Acoustic Neuroma Support Group





Please plan to join us at the next meeting of your Acoustic Neuroma Support Group. We welcome you to learn about the latest treatment options, to network with other acoustic neuroma patients and find encouragement and support.



Sunday, December 6, 2015

2:00 p.m.



Larkin Community Hospital

School of Nursing Building

Third floor

6140 SW 70th Street

Miami, FL 33143



  • Meet and Greet
  • Caring and Sharing



Jeannie Silver, Local Support Group Leader/Facilitator

Phone 305-608-1103 or Email:


The meeting will be facilitated by Jeannie Silver, a post-treatment acoustic neuroma patient.


Who should attend? Family members, caregivers, friends and interested persons are encouraged to attend.


Benefits of attending a local support group include communicating in a nurturing, non-judgmental environment with others who have shared a common acoustic neuroma experience; sharing information on dealing with specific problems overcoming handicaps and reassuring others that better times lie ahead; educating and informing each other about the latest acoustic neuroma topics of interest; and providing emotional support to all patients, both pre- and post-treatment. This helps in reducing the isolation and loneliness that many acoustic neuroma patients feel.


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The mission of ANA is to inform, educate and provide national and local support networks for those affected by acoustic neuromas, and to be an essential resource for health care professionals who treat acoustic neuroma patients.

Miami Neuroscience Center Team Presents at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons

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The Miami Neuroscience Center congratulates the team on another successful presentation at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), which took place on September 26-30th in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dr. Jose E. Valerio gave a podium presentation on the “Viability of Second Gamma Knife Radiosurgery vs. Percutaneous Retrogasserian Balloon Compression for Primary Trigeminal Neuralgia” coauthored by Andres M. Alvarez-Pinzon, MD, MSc, PhD(c), Sam Coy, PhD, Marcos Sanchez Gonzalez, MD, PhD, and Aizik L. Wolf, MD.

The team also created two poster presentations on
“Clinical Outcomes of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery in the Primary Treatment of Patients with High-grade Glioma” and a “Retrospective, Single Center Study Evaluating the Efficacy of GK in Primary CNS Lymphoma in HIV Patients.”

To download the meeting program, please click here.

To learn more about the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, please visit

Miami Neuroscience Center to Participate in the 14th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting

MNC Team

On November 19th, 2015, the Miami Neuroscience Center at Larkin will make podium and poster presentations at the 14th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting at the Fontainebleu Miami Beach—one of the most important meetings for Pain Management in the United States. These presentations explain the unique strategies needed to manage trigeminal neuralgia due to multiple sclerosis. They will be given in collaboration with the Larkin Community Hospital Anesthesiology Department, and mark the first time the team has been invited to be part of the scientific committee.


Our team’s presentations are:

  • Efficacy of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery and retrograssian balloon compression in TNA refractory for prior GKRS. Co-Authors: Andres Alvarez, Luciana Curia, Jose Valerio, Juan Cucalon, Aizik Wolf.
  • Outcomes after Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatment of Intractable Facial Pain from Trigeminal Neuralgia in patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Co-Authors: Luciana M. Curia, Andres Alvarez, Norvan Vartevan, Jose Valerio, Juan Carlos Cucalon.
  • Prospective, observational, clinical study evaluating the efficacy of percutaneous retrograsean balloon compression for the treatment of primary Trigeminal Neuralgia. Co-Authors: Luciana M. Curia, Andres Alvarez, Aizik Wolf, Roberto E. Fernandez, Juan Cucalon, Jose Valerio.


The Annual Pain Medicine Meeting gathers more than 1,000 professionals where they share and acquire knowledge as well as new skills that encourage development and innovation in the field. To learn more, visit

The Miami Neuroscience Center participates in the EANS Conference in Madrid


The Miami Neuroscience Center team participated in the EANS 2015 Technical Advances in Neurosurgery conference in Madrid, Spain on October 18-21.

Drs. Alvarez-Pinzon, Aizik Wolf, Marcos Sanchez Gonzalez, and Jose Valerio-Pascua presented a “Prospective cohort study evaluating the outcomes of percutaneous balloon compression in the management of secondary trigeminal neuralgia in multiple sclerosis.”

Congratulations to Dr. Jose Valerio, who traveled to Madrid and gave a successful presentation!  To view Dr. Valerio’s presentation, please click here.

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The Miami Neuroscience Center Team Presents at the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies Meeting

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Our team at the Miami Neuroscience Center presented at one of the most important meetings in the world for Neurosurgery, the 15th Interim Meeting of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS), which took place in Rome on September 8-12, 2015.

The WFNS hosts a major meeting every two years, one of which is the World Congress and the other is the WFNS Interim Meeting.

image2After the success of the previous meetings of Porto de Galinhas, Brazil in 2011 and Nagoya, Japan in 2007, the 2015 Interim Meeting in Rome included an extensive scientific program and a stimulating social program, both of which were organized by the Italian Neurosurgical Society.

The meeting focused on the major breakthroughs and advances in Neurosurgery, from clinical practice to research, technology and innovation for a top-level scientific program, including many opportunities for young neurosurgeons through hands-on and educational courses.

Our team at the Miami Neuroscience Center at Larkin gave 3 presentations and had an abstract published.

At the “Head and Injury Critical Care” session of the WFNS meeting, Dr. Andres M. Alvarez-Pinzon presented “Outcomes and Experience with subdural peritoneal Shunts in the Management of subdural hematoma,” coauthored with Drs. Jose Valerio, Sammie Coy, Marcos Sanchez- Gonzalez, and Aizik Wolf.image4

At the “Neuro-oncology” session, Dr. Jose E. Valerio  presented “Gamma Knife radiosurgery and chemotherapy in the primary treatment of Glioblastoma Multiforme: A prospective, observational study,” coauthored with Drs. Andres Alvarez-Pinzon, Sammie Coy, Jennifer Escalante, Nitiah Lopez-Lima, Aizik Wolf.

At the “Functional” session, Dr. Jose E. Valerio and Dr. Andres M. Alvarez-Pinzon presented “Percutaneous retrogasserian balloon compression for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia in Multiple Sclerosis,” authored in collaboration with Dr. Aizik Wolf, Dr. Sammie Coy, and Dr. Marcos Sanchez-Gonzalez.

We would like to congratulate our team at the Miami Neuroscience Center at Larkin for their success and efforts.