2017 Articles

Emory Healthcare Among First in Georgia to Treat Patients with New Spinal Cord Stimulator for Chronic Pain
Emory Healthcare is the first hospital system in North Georgia to offer patients access to a new spinal cord stimulator to help relieve chronic pain. The FDA-approved device, known as the Intellis System, is the world’s smallest implantable spinal cord neurostimulator.

Direct Amygdala Stimulation can Enhance Human Memory
Direct electrical stimulation of the human amygdala, a region of the brain known to regulate memory and emotional behaviors, can enhance next-day recognition of images when applied immediately after the images are viewed, neuroscientists have found.

Stimulating the Brain's Emotional Center Enhances Memory
Cory Inman has fond memories of tending campfires at boy scout camp in the north Georgia mountains. A cognitive neuroscientist by training, he knew he had his amygdala to thank for those strong emotional recollections.

Emory Neurosurgery to Host Cranial Base Surgery Course: a 360 Degree Perspective
This three day course will be conducted by skull base ENT and neurosurgeons who will address the theoretical basis of traditional skull base microsurgical techniques, discuss advanced expanded endoscopic techniques, introduce the concept of robotic assisted exoscopic visualization and advanced neuro-imaging planning and navigation, and review case and technique selection as well as complication avoidance and management.

Adriana Ioachimescu Named Member of 2018 Woodruff Leadership Academy
Adriana Ioachimescu, MD, PhD, FACE, has been named a member of the 2018 Woodruff Leadership Academy.  Dr. Ioachimescu was chosen through a rigorous selection process from nominees throughout health sciences. 

Teen Imprisoned by Rare Brain Disorder Finds Freedom
Neurosurgeon Robert Gross, MD, performs Jeremy’s surgery in an MRI scanner. Gross explains, “There’s an area in his brain deep in his brain that is not functionally correctly. We put the electrodes in. We connect them to their own power supply and they fire up impulses into the basal ganglia, and those impulses override the abnormal activity that’s present in his basal ganglia.”

Faye Weekes Wins DAISY Award
Faye Weekes, an RN with Neurosurgery, was recently awarded the DAISY Award for personifying Emory Healthcare's remarkable patient experience by demonstrating excellence through clinical expertise, extraordinary service and compassionate care. 

Nicholas Boulis Honored for 2017 Researcher Appreciation Day
Nicholas Boulis, MD, Associate Professor with the Department of Neurosurgery and Director of the Gene and Cell Therapy for Neurorestoration Laboratory was honored for 2017 Researcher Appreciation Day on Wednesday, September 6. 

Emory University Hospital is First in the US to Use New 3DHD Endoscopy
As a medical center that continues to be a leader in endoscopic surgery, Emory University Hospital became the first medical center in the US to use a new 3DHD endoscopic imaging system. Nelson Oyesiku, MD, PhD, and his pituitary center team used the new system for a pituitary tumor removal.

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital Expands Neurosurgery Program, Welcomes New Physicians
Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital welcomes Faiz Ahmad, MD, director of spinal surgery, and neurosurgeon Christopher Deibert, MD, with the expansion of patient care services in the Department of Neurosurgery. The clinic at Emory Saint Joseph’s provides patients in north Atlanta with comprehensive treatment and the latest technological advances for complex disorders of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves.

Neurosurgery Faculty Honored in Atlanta Magazine Top Docs Issue
Atlanta Magazine recently released its 2017 “Top Doctors” issue that includes seven faculty members from the Emory Department of Neurosurgery.  

McCain Recovery: How Long will it Take?
"In general, it may take anywhere from 2 - 6 weeks for a person to recover from an intracranial operation," said Daniel Barrow, professor and chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia. 

Immune Cells Deliver Cancer Drugs to the Brain
Emory neuro-oncologist Erwin Van Meir discusses a mouse study that harnessed neutrophils, a critical player in the innate immune response, as a way to deliver drugs to kill residual cancer cells.

Stem Cell Study Offers Hope for ALS
An experimental study by Emory University Neurosurgeon and Associate Professor Nick Boulis is injecting stem cells directly into ALS patients' spines.

Gustavo Pradilla Honored During 2017 Doctor's Day
Gustavo Pradilla, MD, was honored by the Emory School of Medicine Recognitions Committee for 2017 Doctor’s Day.

Andrew Reisner Receives Chair of CHOA Neurotrauma
Andrew Reisner, MD, an Assistant Professor with the Department of Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neurosurgeron with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), received the newly named Chair for Neurotrauma at CHOA.

Krishanthan Vigneswaran Awarded NREF Grant
Neurosurgery resident Krishanthan Vigneswaran, MD, was awarded a $40,000 Research Fellowship Grant from the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation.

Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital is First in Georgia to Offer Advanced Brain Radiosurgery
Winship Cancer Institute at Emory Saint Joseph’s is the first in the state to provide minimally invasive radiation treatment of brain tumors and other neurological disorders with Gamma Knife® Icon.