News : 2009

John Ragheb, M.D.

The Gift of Life

On June 1, our son, Jordan, was diagnosed with a tumor. It was a unique growth, a sinister lesion, located in the pineal region, the very center of our 11-year-old son’s brain. We set out to locate the very best surgeon — anywhere — to attack the tumor.

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Gillian Hotz, Ph.D.

Gillian Hotz, Ph. D. receives the David Hovda Angel Award

Gillian Hotz, Ph.D., Co-Director of the Pediatric Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program, Associate Research Professor, Department of Neurosurgery and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, at the Univeristy of Miami Miller School of Medicine, received the David Hovda Angel Award in NYC. at the annual Angel Awards Reception.

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Drs. Hamad Farhat and Ted Brindle clenched second place at the annual Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Resident SANS Challenge.

Residents at the Top of Their Game: Congress of Neurological Surgeons SANS Challenge

Chief Residents Dr. Hamad Farhat and Dr. Ted Brindle took home second place and $1500 at the 2009 Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Resident SANS Challenge. Held on October 24-29 in New Orleans, LA, the contest consisted of three rounds that tested physicians in residency on their neurosurgery knowledge.

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Dr. Ali Aziz-Sultan (far left), Dr. Timothy Murray (far right) and the Katsouris family answer questions at a press conference on Aug. 6th.

Extremely Rare, New Surgery Helps Children with Eye Cancer

Christina Katsouris is a normal 7-year-old. She enjoys riding her bicycle, playing on the computer and swinging on the monkey bars. She never had any problems with her vision, but in February, Christina was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare childhood cancer that occurs in the retina of the eye.

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Michael Y. Wang, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Not Better for Sciatica

Minimally invasive surgery for the excruciating back pain that can be caused by sciatica didn’t work as well as the conventional procedure in a Dutch study. “The expected treatment benefit of a faster rate of recovery from sciatica after tubular diskectomy could not be reproduced by this double-blind study,” according to a report in the July 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Barth A. Green, M.D. and William Donelan, Vice President for Medical Administration

Dr. Barth Green Awarded AXA Advisors Lifetime Achievement Award

The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Health Care Heroes awards program is celebrating its 12th year of honoring individuals, institutions, professionals, students, volunteers and programs who through their individual or collective actions have made an extraordinary impact in the South Florida health care community.

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