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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Neurosurgeon Named President-Elect of National Medical Society

Michael J. Alexander, MD, to head Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery in 2012

Michael J. Alexander, MD, professor and vice-chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, has been named president-elect of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery. The Society is a 600-member organization of doctors who treat brain aneurysms, strokes, carotid artery blockages, other brain artery disorders and spinal abnormalities through minimally invasive procedures.

Alexander, who directs Cedars-Sinai’s Neurovascular Center, is well known for taking leadership roles in research on minimally invasive techniques and innovative devices, such as balloons and stents to open brain arteries and tools to retrieve stroke-causing clots. Since he joined Cedars-Sinai in 2007, the medical center’s neurovascular program has become one of the largest referral centers on the West Coast. His expertise includes treatment of complex aneurysms, extracranial-intracranial bypass surgery, therapies for acute stroke and atherosclerotic cerebrovascular disease, skull base surgery and simulator training for endovascular neurosurgery.

Alexander also directs the West Coast’s only endovascular neurosurgery fellowship program accredited by the Society of Neurological Surgeons/Committee on Accreditation of Subspecialty Training.

A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Alexander is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, with subspecialty expertise in endovascular, cerebrovascular and skull base neurosurgery. After earning his medical degree from Georgetown University and completing a neurosurgery residency at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center, Alexander completed two fellowships: in neurovascular and skull base surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Ariz., and in interventional neuroradiology at UCLA Medical Center.

The Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery comprises physicians across the United States who have backgrounds in interventional neuroradiology, endovascular neurosurgery and interventional neurology. Alexander has held executive committee positions in the society for the past four years.