Prominent Neurosurgeon Discusses Effect to Human Body by Nerve Agents After Kim Jong-nam Assassination

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Jay Jagannathan, M.D., of Michigan-based Jagannathan Neurosurgical Institute, available to news media for medical expertise and analysis.

The February 13, 2017, assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, heightened awareness and concern over nerve agents and the deadly use of chemical weapons. Many questions exist about the effect that nerve agents can have on the human nervous system and how even small doses can be lethal.

Jay Jagannathan, M.D., of Michigan-based Jagannathan Neurosurgical Institute, and one of the United States’ most prominent neurosurgeons, is available to news media to provide his medical expertise and analysis. News journalists interested in interviewing Dr. Jagannathan should contact Jeff Caponigro at (248) 353-3270 or email jcap(at)

Law-enforcement officials report that Kim Jong-nam was killed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia by two women who covered his face with the VX nerve agent. One drop of VX, or about 10 milligrams, can be lethal.

“In general terms, such a nerve agent prevents the proper functioning of glands and muscles that are necessary for normal breathing,” said Dr. Jagannathan. “Even  a tiny dose of a neurotoxin such as VX can paralyze muscles and cause respiratory arrest.”

Dr. Jagannathan is a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgery and the American Board of Spinal Surgery. He has been a “Featured Neurosurgeon” in Hour Detroit magazine’s ‘Top Docs’ issue in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He received the Patients’ Choice Award and Compassionate Doctor Recognition from in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2016 he was rated the Top Neurosurgeon in Metro Detroit by Dr. Jagannathan received his M.D. degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His neurosurgery residency was at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center and the Wayne State University School of Medicine where he was Chief Resident. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Jagannathan has published numerous papers and book chapters in the areas of spine surgery, radiosurgery and neuro-oncology and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Synthes Award for craniofacial research as well as the Cone Pevehouse Award for socioeconomic research, both from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He was named a ‘rising star’ in spine surgery by In-Spine magazine.

He is actively involved in organized neurosurgery and served as a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Young Neurosurgeons Committee and on the Executive Committee of the Section on Tumors. He also represented Michigan on the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies.

Media Contact: Jeff Caponigro at Caponigro Public Relations Inc., jcap(at) or (248) 353-3270.

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