From the Directors
Date: May 20, 2013
Summer 2013 is bittersweet for our departments as we say goodbye to pediatric neurologist Patti Vining, pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson and his longtime physician assistant, Carol James, who have all made the decision to retire. Each of these leaders has seen an enormous amount of change over their tenures here, within both Johns Hopkins and their fields. Many examples of the incredible advances that have taken place over the decades that these three have served here are presented within the pages of this issue of NeuroNow.
For example, endovascular neurosurgeon Alex Coon explains a new technique that offers the first chance of completely curing cerebral aneurysms, a huge step forward in treating this problem. Neurologists Tom Crawford and Charlotte Sumner showcase research that could eventually offer promising new treatments for the devastating condition known as spinal muscular atrophy. And we also show how we’ve been able to help patients with chronic back pain and Guillain-Barre syndrome, two conditions for which doctors once had few viable treatment options.
Each of these stories illustrates how neurology and neurosurgery are growing, changing fields, and how our departments have grown and changed with them. That's one reason why our departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery continue to be ranked number one in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
Harvey Cushing Professor and Director of Neurosurgery
Director of Neurology