Christopher S Graffeo, MD MS

Skull Base Neuro-oncology Fellow at Mayo Clinic

The Present: PGY-7 neurologic surgery resident at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Current in-folded skull Mayo Clinic Skull Base Neuro-oncology Fellow with Dr. Michael Link and Dr. Jamie Van Gompel (PGY-7). Post-graduate fellowship in Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Neurosurgery with Dr. Michael Lawton at the Barrow Neurological Institute, 2021-2022.

The Past: Undergraduate at Virginia, post-baccalaureate at Columbia University, medical school in the honors program at NYU School of Medicine. In-residency (PGY-5) masters degree via the Mayo Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

The Future: My training concludes June 2021, at which point I aim to continue my career as a staff neurosurgeon within an academic institution. To discuss specific employment or related opportunities in that regard, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Clinical & Research Interests: Within complex cranial surgery, my chief interests include vestibular schwannoma, meningioma, pituitary disease, intracranial aneurysms, AVM and other cerebrovascular malformations, skull base malignancies, and facial pain syndromes. From a translational research perspective, my main interest is in applying advanced statistical and epidemiological techniques to clinical questions in neurosurgery lacking an adequate evidence base, with a particular focus on radiosurgery as a model system. My initial work in this space resulted in my selection as the first neurosurgeon winner of the Donald C. Balfour Mayo Clinic Alumni Association Research Award. I am also interested in pedagogy as applied to neurosurgical training, with attention to the role of 3D modeling techniques in advancing didactic resources and simulation systems, as well as improving access to more traditional, cadaver-based neuroanatomic education.

Organized Neurosurgery & Medical Publishing: My involvement in organized neurosurgery focuses on resident education, as well as the growing role of social media in expanding neurosurgical practice and education (@Graffeo). My commitment to service includes local work as a member of our department's Research Committee, Resident Council, and Curriculum Task Force, as well as nationally, as a CNS Resident Fellow, the director of the NREF Social Media Ambassadors, and a member and IT Director for the Young Neurosurgeons Committee (@YoungNeuros). With respect to medical publishing, I serve as ad hoc reviewer for a wide range of journals including Nature Scientific Reports, Neurosurgery, and World Neurosurgery, and I contribute to the editorial boards of Journal of Neurosurgery (@TheJNS) as an Editor of Social Media, and Journal of Neurological Surgery Part B: Skull Base as Director of Social Media for the journal and North American Skull Base Society (@NASBSorg).

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