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Interventional Radiologist Joins Neurosciences Institute

Second interventional neuroradiologist on staff at CDH’s nationally recognized regional Stroke Center

Avi Mazumdar, MD WINFIELD, Ill., March 1, 2007 — Avi Mazumdar, MD, Interventional Neuroradiologist previously at University of Chicago and Hinsdale Hospital has joined the staff of Central DuPage Hospital (CDH). He will work alongside Harish Shownkeen, MD, medical director of the hospital’s renowned Neurosciences Institute.

“Our patients now have access to two highly skilled interventional neuroradiologists who can offer the most advanced services for stroke treatment and prevention in the region,” said Mike Vivoda, executive vice president, Physician Affairs, Central DuPage Hospital. “There are only 300 such physicians in the country who can perform these specialized, minimally invasive procedures to treat everything from stroke to spinal compression fractures, and we are truly fortunate to have both Drs. Mazumdar and Shownkeen at CDH.”

Since the opening of CDH’s Neurosciences Institute in the summer of 2005, more than 600 patients have been treated for acute stroke and other neurological emergencies. With participation in four national clinical trials and use of new interventional neuroradiology devices, CDH physicians have successfully extended the typical three hour acute stroke treatment window to six, eight and even ten hours.

Dr. Mazumdar’s previous experience includes serving as assistant professor of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology at the University of Chicago and as an interventional neuroradiology attending physician at Hinsdale Hospital. He earned a fellowship in Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology in St. Louis, where he also served his residency.  Dr. Mazumdar received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and his bachelor’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. An accomplished researcher with more than 15 years of experience, Dr. Mazumdar has also been published in a number of well-respected medical journals including the American Journal of Neuroradiology, Radiology and the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Interventional Neuroradiology

Interventional Neuroradiology is a minimally invasive approach to the treatment of vascular diseases of the central nervous system. Endovascular (within the blood vessels) procedures are used for patients with acute ischemic stroke, allowing treatment of previously untreatable or difficult lesions. Conditions in the past that would have required surgical intervention such as aneurysms, vascular malformations and tumors of the brain, spine, head and neck can be considered for treatment by using an endovascular approach to reach the lesion. The techniques, which rely on radiological technology, are generally easier for the patient because they involve no large incisions, less risk, less pain and shorter recovery times.

About the Neurosciences Institute at Central DuPage Hospital  

The Neurosciences team treats a wide range of acute and chronic neurological conditions: epilepsy and seizure disorders; back pain (herniated disks in the neck and back); spinal trauma, spinal tumors and scoliosis of the spine; brain tumors, pituitary tumors; encephalopathy, encephalitis, meningitis and neuropathies and other disorders related to the spine and central nervous system.  The Neurosciences Institute offers new hope for patients with the latest treatment options that include:

  • IV TPA clot-dissolving medication
  • Secondary prevention - carotid and vertebral artery angioplasty and stenting
  • Balloon angioplasty for proximal vasospasm
  • Drug infusion for distal vasospasm
  • Intra-cranial angioplasty and stenting
  • Tertiary prevention - intra-arterial thrombolysis
  • Medical clot removal with FDA-approved Merci device
  • Advanced clinical trials

Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. The hospital’s JCAHO-certified Stroke Center has been commended for excellence in care for the last four years by a national leading provider of independent hospital ratings. For additional information, please visit www.cdh.org or call 630-933-4CDH (4234).

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