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Keeping Vital Investigations Going

How do we keep vital investigations going even when labs were shut? That was the question on the mind of researchers everywhere in March as they prepared to suspend operations. Roberta Marongiu, PhD, assistant professor of neuroscience in Dr.

Research Interrupted, But Not Stopped

Carolina Cocito, PhD, the Ty Louis Campbell Research Fellow in the Children’s Brain Tumor Project laboratory, who studies the role of the immune system in the progression of invasive brain tumors, shared her story about how the project’s important work continued even with the lab on hold. 

A Few Things to Learn From Teddi Mellencamp

By Caitlin Hoffman, MD, and Thomas Imahiyerobo, MD

Our hearts go out to Teddi Mellencamp and her husband, Edwin Arroyave, whose five-month-old daughter, Dove, will soon undergo surgery for lambdoid craniosynostosis. We know how frightening it is to find out your child needs surgery – we are parents as well as surgeons, so we know this particular anxiety from both sides. As surgeons specializing in corrective surgery for craniosynostosis, we bring a very specific point of view to this discussion.

A Celebration of Teamwork

By Suzan Wollard, PA

It was a fifth-grade current events project that first brought the pandemic home for me. My 10-year-old daughter, who attends a Catholic school on the Upper East Side of New York, was writing about an evolving epidemic called coronavirus.  It was February and we had just returned from a family vacation — the virus was in the news but still seemed very far away from us.

Dr. Ronald Brisman: An Appreciation

By Theodore Schwartz, MD
David and Ursel Barnes Professor of Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery
Vice Chairman of Clinical Research

I was deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of Dr. Ronald Brisman, another neurosurgeon lost to Covid-19. Dr. Brisman, like Dr. Jim Goodrich, the pediatric neurosurgeon who recently passed away, was a product of The Neurological Institute training program, which was then part of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, now NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr.

A Virus That Knows No Boundaries

By Philip E. Stieg, PhD, MD
Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medicine
Margaret and Robert J. Hariri, MD ’87, PhD ’87 Professor of Neurological Surgery

The Covid-19 pandemic claimed another talented neurosurgeon this week with the passing of Dr. Ronald Brisman. Coming so soon on the heels of Dr. Jim Goodrich’s death from the virus, this news was especially hard to hear.

Redeployed to the Covid-19 Front Lines

By Ibrahim Hussain, MD
Neurosurgical Resident

I began my seven-year neurosurgical training program in 2013, so by March of this year I was just about done – then the pandemic changed everything. NewYork-Presbyterian is the top-rated hospital in the city and one of the best in the country, and the emergency rooms and ICUs started filling up quickly with Covid-19 patients. Every health care provider in the hospital was put on notice that this was an all-hands-on-deck effort. No matter what department we normally worked in, we should be prepared to be called upon to care for these patients.

A Memory Exercise for Stressful Times

By Amanda Sacks-Zimmerman, PhD, and Jessica Spat-Lemus, PhD

The same factors that threaten your attentional domain (the overall stress of the current crisis combined with psychosocial stressors at home or at work) can also harm your memory.

Information Overload

By Philip E. Stieg, PhD, MD
Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medicine
Margaret and Robert J. Hariri, MD ’87, PhD ’87 Professor of Neurological Surgery

The human brain is not wired for this. Our twenty-first century lives had already taken us far away from what our brains evolved to do – but now, in the middle of a pandemic, we are in over our heads.

Dr. James Goodrich: An Appreciation

By Philip E. Stieg, PhD, MD, and Mark Souweidane, MD

The pandemic came very close to home to us today when we learned that the novel coronavirus had claimed the life of Dr. James Goodrich, director of pediatric neurosurgery at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx.