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March 19, 2019

We Do Something Different

By uclahealth uclahealth

“The best part of the job is seeing someone happy and benefiting from the surgery,” says Dr. Luke Macyszyn, assistant professor of neurosurgery and orthopedics, pictured here with patient Flo Silverman.“Flo came in with a serious case of intradermal spinal tumor,” says Macyszyn, who specializes in spinal tumors. “Basically a tumor grew on the lining […]

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Tags: Dr. Luke Macyszyn, intradermal spinal tumor, neurosurgery, orthopedics, spinal cord, spinal tumors


UCLA Health Says Yes

March 19, 2019

UCLA Health Says Yes

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I was told surgery was too complicated or that they could only remove half the tumor because they were afraid they would nick my spinal cord,” says 59-year-old Flo Silverman, who had two neurosurgeons reject her case before seeking help at UCLA Health. “I had a big tumor in my cervical spine, in the C2 […]

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Tags: Dr. Luke Macyszyn, featured, neurosurgeons, spinal cord, tumor


March 15, 2019

Women of UCLA Health: Trailblazers in health care, medicine and science

By uclahealth uclahealth

March is Women’s History Month, which “honors and celebrates the struggles and achievements of American women throughout the history of the United States.” We take this opportunity to recognize the many contributions women have made to the fabric of our nation, including in the fields of medicine and science. This observance traces its roots to 1981, […]

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Tags: biobehavioral sciences, Health Care Leader to Know, Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center, Neurological Surgery, nurse practitioner, Precision Medicine, psychiatry, public health, thoracic imaging, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, women leaders in health care


February 14, 2019

Bergsneider is a rock star surgeon!

By Carl55 chjosefssonusa

Dr. Marvin Bergsneider is the consummate professional. And not only that – he is extremely kind and a Led Zeppelin fan! All very helpful when you are facing a difficult diagnosis. Amazing fact – he is married to his boss, the incomparable brain surgeon Linda Liau, who is the Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery […]

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Tags: brain surgery, neurosurgery, patient stories, surgeon


From almost paralyzed to strong and pain-free

August 13, 2018

From almost paralyzed to strong and pain-free

By uclahealth uclahealth

It was September, about three years ago, when Carl Link realized that something was seriously wrong with his health. For years, Link, then 36, had been dealing with chronic back pain that radiated out from between his shoulder blades and occasionally woke him up in the middle of the night. But recently, he had noticed […]

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Tags: Dr. Adam Cavallero, Dr. Luke Macyszyn, ependymoma, neurosurgery, patient stories, patient story, primary care, primary care physician, The Checkup, Thousand Oaks, UCLA Health Thousand Oaks


Maine basketball coach with rare hearing disorder crosses country for specialized surgery at UCLA

July 25, 2018

Maine basketball coach with rare hearing disorder crosses country for specialized surgery at UCLA

By Elaine Schmidt elaineschmidt

Out of the blue, Richard Barron, 49, woke up deaf in one ear. The University of Maine women’s basketball coach was ultra-sensitive to noise–the sound of someone loading the dishwasher was excruciating. Even stranger, Richard began hearing his bones creak and his eyelids move. Far worse was the noise-related brain fog that descended on him […]

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Tags: body sounds, bones creak, brain fog, eyelids move, hearing loss, minimally invasive approach, nausea, poor balance, superior canal dehiscence; SSCD


UCLA doctor diagnoses teen's complex disorder, restoring her vision, ability to enjoy life

July 5, 2018

UCLA doctor diagnoses teen’s complex disorder, restoring her vision, ability to enjoy life

By Elaine Schmidt elaineschmidt

Rhianna Wilson spent her senior year of high school in and out of four San Diego hospitals, seeking relief for her vision loss, pain and debilitating headaches. At age 18, she was diagnosed with Ehler-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a rare genetic disorder marked by overly stretchy connective tissue. In Wilson’s case, the disorder revealed itself in […]

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Tags: adolescent medicine, blindness, brain, Chiari malformation, Ehler-Danlos Dyndrome, joint pain, neurosurgery, pediatric neurosurgery, pediatrics, teenager, vision loss


March 30, 2018

SSCD

By Smo56 lipmana

I have to give credit to Team Dr. Isaac Yang and Dr. Quinton Gopen. When I found out that I had SSCD, I did my research… I know that I made the right choice.. They are the most compassionate Dr’s and really care about their patients… I will forever be so grateful to them especially […]

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Tags: Doctors Day, Dr. Isaac Yang, Dr. Quinton Gopen, patient stories, SSCD


March 30, 2018

“AND AWAY WE GO….” BETTER DAYS ARE AHEAD

By Heaven marykjames3

One evening, my husband and I decided to take a road trip, hoping to find relief. We set out on a long journey, driving over 2000.miles (Chicago to LA).. Praying that UCLA doctors will be able to shed some light on my condition. Little did we know…. the UCLA team of doctors have done just […]

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Tags: Doctors Day, Dr. Anthony Heaney, Dr. David Scott, Dr. Isaac Yang, Dr. Mollie Johnston, Dr. Wong Kim, Hypopractinemia, mirgraine, neurosurgery, patient stories, pituitary adenomas


March 29, 2018

Our Journey with RR UCLA Medical Center

By JnJ johnmata

I’m writing this story on behalf of my wife. Back in April 2017, I took my wife to the ER at another hospital. She was incoherent, confused, and had difficulty forming sentences. This is where she was diagnosed to have suffered a stroke. Subsequent MRI’s and cerebral angiogram were performed which then confirmed that she […]

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Tags: blood flow, brain surgery, bypass surgery, cerebral angiogram, CT scans, Doctors Day, Dr. Anthony Wang, ER, Maddie's Room, Moyamoya, Moyamoya disease, MRI