Dr. Yen has announced his retirement! On September 30, 2016, he will officially turn the practice over to his skilled neurosurgical partners. We will miss him, but he has promised to make room in his schedule between grandchildren, golf and fishing to visit us for lunch dates.
Dr. Yen earned his undergraduate degree in genetics at the University of California, Berkeley, went on to earn his medical degree from Albany Medical College and completed his neurosurgery training at Albany Medical Center in New York. He received his Board Certification in 1980 has been evaluating and treating patients with a wide variety of brain and spine disorders for over 30 years in the Sacramento, Elk Grove, Davis and Woodland areas. Dr. Yen has served as Clinical Instructor in Neurological Surgery at University of California, Davis, and as Chief of Neurological Surgery for both Sutter General Hospital and Mercy Hospital of Sacramento and Chief of Surgery for Mercy General. Dr. Yen treats every patient with respect and takes great care to explain diagnosis and treatment options to each patient in clear and understandable terms to promote understanding of his/her care and treatment.
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Dr. Chan, a native of San Francisco, earned his undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis on Neurobiology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master’s in Biomedical Sciences from Barry University, Florida. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio. Dr. Chan completed his Neurosurgical residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he was also Instructor of Neuroanatomy for medical students. He served as a Mentor for the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine Tomorrow’s Physician Program where he was awarded the Alpha Omega Alpha Faculty Teaching Award in 2010. Dr. Chan has special interests in minimally invasive spinal surgery as well as complex surgery of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine and spinal fusions. He is experienced in using advanced techniques such as stereotactic frameless navigation for the treatment of brain and skull base tumors as well as minimally invasive endoscopic techniques to treat pituitary tumors. He is also experienced in surgical treatment of trigeminal neuralgia. Dr. Chan received his Board Certification in 2015.
Dr. Chan believes that educating his patients and their families on their conditions promotes the partnership that helps them make the best choices in the management of their health.
Jessica joined us in 2003 with a degree in Medical Administrative Assisting. She has worked in most areas of the practice and has extensive experience with medical records, billing and collections and helping keep the electronic and network functions up and running. She currently takes care of appointment and surgery scheduling for Dr. Chan's patients, and finds the healthcare field extremely rewarding. Jessica takes pride in being thorough, making sure each patient’s experience is as smooth and anxiety free as possible and she works tirelessly to make sure all the details for the patient encounter are handled in a professional, friendly manner. In her spare time she enjoys traveling with her husband, hiking, reality TV and playing with her kitties.
Cindy, our Practice Administrator, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Relations and Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco and helped open the practice over 30 years ago. She has taught Medical Practice Management at the California State University, Stanislaus, and has been active with the Sacramento Medical Group Management Association and the California MGMA for twenty years, serving on the Board of Directors for both. Cindy is responsible for coordinating all operational aspects of the practice and is especially focused on maintaining a patient care-centered neurosurgical practice. Her deep respect for the physicians and the excellent care provided by the entire staff to the patients of Capital Neurological Surgeons provides her a very rewarding experience. When not at work Cindy enjoys travel and photography (both evident in the office), gardening, reading and spending time with family.
Dr. Hsieh (pronounced 'Shay') is a native of the Los Angeles area. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998 with a degree in Neurobiology, majoring in molecular cell biology with an emphasis in neurobiology and minoring in music. Following completion of his undergraduate degree, Dr. Hsieh received his M.D. at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, where he served as President of the Vanderbilt Honor Council. Dr. Hsieh's neurosurgical residency was completed within the NYU Hospital System at the Department of Neurosurgery at NYU Langone, followed by a year as Chief Resident at Bellevue Hospital.
In addition to his passion for medicine, Dr. Hsieh is an accomplished musician, playing both piano and violin. He credits his training as a classical musician with providing a unique perspective and approach to medicine in general, and more specifically to advanced and complex surgery. Dr. Hsieh spent six years in Atlanta in private practice before coming home to California. He received his Board Certification in 2013.
Dr. Hsieh takes a balanced approach to each patient's needs, and takes the time to truly listen to the outcome the patient hopes for. Where surgery is indicated, he specializes in the newest and most innovative of techniques.
Yee earned her certificate in Medical Assisting in 2003 and became state certified later that year. She earned an AA in Biology as well as one in Math and Science. She has worked in various surgical specialties, both front and back office assisting over the past several years.Yee has worked for CNS off and on over the past three years while working on her BS (yes, she enjoys going to school!). Yee completed her BS in Healthcare Administration in in 2015 and started working full time as Dr. Hsieh's assistant, handling all scheduling and patient care. Patients feel very comfortable working with Yee, since her competence clearly equals her compassion and care for our patients.When her three sons aren't occupying her time,Yee enjoys creating portraits of her family and friends in charcoal.
Dawn earned her Medical Secretary certificate in 2000 and worked in endocrinology and otolaryngology in San Jose for several years. After moving to Sacramento, she worked for a Family Practitioner in both the front and back office until his retirement, and earned certificates in Medical Assisting as well as Medical Billing. Dawn worked part time for a pain management specialist until her children were in school, and joined our team in 2015 handling front office patient care and billing. Dawn was drawn to the family atmosphere of the office and we especially appreciate her follow through on all the little things that keep the practice running smoothly.When at home, Dawn enjoys participating in church functions and spending time with her family, especially planning the annual family reunion camping and boating trip.