||Daniel K. Resnick, MD, MS
||University of Wisconsin-School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, 600 Highland Avenue, Room K4/834, Madison, WI 53792
||United States of America
DANIEL RESNICK was born and raised in the greater Philadelphia area and continues to be an avid Eagles fan. He attended Cheltenham High School where his interests included football, wrestling, and music. He matriculated to Princeton University and majored in Psychology. It was at Princeton where he was first exposed to neuroscience, and this exposure kindled a lifelong fascination with the workings of the central nervous system. During his undergraduate years, he performed an independent research project investigating the cognitive development of autistic children followed by a project investigating the regulation of voltage gated potassium channels in hermissenda photoreceptors. This project was designed to help elucidate the mechanisms responsible for long term potentiation and learning. He was awarded the Howard Crosby Warren prize for this latter project, and graduated summa cum laude in 1987. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania and was an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate in 1991. He received his neurosurgical training at the University of Pittsburgh under the tutelage of Dr. Peter Jannetta, Dr. Dade Lunsford, and Dr. Donald Marion among other talented teachers and surgeons. During residency, Dr. Resnick developed an interest in spinal cord injury. He used his laboratory time to develop an animal model of spinal cord injury at the University of Pittsburgh and used the model to investigate the role of cyclo-oxygenase 2 in the pathogenesis of secondary spinal cord injury. This work along with concomitant course work formed the basis for a Masters degree in neuroscience. Also during his research rotation, Dr. Resnick was granted the opportunity to work with Dr. Ed Benzel at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Benzel became a mentor and friend and instilled an appreciation for the biological and biomechanical rationale for spinal surgery. Dr. Resnick has been a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin since completing his training in 1998 and is a tenured professor. His major interests remain spinal surgery, particularly the application of evidence based medicine to spinal surgery, and spinal cord injury. He has maintained a keen interest in music and sports, participating in shorter triathalons and performing with a local blues band.