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Sep 18, 2018 · Let's Chat: Ken Burns film, "The Mayo Clinic, Faith - Hope - Science" in Just Want to Talk

I was able to attend the pre-screening event in Rochester, which showed the film in its entirety. I would encourage everyone to watch it next week, or set your DVR. Really inspiring!

Sep 8, 2017 · Ovarian Cancer, Obesity Treatment and Blood Donor Guidelines

On the Mayo Clinic Radio podcast, Dr. Carrie Langstraat, a gynecologic oncologist at Mayo Clinic, discusses treatment options for ovarian cancer and the hopes for improving early detection. Also on the podcast, Dr. Andres Acosta, a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic, reviews a new, individualized approach to treating obesity through the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine. And Dr. Justin Kreuter, medical director for the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program, shares the new eligibility guidelines for blood donors with previous cancer diagnoses.


Mar 2, 2017 · Transforming a Life: Mayo Clinic's First Face Transplant

“There are no words to express just how grateful I am for this gift,” says Andy Sandness. The 32-year old Wyoming man received the first-ever face transplant preformed at Mayo Clinic. “This is an extraordinary example of the teamwork, collaboration and compassion that we provide,” says Samir Mardini, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of Mayo Clinic’s Essam and Dalal Obaid Center for Reconstructive Transplant Surgery. In announcing details of the procedure, Dr. Mardini added, “I couldn’t be more proud of this team.”


Going to surgery

May 2, 2016 · Simulation Center 3D Images Aid Surgical Planning

When a young patient came to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. with a benign tumor in his right cheek earlier this year, doctors knew surgery was necessary. The lesion, known as a nerve sheath tumor, was causing debilitating headaches, and prior surgery at another institution had been unsuccessful.

A relatively rare tumor, the usual surgery prescribed for this condition would be complicated. The tumor was at the base of the skull and the typical approach would have involved a multi-hour surgery, significant facial incision, substantial blood loss and a high risk for complication. In addition, the patient would lose several teeth and have considerable post-operative scarring.

Anatamoge table

John Casler, M.D. and Conrad Dove

John Casler, M.D., Chair of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT), considered alternative approaches and settled on one he thought would minimize risk and achieve the best outcomes. But he wasn’t sure it would provide him the right access or exposure to the tumor. Collaborating with colleagues at the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Simulation Center, Dr. Casler and his team used a 3-D multimedia device known as an Anatomage table, to visualize the tumor and the surrounding tissues and to walk through the actual procedure.

The table converts the multiple cross sections of traditional CT and MRI images into a 3D model which physicians and surgeons can manipulate to better understand the individual patient’s anatomy, and the location of tumors in relation to nerves and blood vessels.

The team was able to identify potential complications and develop a plan to ensure the best outcomes. In early April the patient underwent surgery successfully – in less time than originally thought and without surprises.

Update (5/4/16): Simulation Center Specialist Conrad Dove and Dr. Casler provided a demonstration of the Anatomage table on Facebook Live this morning, and were joined by the patient to review how it was used in this case. See the post embedded below:

Apr 26, 2016 · What is Epilepsy Surgery? in Epilepsy & Seizures

That was the topic of a presentation by Mayo Clinic Pediatric Neurosurgeon Nicholas Wetjen, M.D. recently in Minneapolis. We broadcast it on Facebook Live, and you can go here to see it if you’re interested: