American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Since 2008, board-certified neurosurgeon Dr. Badih Adada has treated patients at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida. An involved medical professional, Dr. Badih Adada trains fellow neurosurgeons around the globe and maintains memberships in several organizations, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).
In its efforts to advance the specialty of neurological surgery, AANS holds a variety of educational events throughout the year. The organization recently held its largest gathering, the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, from April 30 to May 4, 2016, in Chicago.
Neurosurgeons and other medical professionals from around the world attended the five-day event to hear from world-class speakers and take part in a scientific program comprising seminars, symposia, and practical clinics on a range of topics related to neurological surgery and care. Outside of the learning activities, attendees at the 84th AANS Annual Scientific Meeting had the opportunity to network with their peers at several social events and browse the latest medical products and services from more than 200 exhibiting companies.
AANS will hold its next Annual Scientific Meeting April 22-27, 2017, in Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.aans.org.
In his capacity as neurosurgeon at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida, Dr. Badih Adada provides surgical care, including deep brain stimulation for patients challenged by Parkinson’s disease. Before establishing himself in medicine, Dr. Badih Adada completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Montreal.
Parkinson’s is a disease that impacts movement, and has no known cause and no cure, though researchers have developed effective therapies to manage the condition as it progresses. When a patient develops Parkinson’s, it means that neurons have begun to die in the substantia nigra, a part of the brain. Many of these neurons are important, as they provide the brain with a molecule that regulates movement. As the neurons die, less of this molecule is released, giving rise to movement difficulties like tremors and balance issues in patients.
Deep brain stimulation is one of many innovative treatments for Parkinson’s disease, which involves surgery to insert electrodes into the brain that stimulate specific neural regions. The stimulus in turn blocks tremor-causing signals. Interestingly, medical researchers do not yet understand the mechanisms that make deep brain stimulation effective in treating Parkinson’s-related tremors.
As a board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Badih Adada has performed over 4000 operations, including highly complex procedures to address arterio-venous malformations, aneurysms, and tumors. Presently, Dr. Badih Adada treats patients as neurosurgeon with the Cleveland Clinic Florida.
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