Winter 2016: Highlights at Columbia University’s Department of Neurosurgery

Winter 2016 Highlights from the Department of NeurosurgeryTemperatures may be low, but spirits are high here at Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Our winter season has so far been filled with exciting news and accomplishments. Here are some highlights you won’t want to miss.

1. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and NYC Fire Department Team Up to Bring Stroke Care to Patients

The professionals are coming to you—on wheels. Columbia has joined with Weill Cornell Medicine and the New York City Fire Department to launch the Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit. This is the first emergency vehicle to hit East Coast streets equipped to provide medical care to someone possibly having a stroke. Stroke is a condition in which blood flow to the brain is blocked, and every second counts in minimizing damage to the brain. “This new mobile unit will allow us to treat patients faster, more effectively and with greater accuracy while outside of the hospital,” says Dr. Sean Lavine from Columbia’s Endovascular Neurosurgery Center.

2. What Happens When a Neurosurgeon Needs a Neurosurgeon?

Brazilian neurosurgeon Jose Nasser found himself in an unusual position: He needed a neurosurgeon. The numbness on one side of Dr. Nasser’s face had turned out to be the warning sign of an acoustic neuroma, a rare tumor that develops near the nerve connecting the brain to the ear. But here’s where the story gets interesting. Dr. Nasser, having completed a fellowship at Columbia, remains a colleague—and close friend—with Dr. Michael B. Sisti, who happens to be an expert on acoustic neuromas.

3. SNS Honors Neurosurgeon Dr. E. Sander Connolly With Winn Prize

Dr. E. Sander Connolly’s dedication and determination as a neurosurgeon stood out to the Society of Neurological Surgeons, and he was awarded its highest scientific honor, the H. Richard Winn, M.D. Prize. The Winn Prize is given to a neurosurgeon who demonstrates outstanding, continuous commitment to research in the neurosciences. As part of the honor, Dr. Connolly gave a lecture and spoke about his commitment to researching how the brain repairs itself after a stroke.


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