Running Towards a Crisis...Not Away From It
World famous Neurosurgeon Dr. John Boockvar is used to making life-or-death decisions and running toward the crisis as part of his job, as he races to save people's lives in the operating room of Lenox Hill hospital. During the COVID-19, crises were heightened for Dr. Boockvar, as chronicled on the hit Netflix show Lenox Hill. In this talk he shares a healthcare hero’s insights learned making critical decisions in an instant, the imperative for a clear head and steady hands, and how to build structured teams before the crisis hits.
How to Maintain a Work - Life Balance
How does a person who gives everything to his or her job or calling find balance? Balance to fufill other, personal obligations and also to take sustaining breaks that bring renewal? Neurosurgeon John Boockvar's cases are life-or-death, and he has to engage with full concentration and energy. Living at such a high adrenaline level requires counter-balancing time away, which his family would love more of, as chronicled on his hit Netflix show Lenox Hill. In this talk, Dr. Boockvar talks about lessons learned trying to balance intense work with an intensely satisfying personal and family life.
How to Reduce Stress
In this talk, neurosurgeon Dr. Boockvar shares his stress reduction techniques to incorporate into healthy daily routines, and also to call upon in heightened situations and crises. From the operating room, to the ball fields, to the battlefields and to the board room, these techniques help you keep your head clear and your hands steady. He discusses the value of grit, flow and mindfulness to calm the brain and reduce stress and to optimize peak performance.
Dr. Boockvar is one of the main characters on the hit Netflix docuseries called Lenox Hill (2020). This 8 episode docuseries chronicles the lives of four doctors while they manage the daily stresses of medicine with their personal lives. The show has achieved widespread critical acclaim. Dr. Boockvar is also featured on the special 9th episode called "Pandemic" which details the extraordinary response of the health care heroes of Lenox Hill hospital to the Covid-19 crisis.
Dr. Boockvar is the Vice Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Lenox Hill Hospital and Director of the Brain Tumor Center, and the Pituitary/Neuroendocrine Center of the Department of Neurosurgery and the New York Head and Neck Institute at Lenox Hill and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospitals. Dr. Boockvar is a Professor of Neurological Surgery and Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the Zucker School of Medicine. Dr. Boockvar is an investigator at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research where he directs the Laboratory for Brain Tumor Biology and Therapy.
Dr. Boockvar is internationally known for his surgical expertise and for providing patients with safe, effective, and minimally invasive treatment for brain tumors, skull base disorders, and disorders of the spine. Dr. Boockvar's surgical expertise is in benign and malignant brain tumors, skull base and endoscopic pituitary surgery, spinal and peripheral nerve tumors, minimally invasive spinal surgery, and complex spinal disorders. Dr. Boockvar has been recognized for his novel research in brain tumors and stem cell biology. Dr. Boockvar has been repeatedly named to the lists of New York Magazine's Top Docs, Best Doctors in New York-Castle Connolly, New York SuperDoctors, America's Top Surgeons, America's Best Doctors, and America's Best Doctors for Cancer. His research has been widely published and he has received numerous national awards including the Eric Lichtenstein Humanitarian Award from Voices Against Brain Cancer for his compassionate work in treating patients with brain cancer. In 2016 Dr. Boockvar was elected to the prestigious Academy of Neurological Surgeons. In 2017 he was elected to the Senior Society of the American Board of Neurological Surgery.
Dr. Boockvar has been featured many times on TV and in print. Of note, he was featured on the Dr. Oz Show, ABC's Nightline, TMZ, CNN, Good Morning America, and the Today Show among others. Dr. Boockvar's work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Newsday, New York Post, and many others. Dr. Boockvar is also an honorary surgeon of the NYPD and the New York State Troopers.