Randall Matthew Chesnut M.D., F.C.C.M., F.A.C.S.

Randall Matthew Chesnut M.D., F.C.C.M., F.A.C.S.

Bio

Dr. Chesnut, based at Harborview Medical Center, is a UW professor with appointments in two departments: Neurological Surgery, and Orthopaedics and Sports…

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Patient Care Philosophy

Seeing happy patients return after potentially devastating injuries or diseases.

Personal Interests

Spending time with family, skiing, hiking, mountain biking and rugby.

Clinical Interests

  • Spine and musculoskeletal neurosurgery
  • Surgical and critical care management of acute traumatic brain injury
  • Surgical and critical care management of acute spinal cord and spinal column injuries
  • Sports-related spinal cord and spinal column injuries, with interest toward early return to play
  • Failed spinal surgery
  • Adult spinal deformity

Research Interests

Brain injury and trauma care systems in developing countries                        

Prospective investigations of outcome from acute brain injury in adults and children in developing countries (Cuba and Argentina)                        

Early mobilization from acute spinal column injuries 

Targeted therapy in the management of traumatic brain injury                        

Evidence-based medicine in traumatic brain injury management and spine surgery

Education

  • InstitutionCredentialYear
  • Univ. of Washington, School of MedicineMedical education1984
  • Univ. of Calif. San DiegoFellowship
  • Univ. of Calif. San DiegoResidency
  • UW - Dept. of SurgeryInternship

Board Certifications

  • CertificationSpecialtyYear
  • American Board of Neurological SurgeryNeurological Surgery1996
Dr. Chesnut, based at Harborview Medical Center, is a UW professor with appointments in two departments: Neurological Surgery, and Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. He has particular expertise in surgery and critical care for traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, failed back surgery, and adult spondylolisthesis, as well as sports-related spine and brain injuries.

He is conducting research to improve care for people with traumatic brain and spine injuries, and currently has funding from the National Institutes of Health for outcome studies in brain injury and trauma care systems in Latin America. He is also a leader in writing evidence-based practice guidelines for traumatic brain injury and spine surgery.

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