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Innovative Work Spaces, Procedures and Treatments

Comprehensive Stroke

UC San Diego's two destination neurovascular centers at Hillcrest and Jacobs Medical Center enable us to maintain our status as the third Comprehensive Stroke Center in the country. UC San Diego receives national-level referrals for complex cases for both adult and pediatric patients.

This certification, awarded by The Joint Commission, recognizes the significant resources in infrastructure, staff and training necessary to provide state-of-the art complex stroke care.

UC San Diego Health remains one of few health systems in the country to have comprehensive stroke center certification at two hospitals (Hillcrest and Jacobs Medical Center).

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) at the UC San Diego Epilepsy Center is a state-of-the-art seizure evaluation center where patients' seizures are evaluated through continuous video and EEG recording in a hospital setting.

Dr. Sharona Ben-Haim serves as the Surgical Director of Epilepsy within the Department of Neurological Surgery.

UC San Diego's Epilepsy Center is a Level 4 Epilepsy Center as established by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, providing the highest level of care to patients with epilepsy and other seizure disorders.

Dedicated Neuro-ICU and Step-Down Unit

Postoperative and other medical care of brain and spine tumor patients is provided in the neurological intensive care and step-down units at Jacobs Medical Center. Our ICU teams are led by neurologists and anesthesiologists who are board-certified in Neurological Intensive Care. All nursing care is provided by neurological care-specialized nurses. Patients are not admitted to general medical or surgical wards. Our patient care units at Jacobs Medical Center are all single bed and provide ample space for family and other visitors.

Quad Pod

The 4-room dedicated neurosurgical operating suite at Jacobs Medical Center is state-of-the-art and contains a number of technological advancements unique to Southern California and even the Western United States.

Our suite is equipped with IMRIS intraoperative MRI and Airo intraoperative CT. In addition, each room has an integrated, ceiling mounted Brainlab Curve image-guided neurosurgery system. Our Zeiss Kinevo and Pentero operating microscopes utilize ultraviolet filters for fluorescence-guided tumor resection. These microscopes have integrated 3D video recording capabilities for instruction and continuing medical education purposes. Our newest Kinevo microscopes have exoscope capabilities as well as integrated neuro endoscopes. These features significantly expand our operative capabilities, including for minimally invasive surgery.

In surgery, anesthesia is administered by board-certified neuroanesthesiologists. Our neuromonitoring teams allow us to further monitor brain, spine, and nerve function during surgery. Working together with these teams and our neuropsychologists, we regularly perform awake brain surgery. When indicated, intraoperative mapping of language and strength can allow for maximizing tumor resection with increased safety.

High-Tech Surgical Suites Let Doctors Scan Patients without Either Leaving the Operating Room

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