Editors

Chaim ColenChaim B.  Colen, M.D., Ph.D. is our Executive Editor and the founder of Colen Publishing.

Dr. Chaim Colen is a graduate from the Wayne State University, Michigan Neurosurgery Program. His interests include; reading, writing, epilepsy surgery, neurosurgical-oncology, and research in malignant glioma among many other interests.

His research in brain tumors (malignant glioma) has earned him the Robert V. Dantos Cancer Memorial Award for two consecutive years and the Michigan Association of Neurological Surgeons Award for best basic science research for three consecutive years. His interest in medical history led to the Vesalius Award winning paper Charles Edouard Brown-Sequard: "an eccentric genius" at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He has won multiple other awards as well for his educational productivity in Neurosurgical Education -the Colen Flash-Review: Neurosurgery (review flashcards for the neurosurgical written board examination) and Operative Flash-Dictation: Neurosurgery (operative dictation templates for neurosurgeons).

Dr. Colen's productivity lead to his induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society as a 3rd year medical student and later for his humanistic efforts and devotion to patients he was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society as a neurosurgery resident. Furthermore, he is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of  Neurological Surgeons and Council of State Neurosurgical Societies, where he chairs the Young Physicians Representative Section. Currently, Dr. Colen
is the Director of Neurosurgical Oncology and Epilepsy Surgery at William Beaumont Hospital: Grosse Pointe. You may contact Dr. Chaim Colen at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

269  1E. Colen, B.S., M.S., PA-C is our Assistant Editor and cofounder of Colen Publishing. She is a board member and the CME coordinator.  She also oversees the Flashcard division and all related educational material.

Mrs. Colen is a graduate from the Physician Assistant Program at the Wayne State University, Michigan.  Her interests include emergency medicine, radiology, reading, writing, teaching and editorial assistance. She seeks to increase educational awareness of neurosurgery to the physician assistant community. In addition, Roxanne oversees our Learning Center and has a special interest in patient education. She has co-authored several patient-oriented surgical brochures.

Roxanne is a member of the American Association of Physician Assistants and is board certified.

 

You may contact Roxanne Colen at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

IT Staff

 

383 ScottrakesScott Rakes, B.A., is our 3D medical artist. He graduated from Michigan State University with a major in Telecommunications and specialized in Digital Media Arts with a special focus on digital art for films.

Outside of work, Scott is interested various film-related media including television and interactive gaming. Additionally, he enjoys studying the ways in which music for films impacts the viewers experience.

Currently, Scott is working on creating and implementing the images featured in our Medi-DVD, and patient educational videos.

Contact Scott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

383 Photo On 2010 08 17 At 09.55 2Kevin Rakes, B.A., is our Video Editor. He graduated from Michigan State University with a major in Video Production and specialized in Digital Media Arts with a special focus on film editing.

At the Colen Publishing Studio, he enjoys shooting and editing video tape, lighting, and creating sound effects for our MediDVD's™.

Kevin can be reached at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

13955 1279071938111 2278206 N Filtered

Befkadu T Meshesha is our part-time web developer and graphic designer. He is a student at Eastern Michigan University majoring in Computer Technology Management. He moved to the USA few years ago. He loves traveling and meeting new people. 

Befkadu is involved in community development at different local non-profit organizations.

 

 

  

Contributing Authors

Neurosurgery Board Reviews

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neurosurgery Board Reviews

Comprehensive Neurosurgery Board Review

COLEN FLASH-REVIEW:NEUROSURGERY

PHYSICIAN CONTRIBUTORS

Rivka R. Colen, M.D.

Doha Itani, M.D.

Mahmoud Rayes, M.D. STUDENT CONTRIBUTORS

Daveluy, Steve

Davis, Naomi

Haddad, Ashraf

Kallas, Jeffrey P.

Ketko, Anastasia

Macy, Cheryl

Paximadis, Peter

Smith, Matt

Sunerh, Amandip

Williams, Mitchel

 Our contributing writers come from diversified backgrounds including;

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Radiology
  • Urology
  •  
Pediatrics
 
 

Our editors review all manuscripts submitted for publishing.

If you wish to contact one of our editors regarding a manuscript, please send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

PATHOLOGY, NEUROLOGY, NEUROSURGERY

NEUROPATHOLOGY REVIEW

COLEN FLASH-REVIEW: NEUROPATHOLOGY
PHYSICIAN CONTRIBUTORS
Chaim B. Colen, M.D., Ph.D.
Doha Itani, M.D. STUDENT CONTRIBUTORS
Bergmann, Liisa
Davis, Naomi
Krishnan, Abhinav

 
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________
BOARD REVIEW NEUROSCIENCE

NEUROLOGY REVIEW

COLEN FLASH-REVIEW: NEUROLOGYPHYSICIAN CONTRIBUTORS
Chaim B. Colen, M.D., Ph.D.
Doha Itani, M.D.
Mahmoud Rayes, M.D.


STUDENT CONTRIBUTORS
Bergmann, Liisa
Darmafall, Kristyn
Davis, Naomi
Grant, Joshua
Krishnan, Abhinav
Melonakos, Emmanuel
Tomovic, Senja

 
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 
297 NeurosurgeryFlashcards ThirdEdition
 COLEN FLASH-REVIEW:NEUROSURGERY -3rd Edition

PHYSICIAN CONTRIBUTORS
Rivka R. Colen, M.D.
Doha Itani, M.D.
Mahmoud Rayes, M.D. STUDENT CONTRIBUTORS
Daveluy, Steve 
Davis, Naomi
Haddad, Ashraf
Kallas, Jeffrey P.
Ketko, Anastasia
Macy, Cheryl 
Paximadis, Peter
Smith, Matt
Sunerh, Amandip 
Williams, Mitchel
 
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

285 NeurologyFlashcards ThirdEdition
 COLEN FLASH-REVIEW: NEUROLOGY- 3rd EditionPHYSICIAN CONTRIBUTORS
Chaim B. Colen, M.D., Ph.D.
Doha Itani, M.D.
Mahmoud Rayes, M.D.


STUDENT CONTRIBUTORS
Bergmann, Liisa
Darmafall, Kristyn
Davis, Naomi
Grant, Joshua
Marzec, Sarah
Melonakos, Emmanuel
Tomovic, Senja
 

 

 

Patient Education

Neurosurgery Surgical Medi-Cards

Our  Medi-Cards™ (tri-fold brochures) cover common surgical conditions in the head and spine. They are written in layman's terminology and contain explanatory illustrations to educate the patient on the:

  • disease process

  • symptoms

  • surgical procedure

  • inherent associated risk factors

  • benefits

  • preoperative preparation

  • postoperative care

     

Quality Improvement Benefits:

  • Each brochure contains an area for the patient to sign before undergoing surgery.

  • The signed brochure is be added to the patient's medical record.

  • This enables the physician to document that the patient has read and is informed of the risks and benefits of surgery.

 

 

 

Here is a list of our current Surgical Medi-Card topics that relate to Neurosurgery. Below, you may download a high resolution sample of eachl Medi-Card.

Colen Surgical Medi-Cards are designed in a Q/A format to allow each patient to gain a better understanding of the surgical procedure, the disease process requiring the surgery, and its benefits and potential complications.


1. Anterior Cervical Disectomy and Fusion
2. Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
3. Carpal Tunnel Surgery
4. Cervical Laminectomy
5. Craniotomy for Aneurysm Clipping
6. Craniotomy for Brain Tumor7.   Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
8.   Endovascular Aneurysm Coiling
9.   Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
10. Lumbar Laminectomy
11. Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
 
 
 

 

 

Learning Center

Customized Group Learning
Colen Publishing provides select sections of its board reviews to residency programs, as a teaching aid to quiz residents at Grand Rounds or specialty Teaching Sessions.

We take pride in providing top-notch resident education. A residency program can customize the most High-Yield questions with fine-resolution imaging in pathology and radiology.