Neurology/Neurosurgery

Patients giving back!

Every day I come to work I am amazed at the privilege of caring for babies and little children. It is the most rewarding aspect of my career that parents, faced with fear and anxiety for the health of their precious children, put their confidence in our team to give them the best care possible. Dawson Tucker is a great example. Born with hydrocephalus, or water on the brain, this beautiful boy needed the surgical … Read More

Hydrocephalus shunts ‘ terrific advances’ when safely, properly used

Keep toy magnets, tablet computers, electronic devices with magnetic fields away from a programmable shunt   In 1955 a child with severe spina bifida and hydrocephalus, or water on the brain, was born to John W. Holter, a toolmaker in Stamford, Conn., and his wife. Charles Casey Holter, like other children at the time, did not survive this severe congenital disorder. His condition, however, prompted his father to invent the first hydrocephalus shunt valve, allowing … Read More

Campagna Chair of Pediatric Neurosurgery at OHSU Doernbecher

Mario and Edie Campagna are a precious commodity in our state. Committed Oregonians, they have worked hard their entire lives to build a wonderful state and then continued watching out for Oregon through wise and active philanthropy. Mario Campagna was educated at what was then the University of Oregon Medical School here on Marquam Hill. Successful in school, he was called to the Mayo Clinic to train in neurological surgery, a new and cutting-edge specialty … Read More

Tackling the toughest tumors

OHSU Doernbecher has a distinguished record for removing some of the most difficult tumors faced by pediatric neurosurgeons. One of the toughest, a rare tumor called craniopharyngioma, is tucked deep in the center of the head, between the carotid arteries emerging from the skull base, the vision nerves, the most sensitive areas of the base of the brain, and the brainstem (see photo 7a). Our novel report of using a newer skull base surgical approach … Read More

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