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Neuroendovascular Surgery 2016-11-15T17:07:48+00:00

Neuroendovascular Surgery

SAMC offers the region’s only neuroendovascular surgical services, including John M. Whapham, MD, MS, the region’s only fellowship trained neuroendovascular surgeon.

SAMC’s neuroendovascular services offer advanced management of patients with:

  • Acute ischemic stroke
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Cerebral aneurysms
  • Arterio-venous malformations (AVMs)
  • Cerebral venous thrombosis
  • Extracranial carotid and vertebral stenosis
  • Intracranial arterial stenosis
Neuroendovascular surgery is an innovative neurosurgical treatment for complex brain and spinal cord vascular diseases that is performed from inside the blood vessels. The following is a list of surgical procedures we offer:

  • Vasospasm Treatment
  • Coil embolization of cerebral ruptured and elective aneurysms
  • Reconstruction of fusiform or complex aneurysms
  • Repair of large vessel cervical intracranial stenosis/dissection
  • Large vessel – carotid/ vertebral sacrifice for head and neck oncology or vascular lesions of the head and neck in combined surgical therapy
  • Carotid/ vertebral test occlusion with physiologic intra-operative monitoring
  • AVM/ tumor staged embolization
  • Head or neck tumor embolization
  • ECA branch sacrifice or hemostasis for epistaxis
  • Meningioma or pre-surgical tumor embolization
  • WADA testing for epilepsy surgery planning
  • Intra-operative cerebral angiography
  • Assessment for subclavian stenosis
  • Aortography
  • Femoral angiography
  • Cutaneous sclerotherapy for venous angiomas
  • Angiographic assessment/ treatment of CCF (carotid-cavernous fistulas) AVDFs (A-V Dural Fistulas)
  • Cerebral venography/ Venous Sinus Thrombosis or VST assessment, diagnosis and treatment
Neuroendovascular_Whapham_5914_headshot_165x225John M. Whapham, MD, MS, an Illinois native, is a multi-specialty trained stroke and critical-care neurologist. Dr. Whapham is experienced in diagnostic cerebral/ spinal angiography and neuroendovascular surgery. He is also experienced in cerebrovascular telemedicine and stroke program infrastructure development.

Dr. Whapham received his Bachelors of Science degree from the College of Science University of Notre Dame. After teaching high school biology, chemistry and physics, he earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. He completed a year-long residency in transitional medicine at Sinai Grace Hospital in Detroit and a three year residency in neurology at Detroit Medical Center.

He completed a fellowship in stroke/neuro-critical care at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. He also completed fellowships in diagnostic cerebral angiography and endovascular neurosurgery at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan. In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Whapham earned a Master’s degree for his work in cellular and chemical mechanisms of ischemic brain injury.