Patient and Family Advisory Council

“I was originally looking for a peer support program, but then I came and was encouraged to share my perspective,” remembered Chinna Balachandran, who joined the Neurosurgery Patient and Family Advisory Council (NPFAC). “I had a traumatic brain injury, a subdural hematoma. It’s bleeding in the brain that is so [...]

By uclahealth • January 30, 2020

“I had a golf ball-sized meningioma taken out of brain and was so impressed by the help I got at UCLA Health that when I had the chance to give back, I gave something back,” explains Brad Lusk. Lusk underwent a 14-hour surgery to remove a very healthy and growing [...]

By uclahealth • January 30, 2020

“Valentines’ Day of last year I had a stroke,” reveals Jeff Heisert, who had a blood clot behind his right eye. “I was completely paralyzed and blind. Dr. May Nour, my interventional radiologist, went through my torso, through the right carotid that was blocked, and up into my brain. [...]

By uclahealth • January 30, 2020

“This tiny pool of blood settled over the nerves that control the motor function of my left leg. So, initially, my only symptom was that my left leg was paralyzed,” recalls Linda Hatcher, a stroke survivor and member of the Neurosurgery Patient and Family Advisory Council at UCLA Health. “The [...]

By uclahealth • January 30, 2020

“I had a good experience and wanted to make the process better for other people, so they have as good an experience as I did,” reveals Scott Laskey, a member of the Neurosurgery Patient and Family Advisory Council at UCLA Health. “This group is very passionate about executing changes, [...]

By uclahealth • January 29, 2020