In the News - Neurosurgery

The Department of Neurosurgery keeps the public informed of developments via our e-newsletter, latest news releases and published academic articles. Our physicians have been featured often in local and national media outlets, including the prestigious PBS program The New Explorers. 


News Articles

News Releases



Are cell phones dangerous?
To watch Larry King's interview with Johnnie Cochran's widow, Dale, and his neurosurgeon Dr. Keith Black, Chairman of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurosurgery, please click here. 

Battling a Deadly Foe: Researchers at Cedars-Sinai are racing to develop experimental treatments, and even vaccines, for fast-growing malignant brain tumors like the one Senator Edward Kennedy has been diagnosed with (May 20, 2008). To read the complete article, please click here.

Black Enterprise Magazine: The May 2008 issue of Black Enterprise Magazine features their list of America's leading doctors including Cedars-Sinai's Dr. Keith Black, Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery; Director, Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute. To read the complete article, please click here.

  • Scientist Targeting Mechanisms and Treatment of Neurodegenerative Disorders Receives Endowed Chair at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (December 22, 2008)
  • Cedars-Sinai Researchers Present New Findings at Neuroscience Meetings (November 19, 2008)
  • Trilogy Image-Guided Radiosurgery System Precisely Targets Tumors and Lesions Near The Spinal Cord and Other Critical Structures (October 1, 2008)
  • New Methods Identify and Manipulate "Newborn" Cells in Animal Model of Parkinson's Disease (September 2, 2008)
  • Drugs Commonly Used for Erectile Dysfunction Allowed More Chemotherapy to Reach Brain Tumors in Laboratory Animal Study (July 28, 2008)
  • Brain Cancer Study: Magnitude of Post-Vaccine Immune Response Linked to Clinical Outcomes; Stronger Immune Response Correlates With Longer Survival, Giving Researchers a New Tool for Evaluating Effectiveness of Experimental Therapies (July 15, 2008)
  • Unexpected Results From Study in Mice May Open New Strategy Against Alzheimer's Disease (May 30, 2008)
  • Study in Mice Suggests Molecules in Plants Have Beneficial Effect on Alzheimer's Disease (May 6, 2008)
  • Denzel Washington's Hometown Hosts Awarding of Scholarships Bearing Washington Family Name (April 29, 2008)
  • Scientists Seek to Defeat Brain Cancer by Chipping Away at Its Foundation From Various Angles (April 21, 2008)
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Opens Patient Trial of Virus That Attacks Brain Cancer Cells (April 14, 2008)
  • Organization of Prominent Black Women Supports Medical History in the Making (February 12, 2008)


In early May, Keith L. Black, MD, Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery and Director, Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute, presided over the dedication of the Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Brain Tumor Center.

Dr. Black, Director of the Center, says "New discoveries and potential therapies will undergo the same extensive scrutiny as before, but the center and its dedicated personnel will allow us to streamline the process, efficiently advancing basic research findings into early human studies." To read about the Center and the event, click here.



The May 2006 issue of Los Angeles Magazine featured
an article on Keith L. Black, MD, Director of the Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

The four-page article is entitled, "Brain Power: for desperate
tumor patients, Cedars-Sinai surgeon Keith Black may be the
last, best hope."

To read the article, please click on the magazine cover to the

  • Gamma Knife Technology Now Available at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, New Center Adds to Comprehensive Cancer Treatment Options (November 28, 2006)
  • Synthetic Version of Scorpion Venom Delivers Radioactive Iodine to Malignant Brain Tumors (July 28, 2006)
  • Parents and Brother Rally to "Bring Back" 20-Year-Old Suffering Brain Injury in Car Crash (April 18, 2006)
  • Neurosurgeon Adam Mamelak Brings Expertise in Pituitary Surgery, Epilepsy, Tumor Research (January 7, 2006)









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