Brain Surgery Patient Stories

​Meet David Smith

Suffering from severe Parkinson's disease symptoms, David was able to find hope - and relief - through asleep deep brain stimulation at UPMC.

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​Meet Richard Van Allen

When Dr. Van Allan's symptoms from hemifacial spasm became unbearable, he chose to fly across the country to undergo microvascular decompression surgery at UPMC.

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​Meet Elsa Arce

When this busy psychologist was diagnosed with a large meningioma that was pressing against her optic nerve, the experts at UPMC recommended EEA surgery to help restore her sight.

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Meet Barbara Giaquinto

When an acoustic neuroma began affecting her hearing and balance, this busy secretary found hope and relief at UPMC.

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Meet Gene Linck

When this Korean War Veteran was struck with trigeminal neuralgia that was causing severe facial pain, he turned to the experts at UPMC.​

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Meet Karina Tapia

When this Mexico native and active mother of two was diagnosed with a large brain tumor that was disturbing her vision, she turned to the experts at UPMC thousands of miles away.

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Meet Heather Abramovic

When this busy college student suffered a series of life-threatening brain hemorrhages, she and her family turned to experts at UPMC.

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Meet Teri Cook

When this Australian native began having symptoms of Hemifacial Spasm, she found that the most experienced surgeons for this condition were at UPMC.

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Meet MaryMartha Ford

An avid dancer and singer, MaryMartha faced with a lifetime of symptoms caused by Chiari malformation. She found hope – and relief – at UPMC.

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Meet Toni Pais

When this renowned chef's life was drastically changed after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he turned to the experts at UPMC for treatment.

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Meet Joe Stuckert

Hoping to return to his active lifestyle after treatment for brain tumors, Joe Stuckert chose Gamma Knife radiosurgery at UPMC.

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Meet Earl Smalley

An apple-sized tumor in Earl Smalley’s brain was causing weight gain, depression symptoms, and low energy. He found relief through the experts at UPMC.

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Meet Maria del Mar Minguez

When Spain native Maria del Mar Minguez  was diagnosed with a complex brain condition, her family and friends rallied to send her to the experts at UPMC.

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Meet Conor McKeirnan

After being diagnosed with a grapefruit-sized brain tumor, Conor McKiernan and his family found hope across the country, at UPMC.

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Meet John Lynch

When John Lynch was diagnosed with a potentially fatal brain disorder 25 years ago, he turned to groundbreaking Gamma Knife Radio surgery at UPMC.

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Meet Thomas Knox

When Thomas developed a rare cancer in his sinus cavity, UPMC neurosurgeons acted quickly to remove the mass using the EEA technique.

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Meet Baylor Cox

This high school football player and his family turned to the experts at UPMC when a rare and large tumor began pushing into his nasal cavity.

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Meet Allison Ferguson

After being diagnosed with a life-threatening brain cyst, this high school senior and her family turned to the experts at UPMC for treatment.

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Meet Ashly Hunt

After Ashly suffered stroke-like symptoms from a series of brain hemorrhages, UPMC neurosurgeons were able put her back on the path to a normal life.

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Meet Acharya Yashovijaysuri

When a Jain Guru with 1 million followers was losing his sight—and traditional surgery failed—his followers sought sight-saving endonasal brain surgery at UPMC in Pittsburgh.

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Meet Travis

When Travis needed surgery for a juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma, his family saw the benefits of minimally invasive Neuroendoport surgery.

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Meet Edith

This busy registered nurse, faced with the threat of paralysis, found relief and a speedy recovery through EEA surgery at UPMC.

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Meet Haley

Doctors first thought Haley Spitznagel was suffering from migraine headaches, but it turned out to be something much more serious.

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Meet Chester

This active grandfather, faced with chronic pain and rapid degeneration, found hope, health, and a renewed life with his children and grandchildren.

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Meet Matthew

UPMC surgeons performed an extraordinary, nine-hour surgery that allowed this average 10-year-old to return to the everyday fun of being a kid.

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Meet William

Headaches, memory loss and fainting spells were signs of a life-threatening cyst in William Byrd's brain. He found relief—and a chance to get his life back—at UPMC.

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Meet Karen

This freelance writer faced the ultimate deadline, as her team of UPMC neurosurgeons raced to remove a tennis-ball sized tumor using the Neuroendoport® approach. Discharged after two days, she began the next stage of treatment and was soon back to her normal routine.

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