Parents honor their daughter’s life with donations to St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Rosy and Curvin Zimmerman recently visited St. Louis Children’s Hospital to give thanks to the many physicians and surgeons who took care of their daughter, Everlee RyAnn Zimmerman. In honor of what would have been Everlee’s second birthday, Rosy and Curvin created an online wish list of donation items for Children’s Hospital. Team Everlee came […]

IpsiHand stroke-recovery device named product of year by science society

Multidisciplinary Washington University research led to device’s development The IpsiHand, an innovative stroke-recovery device that helps stroke patients recover significant arm and hand function by retraining their brains, has received the 2021 Pantheon Product of the Year Award from California Life Sciences. The organization advocates for the state’s life sciences sector and its innovation pipeline […]

Limbrick co-chairs fundraiser

Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery David Limbrick MD, PhD, served as Physician Chair of  St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Play Date on Nov. 6, 2021. This event raises money to fund pediatric research, including pediatric brain tumor research. Due to Covid restrictions, this year’s Play Date was an outdoor, drive-in movie night.

Thrombectomy Center opens in St. Peters

Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital has opened its Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center, a first in our region. Washington University neurosurgeons and colleagues in neurology and neuroradiology are prepared, with the latest technology, to offer emergent endovascular treatment of ischemic stroke at this conveniently located community-based center. The facility has an on-call neurovascular and neuro-interventional team that is […]

Cerebral Palsy patient gains mobility through Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery

Cerebral palsy patient Alexa Reed prepares for the removal of her PERCS cast and the first step toward learning to use her new legs, now free from spasticity.

For the first four years of her life, Alexa Reed struggled with muscle tightness and everyday activities such as walking. Her daily struggle was deeply concerning for her parents, who didn’t understand what was wrong.   “From the time Alexa was old enough to walk, we knew something was different,” said Amy Reed, Alexa’s mother. “People […]

Clinical trial focused on restoring arm, hand function after spinal cord injury

Chad Pritts with his wife Melissa, son Chase, and daughter Brooklyn.

After being thrown from an ATV, Chad Pritts cushioned his son’s fall, preventing major injuries for his five-year-old. Pritts, however, wasn’t so fortunate. The father of two was left paralyzed from the chest down, unable to do things he used to take for granted: bathing, eating, dressing, and helping, even playing, with his children.   He […]

Park named Margery Campbell Fort Professor of Neurological Surgery

T.S. Park is honored by Dean Perlmutter and Dr. Gregory Zipfel.

Recognized for pioneering accomplishments in pediatric neurosurgery Pediatric neurosurgeon Tae Sung Park, MD, one of the top  neurosurgeons worldwide in his field, has been named the Margery Campbell Fort Professor of Neurological Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The professorship was established by St. Louis philanthropist and businessman Jeffrey Fort in memory […]

Deep brain stimulation stops tremor symptoms and improves lives

Bill and Jo Ann Trefts, pictured with grandson EJ, both lived with essential tremor for decades before being treated with deep brain stimulation.

“I started shaking in 5th grade,” says Jo Ann Trefts, who suffered from tremors for decades until being treated with deep brain stimulation (DBS). Her husband Bill Trefts also developed essential tremor at a young age. In his case, the shaking developed as a college student. He was majoring in music and playing the organ. […]

New Brain Tumor Center at Siteman Cancer Center

New Brain Tumor Center at Siteman Cancer Center

With more than 100 scientists and clinicians dedicated to benign and malignant tumors, the Brain Tumor Center is focused on developing the most innovative and effective therapies to treat brain tumors. The Center’s multidisciplinary approach has already led to several ground-breaking clinical trials, offered at Siteman Cancer Center, including immunotherapy, genomics-based precision medicine, and laser […]

Growing up with epilepsy, Emma celebrates a year without seizures

Emma Beutow can’t remember life without epilepsy, but her mom Misty recalls the first time Emma had a seizure at age 3. Actually, she didn’t know it was a seizure until later.  Like many people, Misty associated seizures with dramatic convulsions. Emma’s seizures were more subtle.   “She would do these weird things where she would […]