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Improving on the Delivery of Stroke Care


Jared Knopman, MD

Over the past couple of years there has been an explosion of new data proving the benefits of two things: early intervention for stroke, and mechanical embolectomy using endovascular techniques.  We have long known that “time is brain,” but we finally have proof that the sooner stroke patients are evaluated by a team of physicians at a Comprehensive Stroke Center the better. 

The Wonders of the Unknown Brain


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

The past few decades have seen a dramatic increase in our understanding of the brain and how it works – new findings about plasticity, for example, have allowed us to revise our expectations about recovery after traumatic injury or stroke — and advanced technologies have greatly expanded our ability to treat a wide range of disorders. We know so much more now than we did 20 or 30 years ago, and yet every so often I’m struck by how much we still don’t know.

A Visit to Babylon


By Dr. Roger Härtl

Director of Spine Surgery and Neurotrauma, Weill Cornell Medicine
Director, Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care

Earlier this month I was honored to serve as international faculty for a two-day seminar in Najaf, Iraq, sponsored by AOSpine Middle East. This was my third visit to Iraq for an AOSpine course, but my first time in Najaf. Although these teaching trips bear some resemblance to the work I do each year in Tanzania, the circumstances are very different. This trip especially exposed me to a great deal of Middle East history, and to the effects of international conflict on the ability to serve local patients.

When the Tables Are Turned


By Caitlin Hoffman, MD

As a pediatric neurosurgeon, a large part of my job involves talking with anxious parents about their child’s upcoming surgery, and carrying families through a process they are never truly prepared for. As a parent myself, I cannot imagine how terrifying it is to face the kind of serious health threat that would bring a child to a neurosurgeon, or what it must be like to place your child’s life in someone else’s hands. My most valuable mentors have taught me the significance of this aspect of our role and responsibility.

What to Talk About During Brain Surgery


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

Why some patients need to be awake during brain surgery -- and what we talk about when they are

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.

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