Advances in Neurology and Neurosurgery

We offer a wide range of treatments for spinal disorders and treat more brain tumors than any other center in New York. We have two designated Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Centers that provide our complex epilepsy patients with the highest-level of medical and surgical care. Our mobile stroke units, equipped with the advanced technologies of an ED, continue to push the boundaries of comprehensive care for all patients.

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2022 Innovations in Review

Neurology and Neurosurgery

In this 2022 review, learn about how NewYork-Presbyterian is pursuing a greater understanding of disorders of the brain & spine and providing life-changing and life-saving medical interventions.

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Collaborative Effort Identifies A Potential Environmental Trigger for Multiple Sclerosis

Weill Cornell Medicine leads collaborative effort discovering that epsilon toxin, produced by Clostridium perfringens bacteria in the intestinal tract, may be a key environmental trigger of multiple sclerosis (MS).

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Pushing the Boundaries of Innovative Spine Surgery

Och Spine at NewYork-Presbyterian neurosurgeon has performed the first 3D navigation-guided endoscopic lumbar fusion in New York City.

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Physician Story

Leading a New Generation of Neurosurgery

Renowned physician Dr. Philip Stieg is focusing on merging clinical expertise with humanity to guide the future of neurosurgery.

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Integrating Nerve Blocks into Spine Surgery Associated with Perioperative Pain and Opioid Use

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia neurosurgeons conduct a promising study on the use of X-ray guided dorsal ramus block (XDRB) delivered by the spine surgeon directly before lumbar spine surgery.

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Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes Linked to Midlife Stroke Risk

A Columbia neurologist identifies connection between adverse pregnancy outcomes and risk of early onset stroke.

NewYork-Presbyterian faculty identify areas of the brain associated with gait, pace, and rhythm in older adults

A Macroscopic Approach to the Intricate Brain Patterns of Gait in the Elderly

Weill Cornell Medicine Chief Resident in Neurology studies patterns of GMV associated with two domains of gait, pace, and rhythm in older adults

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Propelling MMA Embolization to First Line Treatment for Chronic Subdural Hematoma

A Weill Cornell Medicine neurosurgeon is pioneering middle meningeal artery (MMA) embolization as a standardized non-surgical approach to treat chronic subdural hematoma.

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New Genetics Discovery May Help to Address Inequalities and Medical Disparities in LOAD

A Columbia neurologist and genetic epidemiologist uncover a link between ancestry and Late-onset Alzheimer’s disease using Admixture mapping, which may propel the development of targeted treatments and prevention among different racial and ethnic groups.

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Facial Nerve Massage as Rescue Treatment for Hemifacial Spasm

A Columbia neurosurgeon specializing in cranial facial disorders shares the outcomes of facial nerve massage for hemifacial spasm refractory to microvascular decompression.
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CIDP: Gaining Insight on Treatment-Related Fluctuations

A Columbia neurologist specializing in peripheral neuropathy investigates the impact of IVIG treatment-related fluctuations on long-term chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy that may help optimize therapy in real time.

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Remote Blood Pressure Monitoring Reduces Recurrent Stroke Risk

Columbia neurologist develops and tests the feasibility of a home blood pressure monitoring system after stroke among Black and Hispanic patients living in underserved communities.

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Augmented Reality: A Navigational Technology Finds its Niche in Spine Surgery

Weill Cornell Medicine’s neurosurgical team is among the first to use augmented reality technology to facilitate surgical flow in minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF) and in resection of intradural extramedullary tumors.

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Novel Pathway Optimizes Assessment for Minor Stroke and TIA

Weill Cornell Medicine stroke neurologists develop a high-quality outpatient clinical pathway to expedite evaluation and treatment of patients presenting with a recent small stroke or transient ischemic attack.

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Current State of Treatment for Intramedullary Spinal Tumors

Columbia spinal neurosurgeons provide insight and guidance on today’s surgical treatment for ependymomas and other intramedullary spinal cord tumors.

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Advancing Gene Therapies for Neurodegenerative Diseases

A Weill Cornell Medicine neurosurgeon and renowned neuroscientist in the application of gene therapies discusses novel studies that hold tremendous promise for patients with debilitating neurological disorders.

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The Power and Potential of Neurogenetics

Columbia neurology faculty with particular expertise in genetic foundations of neurological diseases discuss breakthroughs in diagnostic genetics for ALS and for epilepsy.

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Stemming the Tide of Disc Degeneration After Microdiscectomy

Weill Cornell Medicine neurosurgeon and spine expert studies the safety and feasibility of injecting autologous stem cells at the time of lumbar surgery to prevent future disc degeneration.

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Intracerebral Hemorrhage Outcomes: Comparing Vascular and Primary Causes

Weill Cornell Medicine neurologists compare primary intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) versus ICH due to structural vascular lesions, which may be associated with lower mortality and improved outcomes.

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Trigeminal Neuralgia: Maximal Pain Relief with Minimally Invasive Surgery

A Columbia neurosurgeon renowned for expertise in cranial nerve and skull base procedures provides relief for the incapacitating pain of trigeminal neuralgia through microvascular decompression.

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Mitochondrial Diseases: Making Groundbreaking Progress in Uncommon Conditions

Columbia neurology faculty accelerate clinical and scientific advances for a very rare and complex set of neuromuscular diseases.

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Laser Ablation: An Emerging Treatment for Drug-Resistant Epilepsy

Neurosurgeons at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia report on this minimally invasive approach that can be highly effective for select patients.

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Post-Stroke Evaluation: How Safe is Transesophageal Echocardiography?

Weill Cornell Medicine neurologists, cardiologists, and pulmonary and critical care medicine specialists present findings on the risk of respiratory failure in patients undergoing TEE.

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Spinal Cord Injury: Augmenting Function with Cervical Spine Mapping and Stimulation

Laboratory and clinical investigations are underway of novel approaches incorporating both brain and spine stimulation to improve recovery of patients with spinal cord injury with myelopathy.

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A Model Way to Detect Delayed Cerebral Ischemia

Columbia University faculty at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital developed a classification model to alert clinicians to delayed cerebral ischemia, helping to provide an opportunity to reduce neurological injury following an aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage.

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The Brain: A New Normal After Menopause

Using multi-modality neuroimaging, Weill Cornell Medicine neurology faculty at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital reveal menopause is a dynamic neurological transition that significantly impacts brain structure, connectivity, and the metabolic profile during midlife endocrine aging of the female brain.

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A New Application for Focused Ultrasound

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s neurosurgeons are applying their expertise in focused ultrasound to penetrate the blood-brain barrier and provide new pathways for drug delivery to extend and improve life for patients with glioblastoma and Alzheimer’s disease.

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A Multidimensional Treatment Approach to Spinal Tumors

Neurosurgeons, interventional neuroradiologists, and neuro-oncologists at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital are advancing care for benign and malignant spinal tumors through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary strategic approach.

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Taking Spine Surgery to New Heights

At NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, patients find world-renowned spine surgeons representing the fields of neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery. These top specialists offer extraordinary expertise and experience with leading-edge surgical techniques, from endovascular options to the most complex spinal deformity surgeries.

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Confronting the Challenges of Glioblastoma Treatment

Neurosurgeons and neuro-oncologists at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital are pioneering new methods to address two major hurdles to successful treatment – getting past the blood-brain barrier to deliver drugs and incorporating immunotherapy in a cancer that is particularly resistant to this form of treatment.

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Multiple Sclerosis: Rethinking How It Begins and Why It Progresses

Physician-scientists at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell are pursuing research that is yielding a better understanding of what triggers multiple sclerosis, how the disease progresses, and furthers therapeutic options.

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Neurosurgeons Advance Applications of Minimally Invasive Techniques for Epilepsy

Patients with refractory epilepsy are finding new hope at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center for their uncontrollable seizures with minimally invasive therapies.

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Innovating Minimally Invasive Access to the Brain and Spine

Neurosurgeons at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell are using a wide range of advanced minimal access approaches. While great progress has been made in treating central nervous system disorders, much remains to be discovered.

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Cerebral Organoids: Personalizing Glioblastoma Treatment

A neuro-oncologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell has developed a novel way to personalize glioblastoma treatment by using advanced stem cell techniques to create individual patient mini-brains or cerebral organoids.

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A Renowned Center for Neurology Care and Research

As the destination of choice for patients with neurologic diseases and disorders, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia is advancing our understanding of neurodegenerative diseases, neuroimmunology, stroke care, and brain tumors.

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Addressing the Ongoing Challenge of Glioblastoma

Glioblastoma is the most prevalent and most aggressive malignant brain tumors in adults. The neurospecialists at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia are collaborating to bring to bear their specialized expertise to address the treatment challenges of this disease.

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Pushing the Boundaries for Brain Tumor Treatment

The neuro-oncologists at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center are pushing the boundaries of treatment for patients with brain tumors by using the newest treatment modalities, including awake mapping, imaging techniques, and microsurgery.

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The Gamma Knife Evolution Continues

In its 50-year history, the Gamma Knife has proven to be one of the most significant noninvasive technologies available to treat benign and malignant brain lesions and disorders.

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Study Clarifies ApoE4’s Role in Dementia

In a study published in journal Nature Communications, researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine identify a protein that increases the risk of cognitive impairment.

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Alzheimer’s and Prevention: Who Would Have Thought?

A family history of Alzheimer’s disease has been the driving force for a NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell physician on a mission to intervene before the disease takes hold.

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A Commitment to Conquering ALS

At the Eleanor and Lou Gehrig ALS Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, clinicians and scientists are leading efforts to combat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other motor neuron diseases.

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HIFU: Heralding New Hope for Movement Disorders

A NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell neurosurgeon is redefining treatment of essential tremor, as the first in New York to offer high-intensity focused ultrasound to treat the brain disorder.

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