Gerald R. Schell, M.D.
In the spring of 1989, Dr. Gerald R. Schell joined Dr. Field to meet the growing neurosurgical needs in the Saginaw area and beyond. Dr. Schell, along with Dr. Field, has continued to develop microsurgical intracranial techniques allowing for advanced care in intracranial cerebrovascular, neoplastic, and traumatic pathologic processes. The complex image-guided cranial and spinal surgical techniques have dramatically enhanced the quality of neurosurgical services offered.
Currently Dr. Schell uses minimally invasive surgical techniques for over 90% of patients with pain syndromes secondary to acute disc disease. For patients who previously had no hope for pain relief for osteoporotic compression fractures, Dr. Schell uses the three dimensional CT reconstructive techniques with balloon kyphoplasty.
Dr. Schell performed the first artificial lumbar disc surgery in the state of Michigan, and both he and Dr. Field are currently playing a leading international role in the experimental development of single-level and two-level artificial discs for cervical disk problems. They are also involved with numerous other collaborative scientific endeavors to help advance neurosurgical care.
Dr. Schell attended Olivet College for his undergraduate studies, where he received his BA in Biology in 1976. In 1980, he received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. Dr. Schell’s surgical internship took place at Flint’s McLaren Hospital. He then went to The University Hospital in Syracuse, New York for his neurosurgical rotation from 1982-1987. Special rotations include: Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri and Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York.
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