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Neurosurgery

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* Professional time devoted to Forensic Medicine and research in Cauda Equina Syndrome with published articles in international peer-reviewed journals.
*  Private neurosurgical practice for over 30 years in San Francisco.
*  Affiliated with the Department of Neurosurgery at UCSF, San Francisco.
*  Military service: Neurosurgeon, US Air Force during the Viet Nam war.
*  Board Certified, American Board of Neurological Surgery, 1969.
*  Neurosurgical residency: University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor.
*  General surgical and neurosurgical training: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.
*  MD degree: Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis.

Dr. DeLong is a board certified neurosurgeon with over 30 years in clinical practice. He is a recognized forensic scholar in Cauda Equina Syndrome and offers objective advice and analysis for both plaintiff and defense. He is highly experienced in issues of standard of care and causation. He applies  high analytical standards to the cases he reviews and is experienced in scholarly medical literature review and in the preparation and presentation of trial exhibits.

After a long clinical career, which included training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, service as a neurosurgeon in the US Air Force during the Viet Nam War, and a clinical faculty position in the Department of Neurosurgery at UCSF in San Francisco, Dr. DeLong retired from clinical practice and has spent his professional time since then practicing forensic medicine and researching Cauda Equina Syndrome. Additionally, Dr. DeLong is able to consult on matters involving spinal surgery, spinal injury/trauma, spinal stenosis, disc herniation, neurosurgical medical malpractice issues for both plaintiff and defense, and neurosurgical risk management. Personal attention, communication, and availability are high priorities for him when he works with you on your projects.

Dr. DeLong is especially interested in recent research in Cauda Equina Syndrome from a herniated disc that points to the compelling conclusion that CES can be recognized early, before the bladder has become completely paralyzed, when the odds of a complete recovery from surgery are considerably improved, in contrast to deteriorating odds of recovery if surgery is delayed until bladder paralysis is complete.