Neuro-Elf sitting by coffee maker.

Elfisode 7: Cool Beanz!

December 23, 2019

HEY! Busy elves need coffee breaks too! C’mon, people. Those toys aren’t going to make themselves.



Neuro Elf in a glass jar with blue ornaments.

Elfisode 6: Strictly Ornamental

December 20, 2019

“Forget your baubles, c’mon get happy…”  



Department of Neurosurgery team members wearing holiday themed sweaters.

Sweater Weather

December 19, 2019

Team members from the department recently had some fashionable holiday fun coordinating a cozy sweater soiree. Everyone looks so festive!



Neuro Elf climbs a Christmas tree. He's so close to the top!

Elfisode 5: Cutehanger

December 19, 2019

Is he climbing the tree or…just giving it a really big hug? We’re not sure, but his enthusiasm is infectious! Go, Neuro-Elf! Go!



An elf sits in a trophy.

Elfisode 4: Trophy Life

December 17, 2019

For all his unrepentant mischief-making, the Neuro-Elf still holds the #1 spot in our hearts this holiday season.



The neuro-elf swings by a ribbon.

Elfisode 3: Mission Imp-Possible

December 16, 2019

Looks like the Neuro-Elf is at it again with hi(gh)jinks. Such a troublemaker! At least he’s practicing good safety habits with that helmet.



An elf sits in front of a diagram depicting the skeleton of a reindeer.

Elfisode 2: Class Act

December 11, 2019

Our resident elf was recently found hard at work in the reindeer anatomy lab. Good for you, Neuro-Elf! Way to rack up those Continuing Medical Education credit hours.



An elf melts a snowman with a hairdryer.

Enter the Neuro-Elf

December 10, 2019

It looks like our resident elf has been busy making mischief at the Department of Neurosurgery this holiday season… Maybe you can find a better spot to blow your hair dry next time, Neuro-Elf?



People standing over cadavers in a lab.

Cadaver Lab

November 27, 2019

In our most recent cadaver lab, residents learned how to perform a minimally invasive spine fusion technique called an XLIF (Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) by NuVasive. The residents are using the ORBEYE, a high definition 3D exoscope that aids surgeons in microsurgical technique.



Dr. Burma holds up award at SNO conference.

Society for Neuro-Oncology Annual Meeting and Education Day (2019)

November 25, 2019

Dr. Sandeep Burma (Neurosurgery and Biochemistry & Structural Biology) received the “Award for Excellence in Adult Basic Science” at the Society for NeuroOnclogy (SNO) Annual Meeting in Phoenix. The award, sponsored by the National Brain Tumor Society, was given for his laboratory’s research on the role of senescent astrocytes in promoting brain tumor development which […]