Recently MD Anderson Cancer Center Faculty Franco DeMonte, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery, was the honored guest of Ehab Hanna, MD, Professor of Head and Neck Surgery, at the 24th Annual North American Skull Base Society meeting. MD Anderson is the only institution to have two past-presidents of the society from differing specialties (DeMonte 2007 and Hanna 2013). Congratulations on this prestigious honor.
Members of the Department of Neurosurgery provide the highest quality, state-of-the-art care for patients with benign or malignant tumors affecting the central nervous system. The department employs a team of world-renowned physicians that have more than 20 years of experience handling patients with complex brain and spine tumors. In addition, the physicians exclusively dedicate their practice to the care of patients with brain or spine cancer.
Physicians in the Department of Neurosurgery perform more surgeries on patients with brain tumors than any hospital in the nation — more than 950 surgeries each year — and provide a wide range of drug therapies that target abnormalities in tumor cells. The surgeons also conduct approximately 200 spine surgeries each year on patients with complex spinal tumors, and take a multidisciplinary approach to care. Physicians in the department also affiliate with both the Head and Neck Center and the Brain and Spine Center, one of the largest programs of its kind in the world. Rest assured patients that choose MD Anderson Cancer Center will receive excellent, individualized and comprehensive care.
In the Department of Neurosurgery physicians operate with the most advanced technology systems, including the Brainsuite®. It is one of only two such systems in the state of Texas. The Brainsuite® is a neurological operating room with a large bore Siemens Espree (1.5-tesla magnet) MRI and an image-guided management system to give surgeons an improved perspective on the progress of complex neurological surgeries. It can also help reduce the need for patients to undergo additional surgeries.