Dr. McCormick Helps a Young Diver Get Back to His Sport

Nov. 22, 2018

California to New York: It’s a distance of about 3,000 miles. In May of 2016, high school sophomore Jake Greenberg and his parents made the round trip twice. Jake’s symptoms had started in January, months before the family’s trips to New York City. The 16-year-old started experiencing back pain and swelling. As a diver who competed at regional and national levels, Jake first thought he had “tweaked” his back while training or diving. Then he began experiencing leg cramps. Soon, … Continue reading Dr. McCormick Helps a Young Diver Get Back to His Sport

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Three Surgeries, One Happy Family

Oct. 11, 2018

Today Marilis Byrnes and her 1-year-old son, Liam, are having a pretty typical mom-toddler experience: thriving, happy and occasionally covered in oatmeal. But it wasn’t always clear that would be the case. Getting there took three surgeries: a spine surgery for Marilis, by neurosurgeon Dr. Christopher Mandigo, and spine surgery followed by brain surgery for Liam, by pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Richard Anderson.

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Onward and Upward: Dr. Kaiser’s Patient Tommy

Sep. 19, 2018

“I used to run 50K races—then I couldn’t walk 200 feet,” says Tommy Javenes, who estimates that he was functioning at maybe 3 or 4 percent of his previous physical capacity when he first met neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Kaiser, Associate Director of The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York. Just two months earlier, Tommy had been an avid hiker and skier in peak physical condition. Then, one summer night, he took a fall while descending Anthony’s Nose, … Continue reading Onward and Upward: Dr. Kaiser’s Patient Tommy

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For Chiari Surgery, Jack’s Family Traveled to Find Their “Home Team”

Aug. 8, 2018

Jack Cacace’s journey to pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Richard Anderson started, of all things, with a shoulder injury. When Jack got checked into the boards (thrown into the side of the rink) during an ice hockey game, he received a visit to urgent care, a diagnosis of a mild shoulder separation and a recommendation to take an over-the-counter pain reliever as needed. But, says his mom, Josephine, over the next week or so Jack was just kind of “off.” The 12-year-old was tired … Continue reading For Chiari Surgery, Jack’s Family Traveled to Find Their “Home Team”

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