CEREBROVASCULAR: Dr. Ross is trained and experienced in minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of cerebrovascular disease, including embolization of vascular malformations, stent placement and acute stroke treatment. He is also an experienced microsurgeon, comfortable with the microscope for the open surgical procedures that are sometimes necessary. Treatment is offered at both Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, CA and Glendale Adventist Medical Center in Glendale, CA. A small number of patients with vascular problems of the brain or spinal cord, candidates for specialized radiation treatments, are referred to a neurosurgeon specializing in stereotactic radiosurgery.
EPILEPSY: Both stereotactic (minimally invasive) and open surgical techniques are needed for the surgical investigation and treatment of epilepsy. Dr. Ross works with Dr. William Sutherling’s epilepsy and brain mapping team at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, CA, providing modern surgical epilepsy care, including: stereotactic depth electrode and grid and strip electrode placement for investigation, surgical resection of epileptogenic tissue (removal of brain “scars” that cause epilepsy), corpus callosotomy, and vagus nerve stimulator implantation (www.epipro.com).
SPINE: Dr. Ross provides both minimally invasive and open surgical treatment of degenerative, traumatic and neoplastic spinal disorders. Minimally invasive procedures offered include: vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty, X-stop implantation, bone biopsy and microdiscectomy. With minimally invasive spine procedures, patients often go home on the same day of the procedure, or the following day. For certain conditions, more traditional open surgical conditions are provided for decompression and fusion of the damaged spine. The procedures are offered at both Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, CA and Glendale Adventist Medical Center in Glendale, CA.
TUMORS: Minimally invasive options for tumor treatment offered by Dr. Ross include: stereotactic biopsy, embolization of vascular tumors and image guided micro-resection. Dr. Ross refers patients who he feels need medical or radiation treatment of their tumor to other specialists with training in medical or radiation oncology.