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profileRon Alterman, M.D.

TitleProfessor of Neurosurgery
InstitutionBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
DepartmentNeurosurgery
AddressBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Neurosurgery - Suite 3B
110 Francis Street
Boston MA 02215
Phone617/632-7246
Fax617/632-0949
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TitleHead of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center
InstitutionBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
DepartmentNeurosurgery


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  1. Almeida CC, Uzuner A, Alterman RL. Stereotactic Drainage of Brainstem Abscess With the BrainLab Varioguide™ System and the Airo™ Intraoperative CT Scanner: Technical Case Report. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2017 Aug 12. PMID: 28962000.
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  2. Alterman RL. Commentary: Utilization of Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping for Direct Targeting of the Subthalamic Nucleus During Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2017 Jun 14. PMID: 28633383.
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  3. Alterman RL. One step backward: Magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound thalamotomy for the treatment of medically refractory tremor. Ann Neurol. 2017 Mar; 81(3):348-350. PMID: 28195357.
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  4. Horn A, Kühn AA, Merkl A, Shih L, Alterman R, Fox M. Probabilistic conversion of neurosurgical DBS electrode coordinates into MNI space. Neuroimage. 2017 Apr 15; 150:395-404. PMID: 28163141.
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  5. Jinnah HA, Alterman R, Klein C, Krauss JK, Moro E, Vidailhet M, Raike R. Deep brain stimulation for dystonia: a novel perspective on the value of genetic testing. J Neural Transm (Vienna). 2017 Apr; 124(4):417-430. PMID: 28160152.
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  6. Alterman RL. A Trial of Focused Ultrasound Thalamotomy for Essential Tremor. N Engl J Med. 2016 12 01; 375(22):2201. PMID: 27959760.
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  7. Ben-Haim S, Flatow V, Cheung T, Cho C, Tagliati M, Alterman RL. Deep Brain Stimulation for Status Dystonicus: A Case Series and Review of the Literature. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2016; 94(4):207-215. PMID: 27504896.
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  8. Rossi PJ, Gunduz A, Judy J, Wilson L, Machado A, Giordano JJ, Elias WJ, Rossi MA, Butson CL, Fox MD, McIntyre CC, Pouratian N, Swann NC, de Hemptinne C, Gross RE, Chizeck HJ, Tagliati M, Lozano AM, Goodman W, Langevin JP, Alterman RL, Akbar U, Gerhardt GA, Grill WM, Hallett M, Herrington T, Herron J, van Horne C, Kopell BH, Lang AE, Lungu C, Martinez-Ramirez D, Mogilner AY, Molina R, Opri E, Otto KJ, Oweiss KG, Pathak Y, Shukla A, Shute J, Sheth SA, Shih LC, Steinke GK, Tröster AI, Vanegas N, Zaghloul KA, Cendejas-Zaragoza L, Verhagen L, Foote KD, Okun MS. Proceedings of the Third Annual Deep Brain Stimulation Think Tank: A Review of Emerging Issues and Technologies. Front Neurosci. 2016; 10:119. PMID: 27092042; PMCID: PMC4821860.
  9. Sidtis JJ, Alken AG, Tagliati M, Alterman R, Van Lancker Sidtis D. Subthalamic Stimulation Reduces Vowel Space at the Initiation of Sustained Production: Implications for Articulatory Motor Control in Parkinson's Disease. J Parkinsons Dis. 2016 Mar 19; 6(2):361-70. PMID: 27003219; PMCID: PMC4927904.
  10. Laviv Y, Alterman R. Hemorrhagic Cerebellar Abscess. World Neurosurg. 2016 Apr; 88:692.e17-22. PMID: 26724627.
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  11. Parihar R, Alterman R, Papavassiliou E, Tarsy D, Shih LC. Comparison of VIM and STN DBS for Parkinsonian Resting and Postural/Action Tremor. Tremor Other Hyperkinet Mov (N Y). 2015; 5:321. PMID: 26196027; PMCID: PMC4502347.
  12. Warren Olanow C, Bartus RT, Baumann TL, Factor S, Boulis N, Stacy M, Turner DA, Marks W, Larson P, Starr PA, Jankovic J, Simpson R, Watts R, Guthrie B, Poston K, Henderson JM, Stern M, Baltuch G, Goetz CG, Herzog C, Kordower JH, Alterman R, Lozano AM, Lang AE. Gene delivery of neurturin to putamen and substantia nigra in Parkinson disease: A double-blind, randomized, controlled trial. Ann Neurol. 2015 Aug; 78(2):248-57. PMID: 26061140.
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  13. Fox MD, Alterman RL. Brain Stimulation for Torsion Dystonia. JAMA Neurol. 2015 Jun; 72(6):713-9. PMID: 25894231; PMCID: PMC4833438.
  14. Gunduz A, Morita H, Rossi PJ, Allen WL, Alterman RL, Bronte-Stewart H, Butson CR, Charles D, Deckers S, de Hemptinne C, DeLong M, Dougherty D, Ellrich J, Foote KD, Giordano J, Goodman W, Greenberg BD, Greene D, Gross R, Judy JW, Karst E, Kent A, Kopell B, Lang A, Lozano A, Lungu C, Lyons KE, Machado A, Martens H, McIntyre C, Min HK, Neimat J, Ostrem J, Pannu S, Ponce F, Pouratian N, Reymers D, Schrock L, Sheth S, Shih L, Stanslaski S, Steinke GK, Stypulkowski P, Tröster AI, Verhagen L, Walker H, Okun MS. Proceedings of the Second Annual Deep Brain Stimulation Think Tank: What's in the Pipeline. Int J Neurosci. 2015; 125(7):475-85. PMID: 25526555; PMCID: PMC4743588.
  15. Osborn IP, Kurtis SD, Alterman RL. Functional neurosurgery: anesthetic considerations. Int Anesthesiol Clin. 2015; 53(1):39-52. PMID: 25551741.
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  16. Cheung T, Noecker AM, Alterman RL, McIntyre CC, Tagliati M. Defining a therapeutic target for pallidal deep brain stimulation for dystonia. Ann Neurol. 2014 Jul; 76(1):22-30. PMID: 24852850.
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  17. Sarkar SN, Papavassiliou E, Rojas R, Teich DL, Hackney DB, Bhadelia RA, Stormann J, Alterman RL. Low-power inversion recovery MRI preserves brain tissue contrast for patients with Parkinson disease with deep brain stimulators. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2014 Jul; 35(7):1325-9. PMID: 24676004.
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  18. Motlagh MG, Smith ME, Landeros-Weisenberger A, Kobets AJ, King RA, Miravite J, de Lotbinière AC, Alterman RL, Mogilner AY, Pourfar MH, Okun MS, Leckman JF. Lessons Learned from Open-label Deep Brain Stimulation for Tourette Syndrome: Eight Cases over 7 Years. Tremor Other Hyperkinet Mov (N Y). 2013; 3. PMID: 24255802; PMCID: PMC3822402.
  19. Panov F, Gologorsky Y, Connors G, Tagliati M, Miravite J, Alterman RL. Deep brain stimulation in DYT1 dystonia: a 10-year experience. Neurosurgery. 2013 Jul; 73(1):86-93; discussion 93. PMID: 23615098.
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  20. Cheung T, Alterman RL, Tagliati M. Reply: Neural reorganization through deep brain stimulation: anything new on the horizon? Mov Disord. 2013 Sep; 28(10):1467. PMID: 23780513.
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  21. Cheung T, Nuño M, Hoffman M, Katz M, Kilbane C, Alterman R, Tagliati M. Longitudinal impedance variability in patients with chronically implanted DBS devices. Brain Stimul. 2013 Sep; 6(5):746-51. PMID: 23619246.
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  22. Bartus RT, Baumann TL, Siffert J, Herzog CD, Alterman R, Boulis N, Turner DA, Stacy M, Lang AE, Lozano AM, Olanow CW. Safety/feasibility of targeting the substantia nigra with AAV2-neurturin in Parkinson patients. Neurology. 2013 Apr 30; 80(18):1698-701. PMID: 23576625; PMCID: PMC3716474.
  23. Cheung T, Zhang C, Rudolph J, Alterman RL, Tagliati M. Sustained relief of generalized dystonia despite prolonged interruption of deep brain stimulation. Mov Disord. 2013 Sep; 28(10):1431-4. PMID: 23400837.
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  24. Alterman RL, Weisz D. Reasoned discussions must be based on sound data. Mov Disord. 2013 Feb; 28(2):255-6. PMID: 23325632.
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  25. Alterman RL, Weisz D. Microelectrode recording during deep brain stimulation and ablative procedures. Mov Disord. 2012 Sep 15; 27(11):1347-9. PMID: 22927124.
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  26. Hwynn N, Tagliati M, Alterman RL, Limotai N, Zeilman P, Malaty IA, Foote KD, Morishita T, Okun MS. Improvement of both dystonia and tics with 60 Hz pallidal deep brain stimulation. Int J Neurosci. 2012 Sep; 122(9):519-22. PMID: 22494180.
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  27. Okun MS, Gallo BV, Mandybur G, Jagid J, Foote KD, Revilla FJ, Alterman R, Jankovic J, Simpson R, Junn F, Verhagen L, Arle JE, Ford B, Goodman RR, Stewart RM, Horn S, Baltuch GH, Kopell BH, Marshall F, Peichel D, Pahwa R, Lyons KE, Tröster AI, Vitek JL, Tagliati M. Subthalamic deep brain stimulation with a constant-current device in Parkinson's disease: an open-label randomised controlled trial. Lancet Neurol. 2012 Feb; 11(2):140-9. PMID: 22239915.
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  28. Goodman WK, Alterman RL. Deep brain stimulation for intractable psychiatric disorders. Annu Rev Med. 2012; 63:511-24. PMID: 22034866.
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  29. Sidtis JJ, Tagliati M, Alterman R, Sidtis D, Dhawan V, Eidelberg D. Therapeutic high-frequency stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus in Parkinson's disease produces global increases in cerebral blood flow. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2012 Jan; 32(1):41-9. PMID: 21971352; PMCID: PMC3323302.
  30. Ben-Haim S, Gologorsky Y, Monahan A, Weisz D, Alterman RL. Fiducial registration with spoiled gradient-echo magnetic resonance imaging enhances the accuracy of subthalamic nucleus targeting. Neurosurgery. 2011 Oct; 69(4):870-5; discussion 875. PMID: 21552170.
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  31. Panov F, Tagliati M, Ozelius LJ, Fuchs T, Gologorsky Y, Cheung T, Avshalumov M, Bressman SB, Saunders-Pullman R, Weisz D, Alterman RL. Pallidal deep brain stimulation for DYT6 dystonia. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2012 Feb; 83(2):182-7. PMID: 21949105.
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  32. Gologorsky Y, Ben-Haim S, Moshier EL, Godbold J, Tagliati M, Weisz D, Alterman RL. Transgressing the ventricular wall during subthalamic deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinson disease increases the risk of adverse neurological sequelae. Neurosurgery. 2011 Aug; 69(2):294-9; discussion 299-300. PMID: 21389886.
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  33. Katz M, Kilbane C, Rosengard J, Alterman RL, Tagliati M. Referring patients for deep brain stimulation: an improving practice. Arch Neurol. 2011 Aug; 68(8):1027-32. PMID: 21825238.
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  34. Alterman RL, Tagliati M, Olanow CW. Open-label surgical trials for Parkinson disease: time for reconsideration. Ann Neurol. 2011 Jul; 70(1):5-8. PMID: 21786295.
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  35. Isaias IU, Volkmann J, Kupsch A, Burgunder JM, Ostrem JL, Alterman RL, Mehdorn HM, Schönecker T, Krauss JK, Starr P, Reese R, Kühn AA, Schüpbach WM, Tagliati M. Factors predicting protracted improvement after pallidal DBS for primary dystonia: the role of age and disease duration. J Neurol. 2011 Aug; 258(8):1469-76. PMID: 21365458.
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  36. Haridas A, Tagliati M, Osborn I, Isaias I, Gologorsky Y, Bressman SB, Weisz D, Alterman RL. Pallidal deep brain stimulation for primary dystonia in children. Neurosurgery. 2011 Mar; 68(3):738-43; discussion 743. PMID: 21164379.
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  37. Tagliati M, Martin C, Alterman R. Lack of motor symptoms progression in Parkinson's disease patients with long-term bilateral subthalamic deep brain stimulation. Int J Neurosci. 2010 Nov; 120(11):717-23. PMID: 20942586.
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  38. Marks WJ, Bartus RT, Siffert J, Davis CS, Lozano A, Boulis N, Vitek J, Stacy M, Turner D, Verhagen L, Bakay R, Watts R, Guthrie B, Jankovic J, Simpson R, Tagliati M, Alterman R, Stern M, Baltuch G, Starr PA, Larson PS, Ostrem JL, Nutt J, Kieburtz K, Kordower JH, Olanow CW. Gene delivery of AAV2-neurturin for Parkinson's disease: a double-blind, randomised, controlled trial. Lancet Neurol. 2010 Dec; 9(12):1164-1172. PMID: 20970382.
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  39. Bronstein JM, Tagliati M, Alterman RL, Lozano AM, Volkmann J, Stefani A, Horak FB, Okun MS, Foote KD, Krack P, Pahwa R, Henderson JM, Hariz MI, Bakay RA, Rezai A, Marks WJ, Moro E, Vitek JL, Weaver FM, Gross RE, DeLong MR. Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson disease: an expert consensus and review of key issues. Arch Neurol. 2011 Feb; 68(2):165. PMID: 20937936; PMCID: PMC4523130.
  40. Sebeo J, Deiner SG, Alterman RL, Osborn IP. Anesthesia for pediatric deep brain stimulation. Anesthesiol Res Pract. 2010; 2010. PMID: 20814550; PMCID: PMC2931390.
  41. De Los Reyes K, Chandrasekhar SS, Tagliati M, Alterman R. Successful implantation of a deep brain stimulator for essential tremor in a patient with a preexisting cochlear implant: surgical technique: technical case report. Neurosurgery. 2010 Jun; 66(6 Suppl Operative):372; discussion 372. PMID: 20489530.
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  42. Isaias IU, Alterman RL, Tagliati M. Deep brain stimulation for primary generalized dystonia: long-term outcomes. Arch Neurol. 2009 Apr; 66(4):465-70. PMID: 19364931.
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  43. Brozova H, Barnaure I, Alterman RL, Tagliati M. STN-DBS frequency effects on freezing of gait in advanced Parkinson disease. Neurology. 2009 Feb 24; 72(8):770; author reply 770-1. PMID: 19237711.
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  44. Isaias IU, Alterman RL, Tagliati M. Outcome predictors of pallidal stimulation in patients with primary dystonia: the role of disease duration. Brain. 2008 Jul; 131(Pt 7):1895-902. PMID: 18567622.
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  45. Dumitriu D, Collins K, Alterman R, Mathew SJ. Neurostimulatory therapeutics in management of treatment-resistant depression with focus on deep brain stimulation. Mt Sinai J Med. 2008 May-Jun; 75(3):263-75. PMID: 18704979.
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  46. Alterman RL, Miravite J, Weisz D, Shils JL, Bressman SB, Tagliati M. Sixty hertz pallidal deep brain stimulation for primary torsion dystonia. Neurology. 2007 Aug 14; 69(7):681-8. PMID: 17698790.
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  47. Alterman RL, Tagliati M. Deep brain stimulation for torsion dystonia in children. Childs Nerv Syst. 2007 Sep; 23(9):1033-40. PMID: 17551738.
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  48. Alterman RL, Shils JL, Miravite J, Tagliati M. Lower stimulation frequency can enhance tolerability and efficacy of pallidal deep brain stimulation for dystonia. Mov Disord. 2007 Feb 15; 22(3):366-8. PMID: 17216642.
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  49. Alterman RL, Snyder BJ. Deep brain stimulation for torsion dystonia. Acta Neurochir Suppl. 2007; 97(Pt 2):191-9. PMID: 17691304.
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  50. Tagliati M, Pourfar MH, Alterman RL. Subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation in Parkinson disease patients over age 70 years. Neurology. 2005 Jul 12; 65(1):179-80; author reply 179-80. PMID: 16009925.
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  51. Koss AM, Alterman RL, Tagliati M, Shils JL. Calculating total electrical energy delivered by deep brain stimulation systems. Ann Neurol. 2005 Jul; 58(1):168; author reply 168-9. PMID: 15984018.
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  52. Okun MS, Tagliati M, Pourfar M, Fernandez HH, Rodriguez RL, Alterman RL, Foote KD. Management of referred deep brain stimulation failures: a retrospective analysis from 2 movement disorders centers. Arch Neurol. 2005 Aug; 62(8):1250-5. PMID: 15956104.
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  53. Tagliati M, Shils J, Sun C, Alterman R. Deep brain stimulation for dystonia. Expert Rev Med Devices. 2004 Sep; 1(1):33-41. PMID: 16293008.
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  54. Alterman RL, Shils JL, Gudesblatt M, Tagliati M. Immediate and sustained relief of levodopa-induced dyskinesias after dorsal relocation of a deep brain stimulation lead. Case report. Neurosurg Focus. 2004 Jul 15; 17(1):E6. PMID: 15264775.
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  55. Feldman RP, Alterman RL, Goodrich JT. Contemporary psychosurgery and a look to the future. J Neurosurg. 2001 Dec; 95(6):944-56. PMID: 11765838.
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  56. Alterman RL, Shils J, Rogers J. Methylmethacrylate insufficiently fixes deep brain stimulator lead position. Neurosurgery. 2001 Feb; 48(2):458. PMID: 11220401.
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  57. Shils JL, Tagliati M, Alterman RL. Intraoperative microelectrode recording equipment: what features are necessary? Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2001; 77(1-4):101-7. PMID: 12378065.
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  58. Alterman RL, Sterio D, Beric A, Kelly PJ. Microelectrode recording during posteroventral pallidotomy: impact on target selection and complications. Neurosurgery. 1999 Feb; 44(2):315-21; discussion 321-3. PMID: 9932884.
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  59. Alterman RL, Reiter GT, Shils J, Skolnick B, Arle JE, Lesutis M, Simuni T, Colcher A, Stern M, Hurtig H. Targeting for thalamic deep brain stimulator implantation without computer guidance: assessment of targeting accuracy. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 1999; 72(2-4):150-3. PMID: 10853070.
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  60. Kazumata K, Antonini A, Dhawan V, Moeller JR, Alterman RL, Kelly P, Sterio D, Fazzini E, Beric A, Eidelberg D. Preoperative indicators of clinical outcome following stereotaxic pallidotomy. Neurology. 1997 Oct; 49(4):1083-90. PMID: 9339694.
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  61. Eidelberg D, Moeller JR, Kazumata K, Antonini A, Sterio D, Dhawan V, Spetsieris P, Alterman R, Kelly PJ, Dogali M, Fazzini E, Beric A. Metabolic correlates of pallidal neuronal activity in Parkinson's disease. Brain. 1997 Aug; 120 ( Pt 8):1315-24. PMID: 9278625.
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  62. Kim R, Alterman R, Kelly PJ, Fazzini E, Eidelberg D, Beric A, Sterio D. Efficacy of bilateral pallidotomy. Neurosurg Focus. 1997 Mar 15; 2(3):e8. PMID: 15096015.
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  63. Alterman RL, Kelly P, Sterio D, Fazzini E, Eidelberg D, Perrine K, Beric A. Selection criteria for unilateral posteroventral pallidotomy. Acta Neurochir Suppl. 1997; 68:18-23. PMID: 9233408.
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  64. Alterman RL, Kall B, Beric A, Sterio D, Kelly PJ. Pallidal targeting with the COMPASS system. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 1997; 69(1-4 Pt 2):69-72. PMID: 9711736.
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  65. Beric A, Sterio D, Dogali M, Alterman R, Kelly P. Electrical stimulation of the globus pallidus preceding stereotactic posteroventral pallidotomy. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 1996; 66(4):161-9. PMID: 9144871.
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  66. Alterman RL, Kall BA, Cohen H, Kelly PJ. Stereotactic ventrolateral thalamotomy: is ventriculography necessary? Neurosurgery. 1995 Oct; 37(4):717-21; discussion 721-2. PMID: 8559301.
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  67. Maleci A, Alterman RL, Sundstrom D, Kornblith PL, Moskal JR. Effect of phorbol esters on the susceptibility of a glioma cell line to lymphokine-activated killer cell activity. J Neurosurg. 1990 Jul; 73(1):91-7. PMID: 2352027.
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  68. Morrison RS, Gross JL, Herblin WF, Reilly TM, LaSala PA, Alterman RL, Moskal JR, Kornblith PL, Dexter DL. Basic fibroblast growth factor-like activity and receptors are expressed in a human glioma cell line. Cancer Res. 1990 Apr 15; 50(8):2524-9. PMID: 2156622.
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