Long before he came to Indiana University, Dr. Jeffrey Raskin knew he wanted to study neurosurgery.
“At Pomona College, I was one of the first to enroll in an interdisciplinary major called neuroscience,” Dr. Raskin says. “We studied everything from hippocampal structure to human behavior, but the coolest part to me was the surgical procedures.”
Dr. Raskin’s studies led him to a residency at the Oregon Health Science University in Portland, and fellowship training at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. During this experience Dr. Raskin found pediatric neurosurgery to be an especially rewarding area of practice.
“With kids, what’s so remarkable is that you have the opportunity to make their lives dramatically better,” Dr. Raskin says. “A surgery can help restore movement, or prevent seizures, or offer other benefits that improve quality of life.”
At IU, Dr. Raskin serves alongside Dr. Jody Smith and a team of epileptologists as co-director of the surgical epilepsy program.
“What’s so interesting about epilepsy is that, in certain cases, you can take a child having constant seizures and cure them using minimally invasive procedures,” Dr. Raskin says. “These are kids who would otherwise continue to deteriorate until they would eventually need 24-hour care. But the surgical procedures that are available now allow surgeons to make these huge saves.”