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V. James Makker, MD, MBA, FAANS

Curriculum Vitae

V. JAMES MAKKER, MD, FAANS, MBA

BOARD CERTIFIED NEUROLOGICAL SURGEON BY THE AMERICAN BOARD OF NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

·BA, University of Texas, Austin, 1991

·MD, University of Texas, San Antonio, 1995

·MBA, University of Rhode Island, 1999

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING

·Internship in General Surgery, University of Texas, San Antonio, 1995-1996

·Residency in Neurological Surgery, Brown University, 1996-2001

·Chief Residency in Neurological Surgery, Brown University, 2001-2002

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

·Solo Private Neurosurgical Practice at Brain & Spine Surgery Northwest, Portland Oregon, USA, 2002-2012

AWARDS RECEIVED

·Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

·National Dean’s List (American Medical Schools)

·University of Texas Dean’s List

BOARD CERTIFICATION

·Board Certified by The American Board of Neurological Surgery, May 30, 2008

PRESENTATIONS/INSTRUCTION

·“Efficacy of PLIF spacers in the Treatment of Radiculopathy in Spondylolisthesis and Failed Back Patients”, Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, Orlando, Florida, February 2002

·“The Relationship Between the Shape of the Vertebral Body Endplate and Lumbar Disc Herniations”, Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, Rancho Mirage, California, February 1998

·“Computer Utilization Strategies for Physicians and their Practices”, University of Rhode Island Business Symposium, May 1999

·“The Relationship Between the Shape of the Vertebral Body Endplate and Lumbar Disc Herniations”, International Intradiscal Therapy Society, 13th Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, Virginia, June 2000

·“Complex Thoraco-Lumbar Spinal Techniques”, Brown University,Department of Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, September 1999

·“Complex Cervical Spinal Techniques”, Brown University, Department of Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, October 1999

·“Pediatric Head Injuries”, Pediatric Advanced Trauma Life Support Course, 1998-1999

·“Pediatric Cervical Spine Injuries”, Pediatric Advanced Trauma Life Support Course, 1998-1999

·“Neurosarcoidosis”, Brown University Department of Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, September 1997

·“Basilar Artery Thrombosis, Early Diagnosis and Treatment”, Brown University Department of Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, April 1999

·Instructor of Neurosurgery, Pediatric Advanced Trauma Life Support, 1998-1999

·Instructor of Neuroanatomy, Brown University School of Medicine, 1997-2001

PUBLICATIONS

·Harrington JF, Makker VJ, Sungarian A. “The relationship Between the Shape of the Vertebral Body Endplate and Lumbar Disc Herniations” (SPINE Volume 26, Number 19, pp 2133–2138)

·Makker VJ, Harrington JF, “Multi-level Thoracic Discectomy and Fusion with Machine Threaded Bone Dowels:Case Report and Technical Note” (submitted)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

·Fellow and Diplomat of The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

·Member of The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

·Member of The North American Spine Society (NASS)

·Member of The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)

·Member of The AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves

·Member of The American Medical Association (AMA)

·Member of The Oregon Medical Association (OMA)

·Member of The Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (AOA)

LANGUAGE SKILL

·Proficiency in Spanish

PERSONAL DATA

·Place of Birth:Cleveland, Ohio

OUTSIDE INTERESTS

·Travel, Tennis, Skiing, Snow Boarding, Wake Boarding, Mountain Biking, Scuba Diving, Fitness, Hiking

REFERENCES

·Provided Upon Request

Cover Letter

Above you will find my CV in support of my application for Neurosurgeon.  After attending the University of Texas-Austin for my B.A. in Biology and the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio for my M.D., I went to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island for my neurosurgery residency.  At the end of my residency, I was recruited to join a neurosurgeon in Portland, Oregon who was looking to expand his private practice.  I became Board Certified in 2008.

I initially enjoyed the challenges of private practice.  Since I was willing to help all patients in the community, I quickly found myself being referred to a myriad of very difficult cases that other neurosurgeons practicing privately in the area were unwilling to treat.  I developed a very successful practice and was attracting and retaining a progressively larger number of patients, and my reputation as a skilled surgeon, diagnostician and a compassionate doctor became established.  I operated on several doctors and surgeons and many referred their family members to me.

My patient clientele flourished and I took great pride in my contribution to the health and happiness of so many in the region.  My success generated professional jealousy among some of the neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons in private practice and I was slandered in a set of false, malicious, and misleading allegations.  Unfortunately, some of these other neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons had personal connections with the administrative boards of the Portland area hospitals and surgery centers, as well as the Oregon Medical Board, and even the media.

The experience was devastating to my practice and has prompted me to choose to relocate my career as a Neurosurgeon.  I have applied to FIENS (Foundation for International Education in Neurological Surgery) which is an organization that sends volunteer neurosurgeons to developing countries to teach neurosurgical techniques and procedures, to help establish neurosurgery residency programs, and to lend their skills in the operating room.  I will likely be doing this until I can find a position that suits me as a practicing Neurosurgeon.

In 2008, I was recruited to join the faculty of the Department of Neurosurgery at Brown University and nearly accepted, but in the end I had to decline their offer as it was not the right time for my family.  However, I am now ready to relocate anywhere in the US, or even abroad for the right opportunity to practice neurosurgery and contribute to the field. In closing, my approach to Neurosurgical patient care is ultimately about addressing the needs of patients and the ability to help people and even save lives.  Although my 10 years in private practice amounted to thousands of cases in which I was able to be a positive influence on so many people as well as their families, and afforded me the opportunity to develop my expertise as a surgeon, it is now time for me to move on and restart my career.  What occurred toward the close of my years in Portland was a terrible experience, yet it also helped me re-shift my professional purpose.  I am looking forward to practicing Neurosurgery in a center of excellence where I will be surrounded by intellectually stimulating colleagues and also be able to serve the community as well as teach medical students and resident physicians and surgeons in their training.

I hope very much that your institution will be the place for me to contribute to the community and teach in the field of Neurosurgery.  I sincerely hope that you will provide me with an opportunity to discuss my training and the unique circumstances of what occurred in Portland, how I have learned from it, and how I remain dedicated to the field of Neurological Surgery.  Please let me know if you require any other materials in support of my application.

Sincerely,

V. James Makker, MD, MBA, FAANS

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