• Dr. Michael Schulder, Vice Chair, Neurosurgery, North Shore University Hospital, surgically treats a patient with acoustic neuroma.

  • Marc. L. Gordon, MD, Chief, Neurology, Zucker Hillside Hospital, discusses Alzheimer's disease and dementia, which affect about 30 million people worldwide. By the year 2050, that number is expected to increase to about 115 million. Topics include: defining dementia, early signs and symptoms, types of dementia, describing plaques and tangles, current medications, new drugs in the pipeline, new guidelines and biomarker research.

  • Steven Schneider, MD, Co-Chief, Pediatric Neurosurgery, and Mark Mittler, MD, Co-Chief, Pediatric Neurosurgery, both at the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, discuss performing neurosurgery on babies, children and young adults with congenital neurological disorders, head trauma, brain or spinal cord tumors. Topics include: advances in technology/endoscopy, advantages of neurosurgery performed at a children’s hospital, diagnosing a brain tumor in a young child, and the extent of multidisciplinary departments and specialists involved in every case.

  • Brain aneurysm survivors and their families, along with staff from the Cushing Neuroscience Institute's Brain Aneurysm Center, participate in Long Island's Third Annual Brain Aneurysm Awareness Walk, raising funds for essential research.

  • Cynthia Harden, MD, Chief, Division of Epilepsy and Electroencephalography and Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Care Center, talks about the estimated two million Americans who have epilepsy, a neurological condition that causes the brain to produce sudden bursts of electrical energy. Seizures are a symptom of epilepsy and may restrict driving, working, social activities and self-esteem. Topics discussed are the signs, symptoms and effective treatments for epilepsy.

  • In the wake of Texas Governor Rick Perry's embarassing debate performance last week when he could not remember one of the federal agencies he thinks should be eliminated, North Shore-LIJ neurosurgeon Dr. David Langer talks about what causes "brain freeze" and how to prevent it from happening.

  • Karen Blitz-Shabbir, DO, Director of the North Shore-LIJ Health System Cushing Neuroscience Institute's Multiple Sclerosis Center, discusses multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system that afflicts about 10,000 new patients every year in the US, with women under the age of 50 three times more likely to develop the neurological disorder.

  • North Shore-LIJ’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute was established in 2006 and is a multidisciplinary continuum of neuroscience programs that combines medicine, scientific research and technology,clinical programs, surgical techniques and education to advance the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases and disorders. The Cushing Neuroscience Institute's team of neurospecialists is dedicated to providing high-quality, world-class medical and surgical care, while maintaining the highest ethical standards. We are committed to serve our patients and community with a blend of technical expertise and compassion, and continually work to discover new and cutting-edge treatments through research.

  • A nine-year-old girl who suffered a brain hemorrhage in May and later slipped into a coma thanks her doctors at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York after undergoing life-saving neurosurgery, aided by a new portable computed tomography (CT) scanner that helped the hospital to successfully monitor and treat the child in CCMC's new $7.8 million Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

  • May, 2011

    In the wake of the stroke suffered by Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden’s 41-year-old son, the director of Long Island Jewish Medical Center’s stroke team says it’s critical that people understand the risk factors for suffering a so-called “brain attack,” recognize the signs and seek immediate help. That’s what 69-year-old Georgeanne Campbell, of Queens Villlage did – and it saved her life. Four years later, Mrs. Campbell faithfully takes her medicine, exercises, watches her diet and refrains from fast food. “I feel very blessed to be here today. I was one of the lucky ones,” she said at a recent stroke awareness news conference with Richard Libman, MD, Chief of Vascular Neurology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

  • David Langer, MD, of North Shore-LIJ's Cushing Neuroscience Institute is interviewed about the bullet wound sustained by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, her ability to survive the January 8, 2011 shooting and whether she sustained any brain damage.

  • North Shore University Hospital neurosurgeon Dr. David Langer discusses the continued progress of US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the outlook of recovery from the January 8, 2011 bullet wound she sustained in her head.

  • January, 2011

    Dr. Raj Narayan, Chairman of Neurosurgery at North Shore-LIJ and Director of the Cushing Neuroscience Institute, comments on the condition and prognosis of Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords on Fox News.

  • December, 2010

    In the wake of the FDA's approval of botox to treat sufferers of migraines, Dr. Robert Duarte, Director of North Shore-LIJ's Pain Center, part of the Cushing Neuroscience Institute, discusses the use of botox to ease the severity of the head pain experienced by migraine sufferers.

  • Drs. David Chalif, David LeDoux and David Langer discuss state-of-the-art diagnosis and multimodality treatments for brain aneurysm offered by the Brain Aneurysm Center at North Shore University Hospital, part of North Shore-LIJ's Cushing Neuroscience Institute, and promote Long Island's 2nd Annual Brain Aneurysm Walk on October 2, 2010 held at Jones Beach State Park.

  • September, 2010

    North Shore-LIJ's Shaheda Quraishi, MD, a physician at Cushing Neuroscience Institute, discusses steps you can take to avoid back pain and what you should do if you have it. One of our fine-feathered friends co-stars (Roger-Rabbit style) in providing up-front talk about your back.

  • Long Island’s First Annual Brain Aneurysm Awareness Walk was held on October 3, 2009 and was sponsored by North Shore-LIJ’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute BrainAneurysmCenter and the National Brain Aneurysm Foundation.


    One in 50 Americans is at risk of having a brain aneurysm and each year, approximately 30,000 to 50,000 people suffer a ruptured brain aneurysm.  Over $45K was raised to help bring awareness and fund research to help fight this potentially devastating event.

  • June, 2009

    Sponsored by the Brain Aneurysm and Stroke Centers of North Shore-LIJ's Cushing Neuroscience Institute, Family Fun Day 2009 included educational and family-oriented activities and provided an environment where patients, caregivers and physicians connected.

  • January, 2008

    Dr. Ashesh Mehta, Director of Epilepsy Surgery at Cushing Neuroscience Institute, discusses the very rare condition known as musicogenic epilepsy, where the sound of music causes seizures.

  • Spring, 2008

    Dr. David Eidelberg, Director of the Center for Neurosciences, part of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, discusses his research on the puzzling disorder, Parkinson's disease.

  • April, 2008

    Dr. M. Chris Overby, neurosurgeon at the Cushing Neuroscience Institute, discusses the surgical procedure perfomed on a young patient with severe spinal injuries.

  • Michael Schulder, MD, Director of the Brain Tumor Center at the Cushing Neuroscience Institute, discusses new techniques in brain tumor treatment, including intraoperative MRI, minimally invasive stereotactic radiosurgery, protecting healthy brain tissue during procedures, and new trials.

  • Andrew Feigin, MD, Director of the Experimental Therapeutics Unit at the Center for Neurosciences, and David Eidelberg, MD, Director of the Center for Neurosciences, both part of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, discuss groundbreaking information on diagnosing and treating Parkinson's disease and introduce a uniquely qualified patient who talks about living with Parkinson's.

  • David Langer, MD, Director of Cerebrovascular Research and Jeffrey Katz, MD, Director of Stroke and Vascular Neurology, both at the Cushing Neuroscience Institute, discuss stroke—the third leading cause of death in the United States. Topics include identfying the warning signs and symptoms, the types of strokes (including transient ischemic attack or TIA), treatment with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) and how it has changed stroke care, the importance of locating a designated stroke center, the latest technology in clot-busting, secondary treatment beyond typical stroke and reducing the risk of stroke.

  • David Eidelberg, MD, Director of the Leonard and Susan Feinstein Center for Neurosciences at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, discusses new, innovative and non-invasive methods to capture better images of a patients' brain circuitry, eventually leading to earlier and better diagnoses, and the development of effective treatments for Parkinson's and other diseases. Topics include: The Feinstein Institute's endowment as one of the select Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence in Parkinson's Disease Research, the affiliation agreement between the Feinstein Institute and the Thomas Hartman Foundation for Parkinson's Research to better understand Parkinson's, comparisons of MRI, PetScan and other testing methods, the ability to measure side effects from levodopa, and the ability to scan the brain throughout the course of the disease to identify damaged brain circuits at the earliest stage.

  • Avi Setton, MD, Chief of Interventional Neuroradiology and David Chalif, MD, Chief of Vascular Neurosurgery, both of Cushing Neuroscience Institute, offer state-of-the-art information on diagnosis and less invasive surgical procedures used in treating neurovascular disorders such as brain aneurysms.

  • Richard Libman, MD, Chief of Vascular Neurology and Steven Rosen, MD, Medical Director, Southside Hospital, explain the different types of stroke, the third most common form of death after heart disease and cancer. This program focuses on stroke prevention, treatment, new drug clinical trials and rehabilitation.

  • Mitchell Levine, MD, Director of Cushing Neuroscience Institute's Spine Center, discusses the state-of-the-art surgical techniques and devisees currently being used in neuro-spine surgery. Learn about discectomy, laminectomy, bioabsorbable fusion cages and total spine reconstruction.

  • Robert Duarte, MD, Director of the Pain Center and Noah Rosen, MD, Director of the Headache Center, both part of Cushing Neuroscience Institute, explain the various types of headaches—highlighting migraine headaches with and without aura, discuss the triggers for migraine pain, in-patient programs, rebound headaches and how they can be treated, using botox to treat severe migraine symptoms and the various ways to manage pain. Patients tell of their own difficult and debilitating experiences and how they finally found relief.

  • Andrew Feigin, MD, neurologist at Cushing Neuroscience Institute's Movement Disorders Center and Director of the Experimental Therapeutic at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research explains the distinctions and brings us the latest information on current treatments and experimental therapies for Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease. We meet a patient and his caregiver wife who both must cope with living with the under-publicized Huntington's disease everyday.

  • Mark Eisenberg, MD, Chief of Neurosurgery, Long Island Jewish Medical Center and B.Todd Schaeffer, MD, Associate Chairman of Otolaryngology, North Shore University Hospital discuss the intricacies of minimally invasive skull base surgery, particularly the endoscopic removal of pituitary adenomas, as they show the audience how they are able to go through the patient's nose to achieve their goal. They discuss the unique collaboration between neurosurgery and otolaryngology, and the merging of technology in using advanced endoscopic techniques and equipment. A grateful patient tells her surprising story of having to undergo pituitary surgery when she thought she just had sinus headaches.