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UCSD Neurosurgery hosts visiting medical students

Each summer, it is a pleasure to host a group of visiting students from medical schools  around the United States who come to receive exposure to neurosurgical practice at the University of California, San Diego. This year it has been a pleasure to welcome an outstanding group of students to our University.  Each student  rotates between the 4 major teaching hospitals in our program. This includes Rady Children's Hospital, the Hillcrest hospital, the Thornton Hospital campus, and the Veterans Administration hospital. During the rotation, Fridays are an academic day in which students participate in neurosurgical grand rounds and resident didactic sessions as well as Friday afternoon resident clinic.
In addition, residents perform a series of didactic teaching sessions with the faculty throughout the month-long rotation.  A central mission of UCSD Neurosurgery is to train the next generation of neurosurgical leaders throughout United States. Each summer, we look for to working with an outstanding new group of students who are preparing to enter neurosurgical residency the following year.
 We recognize the following students for their participation on the service this year.
Christine Stewart – University of Minnesota
Vance Fredrickson – Wayne State University
Victoria Schunemann – Ohio State University
Zach Barnard – Michigan State University
Joon Kim – Cornell University
Simon Buttrick – Mount Sinai
John Parker – UCSD
Jeffrey Steinberg – Albany Medical College
James Wright – West Virginia University
Eytan Nov – NYU Sackler School of Medicine in Israel
Afshin Salehi – UCSD

Dr. Jeffrey Ojemann Speaks On Brain Machine Interface

On October 4, 2012, UCSD neurosurgery was pleased to welcome Dr. Jeffrey Ojemann  of the Seattle Children's Hospital who presented rounds on brain machine interface in 2012. Dr. Ojemann's work centers on the use of cortical electrophysiology to map motor tasks and to then to generate real-time control of robotic devices. 

As one of the nations leading translational neuroscientists, Dr. Ojemann work highlights the power of using intraoperative recordings obtained during surgery to study and master brain function.


Cannon Design Visits the UCSD Neurosurgical Operating Room

UCSD is building a new medical center tower, the "Jacobs Medical Center" which will have an advanced operating room theater.  We have worked closely with Cannon Design to formulate an operating room for the future.  As part of the planning process, Cannon Design visited us in the OR during an Awake Craniotomy procedure to gauge work flow that is used in these types of cases.  Here is a link to an account of their visit.


Dr. Justin Brown discusses novel techniques for limb and hand reanimation. 


Parkinson’s Association of San Diego honors Dr. David Barba as its 2012 Health Hero

Neurosurgeon performs Deep Brain Stimulation surgery for Parkinson’s patients

SAN DIEGO, CA, March 13, 2012 – The Parkinson’s Association of San Diego (PASD) is pleased to announce that Dr. David Barba has been chosen as its 2012 Health Hero honoree. Dr. Barba will be honored at the Combined Health Agencies 2012 Health Hero Awards breakfast on Thursday, March 15 at the Prado in Balboa Park.

A prominent neurosurgeon at UCSD Medical Center, Dr. Barba performs Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery for people with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions. DBS is a surgical procedure that implants a battery-operated medical device called a neurostimulator under the skin near the collarbone. Similar to a heart pacemaker and approximately the size of a stopwatch, the device delivers electrical stimulation to targeted areas in the brain that control movement, blocking the abnormal nerve signals that cause tremor and Parkinson’s disease symptoms.

“We are delighted to honor Dr. Barba with this well-deserved award,” said Ron Hendrix, Ph.D, PASD Executive Director.  “Dr. Barba has long been a leading advocate in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. In addition, he has spearheaded a patient symposium at UCSD to spotlight the medical advances being made with respect to Parkinson’s.”

Dr. Barba, who is also on staff at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Medical Center, is excited about starting a program at the VA to provide DBS surgery for San Diego veterans. A resident of Point Loma, Dr. Barba shares the PASD’s vision of offering a suite of neurological services for the veterans of San Diego County. To that end, the VA and the PASD have started a support group for veterans with Parkinson’s. The group meets twice a month at the VA Medical Center. San Diego is home to one of the largest veteran populations in the U.S.

“I am truly honored and thrilled to receive this award,” said Dr. Barba, who has performed DBS surgeries since 1998. “It serves to validate the commitment of the UCSD movement disorder group to improve the quality of life for Parkinson’s patients.”

About the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego:  The Parkinson’s Association of San Diego is the county’s only comprehensive source of support and information for persons with Parkinson’s disease.  Parkinson’s is a neurological disease the effects over 60,000 local patients, families, and caregivers.  The Mission of the organization is to improve the quality of life for those affected by Parkinson’s disease through education, family services, and support of promising research.