Neurosurgery Blog

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...
November 1, 2022
It was 22 years ago today – November 1, 2000 – that I became the first chair of the newly formed department of neurosurgery and neurosurgeon-in-chief of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. I suppose I might have been more reflective...
August 15, 2022
Ten years ago, as a neurointerventional fellow at Nottingham University Hospitals in the U.K., I was excited to be part of a team that was performing an innovative new procedure called venous sinus stenting (VSS). It was a minimally invasive...
April 22, 2022
When you’re the neurosurgeon on night call at a large urban hospital – especially one with a Level 1 Trauma Center – you know that anything can happen. When it’s my turn I can expect a few phone calls from the neurosurgery resident and physician...

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