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Dr. Jefferson Chen

Neurosurgery
Portland, OR
34 years experience male

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Office

Portland, OR

Address

501 N Graham, Suite 580, Portland, OR
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LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon

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Portland, OR

About

Bio

My neurosurgery practice is focused at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in the neurosurgery subspecialties of: 1. NeuroTrauma and NeuroCritical Care -Surgical treatment of head injury and specific types of stroke -Neurological ICU management with multimodal brain monitoring (ICP, Brain oxygen, Brain flow, Brain chemistry) 2. Brain Tumors (both primary and metastatic) -Surgical treatment using modern neurosurgical techniques (neuronavigation, Awake Craniotomies, Brainpath) -Radiosurgery techniques using Gamma Knife (framed technique) and Novalis(frameless technique) technologies 3. Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus I actively participate in local and national/international research and clinical trials in these fields. I am active in local supprot groups for these patients.

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Neurosurgery

Doctor Q&A

915 Answers
465 Agrees
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Depends on injury: The extent of the traumatic brain injury (TBI) would determine the long-term sequelae. In most cases of TBI in college atheletes, these are mild TBIs or concussions. It can be a brief loss of consciousness or a transient change in mental status. Generally, these clear and improve over 4-6 weeks. The key is to avoid repeated concussions in short succession as there may be cumulative effects.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Depends on location: The size and location of the hemorrhagic stroke will determine the outcome. If is very large and causing pressure on the surrounding brain, it may need to be removed by a neurosurgeon. If it is in an area that controls speech or movement, there will likely be long term deficits. If it is a small bleed, it will likely resorb over time and she may not need surgery.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Opthalmologist: If this is something that is new, it would be a good idea to have this evaluated by a opthalmologist or better yet a neuro-opthalmologist. The eyes move in a complex manner that is controlled by the brainstem. You may have have some involvement of certain cranial nerves. Specialized testing can help determine the which nerves and thus target the further investigations (ie. MRIs).

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Testimonials
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Apr 24, 2013
Dr. Chen provides an exceptional public service on Healthtap. He is clearly extremely knowledgable about neurosurgery. I learn from reading the information he presents on health tap. I recommend Dr. C...Read More
Apr 22, 2013
Has always taken time for me when I've called to request help off him. Has always treated me as a respected colleague and I'm grateful to know he's there for me should my patients' needs arisenn
Jul 6, 2013
Dr. Chen provides articulate, helpful answers about complicated neurosurgical/neurological topics. He writes calmly and respectfully too. Thank you, Dr. Chen!
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! My CT-scan had similar finding and I didn't understand any of it. Your response was very helpful because I do have trouble walking and a difficult time moving my left ar...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you! I was referencing pain that does move around her body, I will definitely schedule and appointment.
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Is there anything I should do or is time the only thing that heals this? I cracked the back of my skull, released from the icu without info.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Graduated 1987MD

Medical/Graduate school

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Graduated 1987MD

Residency

University of California San Diego Medical Center

Residency

University of California San Diego Medical Center

Awards

Top Doctors, Portland Monthly Magazine
Top Doctors, Portland Monthly Magazine
Top Doctors, Portland Monthly Magazine

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
American Association of Neurological Surgeons / Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Cerebrovascular Section
Society of Critical Care Medicine
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