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Neurosurgery in the News

Sep 15, 2014

The University of Arizona Medical Center is the site of a two-year clinical trial for a drug that could help people with acute spinal-cord injuries.

Sixty trauma centers in the U.S., Canada and Europe will test the safety and efficacy of the investigational drug SUN13837, to determine whether it can protect and regenerate spinal nerves, UA Medical Center officials say.

The study is sponsored by Asubio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Patients will be randomly assigned to receive either a placebo or SUN13837 within 12 hours of injury and then daily for 28 days.

Jun 30, 2014

A Ugandan orphan is back on his feet after undergoing risky spinal surgery at no cost at the UA Medical Center – Diamond Children's. The 8-year-old was orphaned in Uganda after losing his parents to AIDS, and was brought to Tucson by the African Children's Charities. Read more.

Jun 17, 2014

News 4 Tucson has been following the progress of an orphaned Ugandan boy. "Little Lewis" was in desperate need of an operation on his spine and through the efforts of African Children's Charities and the generosity of the University of Arizona Medical Center, the child once left to die now has a new, healthy life ahead of him.

Apr 28, 2014

“Living in the limelight
The universal dream
For those who wish to seem.
Those who wish to be
Must put aside the alienation
Get on with the fascination
The real relation
The underlying theme”
                                ~ Rush

On Jan. 8, 2011, I was one of the treating neurosurgeons for U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords after she sustained a gunshot wound to the head. Little did I realize that once my partner, Dr. Martin Weinand, and I finished the operation, I would be thrust into a media spotlight for which I was insufficiently prepared. Without dating myself, I will admit that, throughout events of the following days and weeks, the above lyrics from the song, “Limelight,” by the rock band Rush kept playing over and over in my head. The message was clear but posed questions. How do you remain true to yourself, your patient and your values when the ensuing media frenzy creates so many exaggerated perceptions? How do you convey the objective data, knowing that you will more likely be judged on your subjective presentation?

Apr 28, 2014

Dr. Travis Dumont, assistant professor and director of the Neurovascular Program in the UA Department of Surgery, is the first surgeon in Southern Arizona to treat a giant aneurysm using a new minimally invasive treatment called the Pipeline Embolization Device.

Apr 28, 2014

University of Arizona doctors find acupuncture effective for the treatment of balance and gait disorders in Parkinson’s disease patients. The research team from the surgery and neurology departments measured significant clinical improvements in overall balance, gait speed and stride length. The results were published in Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology.  

Feb 05, 2014

Brain surgeons need to cultivate two behavioral characteristics — perseverance and equanimity of spirit, said Dr. G. Michael Lemole Jr.

Lemole, who will speak Monday about the evolution of neurosurgery as part of the University of Arizona’s “The Evolving Brain” lecture series, said his presentation will not be a “Ph.D. science talk” about the brain.

Feb 03, 2014

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A disheartening statistic states that nine out of ten people with gunshot wounds to the brain will die.

There are trauma surgeons at the University of Arizona who have been using an aggressive approach to help those patients.  This new more aggressive approach has increased the survival rate to five out of ten patients with gunshots to the brain.

Jan 09, 2014

Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords was critically injured on that terrible day, but she's not letting it take her down.

Wednesday, on the third anniversary of the January 8th shooting, she went skydiving in Eloy.
Dec 05, 2013

“Living in the limelight
The universal dream
For those who wish to seem.
Those who wish to be
Must put aside the alienation
Get on with the fascination
The real relation
The underlying theme”
                                ~ Rush

On Jan. 8, 2011, I was one of the treating neurosurgeons for U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords after she sustained a gunshot wound to the head. Little did I realize that once my partner, Dr. Martin Weinand, and I finished the operation, I would be thrust into a media spotlight for which I was insufficiently prepared. Without dating myself, I will admit that, throughout events of the following days and weeks, the above lyrics from the song, “Limelight,” by the rock band Rush kept playing over and over in my head. The message was clear but posed questions. How do you remain true to yourself, your patient and your values when the ensuing media frenzy creates so many exaggerated perceptions? How do you convey the objective data, knowing that you will more likely be judged on your subjective presentation?

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