Richardson Helps Bring DBS Procedure to Poland

Pittsburgh, April 26, 2013 -- R. Mark Richardson, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and head of the department’s brain stimulation and epilepsy surgery program, was an invited guest of the Medical Center of Postgraduate Education in Warsaw, where he helped the Bródnowski Regional Hospital perform the first two interventional-MRI deep brain stimulation (DBS) cases in Poland, establishing the center as only the second such facility in Europe to perform this procedure.

The milestone event drew wide spread attention across Poland with extensive coverage on national television. Dr. Richardson also met with the first lady of Poland, Anna Komorowska, to discuss the procedure and the implications of this technology for future applications, such as delivery of gene therapies.

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R. Mark Richardson, MD, PhD, addresses media in Poland.

“Establishing the interventional-MRI DBS program in Warsaw allows the center to move to the leading edge of real-time MRI-guided neurosurgery,” commented Dr. Richardson. “Poland is investing significant resources in developing the infrastructure necessary for this center to become a future leader in Europe for these procedures, potentially including MRI-guided gene therapy.”

Dr. Richardson's brain stimulation program at the University of Pittsburgh, is the only one in Pennsylvania that offers both awake frame-based DBS and asleep interventional-MRI based DBS to treat Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and pediatric movement disorders.