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Dr. James Goodrich

Neurosurgery
Bronx , NY, Turkey
42 years experience male

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Bio

Dr. Goodrich did his undergraduate work at the University of California, Irvine and completed his graduate work at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Columbia University receiving a Masters and Doctorate of Philosophy. He received his Doctorate of Medicine from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in the City of New York. Intern and residency training was completed at the Presbyterian Hospital in the City of New York and the New York Neurological Institute. Dr. Goodrich is presently director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York. Dr. Goodrich holds the academic rank of Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery, Pediatrics, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He also holds the Rank of Professor Contralto of Neurological Surgery at the University of Palermo in Palermo, Italy. Dr. Goodrich was recently awarded a Doctorate of Science (Honoris Causa) by the College of Mount St. Vincent, Riverdale, New York. In December of 2009 Dr. Goodrich was honored by the Burdenko Neurological Institute with an honorary doctorate of neurosurgery at a festschrift for Professor Alexander Konovalov. Dr. Goodrich and the neurosurgical team at the Children's Hospital of Montefiore received the "Mayor's Award in Science and Technology" given at City Hall, New York City by Mayor Bloomberg for the neurosurgical separation of the Aguirre craniopagus twins. Dr. Goodrich’s clinical interests are in craniofacial surgery and craniosynostosis along with the development of complex craniofacial approaches to the skull base for tumor, pediatric brain tumors, Spina dysraphism/bifida and pediatric vascular anomalies and trauma.

Specialties
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Neurosurgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Autoimmune: A compression fracture is due to trauma in most cases and is not related to cancer or an autoimmune disease.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Concussion: In the majority of cases the hemorrhage occurs at the time of injury, while later bleeding can occur it is quite uncommon but possible.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Skull fracture: Treatment of skull fracture is based on how serious the fracture is - if the fracture is not compressing the brain and there is no bleeding underneath... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Sciatica: The sciatic nerve is responsible for both the muscle control and sensation in the the legs from the hips on down so any compression or injury to the n... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Brain damage: Ordering an MRI is really based on whether the treating team is looking to find a treatable causes and based on the limited history given here an MRI ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Glioblastoma: There are no hereditary links for glioblastoma other than a couple of very rare syndromes. So you pain is very unlikely to be related to a glioblastom... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Awake craniotomy: The patient is usually laying on their back with head neutral or flexed forward. During the wakeup pain is not usually an issue and postop pain is usu... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Neurofibromatoma: This looks very much like what we call a plexiform neurofibroma, they can be quite painful and do grow over time. I would recommend you see a pediatri... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Lower back stiffness: Low back pain, stiffness, cramping etc is best treated first with physical therapy with range of motion and strengthening exercises. Occasionally musc... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Herniated disk: The surgical treatment is a surgery in the back or neck then coming down to the disc space and surgical removing the portion of the disk that has hern... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Hydrocephalus: Fetal hydrocephalus is about one per thousand births, if you have had a child with hydrocephalus you are at increased risk but having said that it is ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Concussion: Depends on the severity of the concussion meaning that a light concussion without loss of consciousness the effects can be gone in days. In a more sev... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Brain injury: Alzheimer's affects just about every part of the brain the areas more severely affected are the frontal and temporal lobes, areas where the hallucinat... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
CSF leak: Headaches are extremely common symptoms in both a CSF leak and meningits.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Neck pain and x-ray: Likely slept in the wrong position, if this is the first time would just take some over the counter pain meds and it should resolve. If it persists th... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Cervical spondylosis: From your note you are listed as 37 years of age and that is a bit young to be having these type of degenerative lesions. I would suggest a neurosurgi... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Sciatica: Sciatica is the clinical term for the pain that radiates down the leg. A herniated disc is a common cause of sciatica and this an anatomical situation... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
PET scan: If a whole body pet scan is done the brain is normally included.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Neuralgia: No they are not related, trigeminal neuralgia is it own specific disorder and not related to a migraineous form of neuralgia.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Schwannoma: A schwannoma is growth from the outer sheath of a nerve. They can occur anywhere in the body where there is a nerve, most are benign and symptoms are... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Ping pong fracture: Ping pong fractures are not uncommon and most resolve on their own. It is rare that any brain damage is associated with these types of fractures.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Erb palsy: I assume this is in an infant and initially physical therapy and EMG to evaluate for the amount of therapy. In cases where there is minimal no recover... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Parkinson Disease: Parkinson disease in a child is extremely rare and to date not been reported. There are drug induced parkinson's disease issues but they are also very... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Dizziness: If one has been at bed rest for a prolonged period of time dizziness is cause symptom when first arising from the bed. This symptom usually clears wit... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
MRI: The radiologist is describing small spicules of bone that are causing some narrowing of the bony canal through which the nerve runs. The mr findings ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Disabilities: Brachycephaly is a description of a head shape, this alone would not qualify for get disability
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Shunt and headache: I would have your husband evaluated as soon as possible by his neurosurgeon or neurologist. With a severe headache and new neurological finding, in th... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Eye twitches: You might be developing a problem called hemifacial spasm - i would recommend you contact a neurologist for further evaluation and sometimes this can ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Carpal tunnel brace: A physical therapist should be able to fit you for a wrist brace, they usually work well, particularly at night in keeping the wrist extended.
A member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Meningitis: Meningitis can have headaches but not typically cold hands and feet, a stiff neck is another common complaint..
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Hydrocephalus: Rather than insomnia that opposite happens, you become more sleepy with a worsening headache, often associated with vomiting, of allowed to progress c... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Coma: No it is not possible to self induce a coma in an otherwise healthy individual.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Cerebral artery: Cerebral artery occlusion is now treated at specialized hospitals where this is available an interventional neuroradiology team. The most common treat... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Hand nerve: Your hand has several nerves which control the wrist and finger movement. The ability to extend and flex a finger is due to nerves that control this ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Glioma: A grade IV glioma is a very serious disorders of the brain. This tumor is a high grade and based on the age of the child not a good finding. Despite s... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Bacterial meningitis: If the treatment was started early and a cure was obtained then the long term effects can be minimal if nothing - the effects are really based on how ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Spinal fusion: Spinal fusion in a 17 year old is quite rare unless you were born with a birth injury or congenital problem. There are many questions you should ask a... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Hydrocephalus: Hydrocephalus is a situation where there is too much water in the brain. Spinal fluid normally circulates around and within in the brain. If the amoun... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Head injury: Treatment is based on the severity of the injury - with a skull fracture, significant loss of consciousness, nausea and vomiting and other findings th... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Lumbar puncture: The advice is mostly based on why the procedure was done. The key advice is to discuss with the physician why the procedure was done, were there any u... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Spina bifida: There is not an easy answer but the best bet is to work with a physical therapist and a nutritionist to sort out the therapy and the diet needed for a... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Weakness: The weakness is likely from your head resting on a nerve in the wrist - this should get better quickly once the pressure was removed from the nerve.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Craniosynostosis: Craniosynostosis is ideally treated in infancy but having said that our center has done a number of untreated adults or adults whose original surgery ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Herniated disc: The exercise are really based on where the pain distribution is location and any other associated signs or symptoms. Consultation with a local physica... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Facial paralysis: There are a number of surgical treatments for facial paralysis - both neurosurgeon surgeons and plastic surgeons offer this techniques, however they a... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Torticollis: Torticollis is due to a stiff or tight neck muscles. With toricollis comes a head tilt, if you do not have a head tilt you do not have torticollis.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Minor concussion: In the case of a minor concussion one could return to normal exercise within a month to six weeks. If headaches are still persisting then the time mig... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Brain damage: Normally not as damage to the right side of the brain affects the left side of the body or the left hand in this case. If the damage was severe enough... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Nerve graft: The simplest solution is to contact the surgeon that did the surgeon and have this person clarify your question.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Brain surgery: The amount and type of exercise after a brain surgery is based on what was done and how extensive the procedure was - I would speak to the neurosurgeo... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Goodrich is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Goodrich is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Dec 2, 2015
I am grateful for this doctor this Thanksgiving!
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Thanks for your quick reply! Actually the nerve wasn't cut over completely, only damaged. It wasn't operated until 13 days after I cut it.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! The surgeon did a tumor resection but was unable to remove it due to the location/risks.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, NY
Graduated 1980MD

Awards

New York City Mayor's Award in Science and Technology, Consultant Neurosurgeon to Burkendo Neurological Institute Moscow Russia, US Marine of the Year 2005
Best Doctors in New York - New York Magazine
Compassionate Doctor Award - Top Doctor - Bronx, New York 2011
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