Battle is Personal

The Battle Has Become Personal for Neurosurgeon When it comes to attacking the most aggressive forms of cancer in the brain, it’s not just a job for neurosurgeon Edie Zusman, M.D. It’s personal. Personalized medicine, that is. It’s a high-tech tactic focused on creating the perfect weapon to wipe out glioblastoma and other tumors. It…
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Brain Tumor Vanquished

Ana Maria Santos, 60, rarely gets headaches, but one day she got a doozy. “I don’t like to take any pills, but I took a Tylenol and called my husband, Armando,” remembers the longtime Dixon resident. “He didn’t seem to understand how bad it was.” Armando, who works in environmental services for David Grant Medical…
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Minutes Matter…

Clot-Busting Drug Delivered in Time Wayne credits his family’s quick action for helping him survive his stroke. With him from left, Scottie Senalik and Jeremy and Ryan Epperson with children Evan and Weber. Wayne Senalik was feeling fit and relaxed on a balmy Sunday in May. He and his wife, Scottie, were looking forward to…
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Painfree & Grateful

Surgery Gives Retiree His Life Back Valiollah Eslami Amirabadi, visiting from Iran, right, gratefully thanks Dr.Jeffrey Dembner for restoring his health, while daughter Sedigheh Ghods watches. After Iranian doctors told Valiollah Eslami Amirabadi that he’d have to live with intense back pain, he felt hopeless. But during a visit with his daughter and her family…
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Brain Power

NorthBay and Neurosurgeon Team Up to Usher in a New Era What would inspire a man to give up a successful neurosurgical practice in Newport Beach and move 400 miles north to settle in Solano County? For Jeffrey Dembner, M.D., the answer is simple: The opportunity to build NorthBay Healthcare’s Center for Neuroscience from the…
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A Neurosurgeon’s Arsenal

The list of our high-tech equipment reads like a classified military document. There’s the Stealth Navigator and the O-Arm. The Pentero microscope. There’s the Ultrasonic Aspirator and ICP Monitor. You’d have to be a brain surgeon to understand it. Exactly. The aforementioned list includes some of the state-of-the-art technology in the arsenal of Dr. Jeffrey…
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Keeping Seizures at Bay

Although it has been 14 years since her first epileptic seizure, Pat Scholl can recall the moments leading up to it in vivid detail, as if it happened just moments ago. The then-44-year-old middle school math teacher was at home in Dixon tutoring a seventh-grade student. “I had just asked her to define ‘sublimation.’ I…
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New Era: Neuroscience

Neuroscience. The very mention of the word evokes images of brain scans, high-tech equipment and an alphabet soup of tests such as MRI, CT scan and the x-ray. Some may think it’s synonymous with brain surgery, but that’s just part of it. Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system and includes sophisticated surgery…
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Mom Didn’t Recognize Signs of Her Stroke

Health at Home Nurse Lisa Lucero, R.N., offers Delfina Duran encouragement during recovery. When Delfina Duran, 41, of Fairfield, reached the NorthBay Medical Center Emergency Department (ED) on Friday, May 17, it had been 10 hours since she had suffered a stroke. The mother of two didn’t know the warning signs of stroke, so when…
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The Trek to High-Tech

Neurosurgeons Discuss Their Craft Jeffrey Dembner, M.D., and Mary Mancini, M.D., compare notes on the changes in neuroscience. Neurosurgery is one of the most technically challenging disciplines in medicine. The nervous system—comprised of your brain, spinal cord and nerves—is made of billions of cells making trillions of connections. And when damaged, these cells generally do…
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