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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

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.

Early Detection Can Be Key to Surviving a Brain Tumor

By Philip E. Stieg, Ph.D., M.D.

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.