January 10, 2014

Carrie Bebermeyer

SLU Neurosurgeon Honored for Inventing ‘StealthStation’

Richard Bucholz Named Fellow of National Academy of Inventors

Richard Bucholz, M.D. created a real-time tracking system that is used today in a majority of hospital operating rooms.

ST. LOUIS -- Richard Bucholz, M.D., FACS, who is professor and vice chairman in the department of neurosurgery and who holds the K. R. Smith Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The honor is accorded to academic inventors whose work has made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

Bucholz is the inventor of the StealthStation, a device he created to improve the practice of neurosurgery that subsequently became widely used by surgeons around the world.

Addressing the challenges of intracranial surgery, Bucholz developed a platform to improve surgeons’ ability to access the brain and navigate complex neural and vascular anatomy.

Believing existing equipment to be too cumbersome and techniques too difficult to master, he developed a real-time tracking system that coupled imaging and tracking data for instruments, allowing surgeons to move within the brain with detailed, highly accurate positioning information. This led to the eventual world-wide elimination of equipment based on frames.

Today, this platform is used by a majority of hospital operating rooms to treat hydrocephalus, brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease (deep brain stimulation), spinal and pelvic trauma and for ENT surgery.

Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new cures and treatments in five key areas: cancer, liver disease, heart/lung disease, aging and brain disease, and infectious disease.

The National Academy of Inventors® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization comprised of U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutions, with over 3,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 200 institutions, and growing rapidly. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. The NAI publishes a newsletter and edits the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovation – Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors, published by Cognizant Communication Corporation (NY). www.academyofinventors.org

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