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COVID-19 Editorials from Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous effect on medical practice across the globe. This is obvious for the fields of infectious disease, virology, emergency and critical care medicine and epidemiology, but also holds true for other medical specialties, including neurosurgery.

Throughout April, the JNSPG is presenting a series of editorials from authors worldwide on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on neurosurgical practice. These editorials — 18 in all — cover a wide variety of issues. Here is a sampling of items covered:

· Experiences of how neurosurgical departments and personnel have faced the COVID-19 pandemic in China, Italy, Singapore and the Republic of Korea as well as in the U.S. and Canada

· Unique experiences of academic and community practices

· Creativity and innovation, decision making and priority setting

· Reassignment of staff to direct care of patients with COVID-19

· Task shifting and task sharing on the part of neurosurgical staff

· Guidance on reducing risks of viral exposure during particular surgeries

· Expanded use of telemedicine to temporarily replace neurosurgical clinic visits

· Shift to teleconferencing for clinical and research consultations and reporting, and for administrative and educational purposes

· Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on neurosurgery resident training and education from both mentor and trainee points of view

· Alternative forms of neurosurgical training, such as web-based tutorials, surgical simulation and virtual reality

An online collection of these COVID-19–related editorials can been found at https://thejns.org/collection/covid19. The articles are also being hosted by PubMed Central as part of the Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Initiative. Join us in reading about neurosurgeons’ experiences and lessons learned thus far during the COVID-19 pandemic. All articles are free and listed below:

  • Kondziolka, D., Couldwell, W. T., & Rutka, J. T. (2020). Introduction. On pandemics: the impact of COVID-19 on the practice of neurosurgery. Journal of Neurosurgery, 1–2. doi: 10.3171/2020.3.jns201007
  • Amin-Hanjani, S., Bambakidis, N. C., Barker, F. G., Carter, B. S., Cockroft, K. M., Du, R., … Zada, G. (2020). Editorial. COVID-19 and neurosurgical practice: an interim report. Journal of Neurosurgery, 1–2. doi: 10.3171/2020.4.jns201099
  • Bambakidis, N. C., & Tomei, K. L. (2020). Editorial. Impact of COVID-19 on neurosurgery resident training and education. Journal of Neurosurgery, 1–2. doi: 10.3171/2020.3.jns20965
  • Bernstein, M. (2020). Editorial. Neurosurgical priority setting during a pandemic: COVID-19. Journal of Neurosurgery, 1–2. doi: 10.3171/2020.4.jns201031
  • Carter, B. S., & Chiocca, E. A. (2020). Editorial. COVID-19 and academic neurosurgery. Journal of Neurosurgery, 1–2. doi: 10.3171/2020.4.jns201013
  • Cenzato, M., Dimeco, F., Fontanella, M., Locatelli, D., & Servadei, F. (2020). Editorial. Neurosurgery in the storm of COVID-19: suggestions from the Lombardy region, Italy (ex malo bonum). Journal of Neurosurgery, 1–2. doi: 10.3171/2020.3.jns20960
  • Choi, B. D. (2020). Editorial. A neurosurgery resident’s response to COVID-19: anything but routine. Journal of Neurosurgery, 1–2. doi: 10.3171/2020.4.jns201028
  • Clark, V. E. (2020). Editorial. Impact of COVID-19 on neurosurgery resident research training. Journal of Neurosurgery, 1–2. doi: 10.3171/2020.4.jns201034
  • Ghogawala, Z., Kurpad, S., Falavigna, A., Groff, M. W., Sciubba, D. M., Wu, J.-C., … Tumialán, L. M. (2020). Editorial. COVID-19 and spinal surgery. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, 1–3. doi: 10.3171/2020.4.spine20468
  • Kim, K. H., Choi, E. H., & Kim, S.-K. (2020). Editorial. COVID-19 outbreak and its countermeasures in the Republic of Korea. Journal of Neurosurgery, 1–2. doi: 10.3171/2020.4.jns201062
  • Lee, Z. D., Yeu, D. L. C., Ang, B. T., Ng, W. H., & Seow, W. T. (2020). Editorial. COVID-19 and its impact on neurosurgery: our early experience in Singapore. Journal of Neurosurgery, 1–2. doi: 10.3171/2020.4.jns201026
  • Lo, Y. T., Teo, N. W. Y., & Ang, B. T. (2020). Editorial. Endonasal neurosurgery during the COVID-19 pandemic: the Singapore perspective. Journal of Neurosurgery, 1–3. doi: 10.3171/2020.4.jns201036
  • Prall, J. A., Davis, J. D., & Jenkins, N. R. (2020). Editorial. Community practice in the time of COVID-19. Journal of Neurosurgery, 1–2. doi: 10.3171/2020.4.jns201033
  • Robertson, F. C., Lippa, L., & Broekman, M. L. D. (2020). Editorial. Task shifting and task sharing for neurosurgeons amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Neurosurgery, 1–3. doi: 10.3171/2020.4.jns201056
  • Sun, Y., & Mao, Y. (2020). Editorial. Response to COVID-19 in Chinese neurosurgery and beyond. Journal of Neurosurgery, 1–2. doi: 10.3171/2020.3.jns20929
  • Tomlinson, S. B., Hendricks, B. K., & Cohen-Gadol, A. A. (2020). Editorial. Innovations in neurosurgical education during the COVID-19 pandemic: is it time to reexamine our neurosurgical training models? Journal of Neurosurgery, 1–2. doi: 10.3171/2020.4.jns201012
  • Tong, X., & Yang, Y. (2020). Editorial. Lessons learned: special precautions for performing emergency cerebrovascular procedures amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Neurosurgery, 1–2. doi: 10.3171/2020.4.jns201018
  1. H. L., Adelson, P. D., Brockmeyer, D. L., Maher, C. O., Gupta, N., Smyth, M. D., … Leonard, J. R. (2020). Editorial. Pediatric neurosurgery along with Childrens Hospitals innovations are rapid and uniform in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, 1–3. doi: 10.3171/2020.4.peds20240
  • Wellons, J. C., Grant, G., Krieger, M. D., Ragheb, J., Robinson, S., Weprin, B., & Ojemann, J. (2020). Editorial. Early lessons in the management of COVID-19 for the pediatric neurosurgical community from the leadership of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, 1–2. doi: 10.3171/2020.3.peds20215