News & Events

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News

Currently Browsing:2016

  • Blood Tests for Brain Cancer

    Friday, November 18, 2016  Mass General

    A Massachusetts General Hospital Neurosurgeon Works to Develop the First Blood-Based Test for Patients with Brain Tumors.

  • Once again, named among America's best hospitals

    Tuesday, August 2, 2016  Mass General

    Massachusetts General Hospital is once again named among the top hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report and is the only hospital to be highly rated across all 16 specialties.

  • Mass General Neurosurgeons and Psychiatrists Team Up To Treat Mental Illness

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016  Mass General

    “The idea is to target very small areas that are critical in these disorders without disrupting the rest of the brain function. For the most part, these patients don't have any cognitive, memory or personality side effects. The lesion is imperceptible except for the changes it causes in the severity of their illness,” says Emad N. Eskandar, MD, director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at Mass General.

  • Innovations in Spinal Cord Tumor Surgery

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016  Research

    “Spinal cord monitoring requires a careful interplay between the surgeon, anesthesia, and the monitoring team. We’re really privileged to have such a dedicated group of individuals who have been with us quite a long time doing this work. It’s the teamwork that has allowed us to capitalize [on the new innovations],” Borges says.

  • Molecular Approach to Brain Tumors Improves Treatment

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016  Research

    “As we look to treat patients in the future, there is an emerging imperative to arrive at an integrated diagnosis,” says Cahill, one that encompasses both histological and molecular data.

  • NeuroBlast e-Newsletter January 2016

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016  Research

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

Currently Browsing:2015

  • Treating Previously Untreatable Cases with Proton Beam Radiosurgery

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015  Clinical

    “It is so gratifying to effectively treat otherwise inoperable conditions or those for which the risk of surgery is excessive,” says Dr. Chapman.

  • #1 in the Nation

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015  Mass General

    U.S. News & World Report has named Massachusetts General Hospital the #1 hospital in the nation based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 clinical specialties.

  • Innovations in Peripheral Nerve Surgery: Repairing connections, restoring function

    Thursday, July 9, 2015  Research

    “Recovery can take several months but without surgically reconnecting the nerve there’s basically no chance for natural recovery in cases where there is a complete nerve injury,” says Dr. Williams.

  • Innovations in Peripheral Nerve Surgery: Repairing connections, restoring function

    Thursday, July 9, 2015  Research

    “Recovery can take several months but without surgically reconnecting the nerve there’s basically no chance for natural recovery in cases where there is a complete nerve injury,” says Dr. Williams.

  • NeuroBlast e-Newsletter July 2015

    Thursday, July 9, 2015  Research

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

  • 9th International Oncolytic Virus Therapeutics Conference

    Saturday, June 13, 2015  Research

    From June 13-16, 2015, two of the Harvard-affiliated institutions, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital will host OVC Boston, the 9th International Oncolytic Virus Therapeutics Conference at the historic Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

  • Increasing Surgical Options for Epilepsy Patients

    Thursday, January 1, 2015  Clinical

    Advances in pre-surgical evaluation methods have made it possible to more accurately identify the epileptogenic region and minimize risk of injury to the functional cortex, enabling more epilepsy patients to receive surgical treatment.

Currently Browsing:2014

  • Marking a milestone in Neurosurgery

    Friday, December 5, 2014  Mass General

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

  • Endovascular Procedures to Prevent Ruptured Brain Aneurysms

    Monday, December 1, 2014  Mass General

    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.

  • Neurosurgery Complements Neuroendovascular Care for Optimum Patient Outcomes

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014  Research

    “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

  • Total Care for Pituitary Tumors

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014  Clinical

    “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.

  • NeuroBlast e-Newsletter June 2014

    Saturday, November 1, 2014  Mass General

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

  • Russell Museum Fall Lecture Series

    Thursday, September 11, 2014  Mass General

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

  • Arteriovenous malformation triggers a patient's near-fatal hemorrhage

    Monday, September 8, 2014  Mass General

    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.

  • #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014  Mass General

    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.

  • Mass General recognized for stroke care

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014  Mass General

    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.

Currently Browsing:2013

  • Spinal Metastases & Stereotactic Radiosurgery

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013  Clinical

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

  • Cranial Base Endoscopic Surgery

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013  Clinical

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

  • NeuroBlast e-Newsletter December 2013

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013  Mass General

    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.

  • MGH study finds nerve damage in some fibromyalgia patients

    Friday, August 9, 2013  Mass General

    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).

  • NeuroBlast e-Newsletter

    Monday, July 22, 2013  Clinical

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

  • #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013  Mass General

    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.

Currently Browsing:2011

  • MGH ranks #2 in nation

    Tuesday, July 19, 2011  Mass General

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

  • A blast from the past

    Friday, June 24, 2011  Mass General

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

  • Lunder Building to “Go Live” this summer

    Friday, February 18, 2011  Mass General

    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.

Currently Browsing:2010

Currently Browsing:2009

  • MGH and MEEI perform first ABI surgery in New England

    Friday, June 26, 2009  Mass General

    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.

  • Boston Globe honors MGH nurse

    Friday, May 22, 2009  Mass General

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

  • MGH honors 2009 Ellis Award recipient

    Friday, May 1, 2009  Mass General

    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.

Events

Currently Browsing:2017

  • Neurorehabilitation 2017

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    The Comprehensive Neurorehabilitation Update for Clinicians Who Provide Care for Patients with CNS Trauma and Neurological Diseases

Currently Browsing:2015

  • 9th International Oncolytic Virus Therapeutics Conference

    Saturday, June 13, 2015

    From June 13-16, 2015, two of the Harvard-affiliated institutions, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital will host OVC Boston, the 9th International Oncolytic Virus Therapeutics Conference at the historic Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

Currently Browsing:2013

Multimedia

  • Neurosurgery Department slideshow

    Neurosugery Faculty and Staff

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

  • Alumni Slideshow

    Alumni Slideshow

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

  • Mr. Elton

    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.

Media Coverage

  • Westford resident reflects on struggle with brain tumor - Wickedlocal, 10/31/2016

    Christine Zinke, 48, has had a difficult year. After being diagnosed in March with a meningioma brain tumor--a layer of tissue that covers the brain and spine--she underwent months of difficult treatment and therapy.

  • Want Lower Healthcare Costs? Consider Medical Liability Reform - Neurosurgery Blog - More Than Just Brain Surgery, 11/16/2016

    More than 70,000 patients will learn that they have a new primary brain tumor this coming year in the United States alone.6 While most of these patients will undergo surgery for removal and diagnosis, there are some for whom surgery is not a good option.5 Historically, treatment interventions for these individuals were more limited. Neurosurgeons frustrated by this limitation have been involved in the development and study of two new FDA-approved treatments. These are thermal therapy systems that sparked a renewed interest in Magnetic Resonance Guided Laser Induced Thermal Therapy (MRgLITT). LITT provides a minimally invasive surgical access coupled with the power of lasers to ablate a tumor from the inside out.

  • GME Changes: Are we in danger of throwing the baby out with the bathwater? - Neurosurgery Blog - More Than Just Brain Surgery, 11/16/2016

    The recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report heralding potentially major changes in the world of graduate medical education (GME) funding has brought the whole issue of residency training and its finances into the spotlight. One critical aspect of resident training – which resulted, in part, from an earlier IOM report – that is often overlooked is the unintended consequences on physician training resulting from work hour restrictions. Intended to protect residents and patients from fatigue-related medical errors and accidents, there is a growing recognition that these regulations are failing to serve their intended goals.

  • NYU goaltender Sam Daley successful in return from brain tumor surgery - Foxsports, 10/5/2015

    Last Christmas, NYU goaltender Sam Daley received a one-of-a-kind gift from his parents, a custom goalie mask meant to illustrate all of the things that make Daley who he is: a native New Englander, a proud New Yorker, a strong family man and a hell of a hockey player.

  • Bow's Sam Daley recovering from brain surgery - New Hampshire Union Leader, 1/27/2015

    Sam Daley felt like something wasn’t right. Starting in October, Daley occasionally felt a tingling and numbness in his hand or on his left side.

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