Martina Stippler Selected as Jannetta Lecturer

Martina StipplerPittsburgh, January 12, 2022 -- Martina Stippler, MD, director of neurotrauma at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston, assistant professor of neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School and graduate of the University of Pittsburgh neurological surgery residency program has been selected to serve as the Peter J. Jannetta Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh, April 6.

Dr. Stippler specializes in neurotrauma, complex spine and endoscopic pituitary neurosurgery. Her research interests are in multimodal TBI management, triage of mild TBI and end of life discussion and goal of care discussion in the urgent setting. She has participated in many landmark TBI studies such as PROTECT, RESCUE acute SDH trial and BOOST III.

Dr. Stippler completed residency in neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh in 2009 after graduating from the University of Innsbruck School of Medicine in Austria. She completed Harvard Medical School’s Rabkin Fellowship in Healthcare Education in 2020

Dr. Stippler currently serves as secretary of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and has been a member of the CNS executive committee since 2016. Additionally, she serves as chair of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Women in Neurosurgery, is editor of the CNS journal Congress Quarterly, and is chair of the ad hoc CNS Wellness Committee. 

Dr. Stippler is also co-chair of the CNS Foundation—whose mission is to improve worldwide patient health by supporting innovative programs that allow neurosurgeons to collaborate globally—and serves on the board of directors of the Think First Foundation, a non-profit organization working to prevent traumatic brain injury. 

Her academic work focuses on the development of clinical guidelines for traumatic brain injury and surgical education. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

The Peter J. Jannetta Lecture is held annually in honor of the innovative former chairman of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery who passed away in 2016. Dr. Jannetta served as chairman of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery for 25 years beginning in 1971. He was internationally acclaimed for his development of microvascular decompression (MVD), an innovative procedure that moved blood vessels away from the trigeminal nerve, alleviating chronic pain and spasms in facial muscles. The procedure became commonly known as the ‘Jannetta Procedure’ and brought relief to thousands.

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