This coming year the Pituitary Network Association will turn 25 years old – and we’re still going strong!
The PNA was founded in 1992 in Newbury Park, California by Robert Knutzen, an acromegaly patient who was searching for answers after undergoing surgery two years prior for a tumor that doctors said had probably been growing for decades. When Bob found out that the average time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis for most pituitary tumors was ten years – he resolved to educate patients and doctors on the signs of pituitary disease.
This month the PNA Spotlight focuses on two surgeons who work side-by-side at the New York Head and Neck Institute at Lenox Hill, part of Northwell Health: Drs. John Boockvar and Peter Costantino.
Dr. Boockvar is vice chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, and is Director of the Brain Tumor Center and the Pituitary/Neuroendocrine Center of the Department of Neurological Surgery and the New York Head and Neck Institute at Lenox Hill and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospitals. He is also a Professor of Neurological Surgery and Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, and an investigator at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research where he directs the Laboratory for Brain Tumor Biology and Therapy. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania and received an M.D. from SUNY Brooklyn-Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Boockvar did his surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and did his post-doctoral research training in Neuro-oncology at the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Peter Costantino is the Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital-Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, and for the Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine. Additionally, he serves as the Executive Director of the New York Head and Neck Institute, and Senior Vice-President of the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Service Line of Northwell Health. He is also the Director of the Health System’s Center for Cranial Base Surgery. Dr. Costantino got his M.D. and did residencies in otolaryngology and general surgery at Northwestern University. He did a fellowship in cranial base surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and another in head and neck surgical oncology and reconstructive surgery with the American Cancer Society.
Drs. Boockvar and Costantino were kind enough to answer a series of questions from the PNA. Dr. Boockvar’s answers are printed first, followed by those of Dr. Costantino.
This month the PNA Medical Corner showcases an article co-written by PNA member James K. Liu of the Neurological Institute of New Jersey. The study examines microscopic versus endoscopic surgical approaches for craniopharyingiomas and give tips on helping surgeons decide which method to use, depending on the individual tumor’s characteristics.
A recent article in Medpage Today delves into a study that showed men who get testosterone supplements face a 63% higher risk of VTE in the first six months of treatment, particularly men who are not diagnosed with hypogonadism. The authors found that the risk decreases after six months. Read more here.
Study Shows Alcohol Reduces Endocrine Response to Mental Stress
A new study in the journal Alcohol shows that a moderate amount of alcohol, say, one beer or glass of wine, relaxes a person and attenuates the endocrine response immediately after experiencing a mental stressor. Read the abstract here.
An article in SWSN.com tells the story of a mom in the U.K. who conceived a third child despite million-to-one odds, after being diagnosed with multi-gland failure. Her son is now doing fine, but she suffered two heart attacks shortly after his birth and is now recovering. Read more here.
Archaelogists have uncovered the skeleton of a 7’2” tall woman in a cemetary in Poland, and are studying her skull, one of the largest ever found. She appears to have lived in the 12th century. To read the article on the Mirror.co.uk, click here.
Knowledge is power and we believe keeping abreast of news on the research front is imperative. Each month in Highlights we feature a few of the top news stories, which you can read below. In addition, we update our website on a regular basis with the latest breaking news related to pituitary and hormonal disorders by gathering stories we think you'll be interested in from MD Linx, Medscape, MedPage Today, PubMed, Touch Endocrinology, News-Medical.net and WebMD.
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