Simply the Best
Pituitary Center brings life-changing treatment
Photo by Andrew Shurtleff
|Dr. Edward Laws prepares to remove a pituitary
tumor from a patient. These tumors account for 20 percent of
all primary brain tumors, and Laws is internationally recognized
as the top pituitary surgeon.
By Fariss Samarrai
Dr. Edward Laws stands on a wooden pedestal as he extracts
a brain tumor through a woman’s right nostril. His resident, Dr. Adam Kanter, and a team of operating
room specialists, have prepared the patient for the procedure by first anesthetizing
her, and then, by sending long and slim instruments up the woman’s nostril,
they have removed a thin wafer of bone, allowing direct access through the air
sinuses to the pituitary gland at the base of the brain.
is to remove a tumor that has grown on the pituitary by carefully
scraping loose and periodically removing fragments of the mass of bad cells
while being careful to leave the healthy tissue of the pituitary
and the brain intact.
He does this while looking at the inside of the patient’s head through
a binocular endoscope with a micro-camera attached, allowing everyone in
the OR to observe the procedure on a video monitor. Full
Medical School breaks top 25
U.Va. graduate schools hold their
own in latest U.S. News rankings
At a time when fiscal and budgetary uncertainty is the norm
in public higher education, five of the University’s graduate schools continue to be ranked
among the best in the nation, by the latest U.S. News & World Report annual
rankings of graduate schools and programs, which were released April 2.
there were no significant changes overall, four U.Va. schools
landed in the top 25 — including, for the first time, the
School of Medicine, which moved up two notches to No.
25. The Law School, consistently ranked in the top 10, was ninth
for the second year in a row. The Darden School moved from
11 to 12, the Curry School from 21 to 20, and the School of Engineering
from 38 to 42. Full story.