This month the PNA Spotlight shines on Dr. Richard Murray, a neurosurgeon practicing at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA. He was born in Tucson, Arizona and grew up in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He graduated from medical school at the University of Stellenbosch in 2001 and then worked as a physician in the fields of acute care and critical care in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and various other international locations. He then completed his neurosurgery internship, residency, and chief residency at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT. He later did sub-specialty fellowship training in skull base and microneurosurgery at Louisiana State University, as well as a mini-fellowship in the field of minimally invasive endoscopic brain and skull base surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. In 2015 he was joined the Virginia Neurosurgery group where he specializes in the comprehensive management of pituitary, skull base, and brain tumors. Dr. Murray was kind enough to answer some questions from the PNA:
A study in World Neurosurgery coauthored by PNA member Varun Kshettry looks clinical outcomes after endoscopic endonasal resection of giant pituitary adenomas. They examined the medical records of 55 pituitary patients and found that endoscopic endonasal resection is superior to transsphenoidal and transcranial surgical methods. World Neurosurg. 2018 Mar 12. pii: S1878-8750(18)30472-8. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2018.03.006. [Epub ahead of print]
Doctors at USC recently reported success in diagnosing a tumor that is causing Cushing’s Disease using a new type of MRI machine that uses a more powerful magnet to improve the image resolution. The Keck School of Medicine’s ultrahigh field 7 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging scanner at the Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute was able to detect a tumor that was invisible on other MRI scanners. The hope is that the new machine will be able to provide a diagnosis for many different types of hard-to-detect brain tumors. Read more here: http://news.usc.edu/138735/new-mri-scanner-may-revolutionize-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-brain-tumors/
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