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Dr. Walavan Sivakumar with AVM patient Malia
July 14, 2021

Patient Story: Malia’s Brain AVM Changed the Course of her Life

by Robin Banuelos

MEET MALIA Malia’s life changed in 2017 while on a college tour with her mother in Seattle, Washington. They were preparing for her next chapter in life as a 17-year-old junior in high school. This is a time when parents hope their healthy children can...

After Cushing's disease surgery at Pacific Neuroscience Institute
June 8, 2021

Treatment for a Benign Pituitary Tumor Gives Woman Her Life — and Body — Back

by Guest Author

Maple didn’t know what was happening to her. A resident of Hong Kong in her mid-20s, she suffered from frequent headaches, easy bruising, thinning hair and irregular periods. Maple blamed work-related stress and quit her job. But the symptoms persisted. Then her blood pressure started...

Barbara and John McLoughlin
May 25, 2021

Paying It Forward for Alzheimer’s Research

by Guest Author

BY NANCY SOKOLER STEINER / PHOTOGRAPHED BY PHILLIP GRAYBILL Thankful for medical research that has benefited them, the McLoughlin family donates to help others. Barbara and John McLoughlin have turned to Providence Saint John’s Health Center for their medical needs for close to six decades....

Joel B - Grateful Stroke Patient at Pacific Neuroscience Institute
April 7, 2021

Patient Story: Fighting for Life After Stroke

by Zara Jethani

A patient recollects a profound set of miracles at the worst time of his life in 2020 when he experienced a rare kind of stroke.

Sharmyn McGraw holding the book she authored
April 2, 2021

Cushing’s Disease Helped Shape My Wonderful Life

by Sharmyn McGraw

Now twenty-one years in remission from a pituitary adenoma tumor, Sharmyn McGraw, patient advocate, author, artist, and so much more, talks about the pivotal role of Cushing’s disease in her life. From dyslexia to writer and everything in between. Dealing with a life threatening disease,...

Dr. Barkhourdarian with a patient
September 25, 2020

Patient Story: Happy Days Because of a Hydrocephalus Hero

by Sharmyn McGraw

Abbie, a Beverly Hills, California resident was experiencing alarming deteriorating health with no diagnosis. Then she found neurosurgeon, Dr. Garni Barkhoudarian at Pacific Neuroscience Institute.

Pacific Neuroscience Institute’s stroke team at Providence Saint John’s Health Center
August 29, 2020

Teamwork for Another Stroke Patient Success Story

by Kamila Szweda

Pacific Neuroscience Institute’s stroke team at Providence Saint John’s Health Center and EMS come together safely during Covid-19 to provide life-saving stroke treatment A call of CODE STROKE is an everyday happening in a busy hospital, and for a person who is struck down by a...

Dr. Santosh Kesari and colleagues at Pacific Neuroscience Institute
February 4, 2020

Elaine’s Story: Her Husband’s Brain Tumor Diagnosis Changed Their Lives Forever

by Guest Author

Elaine Lipworth, a content writer at Thrive Global tells the story of her husband’s brainstem tumor diagnosis and how it drastically changed their lives. In the article titled, When My Husband Was Diagnosed With Cancer, Everything Changed, Elaine talks about how her outlook in life...

Neil Peart in concert
January 10, 2020

Rush Drummer Neil Peart Passes

by Zara Jethani

With heavy hearts, musicians and fans all over the world mourn the loss of Neil Peart, who died of brain cancer on January 7, 2020.

patient rori's story
January 8, 2020

PNI Finds Answers for Chasing the Cure Patient: Rori’s Story

by Zara Jethani

Rori used to be an elementary school teacher who loved working with kids. She lost the ability to walk and talk. With a diagnosis proving elusive, she and her husband Justin had to embark on a scavenger hunt. They reached out to “Chasing the Cure” for some answers and ended up at Pacific Neuroscience Institute.

Last updated: March 23rd, 2020