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Duke Neurosurgery Celebrates Match Day 2021
On March 19, Duke Neurosurgery Match Day by welcoming three outstanding new residents to our program.   Syed Adil, MD, received both his undergraduate degree and his medical degree at Duke. A few of his awards and honors include Alpha... Read More
Getting to know Annick Desjardins
    Some people fall into their life’s work by serendipity or happenstance. Annick Desjardins, MD, FRCPC, is not one of those people.   As a child growing up in Quebec, Desjardins sold daffodils with her father and sister, to raise funds... Read More
Treating the whole person: Carolyn Keeler, DO
  Celebrating Women’s History Month   Before Carolyn Keeler, DO, was a doctor, she was a dancer. Once, when she was in college, she had a neck spasm that left her unable to turn her head. With a performance just hours away, she sought out... Read More
Passing of Dina Randazzo, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology
  Dina Randazzo, DO, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology and member of the Duke Cancer Institute, passed away on February 20, 2021. Dr. Randazzo was a respected and admired neuro-oncologist in the Preston Robert Tisch Brain... Read More
Parents of Children with Cancer Have Additional Worries During COVID
A survey of caregivers finds that most experienced instances of delayed care and other stresses   The COVID-19 pandemic has heaped additional financial strains, childcare complications and other problems on already-burdened caregivers of... Read More
Duke, Sampson rank at the top in NIH funding for 2020
  The Duke Department of Neurosurgery has been ranked fourth for neurosurgery research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for 2020. In addition, Duke Neurosurgery Chair John Sampson, MD, PhD, was once again the top-... Read More
Care, country, inclusion: Getting to know Jay Carter
  When James H. (Jay) Carter Jr., PA, was a child, his favorite TV shows were about medicine (Emergency! and Marcus Welby, MD) and the military (Combat! and The Rat Patrol). His father, James H. Carter Sr., MD, served in the Army, was a... Read More
Recurrent GBM brain tumors with few mutations respond best to immunotherapy
  The finding from a genetic analysis of tumors treated with Duke’s poliovirus therapy suggests a predictive biomarker for survival   Glioblastoma brain tumors are especially perplexing. Inevitably lethal, the tumors occasionally respond... Read More
Study looks at use of riluzole as an adjunct to surgery for degenerative cervical myelopathy
Neuroprotective drug may benefit patients with DCM   Degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) is the leading cause of spinal cord dysfunction among adults worldwide.  This condition is characterized by stenosis, or compression of the... Read More