Neurosurgery Blog

April 26, 2024
It is always an honor to be invited to deliver a named lecture — medicine abounds with these annual talks named for luminaries, historical figures, and prominent academics and clinicians.
March 11, 2024
The rhythm of the academic year is predictable and familiar, but it never fails to excite me. As I write this, we are anticipating Match Day, when each March we discover which medical school graduates will be joining us to begin seven years of ...
March 6, 2024
When I first spoke to Rod Nordland about his diagnosis, I gave him the news as kindly and directly as I could. I do that with all my patients — I believe doctors should be honest as well as gentle when talking about a serious diagnosis. Rod’s brain...
February 26, 2024
Takeaways from a recent TV interview on back painMore than 80 percent of the population suffers from neck or back pain at some point, but only a small proportion of those individuals are surgical patients. Many back problems can be resolved with...
January 10, 2024
I started my journey as the Global Neurosurgery Fellow in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in the summer of 2023. I had just finished a complex spine fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, where the amount of technology available to perform spine...
November 6, 2023
These have been very difficult weeks and months for so many around the world, and my heart truly breaks when I watch the news or read the headlines. There’s a reason why “may you live in interesting times” is considered a curse. It has certainly...
August 7, 2023
The world of neurosurgery lost a leading light last week when Dr. R. Michael Scott passed away at 82. On a personal level, I lost one of my early partners and mentors in neurosurgery as well as a friend.
June 27, 2023
I was overwhelmed with sorrow when I heard last Friday about the death of my dear friend Jay Loeffler. Jay was an esteemed colleague from my days at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Mass General, but he was so much more than that. He was a true...
June 8, 2023
For those of us who have dedicated our careers to brain tumor research and treatment, this week’s news about the new drug vorasidenib is gratifying indeed. The results (Vorasidenib in IDH1- or IDH2-Mutant Low-Grade Glioma), published in the New...
May 25, 2023
With the end of the public health emergency, our three-year pandemic is officially (if not completely) over, and we are left to contemplate what’s next. As much as we’d all appreciate a return to normal, we may be better off considering a new normal...

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