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Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry Honors Allegheny General Neurosurgeon Peter J. Jannetta, MD with Lifetime Achievement Award

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Renowned neurosurgeon and vice-chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), Peter J. Jannetta, MD recently was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry (AMED).

Dr. Jannetta was given the award at AMED’s annual scientific meeting in San Diego California where he also presented his latest research in the field of microvascular decompression and gave a lecture on Vascular Compression of the Brainstem and the Dentist in His Office.

“Dr. Jannetta was a pioneer in the use of the operating microscope in neurosurgery and his adoption of the instrument in 1967 was met with skepticism and derision,” said Dr. Paul Anstey, AMED 2012 Conference program chair. “His vision, determination and commitment to educating other medical professionals helped bring what is now regarded as an essential tool in surgery and dentistry to the forefront of the medical establishment.”

Dr. Jannetta not only convinced surgeons the world over that microscopes were an essential part of their instrumentation, he went on to discover groundbreaking treatments for cranial nerve disorders.

Compression of cranial nerves can lead to debilitating illnesses that affect sensation and motor function of the tongue, eyes and facial muscles. The most prominent cranial nerve compression syndrome is called trigeminal neuralgia (TN), a condition of chronic, often incapacitating facial pain. After identifying the cause of TN as compression of the fifth cranial nerve – the trigeminal nerve – by surrounding blood vessels, Dr. Jannetta developed a microvascular decompression procedure that is widely regarded as one of the most important modern day breakthroughs in the field of neurological disease. His technique has become the standard of care for treating TN, hemifacial spasm and related disorders.

“I’m honored to be recognized by the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry and thrilled to see my experience as a neurosurgeon help those specializing in dentistry achieve better outcomes,” Dr. Jannetta said.

The author of more than 400 scientific articles, abstracts and book chapters, Dr. Jannetta has earned several of his field’s most prestigious awards. 

In 1983, he became one of the first neurosurgeons in the world to receive the Olivecrona Award, named after one of the fathers of modern neurosurgery. Presented by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, home of the Nobel Prize Foundation, the award has been presented to just 18 neurosurgeons in its 29-year history.
His “persistence in the face of skepticism” won him the Horatio Alger Award in 1990 for success in the face of adversity.

In 2000, he was awarded the Fedor Krause Medal by the German Neurosurgical Society. Considered a top honor in the field, the medal is bestowed to physicians who have made significant contributions to medicine. Two years later, he received the Dr. Fritz Erler Award by Friedrich Alexander University and in 2006, he was awarded the Zulch Prize for medical research by the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science. 

In 2009, the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies presented Dr. Jannetta with its Medal of Honor in recognition of his contributions to neurosurgery as a surgeon, teacher and humanitarian. Dr. Jannetta received the Neurosurgical Society of America’s distinguished Medal for Outstanding Service in recognition of his vast contributions to the advancement of medicine in 2011.

Over the past 30 years, more than 150 neurosurgeons have received their training under Dr. Jannetta, including many who have gone on to become national and international leaders in the field.  He currently serves as Professor of Neurosurgery at Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Jannetta’s ongoing scientific pursuits include research into the role of vascular compression in the development of diabetes and essential hypertension – the most common form of high blood pressure.

The Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry serves the dental profession and the public by being a source of scientific, evidence-based information and an advocate on the advantages of the operating stereomicroscope and associated operative techniques in microdentistry.


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