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Dr. Jennifer Jennings

Neurosurgery
SACRAMENTO, CA
19 years experience female

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Wednesday: Closed
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Jennifer Shinae Jennings, MD Neurosurgery Partner, Capital Neurological Surgeons Specializing in minimally invasive spinal surgery for lumbar disease Complex surgery and fusion of the cervical thoracic and lumbar spine, Treatment of brain tumors with the use of stereotactic navigation Minimally invasive techniques to treat pituitary tumors, Biopsy and excision of spinal tumors Kyphoplasty Vagal nerve stimulator implants Acting Chief of Neurosurgery, Bassett Hospital 9/12 to 9/13/2013 Member of Spine Institute with Dr. Reginald Knight Responsible for mentoring Columbia medical students General Neurosurgery, specializing in MIS procedures including TLIFs and DLIFs, MIS decompressions/ microdiscectomies, zero profile ACDFs, percutaneous pedicle screw fixation for trauma Chief of Neurosurgery, 09/2010 to 9/2012 Veterans Administration Hospital, Syracuse, New York Responsible for teaching Neurosurgical Residents Provide consultation to Primary Physicians Supervise Neurosugical Nurse practitioner in the the OR and with clinical duties Perform extensive spinal surgery with instrumentation, including minimally invasive spinal instrumentation, cranial operations, deep brain stimulation and peripheral nerve procedures Serve a large catchment area, including Albany and Buffalo Member of Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Research Committees Clinical Assistant Professor, 9/20/2010 to Present SUNY-Upstate Department of Neurosurgery, Syracuse, New York Education/ Training Chief Resident – Neurosurgery, 2009 – 2010 Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY Senior Resident – Pediatric Neurosurgery, 3/09 – 6/09 Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA Resident – Neurosurgery, 2004 – 2009 Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY Intern – General Surgery, 2003 – 2004 Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY MD, 1999 -2003 University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, San Antonio, TX BA in Human Biology, Stanford

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Neurosurgery

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2 Agrees
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jennifer Jennings
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Ignore: Radiating pain Without Neuro deficit Should first try PT.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennifer Jennings
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Perhaps: A bulging disc in the lower spine would not directly cause severe shoulder pain. However, your spine compensates for any tilt or curvature in other p... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Jennings
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Vertebral defect: It is essentially a hairline fracture in the vertebra at the pars. Sometimes this is an incidental finding and does not cause any particular pain or ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Jennings
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Bulging discs: In general, if you are not having any neurological symptoms, disc bulges as we age are rather common and nothing to be overly concerned about. If you... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Jennings
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Yes: The brain has an extensive network of arteries and veins.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennifer Jennings
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
3 months: I would follow your surgeon's advice. Bending at the waist and twisting are not good after a microdiscectomy. Many times, surgeons remove the portio... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennifer Jennings
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Yes: A vascular imaging study should be done if an AVM is suspected. CTAngiogram and MRAngiogram are less invasive studies, but the gold standard would be... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jennifer Jennings
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Yes: Extremely serious and can lead to permanent disability.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jennifer Jennings
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Unlikely: This would be unlikely unless you have an underlying bone disorder. If you have had unexplained fractures of bones in the past, you might want to hav... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Jennings
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Primary care: Any primary care physician can order a Neurosurgery consult. Usually, appropriate imaging such as MRI or CT is necessary before requesting a consulta... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jennifer Jennings
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Annular tear: The annulus is a thicker wall around the softer part of the lumbar disc. L5 is a common site of wear on the annulus. Occasionally a preexisting par... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennifer Jennings
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Perhaps: A CT scan would show if ventricles are enlarged, and may suggest a VP shunt malfunction. One usually needs a comparison scan to determine whether the... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennifer Jennings
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Observation: Perineural, or Tarlov cysts are usually incidental findings on an MRI. They are usually asymptomatic and appear on an MRI. They are essentially thin... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Jennings
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Depends: The treatment of meningioma depends on the size and location. If the meningioma is very small, usually millimeters and not pressing on any neighborin... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Jennifer Jennings
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Yes: If one is suffering from intractable pain or neurologic deficit, one can have surgery to correct abnormal curvature. Minimally invasive techniques ha... Read More

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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, TX
Graduated 2003MD

Residency

SUNY Upstate
Completed 2010

Awards

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Affiliations

American Association Of Neurological Surgeons / Congress Of Neurological Surgeons
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