Curriculum Vitae

Birth: Charlotte, North Carolina, December, 1953

Education:
1972 Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH
1975 A.B. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chemistry)
1980 M.D. Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
Postdoctoral Training

Internship and Residencies:
1980–1981 Intern in General Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
1981–1983 Resident in Neurological Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
1985 Acting Resident in Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
1985–1987 Resident in Neurological Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
1987 Senior Registrar and Cerebrovascular Fellow, Neurosurgical Service, Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle–Upon–Tyne, England, U.K.
1988–1990 Instructor in Surgery, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Research Fellowships:
1983–1985 Research Fellow in Neurosurgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
1987 Research Fellow in Neurosurgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Certifications:
1991 Diplomate, American Board of Neurological Surgery, November, 1991
1996 Inducted as a Fellow, American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.)

Academic Appointments:

1978–1979 Research Assistant, Neuroendocrinology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
1988–1990 Instructor in Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
1990–1994 Assistant Professor in Surgery (Neurosurgery), Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
1990–2001 Assistant Professor in Radiation Therapy, Joint Center for Radiation Therapy, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
1994–2001 Associate Professor in Surgery (Neurosurgery), Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
2001–2003 Associate Professor in Surgery (Neurosurgery), UMass Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts
2004–2006 Consultant, Gerson Lehman, New York, NY
2008–2010 Clinical Director of the Brain Program, Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation, Charlottesville, Virginia
2008–2011 Assistant Professor of Research in Neurological Surgery, University of Virginia Medical School, Charlottesville, Virginia

Hospital Appointments:
1988–2003 Associate Surgeon, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
1988–2003 Associate Surgeon, The Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
1988–2003 Associate Surgeon, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
1994–2001 Director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Brigham & Women’s Hospital Boston, Massachusetts
1998–2003 Clinical Associate in Neurosurgery, Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, Massachusetts
2001–2003 Active Staff, Department of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, Massachusetts
2004–2005 Sabbatical
2005–2006 Corporate Consulting: Gerson Lehrman Group, New York, NY
2006–2007 Active Staff, Department of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery, Lynchburg General Hospital–CentraHealth, Lynchburg, Virginia

Major Research Interests:

1) Advances in 3–dimensional imaging capabilities for enhancement of intraoperative management of intracranial tumors and vascular lesions, including image fusion between CT, MRI and SPECT, magnetic stimulation preoperative cortical mapping, and the Intraoperative MRI (MR/T) Project with the General Electric Corporation
2) Development of technical advances in the use of stereotactic radiosurgery using a modified linear accelerator and the proton beam in the treatment of neoplastic, vascular and functional lesions in the central nervous system
3) MR–guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery for the treatment of tumors (benign and malignant), clot dissolution in stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage, neuromodulation, creation of focal brain lesions, and precise targeted delivery of drugs and genes within the brain.

 

Other Professional Positions and Major Visiting Appointments (recent only):

2011 Keynote Address, International Association of Near-Death Studies, Durham, NC (9/4)

2012 Presentation, International Association of Near-Death Studies, Phoenix, AZ (8/31)

2013 Presentation, School of Nursing, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (2/27)

2013 Keynote Address [with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama], Maitripa College, Portland, OR (5/10)

2013 Presentation, Faith and Science Senior Seminar, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA (4/29)

2013 Keynote Address, Sophia University, Palo Alto, CA (6/19)

2013 Keynote Address, Third Annual Afterlife Awareness Conference, St Louis, MO (6/22)

2013 Keynote Address, International Association of Near-Death Studies, Washington, DC (8/29)

2013 Keynote Speaker, Texas Surgical Society Annual Meeting, Houston, TX (9/21)

2013 Keynote Address, American College of Surgeons Foundation Annual Meeting, Washington, DC  (10/7)

2013 Keynote Address, The Jefferson Society, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (11/15)

2014 Frederick G. Kergin Lecturer, University of Toronto Department of Surgery, Toronto, ON, Canada (2/7)

2014 Joseph Flynn Annual Conference Keynote, Mercy Hospital, St Louis, MO (3/5)

2014 Keynote Address, Dr. Thomas P. Krueger Neuroscience Symposium, Evansville, IN (4/22)

2014 Annual Keynote Address, The Wescott Society, Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation, Bedminster, NJ (5/16)

 

 

Eben Alexander, M.D.

Dr. Alexander, a renowned academic neurosurgeon, spent over three decades honing his scientific worldview. He thought he knew how the brain and mind worked. A transcendental Near-Death Experience (NDE), in which he was driven to the brink of death and spent a week deep in coma from an inexplicable brain infection, changed all of that – completely!

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