Having an experienced clinician in the operating room could be the difference between a successful surgical outcome and permanent neurological injury to the patient, according to Michael Riley, founder and CEO of Peak Neuro Group.
“When you speak with surgeons who are doing these advanced cases, most prefer expert clinicians in their operating room that can reduce the occurrence of false-positive and false-negative results,” said Riley, who grew up in Schenectady, N.Y. “Unfortunately, a lot of surgeons have only ever had access to a technologist to operate the IONM machine and not a fellowship-trained, professional-level clinician.”
Peak Neuro Group requires its clinicians to hold advanced degrees in neuroscience or in a related field, as well as successful completion of a one-year fellowship in clinical neurophysiology. The demanding fellowship program is designed and administered by Peak’s senior neurophysiologists, said Riley, who earned a master’s in neurobiology and behavior from Cornell University.
The startup is a partner of Innovate 518 and is a UAlbany Innovation Center company.