Orthopedic & Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Egon Doppenberg of NorthShore University HealthSystem

Written by Rachel Fields | June 29, 2010 | Print  |
Egon Doppenberg, MD, specializes in the treatment of brain and spine tumors and complex degenerative and traumatic spinal disorders at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Ill. An expert on minimally invasive neurosurgical procedures, he also serves as clinical assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Chicago Pritzer School of Medicine.

In a 2007 interview with NorthShore, Andrew Jennings described his experience with Dr. Doppenberg when he was diagnosed with a benign spinal tumor. Most benign tumors do not require emergency surgery, but spinal tumors are different: An otherwise harmless tumor can cause paralysis or even death. After his successful emergency surgery, Jennings praised Dr. Doppenberg's confidence in his recovery. "[A life-threatening tumor] was worse than my worst-case expectation at the time. But Dr. Doppenberg said he was absolutely sure that it was the best option for me to live a normal life without fear of paralysis," Jennings said. "He made me feel extremely comfortable with the extreme measures needed to treat my problem and told me I'd be able to change diapers by the time [my wife's] baby came."

As well as treating patients in Illinois, Dr. Doppenberg has participated in various surgical missions to Central and South America to treat tumors and congenital abnormalities in children. He has published dozens of articles and textbook chapters and has provided presentations and lectures on spinal treatment.

Dr. Doppenberg graduated cum laude from the school of medicine at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. He completed a fellowship in stroke and neurotrauma followed by a residency in neurological surgery at the Medical College of Virginia, then a neurosurgical oncology fellowship in brain and spine tumors at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas in Houston.

Read more Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review coverage Egon Doppenberg in "50 of the Best Spine Specialists in America."

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