Modern neurosurgery helps patient overcome daunting disease and pursue dream of becoming a doctor

Clark Chen and John Cassady
May 15, 2018

Imagine seven billion balls randomly colliding with one another over the Earth’s surface. Then imagine two of those balls colliding not once, but three times…in three different locations. That is how Neurosurgery Department Chair Clark Chen, MD, PhD, describes his encounters with his patient, John Cassady, a second-year Medical School student at the U. These collisions have had a profound impact on both men (pictured at right).

Their first collision occurred in 2008. John described it in this excerpt from his Medical School application:

Spring issue of Inside Neurosurgery: epilepsy, brain tumor, telestroke and spine

Cover of Spring 2018 Inside Neurosurgery
May 15, 2018

Several different facets of neurosurgery are explored in the department's Spring 2018 newsletter, Inside Neurosurgery:

MnDRIVE fellowship to help build upon work started by the U’s E-STAND study

May 10, 2018

Congratulations to third-year Neurosurgery Department resident, David Freeman, MD, PhD, who was recently awarded a year-long MnDRIVE Clinical Fellowship in Neuromodulation. The fellowship begins in January of 2019. The focus will be on continuing and expanding the work started by fellow residents, David Darrow, MD, MPH, and Bryan Ladd, MD, in the E-STAND study. “I’ve been interested in the research that they started with E-STAND,” said Freeman. “When the MnDRIVE opportunity came up, I realized it could provide some funding, formalize my role in the E-STAND work, and get the word out on campus about what we’re doing, so I applied.”

Foreign scholars bring rich background in brain tumor and stroke research to their work at the U’s Low Laboratory

Research Graphic
May 9, 2018

When it comes to research, the University of Minnesota has an international reach. Currently, two scholars from China are working with Neurosurgery Department Associate Head for Research Walter Low, PhD, in his laboratory. They are scheduled to be in the lab through September 2018.

Newest member of the Pediatrics Department coming back to her roots

Katie Roberts, RN, MSN
April 20, 2018

U of M’s Neurosurgery Department welcomes Nurse Practitioner Kathryn (Katie) Roberts, RN, MSN, to the Pediatric Clinical Staff. After 10 years of living on the East Coast, she is excited to return to the Twin Cities where she grew up and where many members of her family still reside. 

Roberts received her Master of Science in Nursing (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner track) and her Certificate in Nursing from the Yale School of Nursing in New Haven, CT. Her undergraduate degree is from Brown University in Providence, RI.

New team members bring blend of art and science to their roles

Illustration of the brain by Marra Evans
April 18, 2018

The Neurosurgery Department recently welcomed two new members: Licensed Practical Nurse Terri Anderson and Neuroanatomy Fellow Marra Evans. Art plays an important role in their lives and their work, both indirectly and directly.

Minneapolis event to focus on raising awareness about stroke

April 12, 2018

Families are invited to Strokes: What You Need to Know, Sunday, April 22, 2018, in the Ukrainian American Center, 301 Main Street NE, Minneapolis, MN. The free event includes:

  • 12:15 – 1 pm: reception, educational booths, kids' activities (firetrucks and ambulances will be on site)
  • 1 – 1:15 pm: introduction and kickoff by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey
  • 1:15 – 2:15 pm: presentation by University of Minnesota Health physicians: Andrew Grande, MD, cerebrovascular neurosurgeon, Chris Streib, MD, stroke neurologist, and Huseyin Tore, MD, interventional neuroradiologist.

Department welcomes two new residents – Sam Jones and Maxwell Tran

National Residency Match Program Logo
April 3, 2018

On March 16, 2018, the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) celebrated Match Day with thousands of participating applicants and programs. On Match Day, medical school students and graduates learned in which U.S. residency programs they will train for the next three to seven years. The 2018 Main Residency Match was the largest in NRMP history. A record-high 37,103 applicants submitted program choices for 33,167 positions, the most ever offered in the Match.

Of those thousands of applicants, the U of M Department of Neurosurgery is proud to announce that two were matched for its residency program and will begin their journey early in June. 

Recent Haines Family Lecture focused on the “science of practice”

Haines Family Lecture Slide
March 30, 2018

The randomized, controlled trial is the gold standard for acquiring reliable data that helps neurosurgeons make evidence-based treatment decisions for their patients. The practical aspects of conducting such trials, however, can limit their scope and generalizability. Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FACS, FAHA, of Penn State Hershey Neurosurgery, believes there is a credible alternative to the randomized clinical trial that produces reliable summaries that can be used to guide neurosurgical practice.

Three faculty members cited as “Rising Stars”

Rising Stars Graphic
March 22, 2018

On March 14, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine released its 2018 edition of “Top Doctors: Rising Stars,” an annual list of up-and-coming physicians who are making a mark in medicine. Three University of Minnesota Health neurosurgeons – Andrew Grande, Kristen Jones and Michael Park – were included on this year’s list. To be selected by the magazine, “Rising Stars” candidates must be fully licensed and have been practicing in their specialty area for 10 years or less. Each physician named to the list was nominated by their peers in the field. All candidates are then evaluated on a variety of factors, including professional achievement, review by an expert physician panel, and individual disciplinary history.


Inside Neurosurgery

Cover of Spring 2018 Inside Neurosurgery