Capital Health Announces Addition of Third Dual-Trained Neurosurgeon to its Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center of New Jersey

June 8, 2011

Trenton, NJ - Capital Health today announced that it has added a third dual-trained cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgeon, Dr. Mandy J. Binning, to its Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center of New Jersey (SCVCNJ), part of its Institute for Neurosciences.

Dr. Binning joins Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu and Dr. Kenneth Liebman, who started the program just over two years ago. All fellowship trained neurosurgeons, Drs. Veznedaroglu, Liebman and Binning have been trained in, and specialize in, both traditional and minimally invasive cerebrovascular neurosurgery.

“Over the last two years, the neurosciences program at Capital Health has grown rapidly and we are extremely pleased that Dr. Binning chose to join us,” said Dr. Veznedaroglu, director, neurosciences and cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery at Capital Health.

"What has been built in the area of neurosciences at Capital Health in just two years is remarkable and the commitment for its future growth is something I was eager to be a part of,” said Dr. Binning. “It is a program that is not just providing outstanding patient care, but also changing the landscape of care. As the first in the country to use a new investigational device for stroke and open a neurologically focused emergency department, the program is quickly gaining notice nationally.”

Dr. Mandy J. Binning

Dr. Binning completed her neurosurgery residency at the University of Utah Medical Center after completing her medical degree at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

She joined Capital Health as an attending neurosurgeon following fellowships in endovascular cerebrovascular neurosurgery with the University of Buffalo’s Department of Neurosurgery, one of the country’s leading training programs, and Capital Health’s Department of Neurosurgery.

Dr. Binning’s research has been published in multiple journals including the Journal of Neurosurgery and the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. She has also been published in Endovascular Today, World Neurosurgery, and Acta Neurochirurgica, the official journal of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies.

In addition, Dr. Binning has presented at numerous conferences including the Richard Lende Winter Neurosurgery Conference on the use of flow diversion in treating large and giant aneurysms and symptomatic intracranial arterial dissection in adolescents and the use of stenting in these patients. She has also presented at national meetings of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

As part of Capital Health’s Institute for Neurosciences and its research program, Dr. Binning is an investigator on numerous clinical trials focusing on the treatment of strokes and aneurysms. This includes TREVO 2, a study that is comparing Trevo™, an investigational device developed for clot removal in stroke patients, with the Merci Retriever™, a device previously approved by the FDA. Capital Health was the first hospital in the country to utilize the device on a patient. Capital Health’s SCVCNJ serves as a regional referral center for complex cases that require specialized neurologic and neurosurgical care unavailable at other area hospitals.

Emergency departments from around central and southern New Jersey and into Bucks County, PA depend on Capital Health to provide a higher level of care to patients suffering from complex brain conditions that require very specialized care and treatment. For instance, patients who enter a hospital through the emergency department and are not candidates for, or are unresponsive to pharmacologic stroke treatments, may be candidates for intra-arterial therapies, such as mechanical thrombolytics, offered at Capital Health. Capital Health offers a unique one-call transfer process directly to its neurosurgeons that gets patients to its Regional Medical Center and under the direct care of specially trained neurosurgeons and intensive care team members more rapidly.



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