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PNA Spotlight: Dr. Aaron Cohen-Gadol

This month the PNA Spotlight focuses on Dr. Aaron Cohen-Gadol, a professor at Indiana University Department of Neurosurgery. He is the director of neurosurgical oncology and its fellowship, and co-director of the Signature Center for Brain and Neurological Tumors. Dr. Cohen-Gadol earned his undergraduate degree from the University
of California at San Diego and attended medical school at the University of Southern California. He then completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He also completed fellowship training in two subspecialties: epilepsy surgery (Yale University) and skull base/cerebrovascular surgery (University of Arkansas.) In addition, Dr. Cohen holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research from Mayo Graduate School and an MBA from Kelley School of Business. His areas of interest include surgical treatment of complex intracranial tumors and vascular lesions.

He is the founder and president of The Neurosurgical Atlas (http://www.neurosurgicalatlas.com), a multimedia resource for neurosurgical techniques. Dr. Cohen-Gadol was kind enough to answer some questions posed by the PNA. His answers follow.

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Cushing’s can be challenging, but there is support so patients can feel like themselves again. The main goal of treating Cushing’s is to get cortisol levels back to normal. This Pituitary Awareness Month, Xeris Pharmaceuticals® is highlighting the importance of one-on-one support for patients living with Cushing’s Syndrome and support for HCPs treating Cushing’s Syndrome.

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PNA Medical Corner: Somatotroph Adenoma in a Young Adult

This month the PNA Medical Corner spotlights an article co-authored by a member of the PNA, Dr. Ursula Kaiser, Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. The case report looks at early onset excess of growth hormone in the context of a somatotroph adenoma in a young adult.

Link: https://doi.org/10.1210/jcemcr/luad030

Early Onset GH Excess: Somatotroph Adenoma in a Young Adult

Featured News and Updates

The FDA has approved NGENLA (somatrogon-ghla)

The FDA has approved NGENLA (somatrogon-ghla), a once-weekly, human growth hormone analog indicated for treatment of pediatric patients aged three years and older who have growth failure due to an inadequate secretion of endogenous growth hormone.

See the Press Release here>

News Articles November 2023

When an Ear Infection Turned Out to Be a Pituitary Tumor

A story in the Daily Mail follows the case of a woman who visited her general practitioner for an ear infection and ended up being diagnosed with a pituitary tumor.  Read more here: 

Study: Cushing’s More Often Diagnosed in Pre-pubertal Boys than Girls

A study out of Turkey featured in Cushing’s Disease News finds that Cushing’s disease was diagnosed more often in prepubertal boys than girls, a reverse of what is seen in adults. The study also found that one third of benign pituitary tumors did not show up on MRI scans.  Read more here:

Study: Therapeutic Touch and Music Improves Sleep in Menopausal Women

A study in the Journal Menopause finds that therapeutic touch and soothing music can improve sleep in menopausal women.   Read more here:

British TV Star Discusses Pregnancy Battle with Hypophysitis

Emma Weymouth, a British reality star known for the show “Strictly Come Dancing”, discusses her diagnosis of hypophysitis during pregnancy.   Read more here:

Research Articles

November 2023 Research Articles

Pituitary Tumors

CAD System Design for Pituitary Tumor Classification based on Transfer Learning Technique.

Primary Sellar Neuroblastoma Masquerading as a Pituitary Macroadenoma.

Internal Carotid Artery Aneurysm Disguised as Pituitary Macroadenoma.

Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome Caused by Functional Gonadotroph Pituitary Adenoma.

Comparison of Transcranial and Transsphenoidal Approaches in Intra and Suprasellar Pituitary Adenomas- Systematic Review. 


Pituitary Surgery

Healthcare disparities in pituitary surgery: a systematic review.



Deep learning based identification of pituitary adenoma on surgical endoscopic images: a pilot study.



Promising Outcomes in Acromegaly Patients Receiving CyberKnife Stereotactic Hypofractionated Radiotherapy.



Reversibility of Impaired Large-Scale Functional Brain Networks in Cushing’s Disease after Surgery Treatment: A Longitudinal Study.

The Occurrence of Subacute Thyroiditis After the Amelioration of Hypercortisolism Following Transsphenoidal Surgery in Cushing’s Disease.

Sheehan’s Syndrome

Sheehan’s Syndrome in India: Clinical Characteristics and Laboratory Evaluation.


Hormonal Health

Meta-analysis of mortality in adults with growth hormone deficiency: Does growth hormone replacement therapy really improve mortality rates?

Worster-Drought Syndrome (Congenital Bilateral Perisylvian Syndrome) with Posterior Pituitary Ectopia, Pituitary Hypoplasia, Empty Sella and Panhypopituitarism: A Patient Report.

Congenital Combined Pituitary Hormone Deficiency Attributable to a Novel PROP1 Mutation (467insT).


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