SEATTLE, Oct. 6, 2005 -- The Seattle Neuroscience Institute (SNI) at Swedish Medical Center is preparing to enter its next phase of growth with the addition of new leading-edge facilities and three new, prominent neurosurgeons. Ground breaking on the new $30 million facilities, which will initially include four state-of-the-art operating rooms some with neuro-interventional radiology capabilities, will begin by year's end. Launched last fall, the SNI has set a charter to serve as the preeminent neuroscience provider in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Today's announcements advance that effort.
The SNI is currently comprised of 10 leading neurosurgeons, 23 regionally recognized neurologists and more than 30 other neuro specialists utilizing the most advanced technologies and the soon-to-be-realized benefits of a newly designed facility. The Institute is headed by two of the nation's top neurosurgeons, Marc R. Mayberg, M.D., formerly chairman of Neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, and David W. Newell, M.D., formerly chief of Neurosurgery at Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. The two have assembled a team of renowned neurosurgeons and neurologists comprised of leading specialists already on staff at Swedish Medical Center and neurosurgeons they have recruited from other centers. The SNI has added Greg D. Foltz, M.D., from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. In addition, Peter C. Nora, M.D., and John K. Hsiang, M.D., Ph.D., have both recently joined SNI from Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle.
Dr. Foltz brings a strong research focus to SNI, where he is seeking advances in the treatment and care of malignant brain tumors and complex disorders of the craniocervical junction. He also maintains an active nonprofit educational organization for young neurosurgeons from developing countries. Dr. Foltz will be collaborating in the laboratory with Dr. Leroy Hood of the Institute for Systems Biology, investigating the genomic and proteomic aspects of human brain tumors.
Dr. Nora specializes in the surgical treatment of movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease and essential tremor, using deep brain stimulation (DBS). He has the largest DBS practice in the region. At SNI, Dr. Nora will oversee a comprehensive movement disorders program as well as an active DBS research program seeking advances for essential tremor, Parkinson's disease and dystonia.
Dr Hsiang specializes in the surgical treatment of complex spinal disorders and is the principal investigator of a large clinical trial for artificial cervical disc implants. At SNI, Dr. Hsiang will work closely with other neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons at Swedish to further develop the spine program.
"The expansion of facilities, addition of new clinical programs, and the recruitment of world-class specialists highlights Swedish Medical Center's commitment to the advancement of neuroscience and the care for those suffering from neurological disorders," said Dr. Mayberg, co-executive director of SNI. "With an aging population, the prevalence of neurological disorders in the United States continues to rise. By creating an institute dedicated solely to the treatment and advancement of knowledge in this field, we will help people throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond who otherwise may not have access to this level of care."
"Many hospitals provide neurological care but none have consolidated services, expertise and leading-edge technology at the level of the Seattle Neuroscience Institute," continued Dr. Mayberg.
Dr. Newell, co-executive director and medical director of SNI, added, "We have gained tremendous benefits by establishing SNI in the Northwest. We have an excellent team of Swedish-affiliated neurosurgeons and neurologists already on staff, and we have access to Seattle's growing bio-tech, software and engineering industries. SNI is a confluence of world-class offerings, and we couldn't be more optimistic and excited about its potential."
While Swedish will not break ground on the new facilities for a few more weeks, SNI surgeons and neurologists continue their life-saving work treating patients.
The core hub of SNI will be located at Swedish Medical Center/Providence Campus on 17th and Jefferson in the Squire Park neighborhood, which is located just east of downtown Seattle. Once complete, the new roughly 47,000-square-foot facility will be an addition to the Swedish/Providence Campus and include four state-of-the-art operating rooms some with neuro-interventional radiology capabilities, and a renovated neuro intensive care unit. The operating rooms (ORs) will be equipped with intra-operative MRI and CT, advanced neurophysiologic monitoring, and communication systems to enable electronic exchange from the ORs to teaching sites on campus and around the world. Development is expected to be complete by the end of 2006.
In 2004, Swedish Medical Center expanded its neuroscience services by establishing the Seattle Neuroscience Institute at Swedish Medical Center. The team of leading neurosurgeons and other specialists are building a world-class institute dedicated solely to the treatment and advancement of neurological disorders for patients in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Formerly known as the Swedish Neuroscience Institute, the name was changed to reflect the program's broader scope and reach. The Swedish Medical Center/Providence Campus has been designated as the hub for the Institute and is being upgraded with four state-of-the-art operating rooms some with neuro-interventional radiology capabilities, and a renovated neuro intensive-care unit. Although the Institute is based at Swedish/Providence, neuroscience research and treatment continues to be a multi-campus program. SNI specializes in the research for and treatment of stroke, movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, tremors and Tourette's syndrome; epilepsy; child neurological disorders; neuro-ophthalmology; headaches; multiple sclerosis and many other neurological conditions and diseases.
Swedish Medical Center is the largest, most comprehensive, nonprofit health provider in the Pacific Northwest. It is comprised of three hospital campuses (First Hill, Providence and Ballard), a new community-based emergency room and specialty center in Issaquah, Swedish Home Care Services and Swedish Physicians -- a network of 12 primary-care clinics. In addition to general medical and surgical care, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiac care, oncology, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, neurological care, sleep medicine, pediatrics, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org