became one of the top 12 people in the country using the gamma knife. Back in 1990, there were only 12 gamma knife centers in the country. There are only a few of them with special training to do it on patients, and he was one of them. It was a small amount because the machine itself uses focused beams of radiation to treat tumors without opening the head. This technology was invented in Sweden in 1986, and the first unit to come to America was 1987. To this day, half of Dr. Duma’s cases are done with the gamma knife.
Another achievement for Dr. Duma was getting a U.S. patent for his invention for the treatment of glioblastoma in 2016. It is being used on a regular basis and he is presenting it worldwide. Outside of his primary trade, Dr. Duma maintains involvement with myriad organizations related to his field. He is affiliated with the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society since 1990, and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons since 2001.
A recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Duma was selected for inclusion in the 71st edition of Who’s Who in America. For him, the next chapter is moving forward on using stem cells for neurologic diseases, which hasn’t really done yet. He currently has a lot of preliminary data in injecting human stem cells into the brain for diseases like Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis. In addition, Dr. Duma would like to eat more natural products and take better care of his health than he has in the past.
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