DANVILLE - Neurosurgeon Atom Sarkar, M.D., Ph.D., recently joined Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) in Danville, where he will serve as director of Stereotactic and Functional Surgery and the director of the Laboratory of Nanomedicine in the Department of Neurosurgery.

Nanomedicine is the medical application of nanotechnology. This unique lab will focus on diverse neurological problems that range from Parkinson's disease to tumor biology.

Sarkar is a functional neurosurgeon, treating conditions that adversely affect the central nervous system. He offers expertise in neurosurgical oncology, spinal surgery, functional neurosurgery and deep brain stimulation surgery (DBS) for movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, tremor and dystonia.

"We are honored to have Dr. Sarkar join the neurosurgery team at GMC," said Steven Toms, M.D., director of neurosurgery at Geisinger Health System. "Neurosurgery is an immensely important service to patients in our region. Dr. Sarkar's exceptional experience and demonstrated leadership will be a tremendous asset not only to the hospital but, more importantly, to our patients, who will have access to this very specialized area of neurosurgery."

Sarkar comes to GMC from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Ark., where he served as an associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and as director of surgical neuro-oncology. He received his medical degree in 1998 from the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, Miami, Fla., where he earned his doctoral degree in molecular neuroscience the same year.