Neurosciences E-News

A quarterly newsletter from Research Medical Center

September 2009

Upcoming Events

Sept. 26
Myasthenia Gravis Association
Benefit Dinner & Auction
@ Kansas City Airline History Museum
6-10 p.m.

Sept. 26-27
MS 150
Raymore-Peculiar H.S.
7-8 a.m.

12th Annual Stroke Symposia
Intercontinental Hotel
Time TBA

Nov. 7
Research Royal Rebound
The College Basketball Experience
6-10 p.m.

kevin09CEO Message....

Over the past several months, much time and effort from many people have gone into the development of the Neuroscience Institute at Research Medical Center. The commitment of this team has been to develop a world-class service that provides excellence through high-quality physicians and employees. The use of innovative technology, clinical research and a comprehensive approach to the treatment of all diseases in the neuroscience field will make Research Medical Center a leader in providing neuroscience care.

The services currently offered through the Neuroscience Institute include neurology, neurosurgery, interventional neuro-radiology, stroke care including emergency stroke interventions with tPA, the TIA clinic, the Tarlov Cyst Institute and rehabilitation. Several more related services are in development and will be launched by the end of this year.

While today this is a virtual Institute, ultimately this commitment will expand to a physical location on the A-level of the hospital. By utilizing a comprehensive approach to neuroscience, patients will receive the best care in a highly efficient and integrated setting.

Kevin J. Hicks
Chief Executive Officer
Research Medical Center

Physician Profile
Iftekhar Ahmed, MD


A member of the Research Medical Center staff since 2003, Iftekhar Ahmed, MD, serves as chair of the Neurosciences department and director of the Cerebrovascular Disease program and Primary Stroke Center, which was recently awarded Triple Crown gold status by the American Heart Association. The honor represents the hospital's achievement in using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients. 

In this month's issue, Dr. Ahmed provides an overview on transient ischaemic attacks (TIA).

What is TIA?
TIA, or transient ischaemic attacks, are early warning signs of an impending stroke. A person is more likely to suffer a stroke after a TIA than to have a heart attack after chest pain. There are 700,000 to 800,000 strokes that occur every year in this country, and most are preceded by TIA. In addition, there are approximately 300,000 TIA and this is an underestimate since the statistics are difficult to obtain in such cases.

TIA symptoms are variable and can include anywhere from transient loss of vision in one or both eyes, dizziness, speech problems, loss of balance, asymmetry of face, numbness in arms/face/legs or whole side of body to weakness of arms or legs or both. These symptoms can last from minutes to hours. The longer they last, the greater the chance of a major stroke. Immediate evaluation in the hospital emergency room is recommended because of higher incidence of stroke.

The TIA Clinic at Research Medical Center serves the needs of the patient found to be at a low to moderate risk of stroke. The clinic is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. For more information, call (816) 276-3715.

Steven Kosa, MD, Joins
Research Neurology Associates


Steven C. Kosa, MD, has joined the medical staff at Research Medical Center. Dr. Kosa received his medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed his residency in neurology at the Mayo Clinic.

His interests are general neurology, neuro-oncology and neuromuscular and peripheral nerve disorders.  

Tarlov Cyst Institute

The Tarlov Cyst Institute at Research Medical Center is a destination for patient education, diagnosis, treatment and clinical research of Tarlov cyst disease.

feignebaum09Under the medical direction of Frank Feigenbaum, MD, neurosurgeon and renown for his unique surgical technique for repairing Tarlov cysts, the Institute offers patients suffering with this disease a chance to regain normal living. Dr. Feigenbaum's technique results in better surgical outcomes with fewer complications. With Dr. Feigenbaum's commitment to this disease, combined with patient education and clinical research, the Tarlov Cyst Institute at Research Medical Center provides an all-inclusive resource for Tarlov cyst patients. 

Tarlov cysts are dilated nerve root sheaths and abnormal sacs filled with cerebrospinal fluid. They may also be called perineural or sacral nerve root cysts. The condition causes progressive nerve pain and is most prevalently located in the sacrum area of the spine. Many people who have Tarlov cysts do not experience symptoms, while others may develop debilitating chronic pain. 

Research Medical Center offers a website for Tarlov cyst patients and families to access information about the Institute services as well as educational information. The website provides contact information for prospective patients and primary caregivers in several languages. It offers links to Tarlov cyst patient advocacy web sites. Patients can also request information from the Tarlov Cyst Institute website.

A toll-free telephone number is available for direct contact with the Tarlov Cyst Institute at 1-877-TARLOVS (827-5687). A nurse navigator will assist patients from the point of education to logistical support in acquiring services to on-site care and post-operative follow-up.

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Coming Soon!
Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients
Have New Resource for Care

The Memory Loss Clinic at Research Medical Center offers physicians and their patients a comprehensive center for the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Under the medical direction of Lynn Lyon, MD, neurologist, the Memory Loss Clinic will provide neuropsychiatric testing, diagnosis and education. A treatment plan will be developed for the patient and education will be provided to the family as well as the primary care physician.

"The need for a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment center for a patient who may be suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's is enormous," explains Dr. Lyon. "This will be a tremendous resource for our primary care physicians. We will be able to provide the expertise in an area of care that has been underserved."

For a consultation, physicians, patients and family members may call 1-888-521-2580.

Staff Profile
Teresa Lanker, RN
Neuroscience Clinician

lanker09Position Description

I make rounds on neurosurgery patients to help meet their needs. I also take phone calls and answer questions for the Tarlov Cyst Institute, and assist Dr. Lynn Lyon with the new Memory Loss Clinic. 

BSN - Johnson County Community College

Married for 39 years; five children, four son-in-laws; and seven beautiful grandchildren. 

What Do You Like Most About Your Job?  
I truly enjoy all aspects of the job. I love working with the neurosurgeons and patients. I'm also excited about starting a new venture with Dr. Lyon and the Memory Loss Clinic. I've known Dr. Lyon for 23 years and really enjoy working with him.   

Proudest Accomplishments:
Raising my children to become adults and watching my grandchildren grow. 

Shopping for my grandchildren, cooking, planting flowers and going to the lake.