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The Role of Neuropsychologists in Neurosurgery


By Kenneth Perrine, PhD, ABPP-CN, and Amanda Sacks-Zimmerman, PhD, ABPP-CN
Neuropsychologists at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center

Patients who are referred here for neurosurgery are often a bit confused when they’re scheduled for time with a neuropsychologist before or after surgery. What does a psychologist have to do with neurosurgery, anyway?

Ending Cancer As We Know It


By Rohan Ramakrishna
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

Last week the Cancer Moonshot Task Force released its official recommendations for achieving the lofty goal set out in President Obama’s State of the Union address: ending cancer as we know it. We can do it, but we must act now.

Chasing After ‘Compassionate Use’


By Jeffrey Greenfield, MD, PhD
Co-director, Children's Brain Tumor Project

When a child's life is at stake, we don't need a “fast” track to a regulatory okay -- we need a “now” track that keeps pace with scientific discoveries

Taking the Show on the Road


By Dr. Theodore Schwartz
David and Ursel Barnes Professor in Minimally Invasive Surgery

I’ve traveled around the world to dozens of professional conferences and courses — in China, India, Egypt, and more — to train many neurosurgeons in advanced techniques for treating skull base tumors. But my past two summers in Mexico have provided some of the most rewarding work I’ve ever done.

DIPG: A New Beginning


By Mark M. Souweidane, MD
Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery
Co-director, Children's Brain Tumor Project

Today I treated the final child in my Phase 1 clinical trial of convection-enhanced delivery (CED) for the deadly brain tumor DIPG.

Early Detection Can Be Key to Surviving a Brain Tumor


By Philip E. Stieg, Ph.D., M.D.
Neurosurgeon-in-Chief

For a neurosurgeon, the ability to treat a tumor before it progresses is a powerful way to save lives. Incidental findings are giving us new opportunities to do just that.

The View From Tanzania


By Maria Santos, M.D.
Global Neurosurgery Fellow
Bugando Medical Centre
Mwanza, Tanzania

For a Western-trained doctor like myself, the emotional shocks occur daily. But each saved life reinforces the drive that brought me here.

Focused Ultrasound: A New Hope for Movement Disorders


By Michael G. Kaplitt, MD, PhD
Vice Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery
Director, Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Service

Yesterday I became the first doctor in New York to perform an exciting new procedure on a patient with essential tremor, using high-intensity focused ultrasound to target the source of the tremors.

The Physical and Emotional Brain


By Philip E. Stieg, PhD, MD
Neurosurgeon-in-Chief

My patients come to me with brain tumors, cerebrovascular disorders, and other neurosurgical conditions, and they entrust me not only with their brains but also with their minds, their senses, and even their emotions.

A New Era in Brain Health


By Philip E. Stieg, PhD, MD
Neurosurgeon-in-Chief

Building awareness of the importance of brain health, and then getting individuals to change their habits accordingly, is a campaign that remains in its infancy.