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Dr. Sean Lavine Invited Speaker at NSA ‘Head to Head’ on Aneurysm Treatment

Dr.Sean Lavine at ANS Meeting
(from left to right) Dr. O’Toole, Dr. Winfree and Dr. Lavine at The Cloisters before the NSA meeting banquet.

The Neurosurgical Society of America (NSA) recently held their annual meeting at the Cloisters Hotel on Georgia’s Sea Island. 

Dr. Sean Lavine from our Cerebrovascular Center and Endovascular Center was an invited speaker this year for a head to head discussion on the treatment of wide-neck cerebral (brain) aneurysms.

Dr. Lavine took the endovascular perspective against Dr. Daniel L. Barrow, Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Emory University, who took the open-surgery perspective.

Dr. Lavine, who is also Secretary of the AANS/CNS *Executive Council of Cerebrovascular Surgery, says, “It was quite a lively discussion. The treatment of aneurysms is on the cutting edge of neurosurgery. Because advances are happening so rapidly, it is a very hotly debated topic these days. I was honored to represent the work we do here at Columbia’s Endovascular Center.”

After the debate, Dr. Lavine received a note from a neurosurgeon in attendance that said, “Super presentation, Sean. Best and most balanced survey of contemporary aneurysm treatment I have ever heard.”

Dr. Christopher Winfree from the Pain Center and Peripheral Nerve Center also attended this meeting. As did Dr. John O’Toole, a former Columbia Resident who is now a spine surgeon at Rush University Hospital in Chicago. Both neurosurgeons are pictured with Dr. Lavine in the photo above left. 

You can learn more about the current debate in neurosurgery over the treatment of brain aneurysms in our previous blogs:

* American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/ Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) 

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