Dr. Jennifer Moliterno and the Yale Department of Neurosurgery Section of Neurosurgical Oncology for Primary Brain Tumors, is excited to announce the “The Susan Beris, M.D. Fund for Yale Brain Tumor Surgery Program.”
Dr. Jennifer Moliterno and the Yale Department of Neurosurgery Section of Neurosurgical Oncology for Primary Brain Tumors, is excited to announce the “The Susan Beris, M.D. Fund for Yale Brain Tumor Surgery Program.” Dr. Beris, a Yale-trained pediatrician, who had been in practice in western Connecticut for nearly 30-years, was diagnosed with a glioblastoma in 2018. She underwent a successful awake craniotomy for its removal and remains on adjuvant care overseen by Dr. Nick Blondin. In honor of the exceptional specialized care she received, Dr. Beris generously donated $100,000 to support this program. “Susie is an incredibly special person and I have admired her strength since the moment I met her and we are indebted to her generosity,” said Dr. Moliterno.
3rd Annual Lovemark ProAm at the Hudson Valley Country Club
The Lovemark Foundation hosted their 3rd Annual Lovemark ProAm at the Hudson Valley Country Club, raising money for brain tumor patient support. Dr. Moliterno, shown here with PGA golfer Jamie Lovemark, his wife Tiva and her son, Aydin Günel, serves as the Chief of Neurosurgical Oncology for Primary Brain Tumors and Co-Director of the Yale Brain Tumor Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital.
Sports Rush: Putting For Patients
A shoulder injury has kept Jamie Lovemark off the PGA Tour since January. He has worked his way back to the point where he can play a casual round, and he did so on Monday. Though he wasn’t exactly playing a major championship, the tournament still meant a lot to Lovemark. It benefitted the Lovemark Foundation he and his wife, Tiva, started to help patients suffering from brain tumors.
Yale Stroke Team the 1st worldwide to treat acute-stroke with a next-generation stent retriever and delivery microcatheter.
Drs. Michele Johnson and Charles Matouk (Section Chief of Neurovascular Surgery) were the first in the world to use a next-generation stent retriever and delivery microcatheter to physically remove a clot from the brain of two patients with acute ischemic stroke. The clots were removed within minutes affording these patients the best chance of great outcomes.
CTBTA Path of Hope Event Honors Yale Neurosurgeon Joe Piepmeier, MD With a Lifetime Achievement Award for his Dedication to Treating Patients with Brain Tumors
The Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance (CTBTA) held their 5K Run/Walk in honor and support of brain tumor patients at Jennings Beach in Fairfield on Saturday, September 29, 2018. The event drew a record turn out and was sponsored by Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center. Monies from the event go to patient support and research for brain tumors. Dr. Maxwell Laurans, a Yale neurosurgeon specialized in spine surgery, and Matthew Long, son of Anne Long, nurse coordinator for Yale Neurosurgical Oncology, both received awards for the fastest times in their respective age brackets for the 5K run.
Brain Tumor Program Hosts Patient Education Event
The Smilow Brain Tumor Program hosted an educational seminar for patients and community providers discussing “A Thoughtful Approach in the Fight Against Brain Tumors: Personalizing Care for the Best Outcomes.” The event featured a welcome with hors d’oeuvres and time to mingle and was generously sponsored by the Lovemark Foundation and supported by the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance.
The 3rd Critical Care and Emergency Neuroscience CME Course was held on May 24, 2018 at Yale West Campus.
The 3rd Critical Care and Emergency Neuroscience CME Course was held on May 24, 2018 at Yale West Campus. A collaboration between the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery, it attracted 180+ registered participants from across the state (and tri-state region). This year’s theme was Resuscitation of Severe and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Yale Medicine Facial Pain and Spasm Conference: Providing Multidisciplinary Care and Relief
Our experts, including Drs. Jennifer Moliterno and Jason Gerrard, are specialized in the medical, radiosurgical and surgical management of trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm, among other pain and movement disorders. They meet regularly with other specialists in Neurology and Radiology to discuss our patients who suffer from these issues, in the most comprehensive manner, to offer relief for each and every patient we care for.
Journal of Vascular Surgery: May 2018 Edition
The May 2018 cover illustration of the Journal of Vascular Surgery is Yale Neurovascular Neurosurgeon, Dr. Charles Matouk's treatment of a symptomatic, cervical ICA pseudoaneurysm that occurred a year ago with overlapping Medtronic Pipeline Flex devices. Great result and innovative strategy!
Yale vascular neurosurgeons the first in Connecticut to repair a complex, wide-neck brain aneurysm using a novel bifurcation device, the PulseRider.
Drs. Ryan Hebert and Charles Matouk (Section Chief of Neurovascular Surgery), working alongside their fellow Branden Cord, performed the first Cerenovus PulseRider® procedure in Connecticut.
Yale vascular neurosurgeons the first in Connecticut to repair a complex brain aneurysm using a novel intracranial micro-stent, the Neuroform Atlas.
On April 9, 2018 at Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH), Drs. Charles Matouk, Section Chief of Neurovascular Surgery, and Branden Cord, senior neurosurgical resident, performed the first Neuroform Atlas stent (Stryker Neurovascular) procedure in Connecticut
Dr. Branden Cord, a 6th year neurosurgical resident and in-folded endovascular fellow, presented at the Live International Neuroradiology & Neurosurgery Course in NYC
For the 3rd year in a row, Dr. Branden Cord, a 6th year neurosurgical resident and in-folded endovascular fellow, presented at the Live International Neuroradiology & Neurosurgery Course (LINNC) in NYC (March 16-17, 2018). His abstract was among 18 selected for oral presentation at this international meeting. It was entitled, "Trans-circulation stent-coiling of an aneurysm in the setting of subarachnoid hemorrhage." Congratulations to Branden!
Dr. Matouk and Dr. Amin describe how mechanical thrombectomy can be used up to 24 hours after a stroke to save patients from paralysis.
Dr. Charles Matouk and Dr. Hardik Amin of Yale New Haven Hospital describe how mechanical thrombectomy can be used up to 24 hours after a stroke to save patients from paralysis.
Dr. Gunel and PGY 3 residents, Drs. Abhijeet Gummadavelli and Stephanie Cheok attending the Research Update in Neuroscience for Neurosurgeons, "RUNN", at Woods Hole
Dr. Gunel was a guest speaker at the Research Update in Neuroscience for Neurosurgeons at Woods Hole. Joined by our PGY 3 residents, Drs. Abhijeet Gummadavelli and Stephanie Cheok, he discussed the practice of academic neurosurgery. We look forward to the scholarly achievements of these two residents as they embark on their focused academic research time beginning in July 2018!
Honored guest Murat Gunel, Department of Neurosurgery Chair, presented the awards for the 13th annual University of Pittsburgh Dept of Neurological Surgery Stuart Rowe Society Lectureship
Amir Faraji, MD, PhD, received the best presentation award at the 13th annual University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery Stuart Rowe Society Lectureship and Resident Research Day. The awards were chosen and presented by the lectureship’s honored guest, Murat Günel, MD, Nixdorff-German Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurobiology and Genetics at Yale University and chairman of the school’s Department of Neurosurgery.
Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Parkinson's Patients Regain Independence
Every year, approximately 60,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. In addition, about 10 million people in the United States have essential tremor—a neurological condition that causes a person's hands, head, or voice to shake. These conditions can seriously affect a person’s quality of life, preventing them from being able to dress or feed themselves or drive.