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spine, following residency, Dr. Weiss obtained advanced training with the spine team at Hopkins, headed by Dr. Ziya Gokaslan. During her neurosurgery training she also earned a Masters of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine/Johns Hopkins University School of Professional Studies. “I got an MBA because I felt that the US healthcare system was being managed by people who had no medical knowledge at all.” Her business training will enable her to participate in discus- sions of management and financial issues, perhaps even on the na- tional level at some point. Her clinical interests include complex spine, primary and metastatic tumors of the spine and spinal cord, and degenerative diseases of the spine. “Many neurosurgical dis- eases are uncommon, but spine problems affect a large number of people,” she notes. “I chose the spine because understanding it bet- ter can make a big impact on people. It’s the area of neurosurgery with the most commonly performed procedures and the least un- derstood from the scientific perspective. A lot of questions are still unanswered.” Dr. Weiss’s research plans include the analytical outcomes of patients who undergo spine surgery with those who don’t. When she is not working, Dr. Weiss enjoys sailing, playing squash, running and walking her shih-tzu! Dr. Weiss’s older sister practices Obstetrics and Gynecology in New Jersey.

Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Department of Neurosurgery One Gustave L. Levy Place Box 1136 New York, NY 10029-6574

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and also spoke on stroke management at the Live Symposium of Complex Coronary and Vascular Cases in New York in June.

New arrivals! Congratulations to Dr.ArthurL.Jenkins,III, and his wife Linda who welcomed their second daughter, Victoria Chase Jenkins, on April 27, 2005. The baby joins her sister Alexandra Marie. Best wishes are also in or- der for BrianPhilips,NP,and his wife Allison who greeted their first child, Caitlin, on July 7.

Best wishes to IleanaJombur on two accounts. First, she is engaged to be married to Emil Sipos. Second, after five years in the Department of Neurosurgery, she has accepted a different posi- tion at Mount Sinai.

Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai is published for colleagues and friends of the Department of Neurosurgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. Please contact Debbie Winn, deborah.winn@mountsinai.org for submissions, suggestions or questions. Visit our website, www.mssm.edu/neurosurgery/ index.html.

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Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai

A Newsletter Published for Colleagues and Friends of the Department of Neurosurgery

Summer 2005

The Department has continued to thrive over this past year. Our Functional and Restorative section has blossomed under the direction of Dr. Ron Alterman. Deep brain stimula- tion for Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, and obsessive-compulsive disorders has

been very successful, with a volume of close to 100 patients this year. We have recruited Dr. Nirit Weiss to expand our spine program, but have lost Dr. Prithvi Narayan to Westchester. Prithvi, a pediatric neurosurgeon, was a wonderful addition last year but was lured to a pediatric hospital in Westchester where he will have more volume, with a complete focus on the pediatric population. I was sad to see him leave. Dr. Weiss brings new ideas from Johns Hopkins and spectacular credentials and enthusiasm. She will also direct our clinic service at Mount Sinai and coordinate our affiliation with Mount Sinai Queens.

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Born in Israel, Nirit Weiss, MD, came to the United States as a young girl when her father attended graduate school at Columbia University. The family remained in New York, where Dr. Weiss received her early education and attended high school at Ramaz. She enjoyed science and knew that medicine would be a career goal. Having been awarded a Harvard College Scholarship and a John Harvard Scholarship, she attended Harvard University, graduating Magna cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Chemistry. During medical school at Yale University, she received an NIH short-term research training fellowship, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Training Fellowship, the Farr Scholarship for the outstanding medical student, and the Peter Curran Prize for her exceptional thesis. Her Neurosurgery residency at Johns Hopkins in- cluded Leksell Gamma Knife Training and a clinical and research fellowship in Functional Neurosurgery. Her contributions to residency were recognized by the Irving J. Sherman Award for Outstanding Neurosurgery Resident Achievement. With a special interest in

We are very proud of the two residents who just completed training, both of whom moved on to fellowships. Our two new residents were at the top of our list.

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The Hospital is completing our fourth OR which will be a dedicated spine room. This will allow expansive growth of that neurosurgical section in concert with the orthopedic spine section. I can see a spine fellowship in the near future.

Research remains a major focus and the year was capped by a superb day of presentations, with two endowed lectures as noted within theses pages. It was an exhilarating day that would make any Chair sit back and be proud, while raising the bar

even higher for the coming year.

I look forward to your input into the department, whether with patients, academic reports, research, or contributions. Every individual joining us, in one way or another, makes the entire department stronger.

Kalmon D. Post, M.D. Chairman and Leonard I. Malis, MD/ Corinne and Joseph Graber Professor of Neurosurgery

This May, the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation honored Mount Sinai Neurologist Michele Tagliati and Neurosurgeon Ron Alterman for their pio- neering work in the use of deep brain stim- ulation (DBS) for the treatment of torsion dystonia. Over the last four years, this team has employed DBS therapy in more than 30 dystonia patients, one of the largest series of such patients in the world. The results have been impressive overall and nothing short of spectacular in some cases. In fact, because the open-label results have been so compelling, the United States Food and Drug Administration granted

DBS for dystonia a Humanitarian Device Exemption in April 2003. With the addi- tion of Drs. Tagliati and Alterman to its staff, Mount Sinai has positioned itself to be a leader in the further development of DBS therapy for dystonia, Parkinson’s dis- ease, and many other indications that are currently under investigation.

Dystonia is a movement disorder charac- terized by twisting, repetitive movements which result in abnormal, often painful postures. The disorder may be categorized by age at presentation (< or > 26 years of age); anatomical distribution (focal, seg-

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