Marat V. Avshalumov, Ph.D., is a neurophysiologist who specializes in the intraoperative monitoring of spinal cord and brain function during complicated surgical procedures that place the nervous system at risk. Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring assists in protecting the brain and spinal cord by providing real time feedback (information) regarding the status of the nervous system to the surgical team. The neurophysiological team will make recordings of spontaneous or elicited electrical signals from the brain, spinal cord, cranial and peripheral nerves, and muscle during surgery. The timely neurophysiological assessments help in the identification of neural tissue and can warn of impending injury, thus permitting corrective action to be taken while the patient is still in the operating room.
Dr. Avshalumov received his doctorate in neuroscience from the Rostove State University in Russia. Following this he completed several years of postdoctoral training in neurophysiology in NYU School of Medicine, where he became a Research Assistant Professor. In 2007 Dr. Avshalumov joined an intraoperative monitoring program in Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, and received advanced training in clinical neurophysiology.
Dr. Avshalumov is also an active researcher. He has conducted research studies related to Parkinson’s disease. These studies resulted in numerous publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, (PNAS), and The Journal of Neuroscience. Currently Dr. Avshalumov is co-investigator on the NIH funded project focusing on the role of potassium channels in regulation of physiological properties of dopaminergic neurons. Dr. Avshalumov is a member of the American Society of Neurophysiologic Monitoring and the Society for Neuroscience.