Study Finds Little Risk and Much Benefit in ‘Gluing’ Blood Vessels Before Surgery

Study Finds Little Risk and Much Benefit in ‘Gluing’ Blood Vessels Before Surgery

A cerebral arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a rare tangle of blood vessels in the brain that carries a high risk of hemorrhage. Brain surgeons have found that “gluing” or blocking off the blood supply to these malformations before surgery cuts down on...
Columbia Neurosurgeons Remember Dr. Joao ‘John’ Antunes

Columbia Neurosurgeons Remember Dr. Joao ‘John’ Antunes

We are saddened to learn of the passing of our longtime friend and colleague, neurosurgeon Dr. Joao “John” Antunes. Dr. Antunes was originally from Portugal. He came to the United States to complete his residency in neurosurgery, then joined the Columbia...
Researchers Determine New Accomplice in Brain Tumors—and Catch Our Neurosurgeons’ Attention

Researchers Determine New Accomplice in Brain Tumors—and Catch Our Neurosurgeons’ Attention

Scientists are excited because in a recent study they found a brain tumor growing in a new way. Altered—or mutated—genes cause brain tumors, and scientists have a growing list of these genes. When a tumor occurs, they analyze the tumor to find those defective genes,...
Brain Tumor Study Confirms: Experienced Surgeons are Safer Surgeons

Brain Tumor Study Confirms: Experienced Surgeons are Safer Surgeons

A study published this month in the Journal of Neurosurgery has some good news for our patients. The study examined complication rates after brain tumor surgery. The results are starkly in our favor. The study found far fewer complications for hospitals and doctors...
Docs Attend 2014 CNS Conference in Boston

Docs Attend 2014 CNS Conference in Boston

Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2014 October means that Fall is in the air… and that the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) has once again held its annual meeting. The CNS calls itself the global leader in neurosurgical education, and for good reason. Its...