Brain, Spine, Nervous System Care
The Stroke Strategy That Saves Lives
Six hours. That's how long Bill had, once the stroke hit, to get help. As with any stroke, every second the brain lacks oxygen can lead to permanent damage.
The swift work of the UVA stroke team in removing the blood clot in Bill's brain helped him recover fully and quickly. Without these dedicated specialists, Bill could have been paralyzed, disabled or worse.
Two months after his stroke, Bill is back on his tractor.
Read Bill's story about surviving a stroke.
UVA Neurosciences Center in the News
Gamma Knife for Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
New research shows that radiosurgery can remove AVMs, reducing the risk of hemorrhage and stroke. Read more about this gamma knife intervention.
Parkinson's Treatment Podcast
Listen to Binit Shah, MD, talk about the way deep brain stimulation helps treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
NEW TREATMENT FOR GLIOBLASTOMA
Optune treats this most deadly form of brain cancer with "tumor-treatment fields."
Learn about the effectiveness of this new device.
Pseudotumor Cerebri & Chiari Malformation Relief
As reported in the Washington Post, Kenneth Liu, MD, used a stenting procedure to save a little boy whose brain condition no one understood.
Born With a Skull Deformity
At just a few days old, Savannah Tucker was airlifted from West Virginia to UVA. She was born with a rare skull deformity called craniosynostosis, commonly known as clover leaf skull. Her initial prognosis was grim; her parents knew without surgery, there was a chance Savannah would not make it.
Over the years, Savannah has undergone over 20 surgeries.
Watch the video to hear Savannah reflect on her remarkable journey.
The Latest Discoveries
Focused Ultrasound Clinical Trials
Jeffrey Elias, MD, a neurosurgeon at UVA, is exploring the potential of MRI-guided focused ultrasound to treat movement disorders. Fifteen individuals participated in his clinical trial and all of them are experiencing great results: “significant improvement” in their dominant hand tremor, substantial improvement in their quality of life, and reported essentially no residual disability from tremor at one year after treatment.
Read more about the results of this clinical trial and how you can join.