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12/05/2014: Marking a milestone in Neurosurgery

Seventy-five years ago in October 1939, the MGH Neurosurgical Service was formally established at the MGH.

12/01/2014: Endovascular Procedures to Prevent Ruptured Brain Aneurysms

A Massachusetts General Hospital neurosurgeon discusses the benefits and costs of several interventions to treat brain aneurysms and proposes a modification to the existing aneurysm classification system.

11/18/2014: Neurosurgery Complements Neuroendovascular Care for Optimum Patient Outcomes

“One treatment doesn’t work for every patient. I am committed to strengthening our multidisciplinary team and working together to carefully assess each case so we can provide the highest quality care and increase patient volume,” says Dr. Patel

11/18/2014: Total Care for Pituitary Tumors

“Knowing that you’re going to have brain surgery, you absolutely want to find the very best,” said one patient diagnosed with a pituitary tumor who traveled from out of state to have her surgery and treatment at MGH. “I reached out to those who were truly experts in the field … and in the end it made a tremendous difference.” Finding the tiny tumors, and removing them, is the specialty of neurosurgeon Dr. Swearingen.

11/01/2014: NeuroBlast e-Newsletter June 2014

This issue examines the latest trends in Epilepsy research, clinical care and neurosurgery.

09/11/2014: Russell Museum Fall Lecture Series

All MGH Russell Museum lectures are open to the public. To register, please email

09/08/2014: Arteriovenous malformation triggers a patient's near-fatal hemorrhage

Software engineer Lori Corbani was never sick. Yet one day, she was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital after suffering a near-fatal brain hemorrhage triggered by a congenital condition.

07/15/2014: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

06/04/2014: Increasing Surgical Options for Epilepsy Patients

NeuroBlast: the newsletter of translational neuroscience and clinical care advances in neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroscience from Massachusetts General Hospital.

05/27/2014: MGH Announces Initiative to Develop Implantable Device to Treat PTSD and TBI

New research initiative is designed to treat PTSD TBI, and other neurological and psychiatric disorders.

05/14/2014: Mass General recognized for stroke care

Massachusetts General Hospital is the recipient of the 2014 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll. These awards, sponsored by the American Stroke Association and the American Heart Association, recognize hospitals that provide the highest quality stroke care.

02/03/2014: Gene mutation defines brain tumors that benefit from aggressive surgery

A new study has found that patients with malignant astrocytoma – the most common malignant brain tumor – whose tumors carry a specific genetic mutation benefit greatly from surgical removal of the largest possible amount of tumor.

12/10/2013: Spinal Metastases & Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Radiosurgery has shifted the paradigm of treating patients by minimizing the morbidity of conventional surgery and, focusing on tumor control.

12/10/2013: Cranial Base Endoscopic Surgery

Advances in endoscopic equipment, and constant honing of surgical technique have improved patient outcomes for scull base tumors.

12/10/2013: NeuroBlast e-Newsletter December 2013

In this issue: spinal metastases & stereotactic radiosurgery; skull base tumors & endoscopic surgery; pediatric epilepsy dietary therapy; Alzheimer Disease: tau pathology; drug & gene discovery; early treatment; preclinical diagnostic tools.

08/09/2013: MGH study finds nerve damage in some fibromyalgia patients

About half of a small group of patients with fibromyalgia – a common syndrome that causes chronic pain and other symptoms – was found to have damage to nerve fibers in their skin and other evidence of a disease called small-fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN).

07/22/2013: NeuroBlast e-Newsletter

NeuroBlast: the newsletter of translational neuroscience and clinical care advances in neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroscience from Massachusetts General Hospital.

07/16/2013: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

10/10/2012: Criteria used to diagnose sports head injuries found to be inconsistent

A study of sports programs at three major universities finds that the way the injury commonly called concussion is usually diagnosed – largely based on athletes' subjective symptoms – varies greatly and may not be the best way to determine who is at risk for future problems.

07/17/2012: Massachusetts General Hospital Ranked #1 in the Nation on U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll

Massachusetts General Hospital has moved into the number one spot on the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” list.

06/26/2012: Tiny magnetic coils modulate neural activity, may be safer for deep-brain implants

Magnetic fields generated by microscopic devices implanted into the brain may be able to modulate brain-cell activity and reduce symptoms of several neurological disorders.

06/24/2012: Brain structure helps guide behavior by anticipating changing demands

A study from MGH researchers finds that a structure deep within the brain, believed to play an important role in regulating conscious control of goal-directed behavior, helps to optimize responses to changing conditions by predicting how difficult upcoming tasks will be.

07/19/2011: MGH ranks #2 in nation

MGH ranks #2 in 2011-2012 U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" rankings

06/24/2011: A blast from the past

MGHers traveled back in time to 1811 during this year’s Employee Summer Picnic hosted by MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD.

02/18/2011: Lunder Building to “Go Live” this summer

MGH Hotline 2.18.11 In preparation for the summertime transition of several hospital programs and services to the Lunder Building, the MGH Go Live Group for the new facility was established under the auspices of Jean Elrick, MD, senior vice president for Administration.

12/03/2010: In General awards and honors 12.3.10

MGH Hotline 12.3.10 In General awards and honors

07/16/2010: MGH ranks among top

The MGH ranked third among the country's top hospitals on the annual list of "America's Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report.

04/30/2010: Blue Cross and Blue Shield names MGH a Blue Distinction Center

MGH Hotline 4.30.10 THE MGH has been designated a Blue Distinction Center for both spine surgery and knee and hip replacement by Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

03/12/2010: In memoriam: Robert G. Ojemann, MD

MGH Hotline 03.12.10 Esteemed MGH neurosurgeon Robert G. Ojemann, MD, died March 3.

06/26/2009: MGH and MEEI perform first ABI surgery in New England

MGH Hotline 06.26.09 Surgeons from MGH and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) performed an Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI) surgery -- a New England first -- May 20 with the goal of eventually partially restoring the patient's hearing.

05/22/2009: Boston Globe honors MGH nurse

MGH Hotline 5.22.09 Deidre Buckley, NP, is recognized in The Boston Globe's seventh annual "Salute to Nurses."

05/01/2009: MGH honors 2009 Ellis Award recipient

MGH Hotline 5.1.09 Geraldine Flynn, a staff assistant in the Department of Neurosurgery, is the 2009 recipient of the Pamela J. Ellis Memorial Secretarial Award. The award, presented April 21, was established to remember the talent and work values of Pamela Ellis, an MGH executive secretary who worked at the hospital from 1992 to 1996.

MGH Fund Update Summer 2011
09/01/2011: MGH Fund Update Summer 2011

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12/10/2013: MGH Russell Museum Lunchtime Lecture Series

Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation invites you to attend its latest lecture in its lunchtime series

Neurosugery Faculty and Staff

View a collection of photos featuring our physicians, researchers, residents and staff.

Alumni Slideshow

View a collection of photos featuring current and former members of the Department of Neurosurgery at various stages in their career.

Epilepsy: The Road to a Cure

A young man's quest to find a cure for his epileptic seizures takes him on a journey from Albania to Boston.