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Perceptions of Creative Genius: Impetus for Innovation and Collaboration


Caitlin Hoffman, MD

An Antiguan artist under-appreciated and misunderstood during his lifetime has found an audience at last, and what his work suggests about the mind is fascinating.

An Imperfect Gauge of Concussion


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

The brain, our marvelously complex and mysterious command center, is simply too intricate and nuanced for any one test to pick up every sign of injury.

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

I often talk with anxious parents about their child’s upcoming surgery, but I recently found myself counseling and caring not for a child but a mother.

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

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