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Dr. Jennifer Jennings

Neurosurgery
SACRAMENTO, CA
18 years experience female

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Office

My office hours

Thursday: Closed
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Bio

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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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennifer Jennings
Neurosurgery 18 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 portion of the disc which is pushing on a nerve root, but there may still be part of the disc remaining to maintain the cushioning effect provided by discs. You do not want to reherniate the remaining disc.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennifer Jennings
Neurosurgery 18 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 a cerebral angiogram, which does carry risks.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Jennings
Neurosurgery 18 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 neighboring structures, you may often monitor it closely with imaging. If the meningioma is large and pressing on vital structures or blocking the outflow of cerebral spinal fluid, you may need an operation to remove it. Radiosurgery is also an option.

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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

Affiliations

American Association Of Neurological Surgeons / Congress Of Neurological Surgeons
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