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July 2008 Issue

Stewart Dunkser, MD, (left) with Andrew Losiniecki, MD
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Inaugural Dunsker Award Given to Third-Year Neurosurgery Resident

By Cindy Starr
Published July 2008

Andrew Losiniecki, MD, a third-year resident in the department of neurosurgery at the College of Medicine, is the inaugural winner of the Ellen and Stewart B. Dunsker, MD, Award for Clinical Research.

Losiniecki, who has a special interest in neurotrauma and neurocritical care, won the $2,000 annual prize with a paper titled, "Costs of the Non-Helmeted Motorcyclist: Neurological Injuries and Socioeconomic Losses."

The study was a retrospective chart review of 120 motorcycle related admissions to University Hospital in 2004.

Losiniecki concluded that, “Compared with helmeted riders, the riders without helmets have higher mortality and morbidity rates and incur larger hospital costs that are more often transmitted to taxpayers and local communities.

Our data support the need for increased public awareness regarding the benefit of helmets and mandatory helmet use legislative reform."

Co-authors were Lori Shutter, MD, associate professor of neurosurgery and neurology and director of neurocritical care, and Raj Narayan, MD, Frank H. Mayfield Professor and chair of the department of neurosurgery.

The annual award is intended to spur clinical research among neurosurgical residents.

Dunsker, professor emeritus of neurosurgery, and his wife under­write the prize, which will be given each spring to a resident who has proposed and completed the most compelling clinical research project during the academic year.

University Hospital, which has the Cincinnati region’s only level-1 trauma center, is in a good position to study motorcycle-related injuries, Losiniecki says.

"Referrals come from all three states (Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana), and none has a universal helmet law. All of the serious injuries come through here.

"During our review we looked at a year’s worth of data and tried to tease out lists of motorcyclists who were admitted to University Hospital who had been wearing helmets and those who had not been wearing helmets. We looked at financial costs and socioeco­nomic costs. The difference between wearing a helmet and not wearing a helmet was quite signifi­cant,” says Losiniecki.

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