Neurosurgeon and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Dean Karahalios of NorthShore Neurological Institute at NorthShore University Health System

Laura Dyrda -   Print  |
Dean Karahalios, MD, a neurosurgeon with the NorthShore Neurological Institute at NorthShore University Health Systems in Evanston, Skokie and Vernon Hills, Ill., was recently named to the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Second Opinion Network of Neurological Surgeons. The second opinion network allows injured NFL players to have access to physicians who are unencumbered by league politics and economics. Dr. Karahalios was chosen as a representative for the NFLPA Second Opinion Network of Neurological Surgeons for brain and spine injuries for Chicago.

"The NFLPA Second Opinion Network is an attempt to create a system of checks and balances," says Dr. Karahalios. "Our role is to provide elite NFL athletes access to second opinions and advanced surgical and non-surgical options."

One of the most challenging and controversial issues surrounding NFL players is the return-to-play protocol after a suspected head injury. Recent developments in diagnosing and understanding concussions have shown that they are more common than originally thought. Furthermore, recovery from a concussion can be a slow and frustrating process. Dr. Karahalios and his neurosurgical colleagues are committed to continuing to focus on refining the diagnosis tools and return-to-play protocols for all athletes after a suspected concussion.  

In addition, Dr. Karahalios believes that educating coaches, parents, teachers and other supporters of youth athletes is of significant importance in the fight against concussion.  He has developed a free concussion reference card available for download from his website.  

During his career, Dr. Karahalios has served in many leadership positions ranging from clinical leadership roles to his current position as Chief of the Neurosurgical Residency Training Program for NorthShore University HealthSystem. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Karahalios is a prolific researcher, writer and lecturer on various innovative spinal implant devices and image-guided surgery applications.

Dr. Karahalios is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He earned his medical degree at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and completed his residency in neurological surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. Dr. Karahalios also completed a fellowship in spine surgery at the Barrow/St. Joseph's Hospital.

Learn more about Dr. Dean Karahalios.

Read other coverage on orthopedic and spine industry leaders:

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Joel Boyd of TRIA Orthopaedic Center

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Frank P. Cammisa Jr., of the Hospital for Special Surgery

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