Movement disorders: 

Deep brain stimulation may improve your quality of life

Nicholas Brandmeir, MD

Pictured: Nicholas Brandmeir, MD

About 8 million people in the US suffer from one of two movement disorders, essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease, with essential tremor being the more prevalent but lesser known condition. These neurological disorders may cause a person to experience tremors (shaking) in different parts of the body accompanied by emotional difficulties from losing control of one’s bodily movements.

Deep brain stimulation can help ease symptoms of movement disorders and decrease the amount of medicine needed to treat these conditions. WVU Medicine neurosurgeon Nicholas Brandmeir, MD, an expert on movement disorders, provides you with information about these neurological conditions and the benefits of deep brain stimulation.

Please go to the article for more in-depth discussion of this topic.

David Jimenez Visits - Oct. 18, 2017

Dr Jimenez and neurosurgery residents

Back, L-R: Gene Katsevman, Cletus Cheyuo, Dr Jimenez, Walid Radwan, Rahul Singh

Front, L-R: Ryan Turner, Azeem Rehman, Jesse Lawrence

David F. Jimenez, MD, of the University of Texas-San Antonio, was our guest on October 18, 2017. His topic for presentation was “Endoscopic Management of Nonsyndromic Craniosynostosis: 21-year experience.” His lecture was followed by an extended case discussion with the residents and some faculty. We wish he could have stayed longer as they all seemed to be enjoying the discussion! 

Many thanks to Dr. Jimenez for traveling to West Virginia to share his expertise with our residents. 

Dr Prabhu Lecture - Oct. 4, 2017

Dr Prabhu and Neurosurgery Residents

(L-R: Azeem Rehman, Jesse Lawrence, Cletus Cheyuo, Dr Prabhu, Gene Katsevman, Ryan Turner, Rahul Singh. Not pictured is Walid Radwan)

WVU Neurosurgery alumnus Vikram Prabhu, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery at Loyola University Medical Center, Stritch School of Medicine, returned to Morgantown to lecture on Intracranial Meningiomas. After case presentations, the residents took Dr Prabhu on a tour of Ruby Memorial Hospital and the Health Sciences Center to see all the expansions and improvements to our facilities. 

Visit with Dr Maher - Sept. 20, 2017

Dr. Maher and the Neurosurgery residents

(L-R: Azeem Rehman, Walid Radwan, Cletus Cheyuo, Dr Maher, Rahul Singh, Ryan Turner, Jesse Lawrence, Gene Katsevman)

Cormac Maher, MD, of University of Michigan, was our Visiting Professor this morning. Dr Maher discussed Chiari Malformation: what we don't know Last night, Dr Maher and the residents enjoyed dinner at Atria's. After the lecture, the residents and Dr Maher discussed selected cases.

Our residents and faculty appreciate that Dr Maher came to Morgantown.

Residency Visit Dates for 2017

Dates have been scheduled for the upcoming residency application visits for this fall. After these visits, the applicants will be scored and ranked. One applicant will be selected to begin his/her residency in July 2018.

  • October 23

  • November 20

  • December 11


WVU Medicine Brain and Spine opens in Hagerstown; Martinsburg office to open in September 

John Caruso, MD

A new WVU Medicine clinic – one that will provide brain and spine care to patients in western Maryland and southeastern Pennsylvania – opened recently in Hagerstown, Md.

John Caruso, MD, a board certified neurosurgeon who has practiced in the area for the past 20 years, will offer neurosurgery services at WVU Medicine Brain and Spine, formerly Parkway Brain and Spine.

Dr, Caruso will also serve as director of neurological surgery at WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg. He is also on the staff at WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Caruso received his neurosurgery training at the Eastern Virginia Medical School and the University of New Mexico Graduate School of Medicine.

Along with the Hagerstown clinic, another WVU Medicine clinic specializing in brain and spine will open in mid-September at Berkeley Medical Center.

“Our expansion reflects the demand for WVU Medicine services not only in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia but also the surrounding region,” Charles Rosen, MD, PhD, chair of WVU Medicine neurosurgery, said. “We are committed to improving the health of the citizens of this region.”

WVU Medicine Brain and Spine is located at 13 Western Maryland Parkway, Suite 106, in Hagerstown. The Martinsburg office will located at 880 Tennessee Avenue.

Visit with Dr Scott - May 10, 2017

Michael Scott with Residents

(L-R: Rahul Singh, Azeem Rehman, Cletus Cheyuo, Dr Scott, Roy Hwang, Walid Radwan, Gene Katsevman, Ryan Turner)

R. Michael Scott, MD, of Boston Children's Hospital, was our Visiting Professor this morning. Dr Scott discussed Pediatric moyamoya disease — surgical treatment and long-term outcome.  Last night, Dr Scott and the residents attended the WVU-Penn State baseball game. 

We greatly enjoyed having Dr Scott here! Our residents and faculty appreciate that Dr Scott was able to take the time to come to Morgantown and share his expertise.

2017 Van Liere Research Competition

Walid Radwan presented Cadherin-mediated radio-sensitization in GBM involves down-regulation of anti-apoptotic Bcl-2. Walid is a post graduate, year four resident in neurosurgery.
Mentor: Christopher Cifarelli, MD, PhD, director, WVU Dept. of Neurosurgery Gamma Knife Program, member of the WVU Cancer Institute Mechanisms of Metastasis & Therapeutic Response Program.

Our congratulations to Dr Radwan and his mentor, Dr Cifarelli!

 Walid Radwan takes First Place  Dr Clary Marsh, Dr Radwan

Visiting Professor - March 15, 2017

   Dr Bernstein and residents

(Rahul Singh, Gene Katsevman, Cletus Cheyuo, Dr Bernstein, Walid Radwan, Azeem Rehman, Roy Hwang)

We were honored to have Mark Bernstein, MD, Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, as guest lecturer for the Dept of Neurosurgery on Wednesday, March 15, 7 AM in Room 4007, Health Sciences Center. His topic was "Errors and the Neurosurgeon." The residents hosted Dr Bernstein at dinner the night before. Following the lecture, he spent some time with our residents in case discussion. 

Our sincere thanks to Dr. Bernstein for an outstanding presentation, and for taking the time to travel to WVU. We hope he can return when the weather is better!

WVU neurosurgeon and football team physician leaves lasting impact on community, honored with major gift

Dr Nugent

G. Robert “Bob” Nugent, M.D., one of the nation’s most respected neurosurgeons and a former physician for West Virginia University’s football team, spent 43 seasons tending to the medical needs of Mountaineer football players and was one of the first neurosurgeons to treat patients in what was then the new University Hospital, now the WVU Health Sciences Center.

In honor of Nugent’s passion for the Morgantown community and dedication to medical education, neurosurgeon Harry Lowell, MD, who trained under Dr. Nugent, made a $1 million gift to the WVU School of Medicine’s Department of Neurosurgery to found the “G. Robert Nugent Chair in Neurosurgery.” This gift will help reach the goal of $1.5 million needed to establish an endowed chair position. 

The gift was made to the WVU Foundation in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University which continues through December 2017. To contribute to this fund and to assist in establishing the endowed chair, please contact Clare Flanagan, assistant vice president for health sciences development, at 304-293-0788 or

Visiting Professor - February 8, 2017

Dr Cohen and residents

 (L-R: Gene Katsevman, Ryan Turner, Cletus Cheyuo, Roy Hwang, Dr Cohen, Rahul Singh, and Azeem Rehman)

Aaron Cohen-Gadol, MD, MScDirector, Neurosurgical Oncology, Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, Indiana University, was our guest speaker on February 8th. He lectured on “Fluorescence Guidance for Management of High Grade Gliomas and Aneurysms: Sodium Fluorescein and YELLOW 560 for an audience of residents and faculty from neurosurgery, radiology, oncology, and other disciplines. Dr Cohen and the residents enjoyed a dinner on Tuesday evening, and a case presentation round table with the residents and faculty following the lecture. 

Our sincere thanks to Dr Cohen for making the time in his busy schedule to visit and share his expertise. 

 Visiting Professor - January 18, 2017

Dr Welch and the residents

(L-R: Gene Katsevman, Cletus Cheyuo, Ryan Turner, Dr Welch, Rahul Singh, Walid Radwan, Azeem Rehman)

Babu Welch, MD,  Duke Samson Chair of Neurological Surgery, Department of Neurological Surgery and Radiology, University of Texas Southwestern, was our guest speaker on January 18th. He lectured on “Modern Cerebrovascular Surgery: The Hybrid Approach to the Diseases We Own” for an audience of residents and faculty from neurosurgery, radiology, and other disciplines. Dr Welch and the residents enjoyed a dinner on Tuesday evening, and a case presentation round table with the residents and faculty following the lecture. 

We want to thank Dr Welch for the outstanding presentation, and greatly appreciate that he made the time in his busy schedule to reschedule his visit.