In 2000, Payam Toobian began his 22-year career as a neurological surgeon in private practice. A medical speciality called neurosurgery is dedicated to diagnosing and caring for those who have suffered brain injuries. Some patients experience these symptoms as a result of catastrophic injuries. In contrast, others experience them as a result of a disease or disorder or as a result of the long-term management of a congenital issue—one that exists from birth.
Toobian has done research in this field and believes in the utility of neuroradiology imaging for diagnosis and disease management. In addition, the spinal cord, specifically syringomyelia, is another area of scientific interest.
Few people outside the medical community know that syringomyelia occurs unless they or a family member receives a diagnosis. A fluid-filled cyst called a syrinx develops inside the spinal cord in people with syringomyelia. A syrinx progressively damages the spinal cord as it grows by compressing and harming nerves and nerve fibers. Depending on the size of the cyst and the severity of the symptoms, different treatment modalities may be used, ranging from observation to surgery. Payam Toobian took involved in significant spinal cord research that was done solely to find new ways to treat the ailment.
From 1990 to 1994, Toobian studied medicine at the State University of New York and earned his medical degree. He held positions at Cornell Medical Center Neurosurgery and the Medical School Health Science Center at Brooklyn General Surgery.