There is only one first time that something takes place! No matter what it is it or who does it it is an important event to be recognized. Granted some “firsts” are more important that others. After all, in almost every case it isn’t brain surgery.
But this time that exactly what it was!
And it was performed by a native of Jackson Parish.
Quitman High School alum, Doctor Jamie Toms, made medical history on Sunday, September 18th when he completed the first robotic brain surgery in North Louisiana At LSU Health Center in Shreveport.
Toms also became the first doctor in the state to use the Globus Excelsius-GPS Robotic Navigation Platform for brain surgery. The Platform is designed to improve accuracy and patient care optimization through robotics and navigation.
“We are so proud of Dr. Toms who continues to be a trailblazing faculty member providing cutting-edge care and educational experiences for our residents and students.” – LSU Health Shreveport
After graduating from Quitman High School in 2016, Toms received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology from Louisiana Tech University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.
From there Toms earned his Doctor of Medicine from LSU Health Shreveport and completed his neurosurgery residency at Virginia Commonwealth University. He then completed a fellowship in stereotactic, functional, and epilepsy neurosurgery at Virginia Commonwealth University under Dr. Kathryn Holloway.
Along with his clinical practice, he is actively involved in both clinical and basic science research, and he holds a joint appointment with the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Neuroscience. He has conducted extensive research in the use of deep brain stimulation in the treatment of dementia and movement disorders. He has also conducted research in stereotactic neurosurgery and intraoperative imaging.
Dr. Toms is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, the Southern Neurological Society and the American College of Surgeons.
He has presented nationally at various conferences, including annual meetings of the Southern Neurosurgical Society, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the American Medical Association. Dr. Toms has also published many peer-reviewed journal articles and serves as a reviewer for many publications, including Neurosurgery and Brain Injury.