What’s New? Neuroscience

Surgeon Plays Key Role With Trauma and More


The arrival of neurological surgeon Jeffrey Dembner, M.D., means the NorthBay Center for Neuroscience is ready for business.


The Yale University graduate has operated his own practice in Newport Beach for more than a decade and is ready to serve Solano County with a comprehensive approach to neuroscience.


“It’s my goal to establish strong relations with the other specialists here at NorthBay Healthcare to provide comprehensive care — in neuro-oncology, neurovascular, degenerative spine and traumatic cranial and spinal injuries.

Providing both elective and non-elective needs, as well as incorporating pain management and rehabilitative care, I seek to provide for the gamut of patient needs.” He notes that all these service lines are already well established and respected. His role, he says, is to round out that team.


“It’s a major cornerstone of the complex, advanced service that NorthBay is dedicated to bringing to Solano County,” says Deborah Sugiyama, president of NorthBay Healthcare Group. “I’m proud to have someone of Dr. Dembner’s caliber leading the development of NorthBay’s new Center for Neuroscience.”


Dr. Dembner will also ensure neurological care for trauma patients, representing the last piece of the equation as NorthBay builds its proposal to be designated as Solano County’s Level II Trauma Center.


As medical director for the Center for Neuroscience, he will oversee an on-call team of local and area neurological surgeons, so trauma service is available 24/7 when a patient has a head injury.


Dr. Dembner also will Institute in Sacramento, and use the Intouch Health robot to communicate when appropriate. “We have transfer agreements with tertiary care facilities when needed, but the arrival of Dr. Dembner means that almost 90 percent of stroke cases can be handled here in Solano County,” she said.


NorthBay has been busy in recent months procuring all the specialty equipment Dr. Dembner will need for procedures, including an imaging device known as an “O-Arm” with stealth navigation, which will help Dr. Dembner perform procedures in the head and spine with decreased risk of complication. The investment in our new neurosurgical services participate in the stroke program, providing a new level of care to patients we currently have to transfer to other hospitals for surgical intervention, says Kathy Richerson, vice president and chief nursing officer, noting that both NorthBay Medical Center and NorthBay VacaValley Hospital will maintain their relationship with the Mercy Neurological has topped $3 million.


“It’s state-of-the-art equipment, which will ensure that patients here will receive the safest, minimally invasive treatments possible,” he said.


Dr. Dembner said that most people think of a neurosurgeon as someone who exclusively performs brain surgery, but that’s just a part of it. His practice includes degenerative diseases of the spine, as well as tumors, infections and trauma to the spine.


“People don’t always associate a neurosurgeon with spine and skeletal issues. It’s my goal to make a connection with local primary physicians so they know that they can refer a patient to me, and I’m happy to explore a variety of options.”


Members of the NorthBay Healthcare surgical team  and key directors had a chance to meet with Dr. Jeffrey Dembner for a tour on his first day at work, and presented him with a jacket featuring a NorthBay Neuroscience logo, and a scarecrow image with the words, “If I Only Had a Brain.” Dr. Dembner (at left) checks out the ED’s trauma bay.