Dr. McLaughlin will be speaking on “Cognitive Dominance” at the RWJ Fitness and Wellness Center on February 10 from 6:00-8:00pm. The presentation provides lessons from neurosurgery that can applied to both competition and everyday life. Dr. McLaughlin is a powerful teacher and speaker and attendees will find it both eye-opening and useful. The event is free and open to the public, however registration is required. Call 609-584-5900 to register. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Dr. McLaughlin speak.
On October 6th, I returned from our most recent medical mission to the Dominican Republic. The medical missions are an outreach intended to bring the art and science of care practiced here at home, to the Bonao region in the central highlands of the Dominican Republic. By providing outstanding care, at no cost to the patients we are able to make a real difference in the lives of the people of Bonao.
The medical missions involve a medical team from Princeton Brain and Spine traveling to the Dominican Republic a few times a year to provide expert diagnostics and care to children in remote parts of the Republic. Our medical team consists of Dr. Shah, myself, and Dan Suarez, (president of Optec USA) who provides all of the back braces for the children free of charge.
July 1st, marks a memorable day in my life. Ten years ago, on this day, I became a neurosurgeon. As I take a step back to process this fact, it is clear to me that the past decade has been a gift. A gift from my family members, who have stood by my side since I took the first step into this endeavor. A gift from my teachers and mentors, who helped me become who I am today. Most importantly, it is a gift and privilege to be able to contribute to society in such an impactful way.
Neurosurgery is a gift that has been and continues to be fruitful, not only as a career path, but as my passion. Over the course of the past decade, I have been able to care for patients in both dangerous and meaningful ways. There have been numerous challenges, but I am more grateful than ever for this precious opportunity to serve my community. Continue reading 10 Years a Neurosurgeon – Nirav Shah MD
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.
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