School is out, the sun is shining—and we’re celebrating at The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York. It’s not just the season that’s primed our spirits. This summer has been packed with heart-warming stories and notable accomplishments of both patients and surgeons. Here are the highlights.
1. The Making of a Neurosurgeon: Dr. Paul C. McCormick
Our very own series, “The Making of a Neurosurgeon,” details the motivation, the struggles—the joy—each neurosurgeon experiences in his life and work. Recently we featured Dr. Paul C. McCormick and showed how football, his team-player attitude, his determination, and a few influential mentors shaped the young Paul McCormick.
His journey was not without setbacks or difficult choices. But he explains how those experiences made him the husband, father and world-renowned neurosurgeon he is today.
2. Dr. Anderson’s Patient Marina Gets the Basketball Game of Her Dreams
Patient Marina, like most children, has a hero. Hers is Kobe Bryant, and he motivates her to play basketball. But for Marina, being on the court, let alone walking, is not a simple task, because of her cerebral palsy.
Recently, Dr. Richard C.E. Anderson surgically treated Marina’s condition, and her walking improved. As a special treat, her parents flew Marina out to Los Angeles to see Bryant play. But what she didn’t know was that Bryant had a surprise for her too. One that, in Marina’s words, made her day “the best day ever!”
3. Signs Point to Spine Hospital ‘Top Doctor’ Recipients
Each year, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. publishes Top Doctor guidebooks to give patients confidence when choosing a doctor. And once again, our neurosurgeons have been recognized as ‘Top Doctors.’
Being named Top Doctor is an honor, especially because the recipients must pass a rigorous vetting process. Congratulations to all our spine doctors!
Dr. Paul C. McCormick
Dr. Michael G. Kaiser
Dr. Peter D. Angevine
Dr. Donald O. Quest
Dr. Richard C.E. Anderson
4. Dr. Angevine Helps Elizabeth Get Back to Her Normal Life
When Elizabeth found herself barely able to walk or stand—or even breathe—she knew she needed to see a physician. A friend recommended Dr. Peter D. Angevine. Dr. Angevine quickly assessed Elizabeth’s condition and concluded that she needed surgery right away.
Elizabeth had severe scoliosis, a curvature of the spine that was causing her rib cage to press on her lungs. In a complex surgery spread over two days, Dr. Angevine realigned her spine. Now, Elizabeth is happy to be back to her daily routine.
5. Life Can Be a Pain in the Neck (or Back): Dr. Evan Johnson Talks About the Role Posture Plays in Spine Health
The Jewish Community Center of the Upper West Side sought out Evan Johnson, DPT, Director of Physical Therapy, to talk to the community about spine health. In particular, Dr. Johnson discussed spinal health and the relationship between pain and posture.
Read more about Dr. Anderson on his bio page here.
Read more about Dr. Angevine on his bio page here.
Read more about Dr. Johnson on his bio page here.
Read more about Dr. Kaiser on his bio page here.
Read more about Dr. McCormick on his bio page here.
Read more about Dr. Quest on his bio page here.
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