Joseph C. Maroon, MD

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    • Member Type(s): Expert
    • Title:Neurosurgeon, Vice Chairman, Professor
    • Organization:University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
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      Summary of expertise:
      Joseph Maroon, MD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon at the Univ of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a professor of neurosurgery at the Univ of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the team physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Honored as one of America's Best Neurosurgeons for 8 consecutive years in America's Best Doctors, he has published over 250 scientific papers, 8 books and 40 book chapters. He has also served on the editorial boards of 5 medical journals. His research has focused on the uses of fish oil for diseases of the of the brain and spine as well as on resveratrol. Various national neurological societies, both here and abroad, have recognized Dr. Maroon's contributions to neurosurgery with a number of awards. He currently serves as Medical Advisor for Nordic Naturals. A devoted athlete, Dr. Maroon has completed 50 Olympic distance triathlon events and also competed in 5 Iron Man distance triathlons. In 1999, he was inducted into the Lou Holtz Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame.
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      White paper/research:
      Evaluation of Lipid Profiles and the Use of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid in Professional Football, Anthony Yates, MD,John Norwig, ATC,Joseph C Maroon, MD. 2009 American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
      Research study: RESULTS OF OMEGA-3 FOR SPINE PAIN
      Joseph C. Maroon, MD, Jeff Bost, PAC, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.
      1995 Neurosurgery Research, The Pittsburgh Foundation, $2,000 grant.
      1994 MRI Spectroscopy with Spinal Cord Injury; Allegheny-Singer Research Institute $200,000 grant

      2003 NIH Grant, $2 million, Study of Functional MRI and Concussion

      Books/articles published:
      The Longevity Factor: How Resveratrol and Red Wine Activate Genes for a Longer and Healthier Life published by Simon and Schuster in 2009. Fish Oil, The Natural Anti-Inflammatory, Basic Health Publications. Sports Related Concussion, Quality Medical Publishing, Inc. Dr. Maroon has published over 250 scientific papers, 8 books and 40 book chapters.
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      Memberships: American Academy for the Advancement of Science, American Assoc of Neurological Surgeons, American College of Sports Medicine, Research Society of Neurological Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and more.
      Awards: Dennis and Rose Heindl Endowed Chair for Neuroscience Research, 1996; Healthcare Hero Finalist, The Pittsburgh Business Times, Jan 1999; Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame inductee for excellence in athletics and medicine, 1999; Arab American Medical Assoc Award for Excellence in Medicine, Pittsburgh Chapter, 1999 and more.

      Awards: Arab American Medical Assoc Award for Excellence in Medicine,1999; The Wakeman Award,Duke Univ Medical Center

      Prior media experience:
      Print, radio, TV interviews and national presentations; Interviews include Woman's World, First Magazine, Men's Health, WPIX TV News, Night Talk with Ann Devlin, WQED-TV, WTAE Health show, Debra Ray Show, People's Pharmacy and others
      Educational background:
      1958-61 Indiana Univ; 1961-65 Indiana Univ Med School; 1965-66 Indiana Univ Internship;1966-67 Georgetown Univ Residency, Wash DC; 1967-68 Indiana Univ Residency, Medical Center Neurological Surgery; 1968-69 Oxford Univ Hospitals Residency, Oxford ENG;1969-71 Indiana Univ Residency; 1971-72 Univ of Vermont, Given Scholar in Microneurosurgery, Burlington, VT

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