Dr. Andres Alvarez-Pinzon presents at the FNS Annual Meeting

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Dr. Andres Alvarez-Pinzon has presented at the Neuro-Oncology Session of the 2015 Annual Summer Meeting of the Florida Neurosurgical Society (FNS) that took place on August 14-16 at The Brackers Hotel of Palm Beach, Florida.

Dr. Alvarez-Pinzon’s presentation, “Is Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Effective for the Treatment of Primary CNS Lymphoma in AIDS?: A Retrospective, cohort study” was coauthored with Jose E. Valerio, MD, FAANS, Sammie Coy, PhD, Nitiah Lopez-Lima, ARNP, Jennifer Escalante, MSc, PA-C, Marcos Sanchez-Gonzalez, MD, PhD, and Aizik Wolf, MD.

The Florida Neurosurgical Society was established in 1958 to unite qualified neurosurgeons in the State of Florida into a representative organization to further the aims and ideals of Neurosurgery and of the medical profession.


Dr. José Valerio Presents at the XXIII Mexican Congress of Neurological Surgery

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Dr. Jose Valerio from the Miami Neurosciences Center at Larkin gave 4 presentations at the XXIII Mexican Congress of Neurological Surgery, “For Excellence In Neurological Surgery”, held at the port of Mazatlan last August 2-7, 2015.   575 Mexican and foreign neurosurgeons attended the conference.

Dr. Valerio’s presentations in this important event were:

  • Management of low grade tumors of the insula.
  • Management of malignant gliomas.
  • Neuronavigation in oncological neurosurgery.
  • Resection of tumors in eloquent areas.

Congratulations, Dr. Valerio, on these successful presentations!



The Miami Neuroscience Center presents at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons

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Dr. Jose Valerio, Dr. Andres Alvarez-Pinzon, Dr. Sam Coy, Dr. Marcos Sanchez Gonzalez and Dr. Aizik Wolf, from the Miami Neuroscience Center, will present the abstract “Viability of Second Gamma Knife Radiosurgery vs Percutaneous Retrogasserian Balloon Compression for Primary Trigeminal Neuralgia” at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS).

RTA-Leksell-GammaKnife-PerfexionTreatment of trigeminal neuralgia must be adapted to each patient. Surgeons must be conscious of medical, surgical, and radiation treatment modalities to suggest ideal management. Gamma Knife radiosurgery could be used multiple times compared with percutaneous retrogasserian balloon compression for pain control. The objective of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of Gamma Knife radiosurgery and retrogasserian balloon compression in trigeminal neuralgia refractory for prior Gamma Knife radiosurgery.

The CNS Annual Meeting is the premier forum for exploring controversial and hot-button issues impacting the neurosurgical specialty and for learning about the most cutting-edge procedures, approaches, and technologies in the field.  Our 2015 meeting theme highlights the rich tradition of mentorship within our specialty and celebrates our association with Walter E. Dandy, one of the great mentors and founding fathers of neurosurgery. The meeting will be held on New Orleans, Louisiana, September 26 – 30, 2015.


Dr. Andres M. Alvarez-Pinzon Publishes Important Paper On Medcraveonline.com

Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 1.59.39 PMDr. Andres M. Alvarez-Pinzon has published the paper titled “Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatment of Intractable Trigeminal Neuralgia in Multiple Sclerosis” on MedCraveonline.com. Dr. Alvarez Pinzon wrote this paper in collaboration with Dr. Alan A. Stein, Dr. Aizik L. Wolf, Dr. Marcos Sanchez-Gonzalez, Dr. Andrea Tydir, and Dr. Jose E. Valerio from the Miami Neuroscience Center at Larkin.

Retrograssean balloon compression of the trigeminal nerve is a common treatment modality used for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia in patients without multiple sclerosis (MS), but is not commonly used in patients diagnosed with MS, where the facial pain is a result of scar tissue or demyelinating plaques. Retrograssean balloon compression by neuro-navigation could be a successful rescue technique in acute complex trigeminal neuralgia in MS patients.

You can download this paper here.


El Noticiero Newspaper Publishes an Article about Dr. Aizik Wolf

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An article about Dr. Aizik Wolf, Medical Director of the Miami Neuroscience Center at Larkin, has appeared in El Noticiero, a South Florida newspaper for the Latino community. In it, Dr. Wolf offered a brilliant explanation of trigeminal neuralgia and its successful treatment at the Miami Neuroscience Center at Larkin with the Gamma Knife® radiosurgery method.

You can read this article here.