Jeremy Stone, MDPGY-3 Resident
Jeremy Stone, MD, joined the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery residency program in July of 2014.
He completed his undergraduate work at Case Western Reserve University, attaining magna cum laude honors with dual degrees in biology and psychology. A native of Hawaii, Dr. Stone returned home to the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine to pursue his medical degree. He was recognized as a leader in his class, taking on the role of president of the American Medical Association Chapter and serving as delegate to the Hawaii Medical Association. He also led many community service outreach projects. Dr. Stone’s academic achievement was acknowledged with election into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
Dr. Stone’s research interests include traumatic brain injury systems-based improvement, evaluation of surgical outcomes in spinal deformity, vascular neurosurgery and molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disease.
Outside of the hospital and research lab, Dr. Stone enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, hiking, playing sports, and surfing the Monongahela River.
Specialized Areas of Interest
Tumor; trauma; spine.
Professional Organization Memberships
Alpha Omega Alpha
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Phi Beta Kappa
Honors & Awards
- Frank and Mary McDowell Award for Excellence in Surgery, 2014
- Po’okela Noi’i Award for Outstanding Research, 2014
- Windsor and Mary Cutting Excellence in the Basic Sciences Award, 2014
- American College of Physicians Bernard Yim, MD, Award for Top Performance in Internal Medicine, 2013
Dr. Stone’s research interests involve the subspecialties of neuro-oncolgy tumor surgery, spine surgery, and neurotrauma. Current projects include:
1) Copeland Grant Funded project involving development of novel surgical instrument which utilizes real-time neurophysiology feedback to make tumor surgery around cranial nerves safer. Animal research with rat tumor model will commence during the summer of 2016.
2) Assessment of safety and cost-effectiveness of avoiding ICU stay for post-operative supratentorial brain tumor patients.
3) Implementation of novel evidence-based protocols for external ventricular drain placement and cerebrospinal fluid sampling in the neurological cerebrovascular intensive care unit. This ongoing project involves a prospective quality improvement initiative evaluating the impact of implementing a standardized protocol in the neurological cerebrovascular intensive care unit for external ventricular drain placement and cerebrospinal fluid sampling. By standardizing parameters such as use of peri-procedural antibiotics, head shave, wash, and prep, we hope to improve external ventricular drain-associated infection rates. Additionally, standardizing cerebrospinal fluid collection techniques and limiting routine sampling of cerebrospinal fluid are included as systems-based changes to limit infections in our vulnerable cerebrovascular patient population.
4) Comparison of minimally invasive spine surgery modalities to more invasive techniques in terms of outcomes, recovery time prior to return to work, and complications. Minimally invasive techniques of interest include extreme lateral interbody fusion, MIS microdiscectomy, and percutaneous pedical screw fusion. Minimally invasive techniques are to be compared to more invasive techniques such as transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, traditional microdiscectomy, and open posterior pedicle screw fusion respectively.
5) Case report introducing novel technique for posterior cervical fusion in the setting of trauma utilizing placement of bilateral interfacet anterior cervical fusion grafts.
6) Systems based retrospective analysis of traumatic brain injury transfers to highest level trauma center before and after implementation of transfer guidelines in the State of Hawaii. This ongoing large retrospective study is evaluating the safety, efficacy, and cost effectiveness of more restrictive transfer guidelines to the highest level state trauma center for traumatic brain injury patients.