After an extensive, nationwide search, the Duke departments of Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery are pleased to announce that Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, FACS, will be the new chief of Duke's Spine Division, effective September 1,... Read More
Four Things to Know About Adult Scoliosis
Duke neurosurgeon Isaac Karikari, MD, treats adults with scoliosis. Here he addresses four things you may not know about the condition.
1. The early signs of adult scoliosis are different from childhood scoliosis
You can develop... Read More
Thelma's Story: Breaking New Ground
Was it Alzheimer’s disease? Vertigo? Thelma Cooper didn’t know what was causing her blackouts, memory lapses, and debilitating nausea, and the lack of answers drove her into a depression.
The intense dizziness – she described it... Read More
Treatment Advances Give Hope to People with Brain Metastases
Lisa VanTress didn’t know why she couldn’t regain her land legs after a 13-hour fishing trip in the summer of 2016. When the dizziness caused her to stumble and fall, she went to the emergency room. She soon learned she had lung cancer... Read More
Most glioblastoma tumors are marked by one or two broad mutation patterns, but about 20 percent of the lethal brain tumors have biomarkers that cannot be identified.
Now Duke scientists have identified mutations for the vast majority of... Read More
Charlie Teo to Treat Patients at Duke
Duke Neurosurgery announces that Charles Teo, MD, has been fully approved for clinical privileges at Duke. The Australian neurosurgeon will be on the Duke medical center campus periodically, beginning summer 2018, to treat patients in... Read More
Duke Neurosurgery Quality Initiative Leads to Decreased Patient Mortality
Quality improvement programs in neurosurgery can improve documentation and decrease mortality, according to an analysis published by Duke investigators in December 2017 in Neurosurgery. The study is one of the first to assess the... Read More
As a Buddhist priest, Codd finds deeper connection with patients
Patrick Codd, MD, a Duke neurosurgeon, has been practicing Zen for two decades. The practice, he says, allows him to reflect on his work and relationships with patients and, ultimately, to deliver better care.
Codd’s interest in Zen... Read More
Haglund Wins 2018 Humanitarian Award
Where in the world is Michael Haglund? Tracking down the busy Duke neurosurgeon isn’t easy, as Haglund regularly leads teams of medical professionals to countries including Ecuador, Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya to perform complex... Read More
Karikari Receives Excellence in Professionalism Award
Duke neurosurgeon Isaac Karikari, MD, received the Excellence in Professionalism Award at the Duke University School of Medicine’s spring 2018 faculty meeting. The award recognizes faculty members who exemplify professionalism and... Read More