Title: Neurological Surgeon (Retired)
Location: Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United States
Roger Ostdahl, Retired Neurological Surgeon, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership.
In preparation for his career, Dr. Ostdahl graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry, magna cum laude, from Duke University in 1969. He studied abroad as an exchange student in Switzerland, and after earning his undergraduate degree, he continued his education at Duke University earning an MD in 1973. He was also board certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners in 1974 and the American Board of Neurological Surgery in 1981. Dr. Ostdahl was an assistant resident in general surgery and neurological surgery at the Duke University Medical Center and was the Chief resident in neurological surgery at Duke from 1978 to 1979.
Dr. Ostdahl was subsequently a neurological surgeon at the Polyclinic Hospital in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania from 1979 to 1996, as well as the Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, from 1979 to 2007. At the same time, he also contributed to the Carlisle Hospital and practiced at the Harrisburg Hospital. Dr. Ostdahl was appointed clinical assistant professor of surgery at the Pennsylvania State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and worked as the chairman of the surgical quality assessment committee at the Polyclinic Medical Center from 1994 to 1998. From 2008 until his retirement in 2011, he worked as a neurological surgeon for Pinnacle Health Systems in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
In addition to his primary pursuits, Dr. Ostdahl has found success as a presenter at various symposia and conferences throughout his career. He was a contributing author to “Neurosurgery” in 1985, “The Drez Operation” in 1996, and has also contributed articles to professional journals. He maintains memberships to numerous organizations in relation to his areas of expertise, including being a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, as well as a member of the American Medical Association, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Trauma Society, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and Alpha Omega Alpha, among others. Dr. Ostdahl credits Dr. Guy Odom and Dr. Robert Wilkins as mentors and inspirations throughout his career, and he is most proud of helping to write the original paper on the DREZ procedure, which is well-known throughout the world.
Dr. Ostdahl became involved in his profession because of his uncle, Dr. Richard DeWall, who was the inventor of the DeWall bubble oxygenator, which allowed for the growth of open-heart surgery. Throughout his career, Dr. Ostdahl has been recognized for his achievements with numerous awards and honors, including a Physicians Recognition Award from the American Medical Association, as well as a Merck Index Award in 1969. As a further testament to his success, he has been featured in the second and third editions of Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, as well as the 55th, 57th and 58th editions of Who’s Who in America. Since his retirement, he has contributed greatly to the World Wildlife Fund, which is his passion. He enjoys spending time with his family, and he is very proud of his two daughters, Maggie and Shannon.
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