Richard G. Ellenbogen
M.D., F.A.C.S.

A View From Puget Sound

The field of Neurological Surgery remains a dynamic and evolving effort to improve patient outcomes through innovation, technological sophistication, basic research - and hard work. Our superb and dedicated young faculty and residents are often at the forefront of these efforts, and in this issue of the newsletter we present some of their accomplishments.

The more established faculty remain just as hard at it as demonstrated by Professor Laligam Sekhar’s efforts to refine the treatment for unruptured AVMs. Even though he is officially now a Professor Emeritus, John Silber continues to be very engaged in both clinical and basic research, and Bob Rostomily and his lab are still gathering new grants aimed at better treatments for the ever difficult to manage glioblastomas.

We also introduce some of our remarkable mid-level practitioner team, without whom the acute care service at Harborview could not function. Readers will be both surprised and delighted by the depth and breadth of experiences these people bring to our department.

After 24 years and many residents come and gone, Sharon Andrews has retired from the UWMC office and will be sorely missed. Sharon was the glue that held together the UWMC service. We will also miss a wonderfully warm, skilled neurological surgeon who graduated our program, Dr. Charlie Kuntz, a Professor at the Mayfield Clinic in Cincinnati who died unexpectedly, and far too young. Last, we held our First Annual Conversation with the Community, and look forward to this dynamic exchange of ideas in future years.

Richard G. Ellenbogen, MD, FACS
Professor & Chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery

In This Issue - Spring 2015

In Memorium: Dr. Charles Kuntz 1 Practitioner Team Continued 7
Neurovascular Group Publishes New Study 2 Sharon Andrews Calls It A Career 8
Dr. Andrew Ko - Deep Brain Stimulation 3 Announcements 9
Dr. Christoph Hofstetter/Dr. Christine Mac Donald 4 First Annual Community Conversation 10
Dr. John Silber 5 Puzzler 11
Dr. Roberty Rostomily/Spotlight:Practitioner Team 6

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