The sun has just started to rise behind the thick clouds blanketing upper Manhattan on a recent morning as Dr. Joshua Bederson begins his day at Mount Sinai.

As the Mount Sinai Health System’s head of neurosurgery, Bederson is the captain of the figurative aircraft that is the department of 30 full-time faculty members, 40 residents and 70 advanced practitioners located across the five boroughs of New York City. It’s a metaphor that the amateur pilot uses often to describe his early adoption of the cutting-edge augmented and virtual reality technology that has revolutionized the complex brain surgeries Bederson and his colleagues perform, helping them plan the approach and avoid damaging critical structures adjacent to the tumors they remove and the aneurysms they repair.

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