Message from Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu
Director, Capital Institute for Neurosciences
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
As I sat at the International Stroke Conference recently, listening to what’s new in the world of care for patients suffering from vasculature diseases of the brain, I was amazed at how far we’ve come in such a short period of time here in New Jersey.
Stent retrieval for acute stroke was the hot topic of the conference. At the Capital Institute for Neurosciences, we were first in the nation to use Trevo™, one of the latest groundbreaking retrieval devices –first in the U.S. for clinical trials and first again following FDA approval. In expert hands, these devices actually remove blood clots from the brain, quickly restoring blood flow.
I clearly recall the first life we saved with this new device: a young Philadelphia woman sent to us from a Philadelphia emergency department. Not long ago, it was unheard of for a Philadelphia hospital to send neurologic emergencies to New Jersey. That’s happening on a regular basis now at our Center for Neurologic Emergency Medicine.
When I directed the Division of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia, our New Jersey patients unfortunately had to travel long distances to reach us. Tragically, sometimes the damage was done before we could intervene.
That is why four years ago my partner, Dr. Kenneth Liebman, and I, along with 20 of the best nurses, technicians and administrative staff left Philadelphia and came to Capital Health with a singular vision: to build a world-class neuroscience center for the state of New Jersey, and, ultimately, for the nation.
We now have more than twenty of the best doctors, hand picked from around the country. They do one thing -- and one thing better than anyone else. Together we’ve created a neuroscience center with a unified protocol and standard of excellence. Perfection in life is not always possible, but striving to get as close to perfection is our mission.
Today we treat more patients with brain disorders - and more patients with aneurysms - than any other hospital in New Jersey. We are one of only eight hospitals in the nation – and the only hospital in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware – recognized by the prestigious Joint Commission as a 2011 Top Performer for Excellence in Stroke Care.
We are at the forefront of innovation in many areas. Our doctors have invented coils that are now being used in Europe – and will soon come to the U.S. We’ve successfully delivered chemotherapy directly to brain tumors through a small knick in the groin. Our doctors are mapping brain tracts before surgery to gain safe access to previously unreachable tumors. And we’re educating EMTs statewide to diagnose stroke in the field and speed treatment.
I look forward to keeping everyone up to date on our developments – and developments in the field of neuroscience - and hope you share in the enthusiasm and progress of YOUR Capital Institute for Neuroscience.