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Parkinson's Disease, Movement Disorders, and Pain

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Reclaim™ Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Humanitarian Use Device)

To provide deep brain stimulation therapy to alter pathological functioning of circuitry involved in causing medically-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Back to Health Podcast

The "Back to Health" podcast is presented by the world-renowned physicians at Weill Cornell Medicine. Episodes feature new treatments and therapies as well as real-life stories that will answer common questions.

Medical Minutes Videos

Dr. Philip Stieg, Director of the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center and Neurosurgeon-in-Chief of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, makes complex neurosurgical conditions easy to understand in this video series.

Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy for Dystonia

Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy for Dystonia is used to manage the symptoms of dystonia. It has been designated a Humanitarian Use Device (HUD) by the FDA and has been approved by the FDA under the Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) to aid in the management of certain types of chronic, intractable (drug refractory) dystonia. Brain stimulation involves the use of an implanted lead or leads to deliver electrical stimulation to parts of the brain to help control movement. Stimulation of these areas enables the brain circuits that control movement to function better.

Multidisciplinary Pain Program

Dr. Philip Stieg and Dr. Michael Kaplitt

Pain is extremely complex and requires the participation of any number of specialists to address. That’s why the Pain Program at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center takes such a thorough, multidisciplinary approach to treating and alleviating pain.

Conditions We Treat

Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Radiation oncologist Jonathan Knisely with neurosurgeon/neuro-oncologist Susan Pannullo

The Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center offers the latest in advanced minimally invasive and non-invasive treatments for a wide range of conditions.

Conditions We Treat

Deep Brain Stimulation for Treatment of Medically Refractory Cocaine Addiction

Addictive disorders are prevalent ailments that incur very high personal and social costs. In particular, cocaine addiction results in significant and permanent systemic changes to a patient, in addition to reducing personal and social productivity. While current therapies for cocaine addiction include psychosocial community reinforcement approaches, "vouchers" for abstinence, individual counseling, and pharmacologic treatment, there is a need for new tools for patients who relapse despite these conventional methods.

Ways to Give

Thank you for choosing to support the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, New York City's leading center for groundbreaking neuroscience research and #1 hospital for patient care.

Your contribution may be directed to any specific area of brain and spine disease research, sponsoring the recruitment of world-class doctors, helping us build state-of-the-art patient care facilities or continue to bring the latest in neurosurgical technology to accelerate patient recovery and improve outcomes. Your contribution, regardless of level, is deeply valued and appreciated.

Junior Resident Boot Camp 2015

For the third year in a row, Weill Cornell was chosen as the east coast venue for the Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS) Junior Resident "boot camp" - an intensive hands-on training course that matches experienced neurosurgeons with young residents in dissection labs and simulation labs. The course takes place in the Weill Cornell Medical College Gross Anatomy Lab, in the Surgical Innovations Lab for Skull Base Microneurosurgery, and in the Skills Acquisition and Innovation Laboratory (SAIL).

Cognitive Remediation

Dr. Jessica Spat-Lemus and Amanda Sacks-Zimmerman

The comprehensive Cognitive Remediation Program focuses on improving working memory, attention, and focus. A new five-week version of the program includes personal consultation, telephone sessions, and online components designed to improve performance in a wide range of cognitive tasks.

Conditions We Treat

Minimally Invasive/Endoscopic Neurosurgery

The neurosurgical team at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center

Minimally invasive neurosurgery utilizes small, flexible, lighted tubes called endoscopes to visualize various parts of the brain, skull base, or spinal cord through small openings. Endoscopes serve as small microscopes, magnifying critical anatomical structures so the surgeon can easily see the various diseased areas requiring repair, removal, or replacement. Because the use of endoscopes is much less intrusive into these anatomical structures than is conventional surgery, endoscopic neurosurgery is referred to as minimally invasive neurosurgery.

Conditions We Treat

Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders

Dr. Philip Stieg and Dr. Michael Kaplitt

Leaders in novel therapies and surgical solutions for Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia, and other movement disorders.

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