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Patient Stories

The University of Washington's Department of Neurological Surgery has acheived national recognition. But the most important accolades are the thanks we receive from our patients.

The following stories provide a personal glimpse into the lives of the patients whose lives we work to improve, and demonstrate why our program is so highly respected.

Courtney McGrath

Courtney McGrath's Story

In 2005, Courtney was preparing to go trick or treating when her left arm became numb and this sensation quickly spread. Courtney was diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) and underwent a 16-hour surgery performed by Neurological Surgery's vice-chair, Dr. Laligam Sekhar.


Lisa Abbot's Story

Lisa Abbot was sent to Harborview for emergency, life-saving treatment by its world-renowned neurosurgeons. Her surgical team was led by Dr. Laligam Sekhar, vice chairman of Neurological Surgery and a UW professor of Neurological Surgery. By the time she arrived at Harborview, she was in a coma . . .


Amy Gadsden's Story

Amy Gadsden had a pituitary tumor that was causing hormone imbalance, leading to mood swings and physical illness. She was treated by Dr. Ferreira and his team in the UW Medicine Pituitary Program...


Kelsey Deschamps' Story

Kelsey Deschamps had a cavernous malformation that was causing persistent sinus problems. Dr. Laligam Sekhar performed surgery to remove the cavernoma, and she has recovered and attends college at the University of Montana.

Professor Gilbert

Steven G. Gilbert’s Story

UW Professor Steven G. Gilbert suffered from the effects of Parkinson’s Disease for nearly 15 years. But now several of his symptoms have been relieved by Deep Brain Stimulation, a procedure performed by Dr. Andrew Ko.

Nina Jubran

Nina Jubran’s Story

When Nina was 10 years old, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Nina distracted herself before the surgery by making clay figurines. 12 years after the successful surgery performed by Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, Nina returned to Seattle Children’s Hospital to sell her figurines, donating the earnings to the hospital.

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Cranial Nerve Disorders

Cranial nerve disorders treated by our neurosurgeons include: trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, disabling positional vertigo, and facial paralysis.

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Courtney McGrath's Story

In 2005, Courtney underwent a 16-hour surgery to remove an alteriovenous malformation (AVM) performed by Dr. Laligam Sekhar. Read her story ...

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