Rothfus Visits UPMC Presbyterian

Pittsburgh, September 24, 2013 -- U.S. Rep. Keith J. Rothfus (R-Pa) visited UPMC Presbyterian, September 24, in an effort to learn more about the health system’s advanced neurological services including cognitive care, neurology, neurological surgery and telemedicine service lines.

Included in his visit was a tour of a state-of-the-art UPMC Presbyterian operating room where he had a first-hand view of a clipping of a brain aneurysm. Department of Neurological Surgery chairman Robert Friedlander, MD, explained the procedure and pointed out the many advanced tools and technology that help make the procedure accurate and safe.

Keith Rothfus Operating Room
Department of Neurological Surgery chairman Robert Friedlander points out surgical procedures on operating room monitor to Rep. Keith Rothfus.

Rep. Rothfus also visited the Neurology Conference Center and the UPMC Stroke Institute. Doctors and administrators highlighted the value of telemedicine and UPMC’s role in Telestroke across eighteen hospitals in the UPMC system. They also pointed out to the congressman the value of face-to-face patient/doctor interaction and the importance of timely patient access to a neurology specialist.

The visit was coordinated by Partha Thirumala, MD, co-director of the UPMC Center for Clinical Neurophysiology. Accompanying the congressman on his tour were Neil Busis, MD, UPMC neurologist and American Academy of Neurology board of director member; Pat Conway, department of neurology executive administrator; Ryan Yuhas, UPMC director of federal relations; and Natasa Sokolovich, executive director of UPMC Telemedicine. Jeffrey Balzer, PhD, and Donald Crammond, PhD, both of the UPMC Center for Clinical Neurophysiology, also assisted in the operating room presentation.

Rothfus Conference
Rep. Rothfus (center, left) listens as UPMC doctors and administrators point out the challenges of providing
state-of-the-art neurological care.

Rep. Rothfus serves Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district, which includes all of Beaver County and parts of Allegheny, Cambria, Lawrence, Somerset, and Westmoreland Counties. He was elected to congress in 2012 and currently serves on the House Committee on Financial Services, the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.