Hulda B. Magnadottir, MD

Neurosurgery

Hulda B. Magnadottir, MD joined UVNN in 2007  after completing her Chief Residency of Neurosurgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, NH. She continues to provide services to patients at UVNN’s home office located in New Hampshire’s Upper Valley.

Hulda Brá Magnadóttir, MD

Education

PRE DOCTORAL TRAINING

  • University: University of Iceland Medical School MD 1987-1993. Candidatus Medicine et Chirurgie.
  • Graduate: Menntaskolinn vid Hamrahlid undergrad  1985-1987. Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences.
  • Graduate: Dartmouth College MS ( 2000-2001)


POST DOCTORAL TRAINING

Reykjavik City Hospital

  • Internship General Internal Medicine (July 1993 - Dec. 1993)
  • Internship General Surgery  (Jan. 1994 - July 1994)
  • Department of Neurosurgery  (Sept. 1994 - Jan 1996)


Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Hanover, New Hampshire

  • Completed Chief Residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (June 2002)
  • Neurological Surgery Residency  (Jan. 1996 - July 2002)
  • General Surgery Residency (1996-1997)
  • Dartmouth Affiliated Hospitals - Hanover, NH, White River Junction, VT, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, CA.
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery (Jan. - June 1999)

Clinical Interest & Specialties

  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Low Back Surgery
  • Peripheral Nerve Procedures
  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

Appointments & Affiliations

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS 

  • Reykjavik City Hospital  Dept. of Medicine (July - Dec. 1993)
  • Reykjavik City Hospital Dept. of Surgery (Jan. - June  1994)
  • Laugaras Country Clinic (July & Aug. 1994)
  • Reykjavik City Hospital Dept. of Neurosurgery (Sept. 1994 - Jan. 1996)
  • Landspitalinn University Hospital, Reykjavik Iceland , Assistant Professor, Dept. of Neurosurgery  (July 2004- March 2008)
  • Icelandic Medical License (1994)


HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS

  • UVNN Lebanon, NH; Neurosurgery (Present)
  • Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital; Neurosurgery (Present)
  • Gifford Medical Center; Neurosurgery (Present)
  • New London Hospital; Neurosurgery (Present)

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS 

  • Icelandic Medical License (1994)
  • Icelandic Neurosurgical License (2001)
  • State of New Hampshire (2002)
  • American Board of Neurological Surgeons Certification (2007)

Honors & Awards

RECIPIENT

  • John E. Wennberg Surgical Fellowship Recipient 2001 - 2002 


ADVISORY / REVIEW / ADMINISTRATIVE   ACTIVITIES

  • Young Doctors Representative at Reykjavik City Hospital Medical Board
  • Surgical Representative on Medical Board Landspitalinn University Hospital
  • Board Member, Icelandic Surgical Society
  • Director Neurosurgical Tumor Board, Landspitali University Hospital
  • PhD Committee Advisor, University of Iceland Medical School


PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES:

  •  Icelandic Medical Association (1993)
  •  American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) (Candidate Member - 1996)
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) (1996)
  • Icelandic Surgical Society (2004)
  • Icelandic Neurosurgical Association (2004)


TEACHING   EXPERIENCE:

  • University of Iceland- Nursing  Instructor (1995)
  • Icelandic School of Navigation Instructor (1994-1995)
  • University of Iceland Physical Therapy Instructor (2004-2008)
  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

Publications

  • Magnadottir HB, Harbaugh RE: Multiple cerebral aneurysms associated with coarctation of the aorta. New England Neurosurgical Society Fall Meeting Abstracts, p 7, 1997.
  • Magnadottir HB, Harbaugh KS, Shumaker GH, Harbaugh RE: Outcome of carotid endarterectomy:  regional versus general anesthesia (abstract).  J Neurosurg 88:  186A, 1998.
  • Magnadottir HB, Harbaugh RE: The risks of carotid endarterectomy in “high-risk” patients (abstract).  Neurosurgery 43:  685, 1998.
  • Magnadottir HB, Hannesson B: A Study for safe entry zones to lesions in the midbrain (abstract) Scandinavian Neurosurgical Society Congress Abstracts, June 1995
  • Magnadottir HB, Hannesson B: Case presentations of midbrain tumors in children (abstract). Icelandic Surgical Congress Abstracts,  April 1995
  • Papavasiliou AK, Magnadottir HB, Gonda TA, Franz DM, Harbaugh RE: Clinical outcomes of carotid endarterectomy using regional vs. general anesthesia (abstract). Congress of Neurological Surgeons 49th Annual Meeting, Boston Ma, Nov. 1999.
  • Wang MY, Mittler M, Magnadottir HB, Amar A, McComb JG, Levy M: Microsurgical treatment of middle fossa arachnoid cysts (abstract). Congress of Neurological Surgeons 49th Annual Meeting, Boston Ma, Nov. 1999.
  • Magnadottir HB, Levy ML, Mittler M, McComb JG: Spinal arachnoid cysts in children (abstract). Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery, 28th Annual Meeting Atlanta, Ga., Dec 1999.
  • Magnadottir HB, Levy ML, Mittler M, McComb JG: Split cord malformations in children (abstract). Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery, 28th Annual Meeting Atlanta, Ga., Dec 1999.
  • Levy ML, Liker M, Wang MY, Magnadottir HB, McComb JG: Endoscopic fenestration of third ventricular arachnoid cysts. Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery, 28th Annual Meeting Atlanta, Ga., Dec 1999.
  • Magnadottir HB, Pallatroni HF, Levy ML, McComb JG: Outcome study for children treated with lipomatous malformations asociated with closed neural tube defects. Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery  Congress of Neurological Surgeons 51st Annual Meeting San Diego Ca, Sept 2001
  • Magnadottir HB, Harbaugh RE: Outcomes Following Treatment of Carotid Artery Stenosis Patient Reported Health status Preoperatively and at 6-Month Follow-up. Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery Congress of Neurological Surgeons 51st Annual Meeting San Diego Ca, Sept 2001

Book Chapters

  • Magnadottir HB, Harbaugh KS: Anatomical considerations in the treatment of extracranial cerebrovascular disease.  Neurosurgery Clinics of North America, vol11/no2. April 2000
  • Magnadottir HB, Welke KF: Utilization research and small area analysis. Concepts in Neurosurgery- Outcomes analysis in neurological surgery.


JOURNAL ARTICLES  - PEER REVIEWED 

  • Magnadottir HB, Lightdale N, Harbaugh RE: Clinical outcomes analysis of high risk patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy using regional anesthesia.  Neurosurgery 45:786,1999.
  • Papavasiliou AK, Magnadottir HB, Gonda T, Franz D, Harbaugh RE: Clinical outcomes following carotid endarterectomy using regional vs general anesthesia. J Neurosurg 92:291 296,2000

Lectures

Multiple lectures for various departments at the University Hospital including:

Presentations

  • A Study for safe entry zones to lesions in the midbrain. Scandinavian Neurosurgical Society Congress, Reykjavik, Iceland (1995)
  • Case presentations of midbrain tumors in children. Icelandic Surgical Congress, Reykjavik, Iceland (1995)
  • Multiple cerebral aneurysms associated with coarctation of the aorta. New England Neurosurgical Society, Rockport, ME, (1997)
  • Outcome of Carotid Endarterectomy: Regional versus General Anesthesia.Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery Anual Meeting, Lake Buena Vista, FL, (1998)
  • The risks of carotid endarterectomy in “high-risk” patients. NENS fall meeting, Manoir Hovey, Quebec, Canada and CNS Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, (1998)
  • Papavasiliou AK, Magnadottir HB, Gonda TA, Franz DM, Harbaugh RE: Clinical outcomes of carotid endarterectomy using regional vs. general anesthesia (abstract). Congress of Neurological Surgeons 49th Annual Meeting, Boston Ma, (Nov. 1999) (Presented by Dr. Papavasiliou)
  • Wang MY, Mittler M, Magnadottir HB, Amar A, McComb JG, Levy M: Microsurgical treatment of middle fossa arachnoid cysts. Congress of Neurological Surgeons 49th Annual Meeting, Boston Ma, (Nov. 1999)(Presented by Dr. Wang).
  • Magnadottir HB, Levy ML, Mittler M, McComb JG: Spinal arachnoid cysts in children. Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery, 28th Annual Meeting Atlanta, Ga., (Dec. 1999)
  • Magnadottir HB, Levy ML, Mittler M, McComb JG: Split cord malformations in children. Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery, 28th Annual Meeting Atlanta, Ga., (Dec. 1999)
  • Levy ML, Liker M, Wang MY, Magnadottir HB, McComb JG: Endoscopic fenestration of third ventricular arachnoid cysts. Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery, 28th Annual Meeting Atlanta, Ga., (Dec.) 1999.(Presented by Dr. Levy)
  • Magnadottir HB, Pallatroni HF, Levy ML, McComb JG: Outcome study for children treated with lipomatous malformations associated with closed neural tube defects. Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery  Congress of Neurological Surgeons 51st Annual Meeting San Diego Ca, (Sept. 2001)
  • Magnadottir HB, Harbaugh RE: Outcomes Following Treatment of Carotid Artery Stenosis-Patient Reported Health status Preoperatively and at 6-Month Follow-up. Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery Congress of Neurological Surgeons 51st Annual Meeting San Diego Ca, (Sept. 2001)
  • Jonas G. Halldorsson, Gudmundur B. Arnkelsson, Kristinn Tomasson, Kjell M. Flekkoy, Hulda Bra Magnadottir, Eirikur Orn Arnarson, Long-term outcome of medically confirmed and self-reported early traumatic brain injury in two nationwide samples, Brain Injury, 2013, 27, 10, 1106
  • Jonas G. Halldorsson, Kjell M. Flekkoy, Gudmundur B. Arnkelsson, Kristinn Tomasson, Hulda Bra Magnadottir, Eirikur Orn Arnarson, The scope of early traumatic brain injury as a long-term health concern in two nationwide samples: Prevalence and prognostic factors, Brain Injury, 2012, 26, 1, 1
  • Grand Rounds DHMC 1999 Split Cord malformations and spinal arachnoid cysts in children
  • Pfizer Lecture: Neurosurgical and Neurological Nurses Association, Iceland (2006)
  • Surgeries on the low back and neck Grand Rounds Landspitali- University of Iceland (2007)
  • University of Iceland Dept. of Nursing, Education Days (2005)
  • Physical Therapist Association (2007)

Laboratory Research

  • Research primarily related to surgical outcome studies.
  • Work on carotid endarterectomy database focusing on outcomes.
  • Developed database of 300 closed neural tube defects at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with a focus on clinical outcomes.

I had back surgery by Doctor Magnadottir came out of the hospital never had to take a pain pill. She is very professional and could not be nicer. I ‘m very happy with the surgery and would recommend her to any one who needs back surgery. When I went to see her I had so much pain that I could hardly get out of bed for eight weeks. Also she has a great staff her nurse Jane is the best you will ever deal with. She really knows her job and does it very professional. Thank you being who you are and doing a great job.

Wouldn't hesitate to recommend her!! Very satisfied with the outcome considering the experience I had with other local provider.

I had surgery in Dec. of 2017 after several months of severe low back pain due to Spinal Stenosis. I'd had years of issues with driving and was mainly using cruise control even for short trips-one small squat put me over the edge and my back pain started. I'd been given wonderful advice about Dr. M and after a MRI, the office called giving me an early appt. Dr. M was direct, honest, and very kind-I liked her approach immediately. She explained the surgery, told me the risks, and the results were excellent! After recovery, which was just as they told me it would be, I am walking, riding my bike, lifting, gardening and back to LIFE. Thank you Dr. M.

Dr. Magnadottir fused my C6 and C7 vertebrae and inserted a plate. They were unstable and caused me to have bad pain in both arms. The surgery was scheduled quickly and everything was explained well. I have had no problems with flexibility in my neck although it was very weak for months. The scar is hidden in the folds of your neck so it isn't noticeable.

She cut my spine last fall and did a magnificent job. Great results and good doctor.

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