North Shore-LIJ’s Neurosurgeon Speaks at Head Injury Retreat in India

5/13/2013

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Drs. Raj and Tina Narayan
Raj K. Narayan, MD and Tina Mathias Narayan, MD, with pop singer Sting in background, who performed live at the Jodhpur retreat

MANHASSET, NY – Raj K. Narayan, MD, chair of neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center and director of North Shore-LIJ’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute (CNI), was recently invited to speak at the Jodhpur One World Retreat in India, sponsored by the Maharaja of Jodhpur in support of the Indian Head Injury Foundation (IHIF).  The purpose of the retreat was to raise awareness of the traumatic brain injury (TBI) problem in India and to fundraise for the IHIF.

Dr. Narayan, an internationally recognized expert in TBI, presented a lecture entitled, “Improving Outcomes from Severe TBI,” which was very well received by the over 200 national leaders and celebrities in attendance, including pop singer Sting who performed live at the event.

“India is believed to have one of the highest rates of head injuries in the world, with more than 100,000 lives lost every year due to TBI, mostly as a result of road traffic accidents,” said Dr. Narayan.  “Associated with the dramatic increase in the number of cars and trucks on the roads, there has been a simultaneous rise in the number of accidents.  There simply are no trauma systems in place and hundreds of thousands of lives are lost unnecessarily.  The problem can and does affect anyone and everyone.”

It is reported that 30 percent of those who die from head injuries in India could have been saved if quality care was available to victims sooner.  The first couple of hours after a TBI occurs are crucial and the sooner the victim is treated, the greater the chances of a positive outcome.  “We have the unique opportunity to apply the knowledge and experience that has been gained in developing trauma systems in the United States to help millions of people in parts of the world where such systems have not yet been developed,” said Dr. Narayan.

For more information about the Traumatic Brain Injury Center at North Shore-LIJ’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute, go to neurocni.com or call 516-562-3816.