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Multi-Disciplinary Approach and Collaborative Research Spawn Innovations, New Fellowship in Peripheral Nerve Program

The peripheral nerve program at Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Institute uses nerve transfer procedures to treat complex cases. Division Chief of Peripheral Nerve Surgery, Kimberly S. Harbaugh, M.D., explains one option, “Oberlin transfer is a procedure in which the clinician harvests part of one of the nerves from the hand and transfers it to the nerve in the patient’s bicep muscle. In this way, we have been able to restore significant levels of elbow flexion.” This has multiple potential applications, even in patients with spinal cord injuries. A portion of the nerves that are still intact above the level of the injury can be transferred to areas below the injury. In this way, spinal cord injury patients may be able to reclaim some finger and hand function, leading to improved self-care options.¹

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Elias B. Rizk, M.D., M.Sc., details a recent case: “I had a male patient in his mid- 20s with a direct injury to his brachial plexus. He had been in a car accident, and in a state of semi-consciousness, he tried to release himself by using a pocket knife. He stuck it into his chest wall, severing one of the nerves to the arm. As a result, he lost his functional elbow movement. After six months, we elected to do an Oberlin nerve transfer to his bicep muscle. He had a very good recovery, with restoration of elbow flexion, and is now back to work.” Continue reading

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New Faculty

Cathy Adams, D.O. Cathy Adams, D.O., Neurologist
FELLOWSHIP: Vascular Neurology, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 2013
RESIDENCY: Neurology, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 2009-Present
LOCATION: Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Institute, Hershey, PA
Marcus Keep, M.D. Marcus Keep, M.D., Neurosurgeon
RESIDENCY: Neurosurgery, McGill University, Faculty of Medicine, 1994
LOCATION: Penn State Hershey Medical Group at St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading, PA
Elias Rizk, M.D. Elias Rizk, M.D., M.Sc., Pediatric Neurosurgeon
FELLOWSHIP: Neurological Surgery, Pediatrics, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, 2013
RESIDENCY: Neurology, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 2009-Present
SPECIALTY: Pediatric neurosurgery and peripheral nerve surgery
LOCATION: Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Institute, Hershey, PA
Simon Scott, M.D. Scott Simon, M.D., Neurosurgeon
FELLOWSHIP: Endovascular Neurosurgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2010
RESIDENCY: Neurosurgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2010
RESIDENCY: General Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2004
SPECIALTY: Neurovascular disease
LOCATION: Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Institute, Hershey, PA
Rychi Wanchoo, M.D. Ruchi Wanchoo, M.D., Neurologist
RESIDENCY: Neurology, University of Texas at Houston, 2010
RESIDENCY: Family Practice, University of Texas at Houston, 2007
SPECIALTY: General neurology and multiple sclerosis
LOCATION: Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Institute, Hershey, PA

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