DMC Names Chief of Neurosurgery

Richard D. Fessler
Richard D. Fessler // Photo courtesy of Detroit Medical Center
Richard D. Fessler
Richard D. Fessler // Photo courtesy of Detroit Medical Center

The Detroit Medical Center (DMC), which is based in Detroit, has announced Dr. Richard D. Fessler will fill the role of specialist-in-chief of neurosurgery for the health system. Fessler will also serve as chief of neurosurgery at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital.

In his new role, Fessler will provide medical direction and leadership for the department of neurosurgery, playing a role in the continued growth of the program. He assumes the role that was being filled on an interim basis by Dr. Steven Ham, neurosurgeon for DMC.

Fessler is a distinguished endovascular neurosurgeon and researcher specializing in complex vascular abnormalities of the brain, neck, and spinal cord. His areas of expertise include endovascular surgery and cerebrovascular surgery for the treatment of aneurysms, carotid artery disease, and stroke.

“As we embark on a new era for our neurosurgery program, Dr. Fessler will be integral in our efforts to build upon the program’s rich history and tradition of providing our community with advanced, high quality, and compassionate care,” says Audrey Gregory, CEO of DMC.

Fessler comes to DMC from Ascension Michigan, where he served as chairman of the department of surgery at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit and medical director of the health system’s stroke network and telemedicine program. Prior to joining Ascension, he served as vice-chairman of the department of neurosurgery at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He has also developed several statewide programs that provide state-of-the-art care to stroke and aneurysm patients.

Fessler earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences from the University of Michigan and his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed a neurological surgery residency at DMC/Wayne State University, a neuroendovascular surgery fellowship at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a fellowship in cerebrovascular surgery at the Nagoya School of Medicine in Japan.

The DMC operates eight hospitals and institutes offering clinical care, research, and medical education.

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