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VA Neurosurgery

Our department has a proud tradition of providing excellent neurosurgical care for the men and women Veterans who have served our country in the armed forces. Yale neurosurgeons and neurosurgery residents staff the outpatient clinics, inpatient and emergency room consults, and perform spine, peripheral nerve, and cranial procedures on site at the West Haven campus of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, located 3 miles from Yale New Haven Hospital. Neurosurgery residents have the opportunity to care for and learn from veterans at all stages of their neurosurgical management, from diagnosis and surgical planning in the clinic or emergency room, to active participation in the operating room and post-operative care, including long term follow up in clinic. Nationwide VA databases contain over 20 years of electronic health record data, providing a rich resource for epidemiological and patient oriented research projects by medical students, residents, and faculty.

  • Associate Professor of Neurosurgery; Associate Program Director, Neurosurgery Residency, Neurosurgery; Chief of Neurosurgery, VA Connecticut Healthcare System; Director, Neurosurgical Outcomes Research, Neurosurgery

    Dr. King is Associate Professor of Neurosurgery; Associate Program Director, Neurosurgery Residency; Director of Neurosurgical Outcomes Research; and Chief of Neurosurgery at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. During his neurosurgery residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. King earned a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. King is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, and has a general neurosurgical practice at the VA with a focus on spine disease. Dr. King’s research interests include using large databases to examine health care systems issues, the measurement of patient-oriented outcomes and quality of life in patients with neurologic disease, incorporating patient preferences into neurosurgical decision making, cost-effectiveness analyses of neurosurgical interventions, and COVID-19 in Veterans. Dr. King has obtained grant support from the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke, the National Cancer Institute, the Veterans Health Administration, and the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Dr. King was awarded a Lusted Prize at the 1993 Society for Medical Decision Making annual meeting, Blue and Red ribbon poster prizes at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2001 annual meeting, and the 2003 Sonntag Award by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/ Congress of Neurosurgeons Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Dr. King has authored or coauthored 60 peer-reviewed publications, 6 book chapters, and 66 published abstracts.