A Day in the Life of a Neurosurgeon – by Paul Emberger

Pennsylvania-based freelance Paul Emberger shares his day-in-the-life experience with renowned Neurosurgeon, Dr. Jonas Sheehan of Penn State/Milton Hershey Medical Center.

Try to imagine the smell of burnt hair combined with the distinct scent of a dental drill boring into a tooth. If you can, then you know what I smelled as a drill bit cut through the skull of patient x, lying face down on an operating table. With a dozen or so people in the room, all focused to save the man’s life. Dr. Sheehan created a small hole in the bone, facilitating the removal of a larger section of scull, to gain access to a section of the patient’s brain.

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4 Responses to “A Day in the Life of a Neurosurgeon – by Paul Emberger”

  1. Wonderful photography! I’ve had occasion to be an observer in the OR during open heart surgery…I know that smell.

    As always, you’ve captured, through your photographic and artistic skills, a story in pictures.


  2. Thank you Barbara for your kind words.

    Being in an O.R. during surgery is an amazing experience. To see men and woman who have the knowledge of our physiology, and th skill to open up, break, repair and put back together all of our parts is just mind bending when you witness it… And TV dramas do not do it justice!


  3. Matt Haney says:

    Can’t wait to do this one day…more like 20 years but still this is inspiring work thank you!

  4. Terrilee Stone says:

    It was good to see Jonas in action. I worked with him during his residency at UVA and knew what a fantastic neurosurgeon he was. One of the smartest and skilled doctors I have ever met.