Thank you for your interest in supporting Neurosurgery at the University of Kansas. We are incredibly grateful to all who have contributed to our research and education efforts, and who have donated in honor of loved ones, specific care givers, or for a specific need. With your help, we will be able to continue our important work in the fight against Spinal Cord Injury, Brain Cancer, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, and other diseases of the nervous system. Your generosity is humbling.
You may support the Department by giving online or by sending a check. Be assured your gift is 100 percent tax deductible, and you will receive a receipt for tax purposes.
If you would like more information on any of the funds, where your support would be most beneficial, endowing a professorship, or on how to create a new fund altogether, you may call the Chairman, Dr. Paul Camarata at 913.588.0356 or Ted Kimble with KU Endowment at 913.588.5231.
A gift to this fund provides unrestricted support to the Neurosurgery Department for state-of-the-art equipment, faculty recruitment, infrastructure, patient support activities and educational materials.
A gift to this fund will support innovative research in the department's clinical and basic science research programs including brain cancer, stroke, cerebrovascular diseases such as aneurysm and AVM research, Moyamoya disease, and traumatic brain injury.
These gifts will benefit the Neurosurgery Resident Education Program by supporting travel to conferences to present research papers, purchasing books for the library, participating in extramural educational courses, and helping improve the Resident Library.
These gifts will help support basic and clinical research into Spinal Cord Injury. Former Major League umpire Steve Palermo, who was paralyzed in a tragic 1991 shooting incident, used his name and connections in the sports world to raise millions of dollars for spinal cord injury research. Monies from this fund are used to support basic research into the mechanisms and healing of spinal cord injuries.
These gifts will be used to further Excellence in Education in Neurosurgery at the University of Kansas. This includes the Immersive Touch Neurosurgical Simulator and the TrueVision 3D Operative Video System described below.
“Immersive Touch” State-of-the-art Neurosurgical Simulation
Following the widely-adopted and well-validated training model for airplane pilots, virtual simulators are now available for minimally invasive surgical procedures. These have been proven to speed up learning (in one study one hour on the simulator was equivalent to 2.3 hours spent in the operating room1), and to increase safety (in another study, patients were 5 times less likely to injure the patient).2 At the University of Kansas we are participating in a consortium of 5 select programs in the United States and others in Canada to further develop the paradigms to accelerate the use of this technology. Your gift will help fund this ground-breaking educational research.
1. Aggarwal R, Ward J, Balasundaram I, Sains P, Athanasiou T, Darzi A. Proving the effectiveness of virtual reality simulation for training in laparoscopic surgery. Ann Surg. 2007;246(5):771-779.
2. Seymour NE, Gallagher AG, Roman SA, et al. Virtual reality training improves operating room performance: results of a randomized, double-blinded study. Ann Surg. 2002;236(4):458-463.
“TrueVision” 3D Video Operating Room
In traditional operating rooms, a microscope for use by one or two surgeons is used to perform microsurgery on the brain or spine. Usually only one of those surgeons can see true depth perception in 3D. A camera projects the image onto a screen in the OR, but all perspective is lost and has to be imagined or recreated in the mind. In addition, none of the trainees are usually able to see the same 3D environment that the surgeon sees. With the TrueVision 3D Video system, not only the residents, but everyone in the operating room wearing a simple pair of 3D glasses can see exactly what the surgeon sees. Many studies have shown increased speed of learning and technical prowess in the operating room environment as a result of the hours of 3D viewing, rather than the bland 2D video screens present for the past decades. It is a literally a quantum leap in surgical education. Your gift will help fund this innovative technology.
You may also make out a check for your donation to "KUEA-Neurosurgery" (KU Endowment Association) and mail it directly to:
KU Endowment Association
3903 Rainbow Blvd
Mail stop 3012
Kansas City, KS 66106
In an accompanying note, or on the check itself, you should specify that you want the money to go to the Department of Neurosurgery, and you may specify further whether you want the money to go toward one of the funds listed above.
In the event of the death of a loved one, you may make a gift to honor their memory by giving to the Department of Neurosurgery. Please contact Ted Kimble with KU Endowment to for more information or to receive customized memorial cards.