Nitin Agarwal, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

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    Research interests

    Research concentrations as principal investigator or primary author have been dedicated to four main areas: neurotrauma outcomes after severe traumatic brain injury and acute spinal cord injury, spine outcomes, socioeconomic research, and patient education. Prior research support has been directed primarily at studies improving outcomes and at the development of neurotrauma biomarkers. These investigations have supported the unmet need to identify biomarkers to better predict prognosis after neurotrauma and tailored interventions to augment neurological recovery. 

    Improving outcomes following spine surgery is another component of my efforts to blend my clinical practice and research endeavors. As the principial investigator for these studies, I have sought to critically analyze perioperative surgical and patient risks factors to improve outcomes. The importance of these discoveries has been recognized by my national academic specialty organizations with honors and awards as aforementioned. To this end, these studies have allowed for better preoperative planning and patient optimization for surgical intervention. 

    A subset of my research interests includes examining socioeconomic policies that impact neurosurgical practice and the delivery of quality care to patients. These investigations stem from my involvement in organized neurosurgery societies whose mission statements center around these issues.

    My early investigations addressed deficiencies in patient education materials for neurosurgical patients. For these studies, I served as the principal investigator or senior author. The culmination of this work resulted in a foundation award to further improve patient education and engagement through multimedia. 

    Clinical interests

    Nitin Agarwal, M.D. serves as the Director of Neurotrauma and is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Agarwal received his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Afterwards, he completed his Neurological Surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. During this time, he also completed an enfolded fellowship in sports medicine as well as in minimally invasive and complex spine surgery. He then completed a AO Spine and Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training (CAST) approved minimally invasive and complex spine surgery fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. 

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