Dr. Robert Spetzler Featured in National Geographic


Barrow Neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Spetzler uses adenosine to stop a patient’s heartbeat in order to treat a brain aneurysm during a complex surgical procedure.

Can death be a reversible process? Leading neurosurgeons and scientists are finding there may indeed be a gray zone when it comes to a patient’s transition between life and death.  A recent National Geographic article exploring the evolution of “resuscitation science” features Barrow Neurosurgeon, Dr. Robert Spetzler and his team using the drug adenosine during a surgical procedure to successfully stop a patient’s heartbeat in an effort to resolve a brain aneurysm. These and other groundbreaking medical techniques and interventions are redefining the boundaries between a patient’s journey from life to death. 

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