Norton Neuroscience Institute

Norton Neuroscience Institute

News and insights from the region’s leading provider of neurological care. More than 60 subspecialty fellowship-trained physicians and providers, along with rehabilitation specialists and support staff, offer the latest in surgical and nonsurgical treatments for all types of brain, central nervous system and spine conditions.

Neuroscience Pioneering radial approach for aneurysm, stroke

Pioneering radial approach for aneurysm, stroke

Endovascular neurosurgeons at Norton Neuroscience Institute are among a handful of physicians in the country accessing the brain through the radial artery rather than the femoral artery to treat aneurysm or stroke. The radial approach allows patients of Mahan Ghiassi, M.D., and Mayshan Ghiassi, M.D., brothers and endovascular neurosurgeons with Norton Neuroscience Institute, to recover …

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Neuroscience New device is big advancement in brain aneurysm treatment

New device is big advancement in brain aneurysm treatment

There is a new treatment for brain aneurysms, and Norton Neuroscience Institute is one of the first two centers in Kentucky to offer it. By Rebecca Hall Norton Neuroscience Institute is offering a new treatment for brain aneurysms. According to Tom Yao, M.D., neurosurgeon with Norton Neuroscience Institute, the Woven EndoBridge (WEB) device was approved by the …

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Neuroscience 2019 Neuroscience Symposium in April

2019 Neuroscience Symposium in April

The 2019 Neuroscience Symposium will be held Thursday, April 18, 2019, at the Louisville Marriott Downtown, 280 W. Jefferson St., Louisville, Kentucky. The goal of this activity is to provide updates on neurological research, literature, advancing technology and available treatment options that can be vital to maximizing patient outcomes. Practitioners and clinicians need to be …

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Cancer Brain Tumor Center moves to Brownsboro campus

Brain Tumor Center moves to Brownsboro campus

The Brain Tumor Center has moved from 676 South Floyd Street to the new Norton Cancer Institute – Brownsboro at 4955 Norton Healthcare Blvd., Louisville, Kentucky. If your patients experience undue hardship from the move, please call (502) 629-4440 to discuss options. We apologize for any inconvenience. Signs at the new location direct patients to …

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Neuroscience Comprehensive Stroke System offers the highest level of care when time matters

Comprehensive Stroke System offers the highest level of care when time matters

As soon as a patient enters a Norton Healthcare emergency department with stroke symptoms such as facial weakness, difficulty talking or trouble moving one side of the body, Norton Healthcare providers move quickly to use cutting-edge tools to determine the type of stroke and the right treatment. In order to determine whether an individual has …

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CME Register now for the 2019 Neuroscience Symposium

Register now for the 2019 Neuroscience Symposium

Save the date and register now for the 2019 Neuroscience Symposium taking place Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. This event is designed for physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses and social workers. There is a $40 fee for this program and registration is required. Breakfast and …

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CME CME opportunity: An update on Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis and management

CME opportunity: An update on Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis and management

Primary care physicians have an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of movement disorders to appropriately refer patients for sub-specialty care as well as understand treatment options for movement disorder during a continuing medical education dinner taking place Thursday, January 10 at LouVino Restaurant & Wine Bar (11400 Main Street, Louisville, KY). The objectives for this …

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Neuroscience Migrainous disorders in children

Migrainous disorders in children

The formal name for “childhood periodic syndromes” has changed from “childhood periodic syndromes that are commonly precursors of migraine” in ICHD-2 to “episodic syndromes that may be associated with migraine” in ICHD-3, partly because some of these disorders can affect adults. “Recognizing these migrainous disorders can help children get the treatment they need and potentially …

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Neuroscience NeuroPace implant helps patient control epilepsy

NeuroPace implant helps patient control epilepsy

Neurostimulator monitors for seizures and interrupts them without the patient feeling a thing In 2010, Heather Ritchey had a seizure. It came out of nowhere, and she didn’t have another one for two years. Unfortunately, when the next one hit, she was behind the wheel of her car. It’s the last time she’s driven. “I …

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CME Online CME: A Primary Care Physician’s Guide to Multiple Sclerosis

Online CME: A Primary Care Physician’s Guide to Multiple Sclerosis

The Norton Healthcare Center for Continuing Medical Education has made available speaker sessions from the 2018 Neuroscience Symposium, one including a presentation on a “Primary Care Physician’s Guide to Multiple Sclerosis” by Geeta A. Ganesh, M.D. of Norton Neuroscience Institute. The continuing education opportunity is available online here. At the conclusion of this offering, the …

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Neuroscience Norton Neuroscience Institute an active participant in headache disorders clinical research

Norton Neuroscience Institute an active participant in headache disorders clinical research

As the clinical program for headache medicine has expanded within Norton Neuroscience Institute and further clinical developments have been made in the field of treating headache disorders, our clinical research department has grown. We have participated in several trials that have ultimately led to the FDA approval of products, as well as products that are …

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Neuroscience Use of hormonal contraception in women with migraine

Use of hormonal contraception in women with migraine

By Brian M. Plato, D.O., FAHS The prevalence of migraine peaks in women during their primary reproductive years, and during this same time, many women will choose to use some form of contraception to either control symptoms of dysmenorrhea or to prevent pregnancy. There has been significant controversy regarding the use of hormonal contraception in …

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Neuroscience Trigeminal neuralgia: Diagnosis and medical vs. surgical options for management

Trigeminal neuralgia: Diagnosis and medical vs. surgical options for management

Trigeminal neuralgia is a disorder of the sensory division of cranial nerve V, which results in severe pain in the face. The pain usually is brief, intense, and on a single side of the face in any branch or in several branches of the trigeminal nerve. An estimated four to five people per 100,000 suffer …

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Neuroscience Managing the migraine patient: A guide for primary care physicians

Managing the migraine patient: A guide for primary care physicians

Primary care physicians manage most patients with headache disorders but may lack the confidence to diagnose migraine. A study published in the journal Headache reported that one in four patients with IHS-defined migraine did not receive a clinical diagnosis of migraine. “Primary care physicians need to find a consistently reliable and efficient way to diagnose …

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Neuroscience Neurosurgeon brings ‘asleep’ deep brain stimulation to Norton Neuroscience Institute

Neurosurgeon brings ‘asleep’ deep brain stimulation to Norton Neuroscience Institute

When Abigail J. Rao, M.D., joined Norton Neuroscience Institute in September, she brought a technique for deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery, in which a  patient is fully anesthetized. Dr. Rao said “asleep” DBS has many benefits, including being more comfortable for patients, who understandably often are uncomfortable with the idea of being awake during brain …

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Neuroscience New clinic will focus on treating epilepsy patients through diet

New clinic will focus on treating epilepsy patients through diet

In 2019, Norton Neuroscience Institute will open a Ketogenic Clinic — the latest expansion in epilepsy services for adults. The Ketogenic Clinic is founded on scientific research and will assist patients in following a traditional ketogenic diet to improve symptoms. A ketogenic diet traditionally holds a 3:1 or 4:1 ratio of fats to carbohydrates plus …

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Neuroscience 2018 Neuroscience Expo – an educational event for your patients living with a neurological disorder

2018 Neuroscience Expo – an educational event for your patients living with a neurological disorder

Norton Neuroscience Institute is hosting this free event, where your patients will hear the latest information about treatments and support for epilepsy, headache, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, Alzheimer’s disease/dementia and back pain. Norton Neuroscience Institute neurologists and neurosurgeons will host disease specific, in-depth educational breakout lectures tailored to empower patients with knowledge about …

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Neuroscience Norton Neuroscience Institute expanding neurosurgery team

Norton Neuroscience Institute expanding neurosurgery team

Norton Neuroscience Institute is pleased to welcome Abigail J. Rao, M.D., our newest functional neurosurgeon. Dr. Rao earned her medical degree from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She completed her neurosurgery residency at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and her fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery at University of California …

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Neuroscience New minimally invasive approach to epilepsy surgery

New minimally invasive approach to epilepsy surgery

In most cases, our providers can control your patients’ seizures through medication and regular check-ins. Medication isn’t effective for about one-third of patients. For some, the side effects of medications are too severe. Epilepsy surgery may be an option if two different medications fail to control your patient’s seizures or the side effects are life …

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Neuroscience CDC releases first guidelines on concussions in children

CDC releases first guidelines on concussions in children

For the first time ever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines on treating children with concussions and other mild traumatic brain injuries. The timing is fitting, with contact sports such as soccer and football now in full swing. “This is the time of year when concussion numbers hit a peak,” …

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Neuroscience Sports neurology center, first of its kind in state

Sports neurology center, first of its kind in state

Norton Neuroscience Institute Sports Neurology Center treats sports-related concussions in a state-of-the-art facility Norton Neuroscience Institute Sports Neurology Center combines the expertise of nationally known sports concussion authority Tad D. Seifert, M.D., with a progressive and rehabilitative approach for treating athletes and getting them back in the game. About the center The center is the first …

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Cancer Top Surgeons as voted by peers

Top Surgeons as voted by peers

Few things are more trusted than a doctor’s recommendation – which is why being named a Top Surgeon, according to fellow doctors, is so meaningful. To all the talented and dedicated Norton Medical Group surgeons who topped the list, congratulations from all your colleagues, friends and patients at Norton Healthcare. APPENDECTOMY R. Craig DeWeese, M.D. …

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Neuroscience Robots in OR – Insider Louisville feature

Robots in OR – Insider Louisville feature

David A. Sun, M.D., PhD, neurosurgeon with Norton Neuroscience Institute, was featured in Insider Louisville discussing how robotics aids him in performing surgery on epilepsy patients. Read the full article here. 

CME Neurocritical Care Society Emergency Neurological Life Support Course

Neurocritical Care Society Emergency Neurological Life Support Course

Registration is open for the 2018 Neurocritical Care Society Emergency Neurological Life Support Course Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 Do you know what to do in the critical first hours of a neurological emergency? Come to this day of learning with nationally renowned neurological faculty. Course description The Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) Course is designed to …

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Neuroscience Norton Neuroscience Institute recognized as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care

Norton Neuroscience Institute recognized as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care

Norton Neurology Services and Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center, have been officially recognized as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Partners in MS Care program. This formal recognition – the second in Louisville – honors Norton Neuroscience Institute’s commitment to providing coordinated MS care and a continuing partnership with …

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Neuroscience Norton Mobility Lab utilizes GRAIL for gait analysis and training

Norton Mobility Lab utilizes GRAIL for gait analysis and training

The new Norton Mobility Lab, located in Norton Medical Plaza 1 on the Norton Healthcare – St. Matthews campus, offers gait analysis and training using the GRAIL system. Gait Real-time Analysis Interactive Lab (GRAIL) is a versatile, multisensory system which facilitates analysis and training for pediatric and adult patients with impaired walking. Gait issues may …

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Neuroscience Norton hospitals beat national door-to-needle times in stroke

Norton hospitals beat national door-to-needle times in stroke

Norton Healthcare hospitals achieved a door-to-needle time of 60 minutes or less 89 percent of the time, and less than 45 minutes 58 percent  of the time, compared with the national average of 66 percent and 40 percent, respectively. When it comes to treating stroke patients, there’s a saying: “Time saved is brain saved.” “For every …

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Cancer New program treats head, neck and skull base tumors

New program treats head, neck and skull base tumors

In January, Norton Cancer Institute opened the Head, Neck and Skull Base Tumor Program to treat the complex and unique needs of patients with cancers and benign tumors in these areas. The integrated care program offers multiple services and providers and gives patients coordinated, individualized treatment plans. Patients like the program because they can see …

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Neuroscience Multidisciplinary care pathway helps reduce risk of recurrent stroke in cryptogenic stroke patients

Multidisciplinary care pathway helps reduce risk of recurrent stroke in cryptogenic stroke patients

Identifying A-fib and starting anticoagulation greatly decreases the risk of recurrent stroke, thereby decreasing the risk of further disability or even death.  Cardiology and neurology specialists at Norton Healthcare knew there was a growing body of evidence suggesting that the underlying cause for many cryptogenic strokes is atrial fibrillation (A-fib). However, many A-fib patients do …

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Neuroscience Implantable device reduces seizures

Implantable device reduces seizures

The NeuroPace RNS System is an implantable device that constantly monitors for seizures and interrupts them without the patient feeling a thing. Similar to a pacemaker that monitors and responds to heart rhythms, the RNS System is the first and only medical device that can monitor and respond to brain activity. Gabriel U. Martz, M.D., …

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Neuroscience New equipment at Norton Neurosciences & Spine Rehabilitation Center

New equipment at Norton Neurosciences & Spine Rehabilitation Center

The Norton Neurosciences & Spine Rehabilitation Center continues to meet the needs of physicians and patients with the addition of new equipment. The DIERS formetric scanner allows a radiation-free and markerless surface topography scanning method, including a 3-D reconstruction of the spine, in less than 60 seconds. It will provide spine and postural images in …

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Neuroscience New and improved space for Cressman Neurological Rehabilitation

New and improved space for Cressman Neurological Rehabilitation

Cressman Neurological Rehabilitation has moved to Norton Medical Plaza I – Brownsboro, Suite 309. It has a larger dedicated rehabilitation space with new technology and equipment specific to the neurological disorders population. It recently expanded its services to include rehabilitation for all neurological disorders. The new space now has a community fitness program overseen by …

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Neuroscience Epilepsy monitoring unit fast track

Epilepsy monitoring unit fast track

If a patient is having seizures and has not responded to two or more seizure medications, he or she may have refractory epilepsy or no epilepsy at all. The patient may be eligible for the Fast Track to the epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) at Norton Brownsboro Hospital. Records are sent to Norton Neurology Services to …

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Neuroscience Robotic laser therapy treats epilepsy, brain tumors and lesions

Robotic laser therapy treats epilepsy, brain tumors and lesions

Multidisciplinary teams from Norton Neuroscience Institute and Norton Cancer Institute work in tandem to achieve optimal patient outcomes with new technology Norton Healthcare is the first health care provider in the region to use the latest in image-guided laser technology to treat brain tumors and lesions in the brain. NeuroBlate laser therapy uses real-time magnetic …

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Neuroscience Norton Neuroscience Institute first to use latest robotic surgical device

Norton Neuroscience Institute first to use latest robotic surgical device

Norton Brownsboro Hospital is the first hospital in Kentucky to use the newest generation of robotic neurosurgery technology, called ROSA. Norton surgeons already have performed several operations using the ROSA robotic surgical assistant from Medtech Surgical to help patients with epilepsy and brain tumors. ROSA’s main uses so far have been in biopsying brain tumors, …

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Neuroscience Twins born with craniosynostosis are success story

Twins born with craniosynostosis are success story

Brooklyn and Dakota — identical twin girls from Russellville, Kentucky — are 3 years old and full of energy. “They’re really smart,” said the girls’ mother, Jessica Hines. “The girls can count up to 20 and know their ABCs.” The girls’ first months of life filled their mother with worry. Brooklyn and Dakota were born …

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Neuroscience Neuroscience and spine care list on Becker’s Hospital Review

Neuroscience and spine care list on Becker’s Hospital Review

Norton Neuroscience Institute and Norton Spine Care were included in Becker’s Hospital Review’s “100 hospitals & health systems with great neurosurgery and spine programs 2017,” a collective list of hospitals and health systems that have earned top honors for medical excellence, outcomes and patient experience in neuroscience and spine departments. Becker’s Healthcare is a source …

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Neuroscience Carotid ultrasound screenings can benefit at-risk stroke patients

Carotid ultrasound screenings can benefit at-risk stroke patients

A carotid ultrasound can’t predict when a stroke will occur, but it will show whether plaque has built up in the carotid arteries, a clear warning sign for stroke. Patients at risk for stroke might benefit from a carotid ultrasound. The test can’t predict when a stroke will occur, but it will show whether plaque …

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Heart & Vascular View from the emergency department on tPA

View from the emergency department on tPA

The American Heart Association (AHA) calls tPA the “gold standard” for treating ischemic strokes. AHA guidelines for the early management of acute ischemic stroke call for administering tPA as quickly as possible. Emergency physician Jeff A. Spain, M.D., has seen firsthand what a difference tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) can make in the treatment of ischemic strokes. …

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Neuroscience Neuroscience Resource Center offers support to stroke patients

Neuroscience Resource Center offers support to stroke patients

Norton Healthcare is the only health care system in Louisville with a neuroscience resource center to help patients navigate their lives after a stroke. Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center services are free. Surviving a stroke is the beginning of a recovery that encompasses not only physical challenges, but can include emotional, social and financial ones …

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Neuroscience Comprehensive Stroke Centers offer the highest level of care

Comprehensive Stroke Centers offer the highest level of care

Norton Brownsboro Hospital became a Comprehensive Stroke Center in 2015. It is one of only 143 hospitals in the nation to receive this prestigious designation. Patients with severe strokes caused by occlusion of large vessels or bleeding are more likely to survive when they’re taken to a Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC). That’s why the American …

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Neuroscience Refractory epilepsy treatments available

Refractory epilepsy treatments available

Patients with refractory epilepsy face a greater risk of accidents, injuries, cognitive issues, mood disorders, social difficulties and unemployment. Norton Neuroscience Institute offers a variety of treatments that can vastly improve quality of life for these patients, including surgery, vagus nerve stimulation, dietary therapy and experimental trials. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, 3 million Americans are affected …

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