Category Archives: Medicine

Opening Doors

Dr. Nazer Qureshi

For a long time now we’ve wanted to bring our special brand of neurosurgical care into the Hamilton area. Now we have the people power to accomplish just that.
Princeton Brain & Spine neurosurgeon Dr. Nazer Qureshi is now providing care to area residents from our new office at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. The new office allows for expanded hours and our plan is to create a much stronger Princeton Brain & Spine presence in the division of spinal and cranial surgery.

Dr. Qureshi has worked on 3 continents and has presented his research at medical meetings in the U.S., Europe, and the Far East. He obtained his neurosurgical training at the world-renowned Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Arkansas.

Dr. Qureshi said “I’m truly excited to be working with the team at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. It’s a pleasure collaborating with a hospital administration that is so dedicated to providing top flight care to patients in Hamilton and the surrounding cities and towns.”

Resident Work Hours Restrictions

The Controversy Over Resident Work Restrictions

clocks-resident-workIt all started in 1984 when 18-year-old Libby Zion went to the emergency room at New York Hospital with flu-like symptoms.

The two young medical residents—physicians in training—who cared for Zion couldn’t determine the cause of her illness. They prescribed a medication that caused serotonin syndrome, a lethal interaction with a drug that she had been taking. Later that day, Zion died of cardiac arrest. Continue reading Resident Work Hours Restrictions

Trigeminal Neuralgia and Community Neurosurgery

Why Local Hospitals May Provide Higher-Quality Care

Recently I gave a lecture in Boston about a surgical procedure that can cure a rare condition called trigeminal neuralgia. People who suffer from this condition have brief attacks in which they experience excruciating pain in the face, mouth or throat.

Many patients describe this pain as similar to an electric shock. Sometimes the condition forces a person to fall to the ground, writhing in pain until the attack subsides. Some people suffering from the condition become so distraught that they consider committing suicide.

Trigeminal neuralgia occurs in 1 in 10,000 people, mostly people over 50 years old. In some cases, it can be managed with medication, but usually surgery is the only permanent cure.

Landmark Discovery

The procedure that solves this problem is called microvascular decompression. It was discovered in 1966 by a legendary neurosurgeon, Dr. Peter Jannetta, while he was a resident physician at UCLA. He made his discovery while doing anatomy research on cats. Continue reading Trigeminal Neuralgia and Community Neurosurgery