A note from Neurosurgeon-in-Chief Mark Proctor, MD

Mark Proctor, MDGreetings from Boston! This note will fill you in on happenings in neurosurgery here at Boston Children’s Hospital since our last update in January.

In April, we hosted the First Annual R. Michael Scott Day in honor of our esteemed Neurosurgeon-in-Chief Emeritus. Dr. Jeffrey H. Wisoff, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the NYU Langone Medical Center, kicked us off with a grand rounds lecture on children’s quality of life and long-term functional outcomes after radical resection of craniopharyngioma.

In May, our 15th Annual Sport-Related Concussion & Spine Injury Conference was a resounding success, with Buddy Teevens, Head Coach of Dartmouth College Football, as special guest speaker. Also in May, the Warner Cerebrovascular Family Day drew families from all over the world for updates on vein of Galen malformation, cavernous malformation and AVM.

In other Neurosurgery Program news:

  • We’re delighted to share that Anuncia has announced the successful first-in-human implantation of the Alivio ReFlow System for patients with hydrocephalus. This non-invasive shunt-flushing device, which was cleared by the FDA last November, was described in our January update. It was originally conceived by our own Joseph Madsen, MD, who participated in the research.
  • Dr. Madsen and Eun-Hyoung-Park, PhD, were just awarded Paper of the Year by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The paper, “Granger Causality Analysis of Interictal iEEG Predicts Seizure Focus and Ultimate Resection,” appeared in the January 1 issue of Neurosurgery; we reported it in our August 2017 update.
  • Dr. Madsen also received the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Utah, his undergraduate alma mater, and was recently appointed to the scientific advisory board of NeuroOne Medical Technologies Corporation, which focuses on devices for the treatment of epilepsy and other brain disorders.
  • Edward Smith, MD, PhD was nominated for the 2018 Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School.
  • Larry Benowitz, PhD was recently appointed to the Glaucoma Research Foundation’s scientific advisory board. He delivered the keynote address at the 2018 Chinese Glaucoma Society Meeting and was an invited symposium speaker at the World Ophthalmology Conference in Barcelona.
  • Dr. Benowitz also recently received two new grants: an NIH grant with Paul Rosenberg, MD, PhD (Neurology) to study interneuronal signaling after optic nerve injury, and sponsorship from the New York State Department of Health to study the role of zinc in axon regeneration and whether zinc chelation can promote axon growth. These studies will further Larry’s prior work.
  • Finally, I will remain chair of AANS/CNS Joint section on pediatric neurosurgery for about 6 months and was officially appointed as the Frank D. Ingraham Professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School.

We’ll be back in the fall with more news. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Mark Proctor, MD