The Feinberg School of Medicine's Department of Neurological Surgery ranks among the nation's leading centers of neurosurgical patient care, teaching, and research. The most modern techniques and equipment together with a "patients first" outlook combine to achieve the finest quality of care for patients with all aspects of neurosurgical illness. Unprecedented expansion in research and clinical facilities, coupled with an illustrious historical tradition of neurosurgery, keep us in the forefront of the field of neurosurgery.
8th Annual Northwestern Radiosurgery Symposium
Multidisciplinary Approach to the Management of Metastatic Disease:
Thursday, May 30, 2013, 4:45pm-8:00pm
New Chair of Neurological Surgery Announced
Andrew T. Parsa, MD, PhD, an internationally-renowned neurosurgeon specializing in complex tumors of the brain and spine, will join Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine on July 1 as the Michael J. Marchese Professor and chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery.
Swanson named Professor and Vice Chair of Neurological Surgery
As part of a recruitment effort to expand the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute (NBTI), Kristin Rae Swanson, PhD, has been named professor and vice chair of research for the Department of Neurological Surgery effective October 22.
Swanson comes to Feinberg from the University of Washington, where she served as the James D. Murray Endowed Chair of Applied Mathematics in Neuropathology as part of the Nancy and Buster Alvord Brain Tumor Center. During her 12-year career there, she led a well-funded research effort pioneering the field of mathematical neuro-oncology as a novel means to generate personalized medicine approaches for primary brain tumors. Swanson has a talent for developing collaborative networks comprised of strong multidisciplinary researchers, scientists, clinicians, and trainees, which will strengthen the Brain Tumor Institute’s research endeavors.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute at such an exciting time of growth and opportunity,” Swanson said. “The institutional and community investment in growing the NBTI is astounding and I am delighted to be part of this exceptional group. I know my lab will contribute to this growth through the integration of our science into the clinical and research fabric of the Northwestern community.”
As vice chair for research, Swanson’s mentoring skills will be invaluable. In 2010, she was honored with the University of Washington Research Mentor of the Year Award. Swanson is also a member of multiple national organizations, including the American Association for Cancer Research, the Society for Mathematical Biology, the Society for Neuro-Oncology, and the Society for Nuclear Medicine.
“Dr. Swanson has distinguished herself as a leading authority in the area of mathematical models of gliomas and her research efforts will be a tremendous asset to the Northwestern scientific community,” said James Chandler, MD, surgical director of the NBTI.
NU study compares endovascular brain aneurysm repair devices
Approximately 6 million Americans have brain aneurysms, a condition that occurs when a weak or thin spot develops on a blood vessel in the brain causing it to balloon. Often, these do not cause symptoms and go undetected, but every year an estimated 30,000 Americans experience a ruptured aneurysm that bleeds into the brain causing a life threatening injury.
Aneurysms can be a very serious health threat, according to Bernard R. Bendok, MD, a neurosurgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, who is the principal investigator for the new generation Hydrogel Endovascular Aneurysm Treatment Trial (HEAT). “When an aneurysm needs treatment, it is important to perform the safest, most effective and most durable treatment. This clinical research trial, called HEAT, will help us determine whether bare platinum coils, which have been used for years, or the newer gel-coated coils are more effective long-term,” said Bendok, who is also an associate professor of neurological surgery and radiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
NU study compares scoliosis treatments
Scoliosis "is a surgically treatable condition, but it's a difficult surgery to go through," said Dr. Tyler Koski, a neurosurgeon at Northwestern and principal investigator of the study. "It's difficult from a surgical standpoint. It's complex, and it's difficult for patients to get through. It's a very hard recovery.
"So what we're doing with the study is trying to compare surgical treatments to (the) best medical management to find what the best and most effective treatment for these patients really is."
Launched in 2010, the five-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health is the first of its kind to examine adult-onset spinal deformities. For more information on this study, click here for additional details.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Neurosciences Program Rated Illinois’ Highest And Among America’s Best in 2012 U.S. News & World Report Rankings
The neurology and neurosurgery programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital rank 11th in the nation among thousands of programs evaluated for the 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report's “America's Best Hospitals”. Editors for the influential ranking reviewed 4,861 hospitals in 16 different clinical areas. At 11, it is the highest-rated neurology and neurosurgery program of any Illinois hospital
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