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Emory Set to Host Cranial Base Surgery Course
Emory - 11/19/2018
The Emory University Department of Neurosurgery is set to host the Cranial Base Surgery Course "A 360 Degree Perspective" Hands-On Workshop, March 14-16, 2019.

Boyhood Disrupted: The Fine Line Between Fun and Danger
Emory - 9/4/2018
It started out as a perfect Father’s Day for Chris Harrison. He had everything he wanted that humid Sunday morning in June 2017: a quiet jog, a Waffle House breakfast with his wife, Michelle, and their four kids, and the gift of a blue Walmart vacuum he’d been admiring.

Hospital Readmissions Drop for Stroke Patients
MedPage Tody - 8/17/2018
"Intuitively, you would think that the higher volume of stroke patients a hospital treats, the better the quality of care is and the better their outcomes," observed Adam Webb, MD, of Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, who was not involved in the study. "In fact, this is just the opposite for readmission in non-teaching hospitals."

AI-Powered Brain Emulation is Changing Our Definition of Death
Wired - 8/11/2018
“We don’t have a really great way of determining when brain function is gone and when that is irreversible. We can do a pretty good job but we’re not always perfect,” says Adam Webb, a neurologist at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, who experienced first-hand the apparent reanimation of this patient. 

Stroke Care Better at GWTG Hospitals
MedPage Today - 8/6/2018
This study has several limitations, observed Adam Webb, MD, of Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Participating in GWTG-Stroke is voluntary, so it may be that "the presence of these engaged clinicians and leaders would have been sufficient to improve the quality of stroke care at these hospitals even in the absence of GWTG-Stroke," he wrote in an accompanying editorial.

Neurosurgery Faculty Honored in Atlanta Magazine Top Docs Issue
Emory - 7/20/2018
Atlanta Magazine recently released its 2018 “Top Doctors” issue that includes seven faculty members from the Emory Department of Neurosurgery. 

When Might Deep Brain Stimulation Help with Parkinson's Disease?
US News & World Report - 6/29/2018
“Not a lot of people like going to the dentist; and now you’re asking a patient to be awake in the OR while we’re performing brain surgery,” says John T. Gale, an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, and an electrophysiologist who maps brain targets during DBS procedures. “So that can have some level of anxiety associated with it.”

Neurosurgeons Honored for 2018 Doctors Day
Emory - 3/30/2018
Adriana Ioachimescu, MD, PhD, Prem Kandiah, MD, and Owen Samuels, MD, were honored by the Emory School of Medicine Recognitions Committee for Doctor's Day 2018. 

Traumatic Brain Injuries Explained
Advancing Your Health - 3/26/2018
Severe traumatic brain injuries affect people of all ages and are a leading cause of death and disability among young adults and adolescents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injuries were involved in 2.5 million emergency room visits, as well as the death of nearly 50,000 people in 2013. 

Jon Willie and Anna Rogers Awarded Pilot Grant
Emory - 3/22/2018
Jon Willie, MD, PhD, along with Anna Rogers, BS, and Georgia Tech’s Babak Mahmoudi, PhD, were awarded a 2018 Pilot Grant from the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance (CTSA) for “Feasibility of Closed-Loop Deep Brain Stimulation to Treat Sleepiness and Cataplexy in a Mouse Model of Human Narcolepsy Type 1.”

Daniel Barrow, MD, Interview: Alex Trebek Recovering from Brain Surgery
CNN - 1/5/2018
Emory neurosurgeon, Dr. Daniel Barrow, discusses subdural hematomas in relation to Jeopardy host Alex Trebek who is recovering from brain surgery.