Eight New Physicians Join Seattle’s Swedish Neuroscience Institute

Eight New Physicians Join Seattle’s Swedish Neuroscience Institute

SEATTLE, Wash. – February 23, 2011 – Swedish, the largest, most comprehensive non-profit health provider in the Pacific Northwest, today announced it has added eight physicians to its Neuroscience Institute medical staff. The eight new physicians are Drs. Arthur Lam, Pavle Repovic, Lee Liou, Ednea Simon, Lina Fine, Ronald Young, Douglas Backous and Amer Malik. These doctors specialize in the treatment of advanced neurological disorders and diseases including hearing and skull base tumors, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular disorders, stroke, pediatric epilepsy, sleep disorders and others.

These specialists are now part of the Swedish Neuroscience Institute, which offers a full range of services and the most progressive medical and surgical treatments in virtually every neurological field. The Swedish Neuroscience Institute is led by two of the country’s top neurosurgeons – Co-Executive Directors Marc R. Mayberg, M.D. and David W. Newell, M.D. Together with a team of more than 90 neurologists, neurosurgeons and subspecialists, they are leading a major expansion of neuroscience services at Swedish to better serve the region.

“These physicians join an excellent team of experienced neurosurgeons and neurologists on staff at Swedish,” said Marc Mayberg, co-executive director of Swedish Neuroscience Institute. “The prevalence of neurological diseases and disorders is on the rise due to aging population growth in the United States. By expanding our services, we help a great portion of our Northwest population who otherwise may not have access to this level of care.”

DR. ARTHUR LAM joins the Swedish Neuroscience Institute and Physician Anesthesia Services as medical director of neuroanesthesia and neurocritical care, and medical director of the Spencer Vascular Laboratory. Dr. Lam’s primary research interests focuses on the effects of anesthetic agents and techniques on cerebral blood flow and metabolism and the multi-modality monitoring of neurosurgical patients.

Dr. Lam received his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Dr. Lam completed two residencies in anesthesia at the University of Western Ontario, Toronto, General Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children. Prior to joining Swedish, Dr. Lam was chief of neuroanesthesia and anesthesiologist-in-chief at Harborview Medical Center and professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Washington.

DR. PAVLE REPOVIC specializes in autoimmune disorders, multiple sclerosis, neuroimmunology, and immunology. Dr. Repovic received his combined M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2004. He completed his neurology residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital in 2008, followed by a fellowship at the Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Dr. Repovic is also a certified diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

DR. LEE LIOU, who specializes in general neurology and neuromuscular disease, joins the Swedish Neuroscience Institute as an outpatient clinician and hospitalist. Dr. Liou earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Mich. in 2003. He earned his doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California Los Angeles in 1999. Dr. Liou’s residency was in neurology at the University of Washington. Dr. Liou concluded his fellowship in clinical neuromuscular/EMG and translational research at the University of Washington.

DR. EDNEA SIMON joins the Epilepsy and Pediatric Neurology team at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute. She was previously on the faculaty in the Department of Pediatric Neurology and Epilepsy at Childrens Hospital in Seattle. Dr. Simon is a member of the American Epilepsy Society, the Child Neurology Society and the American Academy of Neurology. Her research experience includes a fellowship in functional neuroimaging and basic research in post-traumatic epilepsy. Dr. Simon earned her medical degree from the State University of Campinas School of Medicine in Brazil. She is certified in neurology with special qualification in child neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Her extensive clinical training includes a mini fellowship in pediatric epilepsy, fellowship in clinical neurophysiology, residency in child neurology, clinical fellowship in child neurology and residency in pediatrics.

DR. LINA FINE specializes in sleep medicine and neuropsychiatry. She has conducted extensive research on insomnia, neuropharmacology and neurochemistry. Dr. Fine received her medical degree from the Tel Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine in 2003 and previously attended Cambridge, Harvard and Cornell Universities. Dr. Fine is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Her post-graduate training includes a sleep medicine and neurophysiology fellowship at the Center for Sleep Medicine and a neuropsychiatry residency at Columbia New York Presbyterian Hospital.

DR. RONALD YOUNG, a nationally recognized pioneer in the use of Gamma Knife for benign conditions, joins Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Program at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute. Dr. Young has amassed more than 37 years of experience in both private practice and academic environments. Previously, he was the director of the Gamma Knife Center at Northwest Hospital for 17 years, served as head of neurosurgery at the University of California Irvine and was a professor at the University of California Los Angeles. He also has expertise in Deep Brain Stimulation. Dr. Young earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1965. He completed a surgical internship at the University of Minnesota Hospital and his residency in neurosurgery at VA Hospital, Long Beach, Calif., and at the State University of New York Medical Center in Syracuse, New York.

DR. DOUGLAS BACKOUS oversees the Center for Hearing and Skull Base Surgery, a practice to help those living with hearing loss, deafness, ear disease and skull base tumors. Dr. Backous’s particular interests include cochlear and auditory brainstem implants, middle ear implants, facial nerve disorders, otosclerosis, chronic otitis media, acoustic neuromas, inherited ear malformations, neurofibromatosis type-2, and hereditary and childhood hearing loss. Dr. Backous received his medical degree from the University of Washington before completing his residency in otolaryngology at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Backous also did a fellowship in neurotology at John Hopkins University.

DR. AMER MALIK, who specializes in ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke care, joins the Swedish Neuroscience Institute Stroke Program. Dr. Malik received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2005 while also obtaining an MBA in health care management and finance. He completed his neurology residency at the University of Utah School of Medicine in 2009, when he was awarded the Neurology Resident Teacher of the Year Award for 2008-2009. Most recently, Dr. Malik completed his vascular neurology fellowship at the UPMC Stroke Institute at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is also a member of several professional societies including the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology, the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association, and the American Academy of Neurology.

About Swedish

Established in 1910, Swedish has grown over the last 100 years to become the largest, most comprehensive non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of three hospital campuses – First Hill, Cherry Hill and Ballard– a freestanding emergency department and ambulatory care center in Issaquah, Swedish Visiting Nurse Services, and the Swedish Physician Division – a network of more than 40 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area. In fall 2009, Swedish broke ground on a new medical office building and hospital in the Issaquah Highlands. More recently, Swedish opened an emergency department and medical office building in Ballard and a freestanding emergency department and ambulatory care center facility in Redmond. A similar emergency department will be opening in Mill Creek in February 2011. In addition to general medical and surgical care, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org.

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