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Rob D. Dickerman, DO
North Texas Neurosurgical Associates
Denton, TX

About Rob D. Dickerman, DO

Doctor Rob Dickerman is a neurosurgeon with extensive training including a spine fellowship from the Texas Back Institute and a brain and spinal cord tumor fellowship from The National Institutes of Health. He is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) and Director of Neurosurgery at Denton Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Dickerman received a medical degree (DO) and PhD from UNTHSC. He completed a neurosurgery residency at the prestigious North Shore University-Albert Einstein/Long Island Jewish Medical Hospitals. While in residency, he was honored, on two separate occasions, with the outstanding neurosurgery resident award, by the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Dickerman went on to train under Dr. Edward Oldfield at the National Institutes of Health and then completed a spine fellowship at the Texas Back Institute.

Dr. Dickerman has authored numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts and written several book chapters. His current spine research includes minimally invasive spine surgery, spinal cord injury, spine biomechanics, and artificial discs. He is currently involved in several ongoing FDA trials and trains medical students, residents, and surgeons from around the country on advances in spinal surgery.

In addition, Dr. Dickerman is an active member of many societies including the American College of Surgeons, American Osteopathic Association, Cervical Spine Research Society, American Spinal Cord Injury Association, and North American Spine Society.


1.Dickerman, R.D., Schaller, F., Prather, I., McConathy, W.J., Sudden Cardiac Death in a 20 year old Bodybuilder Abusing Anabolic Steroids. Cardiology 86:172;1995.

2. Dickerman, R.D., McConathy, W.J., Zachariah, N.Y., Schaller, F. Cardiovascular Complications and Anabolic Steroids. European Heart Journal 17:1912-1915;1996.

3. Dickerman, R.D., McConathy, W.J., Zachariah, N.Y., Schaller, F. Echocardiography in Fraternal Twin Bodybuilders with One Abusing Anabolic Steroids. Cardiology 88:50;1997.

4. Dickerman, R.D., McConathy, W.J., Schaller, F., N.Y. Zachariah. Left Ventricular Size and Function in Elite Bodybuilders Using Anabolic Steroids. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine 7(2):90-93;1997.

5. Dickerman, R.D., and McConathy, W.J. Testosterone, Vasopressin, and Depression. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry 21(1);247-248:1997.

6. Dickerman, R.D., McConathy, W.J., Pertussi, R., Kramer, W. Peripheral Neuropathy and Testosterone. Journal of NeuroToxicology 18(2):587-588:1997.

7. Dickerman, R.D., Zachariah, N.Y., Fouraker, M., McConathy, W.J. Neuroendocrine Associated Behavioral Patterns in the Male Asian Elephant (Elephas Maximus). Journal of Physiology & Behavior 61(5);771-773:1997.

8. Dickerman, R.D., Fungwe, T., Zachariah, N.Y., McConathy, W.J. Sex Steroid Regulation of Neuropeptides in a Teratocarcinoma Cell Line of Neurons (hNT).Strategies 10(2);77-78:1997.

9. Dickerman, R.D., McConathy, W.J., Smith, A.B. The Pathogenesis of Sliding Hiatal Hernias: Pressure Overload? Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology 25(1);352-353:1997.

10. Dickerman, R.D., Schaller, F., McConathy, W.J. Acute Dilated Cardiomyopathy and Anabolic Steroids in a 33 Year-Old Bodybuilder. Cardiovascular Pathobiology 2(1);53-55:1997.

11. Dickerman, R.D., McConathy, W.J., Zachariah, N.Y. Testosterone, Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin, Lipoproteins, and Cardiovascular Risk. Journal of Cardiovascular Risk 4:363-366:1997.

12. Dickerman, R.D., Pertusi, R., Zachariah, N.Y., Schaller, F. Androgen-Induced Erythrocytosis. American Journal of Hematology 59(3);263-264:1998.

13. Dickerman, R.D., Schaller, F., McConathy, W.J. Aortic Valve Thickening Associated with Power Training:Is It Pressure Overload? The American Journal of Cardiology 82(8);996:1998.

14. Dickerman, R.D., Schaller F., Zachariah, N.Y., McConathy, W.J. Left Ventricular Wall Thickening Does Occur in Power Athletes With or Without Anabolic Steroid Use. Cardiology 90(2);145-148:1998.

15. Dickerman, R.D., McConathy, W.J., Zachariah, N.Y., Pertusi, R., Dufour, R. Anabolic Steroid Induced Hepatoxicity:Is it Overstated? Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine 9(1);34-39:1999.

16. Dickerman, R.D., Smith G., McConathy, W.J., Roof L.L., East J.W., Smith A.B. Intraocular Pressure Changes During Maximal Isometric Contraction:Does This Reflect Retinal Venous Pressure or Intracranial Pressure. Neurological Research 21(3);243-246:1999.

17. Dickerman, R.D., Smith A.B., Schuster D. Post-Abdominoplasty Hypertension:Augmentation in the Pressure Systems? Annals of Plastic Surgery 42(5);572-574:1999.

18. Dickerman, R.D., Hsu, F., Piatt, J., Frank E. Subdural Empyema Complicating Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunt Infection. Pediatric Neurosurgery 30:310-311,1999.

19. Smith, A.B., Dickerman, R.D., McGuirre, S., East, J.E., McConathy, W.J., Pearson F. Pressure-Overload Induced Sliding Hiatal Hernias in Resistance Trained Athletes. Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology 28(4);352-354:1999.

20. Dickerman R.D. Zachariah, N.Y., Pertusi R. Androgen-induced erythrocytosis:is it erythropoietin? Amercian Journal of Hematology 61(2);154-155:1999.

21. Dickerman, R.D. Smith G.H. East J.W., McConathy W.J., Rudder L. Middle Cerebral Artery Blood Flow Velocity During Maximal Weight-lifting in Elite Power Athletes. Neurological Research 22(4);337-340:2000.

22. Dickerman, R.D., Pertusi, R., Smith, G.H. The Upper Range of Lumbar Spine Bone Mineral Density? International Journal of Sports Medicine 21(7):469-470:2000.

23. Likavic, AM, Dickerman, RD, Liow K, Heiss JD. Retrospective Analysis of Surgical Treatment Outcomes For Gelastic Seizures: A Review of the Literature. Seizure 9(3);204-207:2000.

24. Dickerman RD, Oldfield EH. Basis of Persistent and Recurrent Cushing's Disease (CD): An Analysis Based on Findings at Repeat Pituitary Surgery. Journal of Neurosurgery 97(6) 248-254:2002.

25.Vortmeyer AO, Koch C, Dickerman RD, Zhuang P, Oldfield EH. Somatic VHL gene mutations detected in sporadic endolymphatic sac tumors. Cancer Research 60(21);5963-5965:2000.

26. Dickerman RD, Jaikumar S. Secondary Partial Empty Sella Syndrome in an Elite Bodybuilder. Neurological Research 23(4);336-338:2001.

27. Dickerman RD, East JW, Douglas JA. Bilateral Median Neuropathy and Growth Hormone Use:a case report. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 81;1594-1595:2000.

28. Dickerman RD, Jaikumar S. The hiccup reflex arc and persistent hiccups with high-dose anabolic steroids:Is the brainstem the steroid-responsive locus? Clinical Neuropharmacology 24;62-64:2001

29. Dickerman RD, Stevens QE, Jaikumar J. Radial tunnel syndrome in an elite power athlete: A case of direct compressive neuropathy. Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System 7(4);229-232, 2002.

30. Dickerman RD, Stevens QE, Jaikumar S, Nguyen TT. Isolated intracranial infection with mycobacterium avium complex. Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 47:101-105,2003.

31. Dickerman RD, Schneider S. Recurrent Baclofen Pump Catheter Leak From Repeated Compression on the Iliac Crest: A Surgical Observation with Recommendations. Pediatric Surgery 37;17-19, 2002.

32. Dickerman RD, Vortmeyer AO, Oldfield EH. Multiple Pituitary Adenomas with LH and GH Hyperplasia in an Acromegalic Male with Carney Complex. New England Journal of Medicine in preparation.

33. Dickerman RD, Stevens QE, East JW, Smith AB. Umbilical and Bilateral Inguinal Hernias in a Veteran Powerlifter: A Pressure-Overload Syndrome. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine 14:95-96, 2004

34. Stevens QE, Dickerman RD. The Upper Limit of Physiologic Left Ventricular Hypertrophy: Chronic Atrial Fibrillation in an Elite Powerlifter. International Journal of Cardiology Dec;81(2-3):275-276:2001

35. Epstein NE, Dickerman RD. Delayed Strut Fractures in Single Level Corpectomies. Journal of Spinal Disorder Techniques 15(5):420-424, 2002.

36. Stevens QE, Dickerman RD, McConathy WJ, Schaller F. Aortic and Mitral Valve Thickening with Concentric Left Ventricular Hypertrophy in an Elite Bodybuilder:Physiological or Biochemical? Cardiology 98(3):159-161, 2002.

37. Dickerman RD, Schneider S. Pediatric Cranial Fixation: A Survey of Pediatric Neurosurgeons. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery 13(6):769-771, 2002.

38. Dickerman RD, Stevens QE, Schneider SJ. The Role of Surgical Placement and Pump Orientation in Intrathecal Pump System Failure:A Review of 110 Cases. Pediatric Neurosurgery 38(2):107-110, 2003.

39. Dickerman RD, McConathy WJ, Lustrin E, Schneider SJ. Rapid Neurological Deterioration Associated witrh Minor Head Trauma in Chronic Hydrocephalus. Child's Nervous System 19(4):249-251,2003.

40. Epstein NE, Dickerman RD. Can Recurrent Pain Be a Signal of Delayed Autograft Strut Fracture Following Anterior Cervical Surgery? a Radiographic Correlation. Spinal Surgery 16(3):197-206, 2002.

41. Cohen AJ, Dickerman RD, Schneider SJ. New Method of Pediatric Cranioplasty for Skull Defect Utilizing Polylactic Acid Absorbable Plates and Carbonated Apatite Bone Cement. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery 15:469-472, 2004.

42. Dickerman RD, Overby C, Hollis P, Eisenberg M, Levine M. The Steroid-Responsive Hiccup Reflex Arc: Competitive Binding to the Corticosteroid-Receptor? Neuroendocrinology Letters 24:167-169, 2003.

43. Dickerman RD, Schneider SJ. Sudden Death Secondary to Fulminant Intracranial Aspegillosis in a Healthy Teenager After Posterior Fossa Surgery: The Role of Corticosteroids and Prophylactic Recommendations. Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 48:87-90, 2004.

44. Dickerman RD, Morgan J. Spontaneous Subdural Hematomas in Healthy Athletes:Intracranial hypotension? Acta Neurochirurgica in press.

45. Dickerman RD, Mittler MA. Intramedullary Inflammatory Mass Dorsal to a Klippel-Feil Deformity: Error in Neurulation or Response to An Abnormal Motion Segment? Spinal Cord 3:167-170,2004.

46. Dickerman RD, Eisenberg MB. The Preassembled Method for Routine Insertion of Ommaya Reservoir:How I Do it. Journal of Surgical Oncology 2004;89:36-38.

47. Dickerman RD, Stevens QS, Matarese NM, Schneider SJ. Prophylaxis to avert exacerbation/relapse of multiple sclerosis in affected patients undergoing surgery: surgical observations and recommendations. Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 48:135-137,2004.

48. Dickerman RD, Colle KO, Bruno CA, Schneider SJ. Craniovertebral instability and spinal cord compression in a 17 month old male with Sly Syndrome (Mucopolysaccharidosis type VII): A Surgical Dilemma. Spine 29:92-94, 2004.

49. Dickerman RD, Morgan J, Mittler MA. Circumferential Cervical Spine Surgery in A 18 Month Old Female with Fracture-Dislocation of the Odontoid and C3 Vertebrae:Case Report and Review of Techniques. Pediatric Neurosurgery 41(2):88-92, 2005.

50. Dickerman RD, Lefkowitz M, Schneider SJ. Chiari Malformation and Odontoid Panus in a 5 year-old Female with Crouzon's Disease: Anterior, Posterior or Circumferential Surgery? Journal of Clinical Neuroscience in press.

51. Dickerman RD, Stevens QE, Schneider SJ. Precocious Puberty Associated with a Pineal Cyst: Is it Disinhibition of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary Axis? Neuroendocrinology Letters 25(3):173-175, 2004.

52. Dickerman RD, Mittler MA, Warshaw C, Bennett MT, Epstein JA. Cervical Spinal Cord Injury in a 14 year-old Male Secondary to Cervical Hyperflexion with Abdominal Exercise. Spinal Cord in press.

53. Dickerman RD, Epstein JA, Lefkowitz M. Traumatic Central Cord After Adequate Decompression for Cervical Spondylosis: Biomechanics of Injury. Spine in press.

54. Dickerman RD, McConathy WJ, Morgan J, Jolley JT, Stevens QE, Mittler MA, Schneider S. Failure Rate of Frontal Versus Parietal Approaches for Proximal Catheter Placement in Ventriculoperitoneal Shunts:Revisited. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience in press.

55. Dickerman RD. Invited Letter to the Editor: Molecular and Reversible Effects of Steroids. Heart June 7, 2004.

56. Dickerman RD, Zigler JE. Atraumatic Vertebral Artery Dissection and Death After Cervical Corpectomy: An Indirect Injury Secondary to Traction? Spine in press.

57. Dickerman RD, Zigler JE, Bennett MT, Smith E. Postoperative Leg Pain After Artificial Disc or Fusion: Incidence, Etiology, Prevention and Management. Spine in preparation.

58. Dickerman RD, Morgan J. The postoperative catabolic state: when to intervene? Anaesthesia 60:514-516, 2005.

59. Dickerman RD, Morgan JT. Pathogenesis of Subdural Hematoma in Healthy Athletes:Postexertional intracranial hypotension. Acta Neurochirurgica 147(3):349-350, 2005.

60. Dickerman RD, Zachariah NY, McConathy WJ. Age-Related Androgen Receptor Polymorphisms and Responsiveness. Experimental Gerontology 40(5):359-360, 2005.

61. Dickerman RD, Morgan JT. Cervical Rib and Brachial Plexopathy: A Case with Review of the Literature. Hospital Physician in preparation.

62. Dickerman RD. Familial Tuberous Sclerosis with Concordant Expression in a Disease of Variable Penetrance. Neurosurgical Review in press.

63. Dickerman RD, Morgan JT, Cohen AJ. Diffuse Malignant Transformation of Pleiomorphic Xanthrochromic Astrocytoma 20 Years Later: A Matter of Time? Acta Neurochirurgica in press.

64. Dickerman RD, Bennett MT. Acute Spinal Cord Compression from Vertebral Hemangioma:Embolization and Emergent Surgery. The Spine Journal in press.

65. Dickerman RD. Severe Fibrous Dysplasia of the Craniovertebral Junction with Transient Quadriparesis:A Complicated Case. British Journal of Neurosurgery submitted.

66. Dickerman RD, Cohen AJ. Cranial Reconstruction with Bioresorbable Plates and Hydroxyapatite. Journal of Neurosurgery-Pediatrics in press.

67. Dickerman RD, Bennett MT. Compartment Syndrome and Neuropathy: Primary or Secondary Etiology? Muscle and Nerve submitted.

68. Dickerman RD, Joseph AM, Bennett MT. Corticosteroid-induced Myopathy in Spinal Cord Injury Patients: A Role for Anticatabolic Agents? Spinal Cord in press.

69. Dickerman RD, Morgan JT, Mittler MA. Stereotactic Brain Biopsy Operative Complications:Technique to Further Decrease Risk. Acta Neurochirurgica in press.

70. Dickerman RD, Morgan JT, Mittler MA. Decompressive Craniectomy for Traumatic Brain Injury: When is it too Late? Childs Nervous System in press.

Book Chapters
1. Discogenic Pain: Orthopedic Knowledge-Spine Update 2005. (in press)

2. Intraoperative Somatosensory Evoked Potentials and Electromyography:Spine Trauma, 2nd Edition, 2005 (in press).

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