Meet Dr. Robin Novakovic
Interventional neuroradiology specialist in Dallas
Roberta “Robin” Novakovic, M.D., is one of the few neurology specialists in the country with training in three complex fields: neurocritical care, vascular neurology, and interventional neuroradiology. This combined training allows her to offer innovative medical care and surgical treatment to patients with significant neurological issues, including brain aneurysms, strokes, arteriovenous malformations (AVM) and fistulae, and narrowed arteries in the brain and neck.
“I became interested in neurocritical care because I like taking care of patients who have complex medical issues and working with their families,” Dr. Novakovic says. “But as my experience grew, I found that I wanted to be able to intervene, as well – to perform procedures that could help save these patients’ lives or lessen the burden of some of these diseases.”
Dr. Novakovic’s multispecialty training enables her not only to diagnose challenging conditions of the brain, neck, and spine but also to offer the minimally invasive surgical procedures that treat them. These endovascular procedures (also known as interventional neuroradiology or interventional neurosurgery) are done through the blood vessels, allowing some patients to avoid open-incision surgery.
Dr. Novakovic says collaboration with referring physicians and primary doctors is essential in these cases.
“We take a multidisciplinary approach to patient care,” she says. “We confer with neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuroradiologists, otolaryngologists, ophthalmologists, and other health care professionals who are focused on offering the safest and best treatment plans.”
Her team also is actively involved in clinical trials, such as testing new treatment strategies and technologies for stroke and aneurysms, to help improve options and provide better outcomes for patients.
“We are committed to offering the highest standard of care and treatments with the least recovery times and lowest risk, whether that means endovascular surgery, medical treatment, or open surgery,” she says.
Dr. Novakovic emphasizes that one of the most important ways she uses her expertise is to help patients and their families understand the neurological conditions they face and to guide them through difficult medical decisions regarding treatment options and prognosis.
“The role of physician is an honor and often comes at a difficult time in a patient’s life,” she says. “Part of my role is to function as a guide through the medical process of these conditions.”