Dr. Lopes and the Cerebrovascular Program at Rush
Growing up with a father who is a neurosurgeon, Dr. Lopes learned first-hand about the experiences and challenges of patients coping with vascular problems involving the brain and spine. He became a neurosurgeon to pursue the search for a cure for these often devastating vascular diseases of the brain and spine.
In 2001, Dr. Lopes was invited to head the Cerebrovascular Program at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He was the first dual-trained neurosurgeon in Chicago and one of the first in the United States. A dual-trained neurosurgeon is able to repair blood vessels using open and endovascular surgical approaches. This skill set was very important in building a strong and comprehensive Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery Program at Rush. In 2007, Dr. Michael Chen, an interventional neurologist, joined the Rush cerebrovascular team and Dr. Roham Moftakhar, a dual-trained neurosurgeon, joined in 2012.
Over the years we have built an incredible structure to help our patients by offering a carefully orchestrated approach to cerebrovascular disease (aneurysm, arteriovenous malformation (AVM) and stroke). Patients have the best available surgical expertise and medical care managing team for all areas of cerebrovascular care via the Cerebrovascular Program at Rush University Medical Center, including:
- Center for Neuroendovascular Surgery
- Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
- Cerebrovascular Radiosurgery
- Rush Comprehensive Stroke Center
To have an impact on the morbidity caused by stroke, we need to take our patients from the challenges of a potentially life-threatening new diagnosis to a resolution of the concerns with our best medical advice. The decision making process to determine the most promising course of treatment for conditions like cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and stroke can be a very humbling experience, and often not a very straightforward one. The Rush Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery team focuses on making this experience as transparent, safe and comfortable as possible for our patients and families – and everyday we are decreasing the morbidity and mortality of stroke.
Video and images courtesy of Rush University Medical Center.