Dr. Stechison is known for saying that "surgery is a team sport." In addition to the obvious reference to the number of individuals that are required To participate in a the flawless performance of a complex surgery, he is also referring to the importance of a patient and their family working with the neurosurgeon to align their objectives to focus on positive energy, understanding, and support through all phases of the neurosurgical treatment.
Dr. Stechison believes that everyone should be educated about their condition, and their treatment options, and that a patient should play a role in making an educated selection of the treatment that is optimal. He personally spends the time to explain and educate. Dr. Stechison says that "no patient leaves my office with an unanswered question."
Kind,compassionate,personalized care, and effective communication are cornerstone values of our practice
Dr. Stechison was born, raised, and educated in Toronto, Canada. He earned his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Toronto. His PhD is in the field of experimental neuroanatomy.
Dr. Stechison began his career in academic practice serving on the Faculty at The Ohio State University. He was Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, as well as running a basic science laboratory in his capacity as Assistant Professor of Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy. He founded the Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring Service at Ohio State University and pioneered the introduction of techniques such as somatosensory evoked potentials, EMG, and cranial nerve monitoring into the operating room which had been previously unavailable. He developed some new techniques for monitoring cranial nerves during surgery and published these. Dr. Stechison performed many brain tumor and cranial nerve surgeries during his time at Ohio State from 1989 through 1992. In addition he did some innovative work on adult correction of congenital craniofacial syndromes with the his contemporary, the late Dr. Arden Hegtvedt. This led to some collaborative work using transfacial approaches to basilar artery aneurysms and other developments such as helping to popularize the use of craniofacial plating systems in neurosurgery. Dr. Stechison was featured in the early promotional literature of the W. Lorenz company, an early manufacturer of these products. These have no become popular and regularly used by neurosurgeons in the reconstruction of the skull after craniotomy surgery.
Dr. Stechison was hired by Dr. Peter Jannetta at the University of Pittsburgh and took the position as Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, and the role of Neurosurgical Director of the Center for Cranial Base Surgery. He took over the position vacated by Dr. Laligam Sekhar who was the co-founder of this unit. This was the first multidisciplinary center of its kind in the world combining the efforts of neurosurgeons with ENT surgeons, neuro-otologists, plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists, and oral maxillofacial surgeons. Dr. Stechison's practice focused on the long, complex surgical treatment of cranial base tumors. In addition he continued his trigeminal neuralgia work with Dr. Peter Jannetta. Patients came from all over the world for these innovative surgeries that were in the process of being developed at this institution.
In 1995 Dr. Stechison moved to Georgia and entered private practice. He continued his strong focus on brain tumor microsurgery, cranial nerve disorders as well as the full spectrum of spine surgery. He was the first clinical user of the digitized frameless stereotactic brain biopsy device offered by Medtronic after its FDA approval. He reported on an early series of results with this method which has now replaced the old style of head-frame stereotactic procedures of the past.
In 2008 Dr. Stechison moved his practice, Greater Atlanta Neurosurgery, PC from its base at Emory University Hospital Midtown into a hospital-owned joint-venture entity with Gwinnett Medical Center. He served as Medical Director of Neuroscience for Gwinnett Health System, and Medical Director of the Brain and Spine Institute at Gwinnett Medical Center until July 2016. During that time he was responsible for many technological additions and expansions in neurosurgical services and care including the addition of an O-Arm, and increasing the image-guidance technology platforms used during surgery. Dr. Stechison also served as Principal Investigator for an international multicenter NIH stroke trial called MISTIE-III stroke trial which he brought to the Neuroscience Unit at Gwinnett Medical Center.
In October Dr. Stechison returned to private practice neurosurgery and formed Stechison Neurosurgery Atlanta, LLC based at Northside Hospital, with services also offered at Gwinnett and Eastside Medical Centers.