Dr. James Goodrich

Neurosurgery
Bronx , NY, Turkey
43 years experience male

About

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

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Brain damage: Dementia occurs with the loss of brain structure and in particular the neurons - after enough loss of cells and neurons the brain can no longer functi... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Hydrocephalus: Congenital hydrocephalus is a situation where an infant is born with increased spinal fluid within the brain which is called hydrocephalus. Congenital... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Polio: Poliomyelitis is now almost nonexistent in the western world - travel abroad to countries like pakistan and parts of central africa have an increased ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Lou Gehrig: Lou gehrig, a famous american baseball player was one of the first people to be diagnosed with ALS and the name has stuck over the years.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Huntington's Disease: There are several excellent web sites that deal with huntington's disease along with support groups - would suggest you search the web for these and t... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Subdural hematoma: Warning signs include headaches, altered metal status, speech difficulties, weakness on one side of the body, rare that both sides are affected, sever... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Neurosyphilis: Neurosyphilis can affect both the body as well as the brain - it is a disease that can affect multiple organs.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Brain tumor: As lead levels build up in the body this can be transferred to the brain and the lead becomes toxic to the nerves which are the structures with the br... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Meningitis: Sterility does not occur from bacterial meningitis.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Pseudotumor cerebri: Pseudotomor cerebri is a very serious disorder and needs to be treated, usually by a neurologist and if treated is rarely fatal.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Cavernous sinus: The cavernous sinuses are at the base of the skull and are a space where the brain drains venous blood plus nerves that control your eye movements als... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Subdural hematoma: A chronic subdural hematoma typical occurs after a head injury but does not present with symptoms until days to weeks after the event. It is a collect... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Parkinson Disease: I would suggest looking up some local support groups that have people involved in this problem as they usually have the experience and advice.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Headaches Computer: The eye strain from staring at the computer is what causes the headaches and it is quite common. The solution is simple, spend less time on the comput... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Spinal stenosis: Yes, in some cases it can be curable, based on your age likely first by physical therapy and if not that then there are surgical options available to ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Herbal medications: I have not had a situation in my practice where a chinese herb has been effective in treating parkinson's disease.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Psedotumor cerebri: PC is a disorder most commonly seen in woman and is a case of increased intracranial pressure of unknown etiology, thought in some cases can be relate... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Brain surgery: The two most common medications for brain swelling are steroids (decadron) or diuretic agents like mannitol.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Brachial plexu: It sounds like you are asking about a brachial plexus nerve injury. In most cases of injury to this structure it is a wait and see to see how the nerv... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Spinal tap: The most common complaint after a spinal tap is a headache. These commonly resolve within a day or two. The pain from the needle rather last longer th... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Pineal cyst: A 3mm pineal cyst is a quite small and likely an incidental finding on the MRI. These are common findings on MR, I would speak with the doctor who ord... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Meningocele: A meningocele is a congenital defect in the development of the spine in which the structures covering the spine do not develop. This can occur from ge... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
ALS: Lou gehrig's disease is mostly commonly used other name.
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Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Head injury: Loss of consciousness with a fall or a blow to the head is the most common side of a serious head injury. An associated skull fracture can also be a s... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Seizure: With only a single seizure you would need a workup by a neurologist to rule out any underlying problems, and in most cases if eeg is normal then one w... Read More
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Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Exercise: Best to consult a physical therapist that deals with low back pain as they can recommend various exercises to help strengthen the back muscle.S.
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A female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Sciatica: Physical therapy is commonly used to help with sciatica and often with good results.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Radiculopathy: The term radiculopathy is a term used by physicians to refer to nerve pain that follows a particular anatomical distribtuion in the human body. It is ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
AFP and spinal bifid: If the AFP is positive it is best to do an ultrasound of the fetus and if a spina bifida or myelomeningocele is present it can usually be detected by ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Tarlov cysts: Tralov cysts are spinal fluid filled cysts at the base of your spine. They are benign but can be painful causing low back pain. They rarely require su... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Serious.: A brain hemorrhage is always a very serious issue and the most important problem is the find what the source of the bleeding came from and so that can... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Unlikely: If would be very unusual for a neck mass to get large enough to compress the main artery going through the neck and then lead to a stroke but having s... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
CT or MR : Ct scan or mr to document a sah and then either an angiogram or ct angio or mr angio to look for a vascular malformation such as an aneurysms or avm.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Craniosynostosis: craniosynostosis is a premature closure of a suture, an area where bones of the skull come together. Typical there is asymmetry of the head with ridgi... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Amnesia: Amnesia is a loss of memory most commonly associated with a stroke or head injury - if either of these have happened to you the best route at this po... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Slipped disc: Another term for slipped disc is a herniated disc due to the disc rupturing and compressing a nerve. The treatment can be conservative using only phys... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Nerve compression: If the facial grimacing is only on one side of the face it can be due to compression of the facial nerve by an artery. Surgical treatment is available... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Craniosynostosis: There are a number of excellent craniofacial centers around the country, mostly associated with academic medical centers - If you are from Miami the b... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Craniosynostosis: An interesting question and I would suggest that you see a pediatric genetist that deals with craniofacial disorders as they can work this up further ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Surgical treatment: Syringomyelia is a disorder where spinal fluid is trapped within the spinal cord, this is a serious condition and more common problems such as a chiar... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Not likely: To my knowledge I have not encounter a patient with hydrocephalus that has suffered from excessive sweating - a review of the literature does not show... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Spina bifida: Yes there are blood tests and also ultrasound studies can be very helpful. Speak to the OB doctor as they are aware of these studies and which ones ca... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Aphasia: Their is not much available in the way of software for treating aphasia. The best treatment is work with a speech therapist for speech training.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Compression fracture: Compression fractures of the spine are most related to trauma and what happens is the vertebral body, a bony structure in your spine becomes "compress... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Burr hole: In most cases a bur hole trephination does not cause any pain after the incision has healed. You might want to have your surgeon review the site and m... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Headache: Headaches are not uncommon in patients with a cervical neck pain.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Brain tumor: Most common brain tumors in this age group are tumors of the posterior fossa which are medulloblastoma and cerebellar astrocytomas, also not uncommon ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Lumbar puncture: I am not sure the doctors are refusing rather they likely they do not feel it useful for a diagnostic reason. Remember every test and especially a spi... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
CSF: A myelogram and CSF leak does happen but these are not related to the stenosis or causing further problem to your spine.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Bacteria: Meningococcal meningitis is a form or type of bacterial meningitis.
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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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That's interesting. If you google "frequent urination chiari" you'll see many listings. Thanks again for your help.

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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