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Fall 2016: Highlights at Columbia Neurosurgery

fall-leaves-600x399Summer has come to an end and fall is here! That means football, cooler weather, the holidays—needless to say, a very busy and exciting time of year. With the addition of two new doctors, Dr. Sheng-fu (Larry) Lo and Dr. Julius O. Ebinu, we’ve been buzzing with activity here at Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Here are some other summer highlights from the Department of Neurosurgery that you won’t want to miss.

1. When Is a Migraine Not ‘Just a Migraine’?

The answer is when you have an arteriovenous malformation (AVM). AVMs are tangled blood vessels in the brain that produce symptoms, namely headaches, similar to that of a migraine. But why do AVMs cause headaches? And how does someone know when a headache indicates an AVM, not a migraine? Drs. Robert A. Solomon, E. Sander Connolly Jr., Sean D. Lavine and Philip M. Meyers sought answers to these questions, and their findings were published in a recent journal article. To continue reading…

2. Columbia Neurosurgeons Bring Advanced Brain and Spine Care to Westchester

Patients in the Westchester area have cause for smiles and celebration: Without leaving Westchester, they can receive advanced clinical care from our neurosurgeons. Dr. Marc Otten and a team of Columbia neurosurgeons are now treating patients at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, N.Y. This means even more patients have access to our expert care. To continue reading…

3. Dr. Sheth Receives a $2M Grant to Help Decode Decision-Making

We make decisions every day. But people with certain mental disorders like OCD, depression and anxiety can have trouble making even the simplest decisions. With a new $2 million grant, Dr. Sameer Sheth and Dr. Guy McKhann seek to explain how the brain makes decisions. Doing so will bring researchers closer to understanding this process and the mental disorders in which this task goes awry. More knowledge can lead to better therapies for patients with these disorders. To continue reading…

4. Mining the Past to Help Patients with Chiari Malformations

The best course of treatment is not always clear for some patients with Chiari I malformation (CMI), a condition which may result in part of the brain pushing down into the spinal canal. Neurosurgeons Drs. Richard Anderson and Neil Feldstein are striving for clear treatments that work. That’s why they, along with former resident Dr. Benjamin Kennedy, analyzed their records of 250 patients with CMI in hopes of finding an answer that will help everyone with CMI. To continue reading…

5. Neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Solomon Helps Piano Player Get Back to his Music

Kevin’s head throbbed, and he tried to speak but couldn’t. The 27-year-old was having a stroke. After he was rushed to the hospital, doctors found the cause—an abnormal tangle of blood vessels called an arteriovenous malformation (AVM). AVMs are challenging to treat, so Kevin and his parents knew he needed the top AVM doctor in the country. That’s how they chose Dr. Robert A. Solomon.

They knew they had made the right choice when he and Dr. Sean D. Lavine found a second, deadly problem: an aneurysm, which is a weakened blood vessel wall waiting to burst. To continue reading…

Learn more about these Columbia Neurosurgeons at their bio pages below.

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