Author: Anthony K. Sestokas, PhD

Anthony K. Sestokas, PhD, DABNM, FASNM, is SpecialtyCare's Chief Clinical Officer - Intraoperative Neuromonitoring. He also oversees the clinical quality, research, and educational activities of our Medical Office. Tony has over 25 years of clinical neuromonitoring experience. He has been certified by the American Board of Neurophysiologic Monitoring (ABNM) since 1999, and was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring (ASNM) in 2007. Tony has peer-reviewed publications in the basic neuroscience, clinical neurophysiology, surgical, and anesthesiology literature and has co-authored 10 book chapters on intraoperative neuromonitoring. He earned a BSc degree from McMaster University, an MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, and an MA and a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Northeastern University. Tony also held postdoctoral positions in Neurophysiology and Neuroanatomy of the Visual System at Brown University and Cortical Neurophysiology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Answering the Call When Tragedy Strikes

Answering the Call When Tragedy Strikes

In Puerto Rico—more than one month after Hurricane Maria devastated the island—many communities still lack the water, electricity, pharmaceuticals, communications, transportation, and other resources needed to sustain life and care for patients. At Hospital Español Auxilio Mutuo in San Juan, our cardiac perfusion team works under these challenging conditions to provide medical care, which has included a successful aortic dissection repair performed with the patient under deep hypothermic circulatory arrest while the hospital was on generator power.

NASS 2016 Best Paper: Neurologic Outcome Following Signal Change in Spine Surgery

sestokas best paper

The role of an expert IONM team is critical in the timely identification of adverse neurophysiologic changes and in promoting corrective action by the surgeon and anesthesiologist. Our research is based on clinical IONM data from SpecialtyCare’s Operative Procedural Registry. Taking advantage of big data—nearly 70,000 cases in this study—ensures that our conclusions are statistically significant, a vital aspect of evidence-based improvement in healthcare. It was an honor to present this study to such a prestigious group of surgeons at NASS and, in doing so, provide actionable information to help elevate the quality of care across the country.