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Connor Ventura playing soccer

In the spring 2012 issue of Weill Cornell Medicine, Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield talks about his patient Connor Ventura, and about diagnosing, treating, and seeking new options for Chiari malformation.

New Jersey high school sophomore Connor Ventura was playing in a soccer showcase in Phoenix in December 2009 when he experienced severe dizziness, headache, and near-delirium. He decided to play through it; after all, this was his shot at impressing the Division I college...

 Dr. Mark Souweidane, Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center
Dr. Mark Souweidane, Director of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, has received FDA approval for a clinical trial for young patients diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).
We're proud to have six of our neurosurgeons on this first edition of the magazine's list of top doctors.

Intracavitary brachytherapy is a minimally invasive technique used to line a surgical cavity with radioactive seeds — cancer-fighting radioisotopes encased in capsules the size of a rice grain — after removal of malignant disease. This procedure delivers high-dose radiation to the tumor cavity margin to prevent recurrence of microscopic disease in patients with malignant brain tumors.

Dr. Schwartz and Dr. A. Gabriella Wernicke from the Department of Radiation...

Dr. Jared Knopman, Dr. Ronald Scheff, and Dr. John Boockvar

Two neurosurgeons at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center are pioneering an exciting new approach for the treatment of recurrent malignant brain tumors. As reported in this New York Times article published on November 17, 2009, their novel approach to treating these resistant brain tumors is yielding successful results. Follow-up MRI imaging on the treated patients has shown that their tumors have shown a...

Dr. John Boockvar appeared on the CNBC show Squawk Box to talk about his new clinical trial of Avastin for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Watch the video:

Spine Surgeon Saves Flight Attendant After Three-Story Fall

"Writhing in pain inside a dilapidated hospital in the Dominican Republic, Brooklyn native Jessica Mazzone didn't think she'd ever walk again.

The 28-year-old flight attendant had fallen three stories from a hotel balcony on the eastern tip of the island, snapping her spine and shattering her left leg.

Local doctors insisted they had to operate on her at the hospital. A journey to the U.S. would almost certainly leave her paralyzed, Mazzone was told. Her family feared the worst...

Dr. Michael Kaplitt warms the gene-therapy virus before infusion.
Patients' motor skills improved with no major side effects, Weill Cornell team reports
New York Magazine Feature: A Firefighter's Leap From a Building Fire

In 2005, Eugene Stolowski was one of four firefighters who jumped from a burning building in the Bronx on what became known as Black Sunday. Two of the four died at the scene, and Stolowski suffered a life-threatening atlanto-occipital dislocation — the ligaments between the skull and the spine were torn. The story about Dr. Härtl’s surgery was featured in New York magazine the following year as part of the Medical Marvels series celebrating New York's Best Doctors.


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