A Look at a Leader: Jeffrey Raskin, MD
“Children are so resilient and so wonderful to work with,” he says. They are one of the biggest joys of my job.”
When you’re a pediatric neurosurgeon, you never quite know what challenges the day will bring. Little heads are in your hands every day. For some, this would seem overwhelming, yet for physicians like Dr. Jeffrey Raskin, it’s all in a day’s work. “Children are so resilient and so wonderful to work with,” he says. They are one of the biggest joys of my job.”
A recent addition to Riley, Dr. Raskin moved to the Hoosier state a mere three month ago accepting a role as the hospital’s new Director of Movement Disorders and co-director of the surgical epilepsy program. The doctor was specifically hired for his expertise in minimally invasive surgical procedures and experience with pediatric epilepsy.
Prior to his arrival, Dr. Raskin served as a staffer in the pediatric neurosurgery department at Texas Children’s Hospital and attended Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. Growing up in Las Vegas, the physician says he knew he wanted to be a doctor. “I had a natural interest in the sciences,” he recalls. “And once I got into college and started doing research on rat learning and memory, it sparked my interest in neurosurgery.”
So, Dr. Raskin decided to forge ahead with a career working with kids and never looked back. But, what made him focus on movement disorders?
“Years ago, the only way to treat epilepsy was to do a craniotomy [brain surgery] or other higher risk procedure. But when I was working at Texas Children’s, I really started to see the positive effects that minimally invasive procedures [MIPs] could have on a child’s life—using small incisions, minimally accessing the brain. We found that we could help treat or sometimes even cure kids. And then they could go home a couple of day later, the recovery times were shorter, the success rates were better. It was incredible and something I decided early on that I really wanted to be a part of,” explains Dr. Raskin.
Off the clock, Dr. Raskin keeps his hobbies simple. He enjoys visiting the Indianapolis Museum of Art, hiking and biking around the city and taking care of his two hairless cats.
And he could not be happier to call Indiana home. “It’s a wonderful state and Riley is a fantastic place to work,” says Dr. Raskin. “The teams here consistently go the extra mile to provide amazing care to their patients, constantly collaborating and communicating to achieve the best results. It’s powerful to watch. We’re redefining patient care.”
-- By Sarah Burns