Charles Hodge Neurosurgeon

Charles Hodge Neurosurgeon: Princeton Graduate

Charles Hodge Neurosurgeon: A Realistic Program

Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon, is the Chief Medical Officer at vCases in Ann Arbor, Michigan. vCases is an innovative and realistic program that lets physicians work up virtual patients by making critical thinking decisions. Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon is the former chair of the teaching program at the Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, where he oversaw a program that provided excellence in teaching, patient care and contributions to new knowledge.

Charles Hodge Neurosurgeon: Research Efforts

Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon is an accomplished and highly respected neurosurgeon who spent thirty four years in the Department of Neurosurgery at the New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. He was head of that department for nineteen years. For many years, Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon was also listed in America's Top Doctors.


"Nationally, my thrust has been the development of research efforts in the national and international neurosurgical community," he says. "Of the many organizations I have belonged to professionally, my work on the American Board of Neurological Surgeons for six years, and for The Society of Neurological Surgeons for many years culminating as its president were most important and satisfying."


As Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon knows, the Society of Neurological Surgeons is the oldest neurosurgical society in the world. Its membership is comprised of academic department chairs, residency program directors, and other key individuals within the neurological community. Membership in the Society is limited to two hundred active members, although there are many senior, inactive and honorary members.


Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon is currently the Chief Medical Officer for vCases, an Ann Arbor, Michigan based startup. "My current position with vCases approaches to the huge problem of diagnostic errors in medicine," he says. "We are developing an online patient care experience for students, residents and practicing physicians that educates using real life patient evaluation problems based on the proven techniques used in flight simulators." He says that the program can be used for training and evaluation by medical schools, medical organizations, insurers, and organizations that are interested in reducing the number of diagnostic errors, and in medical training.

Charles Hodge Neurosurgeon: The Elizabeth Crosby Medal

Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon is a leading American neurosurgeon who spent nineteen years as chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. His professional interests there included vascular surgery, as well as discoveries concerning the anatomy and physiology of the spinothalamic tract.


As a result of this research, Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon was recognized within the medical community with a number of awards, including the Elizabeth Crosby Medal from the University of Michigan neurosurgery group, which he received in 1988.


The Elizabeth Crosby Research Awards were created to recognize the achievements of outstanding neurosurgeons such as Charles Hodge. Elizabeth Caroline Crosby was a world-renowned neuroanatomist who was associated with the University of Michigan for many years, starting in 1920. She was the first woman full professor at the U of M medical school. Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon was also recognized with the Grass Prize from the Society of Neurological Surgeons, which he received in 1987.


Today, Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon is the Chief Medical Officer of vCases, a startup company that is developing an online medical training system that simulates a patient-doctor diagnostic experience, with the aim of reducing misdiagnoses. "I offer extensive high quality experience in medical education and research focused on neurosurgery," he says. "I view my greatest achievements to have been in education in training young neurosurgeons who provide excellent knowledgeable and compassionate neurosurgical care to the community in which they practice. The emphasis used in training these young physicians will be extended to the vCases company and will offer a new and more immersed type of online educational experience."

Charles Hodge Neurosurgeon: Governing Board Chair

Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon, spent many years as the head of the Department of Neurosurgery at the State University of New York's Health Science Center in Syracuse, before his retirement in 2007. His many contributions to the Center include reinvigorating the M.D./Ph.D. program, being Chair of its University practice governing board, the organization responsible for the financial aspects of the university's medical practice, and being chair and founder of University Medical Associates at Syracuse, which is a non-profit corporation meant to enhance participation in managed care and building development.


After Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon had been the department chair for many years, his interests began to change to included surgery for seizure disorders, and the study of the functional properties of the cortex using MRI and optical imaging techniques. He was motivated in this by his belief that neurosurgeons in generally could be contributing more to neuroscience, since the human brain is central to their work and they are the only doctors with direct access to it. With that as a guiding principle, Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon and that program expanded in all aspects of neurosurgery while retaining its emphasis on the neurological problems of patients.


Since leaving the department of neurosurgery, Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon and several other physicians have launched an innovative startup called vCases, an online medical education effort that has as its goal decreasing the number of misdiagnoses in medicine across the board, which he says are a common error. The company is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon serves as its Chief Medical Officer.

Charles Hodge Neurosurgeon: Husband, Father, Brother and Friend

Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon was a member of the neurosurgery department in Syracuse at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University for many years. He enjoyed a national reputation as a neurosurgeon and was listed in America's Top Doctors for many years.


Since his retirement in 2007, Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon has joined with several other physicians to launch a company called vCases, for which he serves as Chief Medical Officer. "While my prior career was focused on neurosurgical patient care, education and research, my current position with vCases approaches to the huge problem of diagnostic errors in medicine," he says. "We are developing an online patient care experience for students, residents and practicing physicians that educates using real life patient evaluation problems based on the proven techniques similar to what is used in flight simulators."


The participant in the online vCases experience will interview, examine and test simulated patients who complain of a wide variety of diseases, including both common and rare maladies. Emphasis is placed on the thought processes required to make an accurate diagnosis using a thoughtful and knowledgeable history first, then focusing on examination and lastly, appropriate laboratory and imaging testing. "This program can be used for training and evaluation by medical schools, medical organizations, insurers, and other organizations interested in medical error reduction and training," says Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon.


Initial vCases beta testing is currently underway, says Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon. "vCases participated in Stanford Medical School Medicine X conference in September 2014."


In spite of his many successes and his ranking in the medical community, Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon says that he is a husband, father, brother, and friend before anything else.

Charles Hodge Neurosurgeon: A Home In Syracuse

Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon, received his medical training at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, at the Presbyterian Hospital in New York, where he did his surgical internship, and at the Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut, where he did a year of surgical residency. He did his Neurosurgical residency at the Health Science Center at the State University of New York in Syracuse, and was an Honorary Clinical Assistant at The London Hospital in White Chapel, London over a six month period in 1974 and 1975.


Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon, says he "found a home" in Syracuse and returned there to join its staff following his time in England. The ensuing years saw a lot of academic advancement, culminating in his appointment as Professor and Chair of the neurosurgery department. He continued as Chair until 2007, years that saw much accomplishment. After resigning in 2007 he practiced with the neurosurgical group in Binghamton, New York for one year, from 2009-10.


At that point Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon was recruited to help with the neurosurgical training program at the University of Maryland in Baltimore and worked there training residents from 2010 until 2011. He and his wife Catherine had made Martha's Vineyard their home in 2009. They fulfilled a lifelong dream by sailing their 44 foot sloop from New England to the Chesapeake and then, with the Caribbean 1500, from the Chesapeake to Tortola where they spent the winter before sailing the 1200 miles back to New England.


Today, Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon, is the Chief Medical Officer at vCases, an online medical training simulation system for medical students and professionals.

Charles Hodge Neurosurgeon: Cerebral Bypass Surgery

Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon, spent thirty four years as a member of the Neurosurgery Department at the State University of New York in Syracuse. For nineteen of those years he was the Department Chair. "While I was there, my research efforts revolved around pain mechanisms, cortical function, plasticity and recovery from brain injury, and the use of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for difficult brain tumors and some pain syndromes," he recalls. "I was instrumental in developing cerebral bypass surgery in Upstate New York as well as developing the neurologic navigational systems used to make cranial surgery safer and more effective."


Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon, is also a music lover who has played the classical guitar as well as 5-string banjo for many years. The classical guitar is a demanding instrument that is difficult to play well, but Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon has stayed with it. He knows that just as important as playing the right notes is getting a good tone from the instrument.


Charles Hodge, Neurosurgeon, has also recently restarted playing the 5-string banjo with a local Martha’s Vineyard group on music enthusiasts.