Franklin Epstein

Making Contributions to the Fields of Neurosurgery and Neurology

Based in Texas, Dr. Franklin Epstein functions as Chief of the Division of Surgery at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Hospital. He also serves on the faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Center, which focuses on its Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics. Seeking to improve medical education in the United States, The Center supports the continued value of community service, placing volunteers in area clinics as part of its teaching curriculum. The Center’s program helps students to focus on a variety of issues concerning medical ethics and professionalism in the medical community.

Dr. Franklin Epstein possesses extensive medical experience. He received his Doctor of Medicine from New York University School of Medicine. As the 1973 class valedictorian, Dr. Franklin Epstein also received the Glover C. Arnold and James E. Tower Awards for surgical excellence, the Frederick C. Holden Award for obstetrics and gynecology, the AOA and Solomon Shapiro Awards for scholastics, and the University Founders Day Award. Completing his first three-year residency and internship at Harvard Medical School’s Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Dr. Franklin Epstein received the Radiology Annual Award. Dr. Franklin Epstein then completed a three-year residency in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1983, Dr. Franklin Epstein was named Chief Resident of Neurology at Massachusetts General. After a four-year tenure as Chief Resident in Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Dr. Franklin Epstein served as an instructor in the Department of Neurosurgery.

Widely published, Dr. Franklin Epstein’s contributions have appeared in the American Journal of Physiology, including the paper “Series Elasticity of in vitro Mammalian Cardiac Muscle,” “Medical Complications and Critical Care in Head Injury” a textbook chapter, as well as “Profound Pulmonary Shunting Without Edema Following Stereotaxic Biopsy of Hypothalamic Germinoma,” a research study published in the 1988 issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery.

Dr. Franklin Epstein serves as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He also holds membership in the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Franklin Epstein: Safety Advances to Prevent Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

A neurosurgeon and medical school professor, Dr. Franklin Epstein serves as the Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at San Antonio’s Audie L. Murphy Hospital. He contributes significantly to the care of patients and the training of medical residents in the Department of Neurosurgical Science at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Franklin Epstein is triple-certified by the American Boards of Internal Medicine, Neurology and Psychiatry, and Neurological Surgery.

Emergency rooms report an increased number of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) over the last few years. Many of these cases stem from injuries to soldiers and athletes; they range from relatively minor concussions to altered states of consciousness or prolonged coma. Traumatic brain injury, especially if repetitive, also increases the chances that patients will develop a form of dementia similar to Alzheimer’s disease.

Scientific understanding of the way the brain works allows physicians to more effectively treat people who have experienced traumatic brain injuries. The medical community also works closely with those involved in activities that have been linked to TBIs, including football leagues, other athletic associations, and military agencies, to create improved safety gear that lessens the probability that a person will experience a TBI. In addition, patients seen by doctors for concussions today generally undergo significantly greater evaluation or ongoing assessment to optimize their long-term prognosis.

American College of Surgeons Advocates for Profession

Part of the Division of Neurosurgery at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Franklin Epstein is board certified in internal medicine, neurology and psychiatry, and neurosurgery. Dr. Franklin Epstein maintains several professional affiliations, including membership in the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

Since 1913, the ACS has worked for the highest possible standards in the surgical environment. With over 80,000 members, it is the largest society of its kind in the world.

One important ACS activity is SurgeonsVoice, a program through which members express their concerns to members of Congress and state legislators. Its resources facilitate constructive relationships between ACS members and public officials, with the goal of promoting policies that encourage good medical care for patients.

Each ACS chapter has a councilor who leads grassroots efforts and communicates with policymakers and the ACS's Division of Advocacy and Health Policy regarding regulatory matters. Additionally, members can participate in the District Office Contacts by Surgeons program, in which they meet with U. S. Senators and Representatives during the congressional recesses.

Franklin Epstein: Government Funds Nano-tech Brain Research

A specialist in neurosurgery, Dr. Franklin Epstein acts as chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Hospital. An active member of his professional community, Dr. Franklin Epstein is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

A major challenge in times of war, ballistics injuries penetrating the skull account for nearly 20 percent of the combat wounds affecting United States service people. Once infectious agents reach the brain through such injuries, which breach the bone and membranes that normally isolate the brain, they are difficult to eradicate. This is because the blood-brain barrier keeps antibiotics from reaching the infected brain areas.

To solve this problem, the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded a $6 million grant through the In Vivo Nanoplatforms for Therapeutics initiative, which promotes nano-tech solutions to treating infections brought on by brain injuries. So far, advances in nanotechnology have not addressed brain issues due to the inability of many nano-particles to cross the blood-brain barrier. DARPA hopes researchers will use its grant to find effective solutions to this problem.

Franklin Epstein - Neurosurgery Stem Cell Breakthrough in Rats

Dr. Franklin Epstein serves as chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at the Audie L Murphy Memorial Hospital. Over his career, he has co-published several studies in peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Neurosurgery and the journal Neurology. Dr. Franklin Epstein is certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry and the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

A study co-authored by the chief of neurosurgery with the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System demonstrates that human stem cells, when injected into the damaged spinal cords of rats, can promote neuronal regeneration, which in turn results in improved mobility. Having recently appeared in Stem Cell Research and Therapy, the article drew on data from more than 40 female rats with spinal compression injuries. The researchers divided the subjects into three groups, one receiving injected stem cells, another receiving a placebo concoction, and the last receiving no treatment.

Later, when the researchers tested the rats’ mobility and sensory functions, they observed that the rats treated with stem cells showed improvement in several areas to an extent not seen in the other treatment groups.

The MIT Alumni Association’s Tech Reunions

An accomplished physician with more than four decades of experience, Dr. Franklin Epstein currently leads the Division of Neurosurgery at Audie L. Murphy Memorial Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to embarking on his medical career, Dr. Franklin Epstein graduated from New York University Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Today, he remains in contact with his classmates and his alma maters through the schools’ alumni associations.

As part of its efforts to strengthen alumni ties to MIT, the MIT Alumni Association oversees a variety of online services, travel programs, and face-to-face gatherings. Currently, the organization is busy preparing for the upcoming Tech Reunions, which will take place June 4-7, 2015, on the MIT campus.

The largest annual gathering of MIT alumni, the Tech Reunions give participants the opportunity to reconnect with their former classmates through daily events that include dinners, concerts, panel discussions, and fun competitions. The Reunions also feature a number of additional institute, affinity, religious, and class-specific events. Registration details and additional information about Tech Reunions 2015 can be found at www.alum.mit.edu.