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Movement Disorders Community Lecture 2018

Movement Disorders Community Lecture: March 10, 2018

March 10, 2018

Come to a free lecture on Parkinson’s and essential tremor in Palos Verdes. Learn to separate truth from myth regarding movement disorders and hear about the latest treatment options.

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Brain Tumor Support Group

Brain Tumor Support Group

May 11, 2017 – December 31, 2020

Ongoing: Free Brain Tumor Support Group Meetings

3rd Wednesday of each month: 1 – 2 pm

Providence Saint John’s Health Center
2121 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90404
Team Conference Room, First Floor

Please call Lind Roberts for details at 310-829-8524

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Stroke Support Group #PNI

Stroke Patient Support Group

May 11, 2017 – December 31, 2020

Ongoing: Stroke Patient Support Group Meetings

Free meetings:
First Friday of each month: 2 – 3 pm

Providence Saint John’s Health Center
2121 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404
4th Floor Conference Room (CSS)

Free valet parking

For more information, please call 310-582-7383 or email us at

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Parkinson's Disease Patient Support Group

LIFE IN MOTION: Parkinson's Disease Support Group

June 20, 2017 – December 31, 2020

Ongoing: Free Parkinson's Disease Support Group Meetings

3rd Tuesday of each month: 6 – 7:30 pm

Providence Saint John’s Health Center
2121 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90404
Flora Thornton Conference, First Floor

Please contact Giselle Tamula for details at 310-582-7433 or

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PNI Press Releases & News Clips


What is a Mini-Stroke? Dr. Jason Tarpley Explains

Nov 1 2017: Pacific Stroke & Aneurysm director Dr. Jason Tarpley MD PhD talks to SELF magazine about strokes and mini-strokes called Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs).

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Dr. Saria helps patients get through Chemotherapy

Marlon Garzo Saria PhD RN is one of the experts who offers his take on some helpful things to get a loved one who is going through cancer and treatment. Dr. Saria heads up our Center for Quality Outcomes & Research.

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Important Patient Care Study Funded

Oct 6, 2017 - Congratulations to Marlon Garzo Saria, PhD, RN and team! They have received funding for this important study: Optimizing Palliative Care for Patients with Brain Cancer & Their Families.

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Providence Saint John's 75th Gala

Drs. Kesari and Tarpley make a great showing at Saint John's 75th Gala

Oct 21, 2017: Drs. Jason Tarpley and Santosh Kesari represented Pacific Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint John's Health Center's 75th Gala event, celebrating science, research and medicine. Image: Dr. Kesari with actors Helen Hunt and Jay Huguley.

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Gym Bag for Parkinson's disease

Dr. Melita Petrossian encourages exercise for Parkinson's disease patients

Oct 24, 2017: Pacific Movement Disorders Center director, Melita Petrossian, MD is a big proponent of exercise as part of the therapeutic tool kit for Parkinson's disease patients. Read Brian Grant Foundation's recommendations for getting a fun and functional gym bag together and Dr. Petrossian's words of encouragement.

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Recent PNI Publications

cns Oncology

Drs. Saria and Kesari Publish Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma Case Study

Oct 6, 2017: In a rare case study published in CNS Oncology, skin cancer spreading to the brain was treated with a drug combination that was found to benefit the patient.

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young woman

Dr. Melanie Goldfarb on Survivorship Care Gap for Young Adult Survivors of Thyroid Cancer

Sept 10, 2017: Although thyroid cancer is among the five most common carcinomas diagnosed in adolescents and young adults, Dr. Goldfarb's research shows a disconnect in their follow-up care. Read more about what can be done.

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Santosh Kesari MD PhD, and Colleagues Publish New Glioblastoma Papers

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Expert Review Neurotherapeutics

Dr. Santosh Kesari publishes a GBM review about further understanding of the pathology of glioma: implications for the clinic

July 2017 - Glioma classification and grading has been historically based in morphologic appearance of tumor cells: astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas, oligoastrocytomas and ependymomas. Recent molecular advances have transformed the field of neuro-oncology, as some molecular markers harbor diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic implications.

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Cognitive Dysfunction In Cancer Is More Than “Chemobrain”

July 2017: Drs. Marlon Saria and Santosh Kesari's article appears in the new issue of Cancer Connect. It explores the idea of an increasing number of individuals surviving a cancer diagnosis and the common concerns raised by cancer survivors -- cognitive dysfunction, frequently referred to as “chemobrain”.

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Faculty Educational Events

ANA Oct 2017
Oct 15-17, 2017
Dr. Kesari “Leader in the Field” Presenter at 142nd Annual American Neurological Association Meeting

October 15-17, 2017: Santosh Kesari, MD, PhD will be the speaker for the LEADER IN THE FIELD PRESENTATION at this year's ANA annual meeting in San Diego, CA. His talk is called "Precision Medicine and Immunotherapy in Neuro-Oncology: Opportunities and Challenges." Medical professionals can still register.

Apr 26-30, 2017
Dr. Chester Griffiths Presents at Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM)

April 26 - 30: Chester Griffiths, MD, FACS, is presents at the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM) in San Diego.

International Stroke Conference 2017
Feb 22-24, 2017
International Stroke Conference 2017

Pacific Stroke & Aneurysm Center director, Jason Tarpley, MD, PhD, will be attending the largest stroke conference in the world and finding out about the latest ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke research.

Nov 17-20, 2016
Society for Neuro-Oncology 21st Annual Meeting

The Annual Scientific Meeting will feature the latest in clinical and research advancements including plenary sessions on the 2016 revision of the WHO Classification of CNS Tumors and a separate session focused on Epigenetics in Brain Tumors. PNI's Dr. Santosh Kesari will present.

Stryker-Trevo Stent Retreiver
Jul 26, 2016
Acute Stroke: Advanced Treatment and Guidelines

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Pacific Stroke and Neurovascular Center‬ Director, Jason Tarpley, MD, PhD, will be conducting a Continuing Medical Education (CME) lecture at Centinela Hospital Medical Center.

To attend, medical personnel may call: 310.673.4660 Ext 7266

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CME Events for Physicians & Medical Staff


Monthly Brain & Pituitary Tumor CME Conference

June 6-6, 2020

Monthly Brain & Pituitary Tumor CME Conferences take place on the 4th Wednesday of each month 7:30-9AM.

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