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Salomon Hakim

Salomon Hakim Dow, Colombian neurosurgeon and bioengineer (Barranquilla 04 June 1922 – Barranquilla 05 May 2011)

From Lebanese parents


Authored over 70 papers


Described the normal pressure hydrocephalus or Hakim syndrome in Spanish (1964) and in English with R.D.Adams & C.M. Fisher (1965)

Stated new theories on cephalorhachidian  liquid dynamics

Introduced new lead systems of cephalorhachidian fluid

Stated the concept of self-regulating valves (1973)



INVENTIONS/PATENTS (more than 28 US patents)

A valve to treat hydrocephaly. USPTO 3288142 (1966)

With Carlos Hakim. A programmable and adjustable valve which may prevent ventricular collapse or Hakim valve   

The first gravitational valves (1975)

With neurosurgeon Alejandro Jimenez Arango. A surgical technique for making agile operations

A technique for measuring gauge of brain vessels 



EPONYMY

Hakim triad (in normal pressure hydrocephaly)

Hakim tube

Hakim shunt

Hakim reservoir

Hakim catheter



HONOURS

First Foreigner to win Alumni Achievement Award, United States