Meet Dr. Gerald Eckardt, neurological surgeon
Thu, Sep 27, 2018
Dr. Gerald Eckardt likes a challenge. That’s why he was drawn to neurological surgery.
Neurological surgery focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of disorders adversely affecting the nervous system. That includes the brain, spine, peripheral nerves, and cerebrovascular system. Sound challenging? That’s just the way Eckardt likes it.
“The thing I really enjoy about neurosurgery is that it’s tough. These cases are hard, they’re complex,” says Eckardt, a neurosurgeon with BayCare Clinic. “But I really enjoy complex cases and things that challenge me, and these do.”
He’s always wanted to do medicine, but didn’t decide on neurological surgery until his last year in medical school. At the time, he was considering a career in general surgery.
“I had rotations set up at other institutions for general surgery,” he says. “But I followed a surgeon in a neurology rotation and loved it. I switched everything over to neurosurgery.”
He never looked back. He enjoyed it so much that he went on to do an additional fellowship to study the neurovascular specialty.
It’s not just the complex cases that excite him.
“The fact that we have these (technologic) capabilities available and the fact that it’s expanding to, hopefully, incorporate more patients, is very exciting,” Eckardt says. “It’s fun to be a part of something that’s new and that’s progressing rapidly. There’s a lot that’s changing and it keeps you on your toes.”
While Eckardt enjoys his work and seeing patients, he recognizes his patients come to him with fears and concerns.
“I want to always instill in patients that my goal is to treat them the best that I can. I also tell patients that we’re here to treat you, not your picture,” he says. “People come in with something on their imaging studies and they can be very concerned about it. But just because something’s on imaging doesn’t mean they need surgery.”
If surgery is recommended, he strives to attain positive results.
“In the end, that’s my goal,” he says. “Those people come with pain, an aneurysm, a tumor. I want to make sure at the end of the operation, if there is one, they’re happy with the results. It’s not about me, it’s about them.”
Dr. Gerald W. Eckardt is a neurosurgeon with BayCare Clinic Neurological Surgeons. He’s also part of the Vascular Specialists at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, specializing in both neurosurgery and neurovascular intervention. Dr. Eckardt can provide both surgeries and less invasive procedures to treat brain aneurysms, carotid disease, brain tumors and vascular malformations to help people get back to their happy and healthy lives. He sees patients by referral in Green Bay, Kaukauna and Oshkosh. For information, call 920-288-8350 or 888-376-3876.
About BayCare Clinic
BayCare Clinic, baycare.net, is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With its 100-plus physicians, BayCare Clinic offers expertise in more than 20 specialties, serving clinical locations in 13 regional communities. Based in Green Bay, Wis., BayCare Clinic is a joint partner in Aurora BayCare Medical Center.