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Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Clinic
May 13-15, 2019

Robert Louis

Director, Skull Base And Pituitary Tumor Program
Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute at Hoag Memorial Hospital

Robert Louis, MD, a fellowship-trained Orange County brain and spine surgeon, specializes in several minimally invasive spine surgical techniques. He employs a thoughtfully conservative approach, dedicated to delivering outstanding and patient-centered neurosurgical care.

Dr. Louis is currently the director of the Skull Base and Pituitary Tumor Program at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Orange County, Southern California. His expertise also includes endoscopic and minimally invasive treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors, sellar and parasellar tumors and skull base tumors. Through the use of cutting-edge neuroimaging and neuro-navigational equipment, he utilizes the concept of keyhole neurosurgery, minimizing the damage to surrounding brain, vascular and soft tissue structures. Dr. Louis believes that most brain and skull base tumors can be resected through small openings or by utilizing naturally occurring orifices. This approach has been demonstrated to decrease post-operative pain, minimize neurologic complications and shorten the length of hospitalization, resulting in better outcomes for his patients

May 13, 2019
12:05pm - 12:45pm
Room 26

In this fascinating case study, attendees will learn how the Skull Base and Pituitary Tumor Program at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif., implemented virtual reality for patient consult, intraoperative navigation, and post-operative checkup.

The platform creates patient-specific 360-degree VR models from cross-sectional imaging (CT, MRI) that can be manipulated and viewed in high resolution at any angle and allows the patient and physician to be fully immersed in the patient's anatomy. Patient feedback from a survey study revealed significantly higher rankings for overall satisfaction compared to prior care. HCAHPS scores for hospital rating and hospital recommendation were ~20% higher for Hoag compared to the national average, and 93% of patients reported that they would definitely recommend the doctor.

These findings support not only the the technology-enhanced clinical practice approach for treating complex skull base and pituitary tumors, but also using VR technology across the patient care continuum.


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