Ric talks with Dr. Jonathan Miller, a member of the neurosurgical team that will perform an awake deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery LIVE on television. The two-hour special will blend live coverage from the operating room at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio with preproduced features that chronicle what science and medicine have historically taught us about the brain and what is yet to be discovered. The live special will be hosted by veteran newscaster Bryant Gumbel.
DBS surgery was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration to treat essential tremor in 1997 and Parkinson’s disease in 2002. While it has become more readily available, this delicate procedure is performed only at select medical centers — like UH Case Medical Center — that have the trained physicians, nurses and technicians, and specialized equipment it requires.
Dr. Jonathan Miller is director, Center for Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery, UH Case Medical Center. He is also associate professor and vice chair for educational affairs, Department of Neurosurgery, Case Western Reserve University. Miller is board certified in neurologic surgery, and his special interests include neuromodulation, epilepsy surgery, DBS, movement disorders, neuropathic pain, cognitive/mood disorders, drug delivery, peripheral nerve surgery and traumatic brain injury.