Brain surgeons, or neurosurgeons, hold one of the most critically important jobs: they work every day to save lives. In addition to performing surgery, brain surgeons have a variety of other job responsibilities.
The education demands of brain surgeons are quite extensive. Before being allowed to operate, neurosurgeons are required to spend a minimum of 14 years in school, although most take an additional few years to continue their education.
Most neurosurgeons are extensively involved in research, specifically that related to the brain, spinal cord and nervous system. Not only do these research opportunities build the surgeon's own foundation of knowledge, but they also help him contribute to the overall medical industry.
One of the brain surgeon's main jobs is to assess a patient's symptoms and conditions. Assessment is not only used to diagnose problems but also to measure the patient's progress after surgery or treatment.
Once a neurosurgeon has assessed the patient's symptoms and problems, he works to diagnose the patient's condition. A neurosurgeon will use his educational background, previous experience and other medical resources to properly diagnose brain conditions.
Once a patient has been diagnosed, the brain surgeon will be responsible for performing surgery on the brain, spinal cord and nervous system. Neurosurgeons must have extensive knowledge of not only these specific body systems but also how they relate to the overall body.