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CornerStone Vol. 22, No. 2, Summer 2012
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A Legacy Lives on to Help Others
NYU Winthrop Names Three New Members to Board of Directors
NYU Winthrop Offers Heart Valve Replacement with No Open Surgery
NYU Winthrop: The First Hospital on Long Island to Offer Expectant Parents New Blood Test
NYU Winthrop’s Orthopaedic Surgeons: Helping Patients Live their Fullest Life
NYU Winthrop Designated a NAEC Level 4 Epilepsy Center
NYU Winthrop Named Health Care's Most Wired Winner 2012
NYU Winthrop’s Neuroscience Special Care Unit Celebrates Milestone Anniversary
Ask the Doctor: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Additional videos
The World’s Smallest Microscope is at NYU Winthrop
27th Annual Golf Tournament Raises $512,000 for NYU Winthrop’s Research Institute
A Cause to Celebrate... Child Life
An Evening of Reflection
Sixth Annual Black & White Ball Raises Nearly $275,000 for NYU Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids
NYU Winthrop’s “Top Doctors”
Astoria Federal Savings Shows Support for NYU Winthrop’s Child Life Program
A Life-Long Dream Fulfilled
Friends of NYU Winthrop Donate Special Goodies to Pediatric Patients
Once Again, The Children’s Medical Center at NYU Winthrop Earns High Rankings
Golfing ‘Fore’ the Kids
Passion & Purpose: The Foundation for NYU Winthrop’s Annual Swim-a-thon
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s 2012 “Welcome Back Warriors”

NYU Winthrop Designated a NAEC Level 4 Epilepsy Center

Patients living with epilepsy, a complex seizure disorder, face many challenges. Characterized by disabling seizures triggered by abnormal electrical activity in the brain cells, the disease can manifest itself through a range of symptoms from minor physical signs and thought disturbances to traumatic physical convulsions. Several types of seizures are easy to control, and many patients are well enough between episodes to lead normal lives. However, about 30 percent of the estimated three million Americans with epilepsy suffer with persistent seizures.

In an outstanding validation of its commitment to improving the lives of patients with epilepsy, The NYU Winthrop Comprehensive Epilepsy Center was recently recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center. Level 4 Epilepsy Centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

Members of NYU Winthrop’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center TeamMembers of NYU Winthrop’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center Team celebrate their designation as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center with members of NYU Winthrop’s Administration.

“This outstanding achievement is a testament to NYU Winthrop’s dedicated team of epilepsy physicians – Dr. Alan Ettinger, Dr. David Friedman, Dr. Brian Snyder, Dr. Shicong Ye, Dr. Neil Schaul, Dr. Dmitriy Kolesnik, Dr. Vijaya Atluru and Dr. Mark Stecker, Chairman of Neurosciences,” said Malcolm Gottesman, MD, Chief of Neurology and Director of The MS Treatment Program at NYU Winthrop. “Their tireless commitment, and the support of a highly skilled interdisciplinary team, has advanced the care of countless patients with epilepsy.”

NYU Winthrop’s Epilepsy Monitoring Unit was designed to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who experience hard-to-treat epileptic seizures. The Unit offers prolonged 24/7 monitoring in order to identify the specific region of the brain in which each patient’s seizures originate and provide the appropriate treatment to reduce or eliminate the episodes. Among the features of the Unit is extended video electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring.

NYU Winthrop’s Epilepsy Monitoring Unit is just one of a comprehensive range of diagnostic services for seizure disorder patients. Services also include positron emission tomography (PET), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and neuroimaging studies administered by a multidisciplinary team of specialists at NYU Winthrop.

NYU Winthrop’s Department for Neurosciences also offers specialized centers for Parkinson’s and other movement disorders. Physicians are pioneering the use of technologically advanced approaches for diagnosis and treatment, including state-of-the-art surgical interventions and the latest generation of medication therapies. In fact, NYU Winthrop is the only hospital on Long Island to offer Deep Brain Stimulation for movement disorders such as Parkinson’s. Deep Brain Stimulation is based on the premise that electronic stimulation of particular regions of the brain can improve the major symptoms of some movement disorders and may help reduce the amount of medication needed to manage symptoms more effectively.

For more information about The NYU Winthrop Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, call 1-866-WINTHROP.