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Wearing a helmet to reshape my head? No big deal.

Jackie Fukuda
May 25, 2017

As you can see, 14-month-old Jackie Fukuda is one cute kid. “She’s a real handful,” said her mom, Jennifer Fukuda, laughing. Given her experience with Jackie’s older brother, MJ, who was “an easy baby,” Jennifer added, “I wasn’t prepared for her.” At her family’s home in southwest Minneapolis, MN, Jackie loves to play with balls and balloons. When the two dogs – a Rottweiler and a Beagle – get involved, things can get kind of crazy. As she interacts with her world, Jackie shows no signs of having had to wear a helmet for almost half of her first year – another thing Jennifer wasn’t exactly prepared for.

Should the patient be awake or asleep for deep brain stimulation surgery? Chou Lecturer makes a case for asleep

Kim Burchiel, MD, FACS
May 24, 2017

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s and essential tremor, tried to help reduce pain, and is in the exploratory stages for treating conditions such as depression and obesity. Kim Burchiel, MD, FACS, has been on the frontlines of it all. He shared some observations about what he’s learned over the years during the Neurosurgery Department’s 23rd Annual Shelley N. Chou Lectureship in Neurosurgery, May 5, in the Lindahl Founders Room of Northrup Auditorium on the U of M campus.

2017 Chou Nursing Award winner is an example to all

Jeanne Wand, RN, and Steve Banker, RN
May 24, 2017

Long-term Neurosurgery Department team member Steve Baker, RN, (pictured at right with colleague Jeanne Wand, RN) is a nurse’s nurse. He is admired and respected by his colleagues and does everything in his power to make patients who come to the Neuroscience Clinic at the U’s Clinics and Surgery Center (CSC) feel comfortable, get their needs met efficiently, and above all, be well cared for.

Local physician organization benefiting from the “level-headed, vision-focused” leadership of U of M neurosurgeon

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May 23, 2017

The Twin Cities Medical Society (TCMS) is a 4,400-member organization headquartered in Minneapolis. Its mission is to connect, represent, and engage physicians in improving clinical practice, developing policies, and implementing public health initiatives in the Twin Cities metro area, according to TCMS CEO Sue Schettle.   

NeuroSafe 2017 keynote to reflect on the many facets of surgical improvement

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May 18, 2017

Douglas Cochrane, MD, FRCSC, has a long history in improving quality and safety in a surgical setting. He views that history through many lenses and will share key lessons that he’s learned during his NeuroSafe 2017 keynote presentation titled, Surgical Improvement: A Multi-faceted Strategy.

Renowned neurosurgeon joins the University of Minnesota August 2017

Clark Chen, MD, PhD
May 8, 2017

The University of Minnesota Medical School is proud to announce Clark Chen, MD, Ph.D. as the Lyle French Chair in Neurosurgery and the Head of the University of Minnesota Medical School Department of Neurosurgery.

"Dr. Chen is an innovative leader with a strong track record in research and clinical care," said Dr. Brooks Jackson, Dean of the Medical School and Vice President for the Health Sciences. His leadership will be instrumental in further elevating this important department and enhancing our strength in the neurosciences.  His work in oncology will also increase synergies between the neurosciences and the cancer center.”

An innovative therapy is helping stroke patients improve hand movement

Patient's Hand Before and After rTMS Treatment
May 8, 2017

Let’s imagine a patient named Elizabeth. She had a stroke several years ago that affected her right hand. It’s her dominant hand and her inability to use it to perform daily tasks has taken a toll. It’s gotten worse over time. Elizabeth heard about a relatively new clinic at the Clinics and Surgery Center on the U of M campus. The therapy offered there intrigued her, so she made an appointment.

NeuroSafe 2017: deadline for abstract submission extended to May 10

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May 3, 2017

To encourage and enable as many NeuroSafe 2017 abstract submissions as possible, the deadline has been extended from May 1 to May 10. Abstracts will be used to select leaders for individual breakout sessions and presentations. They should be 200 – 300 words long and must be submitted electronically to the program committee. Key topic areas include:

Department welcomes two new residents

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April 4, 2017

A record-high 35,969 U.S. and international medical school students and graduates vied for 31,757 positions, the most ever offered during the 2017 National Residency Match Week, March 13 – 17. We are proud to announce that two of those applicants will join our department.

Congratulations to:

NeuroSafe 2017 keynote speaker to focus on helping attendees improve the quality of their patient experience

Oren Gottfried
April 3, 2017

Oren N. Gottfried, MD, FAANS, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Clinical Vice Chair of Quality at Duke University, has done considerable research in improving the quality of his patients’ experience. His NeuroSafe 2017 keynote address, A Single-clinic Intervention to Facilitate Patient Communication, Improve Visit Satisfaction, and Provide Real-time Feedback, will walk symposium attendees through a process that provides practical advice about how to do the same with their own patients’ experience.

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