This month the PNA Spotlight focuses on Dr. Philip Theodosopoulos, director of the Skull Base Tumor Program and vice chair of neurological surgery at the University of California San Francisco. Before joining UCSF, he served as director of skull base surgery at the University of Cincinnati for 10 years. He earned his undergraduate degree from MIT and graduated from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1996. He did a residency in neurosurgery at UCSF Medical Center and then a fellowship in cerebrovascular and skull base surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. He is certified in neurological surgery by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He specializes in skull base lesions, particularly malignancies and acoustic neuromas. He performs endoscopic pituitary surgery. The PNA posed some questions to Dr. Theodosopoulos; his answers are included below.
This month the PNA medical corner features an article co-written by PNA member Nurperi Gazioglu, a professor of neurosurgery at Istanbul University Cerrahpasa in Turkey. Researchers looked at the role cell cycle, senescence, and DNA damage control mechanisms play in the formation of nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas, acromegaly and Cushing’s Disease. They found that the impact varies by tumor type.
The PNA would like to extend happy birthday wishes to acromegalic member Helen MacGregor. Helen has been a longtime member and supporter of the PNA. She will be turning 92 years young on January 1, 2020 and is the oldest living pituitary patient that the PNA knows of.
Helen was diagnosed with Acromegaly and MEN1, she suffers from a little bit of memory loss, but is otherwise healthy. Helen has always been an avid supporter of the PNA and still makes it a point to thank the PNA and our founder Bob Knutzen for the work that we do.
The PNA has been following the blog of a writer and pituitary patient in New Jersey named Russ Crespolini, in his search for treatment. We are glad to see that we were able to recommend specialists who have helped him at Sloan Kettering in NYC. One of his recent columns sings the praises of the PNA, calling us a “true network that helped”. We want to be there for all pituitary patients, to point you in the right direction as far as physicians and resources, but also to provide a safe space (in the form of our message boards) for patients to connect. Here is a link to Mr. Crespolini’s recent column on Patch.com: https://patch.com/new-jersey/longvalley/russs-ravings-all-i-want-christmas-brain-surgery
An article in newmarkettoday.ca tells the story of Cody Oehm, a former hockey player who sustained multiple concussions and fell into a deep depression. After several years of treatment and many doctor visits, a physician finally realized that the concussions had affected his pituitary, which caused a severe hormonal imbalance. He recovered and later started a nonprofit to help athletes with head injuries. Read more here: https://www.newmarkettoday.ca/local-news/concussions-depression-left-hockey-player-broken-inside-1965889
Cody Oehm launched HEAD1ST in order to help athletes with head injuries.
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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