Mission:BRAIN collaborates with the Mayo Clinic for a mission to Mexico City

June 5-9, 2018

The Mission:BRAIN team collaborated with the Mayo Clinic on an outreach trip to Mexico City in early June 2018.  The two organizations joined together to perform surgeries and participate in academic presentations at Hospital Juárez de México, Médica Sur Hospital and the National Institute of Pediatrics (INP). The trip began with lively educational Case Discussions among all the visiting surgeons, the host neurosurgical teams and the neurosurgical residents from each of the of the hospitals.   Mayo Clinic/Mission:BRAIN neurosurgeons included Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Dr. Kaisorn Chaichana and Dr. Leonardo Rangel-Castilla.

On the first surgery day, the team joined our host surgeon Dr. Arturo Ayala Arcipreste and Neurosurgery Chairman Dr. Rafael Mendizabal Guerra at the Hospital Juarez de México.  Six complex tumor surgeries were accomplished that day for patients between the ages of 9 and 64.

The second day of surgery took place at the Médica Sur Hospital, where a partnership with surgeons Dr. Jorge Navarro Bonnet, Dr. Ramiro del Valle Robles, Dr. Jesus Martinez Manrique and anesthesiologists Drs. Octavio González Chon and Mario Roca resulted in successful surgeries on two patients–one with a tumor and the other with a complex vascular malformation.  The second surgery required a special technique called “Awake Craniotomy”.

In the afternoon, the Mission:BRAIN and Mayo Clinic surgeons joined the hospital’s “General Session” of the month to present talks on brain tumor and stroke management.

The final day of the trip unfolded at the National Institute of Pediatrics.  Local neurosurgeons Dr. Alfonso Marhx Bracho and Dr. Javier Terrazo Lluch hosted the team as they operated on a very difficult brain tumor for a 3-year-old child.  The case required specialized brain monitoring using intraoperative electroencephalogram (EEG).  This operation was made possible by the donation of this $10,000 piece of monitoring equipment by Mission:BRAIN following our fundraising event last November in the Mexican capital.

Thanks again to all of our wonderful donors!  Every contribution goes toward funding the missions and medical equipment.

Mission to Monterrey

March 23-25, 2018 

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A Mission: BRAIN team of volunteers participated in an altruistic mission to Monterrey, Mexico from March 23-25. The surgeries took place at Christus Muguerza de Alta Especialidad, which donated the operating rooms, supplies and the postoperative care. Participants included our own Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa (Neurosurgeon), Luis Rodriguez (Pediatric Neurosurgeon), Selby Chen (Neurosurgeon), Leonardo Rangel-Castilla (Neurosurgeon), José Humberto Guajardo (Neurosurgeon), Jesús Manuel Ortiz Nieto (Neurosurgeon), Roxana Hoyos (Anesthesiologist), Tito Saldívar (Intensivist) and Jesús Rodriguez (Otorhinolaryngologist). One example of the patients, who underwent surgery, was a four-year-old boy with a large brain tumor called a craniopharyngioma. He would not have been able to have the surgery without the aid from UDEM, the generous donations of the hospital, the expertise and equipment of the surgeons. In addition to the surgeries, toys were donated and delivered to the pediatric patients in the public hospital, Hospital Materno. Many thanks to Carla Vazquez-Ramos for coordinating this great trip and to Veronica and Federico Clariond for doing an event that brought joy to so many.

Successful Fundraiser for Puerto Rico

On February 24, 2018, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa and Mission:BRAIN  hosted a fabulous afternoon fundraiser at TPC Sawgrass Golf Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  Speakers from the Mayo Clinic, Florida, the University of Puerto Rico and the Priester Foundation highlighted the program.  The luncheon was a wonderful success and, through generous donors, raised over $30,000 for essential services and medical care for the hurricane-devastated island of Puerto Rico.