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NEWS SHOULD SPOTLIGHT LOCAL MEDICAL SUCCESSES

I was most intrigued when I opened The News' health section only to find an article on endovascular treatments for carotid artery disease, particularly stenting and the use of distal protection. The article showcased a hospital in Florida that performs these procedures.

I find it disturbing that The News would feature a Florida hospital as the template for this kind of treatment when we have one of the most advanced endovascular teams in the world right here in our own back yard. Doctors L.N. Hopkins and Lee R. Guterman have participated in more than 40 national endovascular studies, be they carotid artery, aneurysms, arterial venous malformations or stroke. In most of these studies, the University at Buffalo neurosurgery consistently ranks as one of the top enrollment sites with respect to the number of cases.

We also have the world-class Toshiba Stroke Research Center at UB. But it seems no one in Buffalo is even aware of this jewel. I know this because I am one of the research coordinators for these studies. I frequently travel as part of my job and no matter where I go, people seem to know what's going on in Buffalo with respect to Hopkins' successes. It's time for The News to play an active role in educating our community on stroke prevention and treatment, and it can start by reporting what's available here in Buffalo.

Annemarie Crumlish

Town of Tonawanda