WVU to be featured on ABC’s Nightline

News program will feature brain surgery for obesity

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Brain surgery to treat obesity performed at West Virginia University is scheduled to be the subject of a segment on the ABC news program Nightline on Monday, March 9.  WVU neurosurgeons are conducting a clinical trial to determine the efficacy of deep brain stimulation for the treatment of obesity.  Nightline is scheduled to provide in-depth coverage of WVU’s trail-blazing use of the procedure.

The WVU neurosurgery team operated on the first patient in November 2007 and another patient on Feb. 3.  Nightline’s coverage is led by ABC’s Martin Bashir and focuses on the most recent surgery and the patient, her preparations and post-surgical recovery.

The news story will feature Julian Bailes, M.D., WVU’s chair of neurosurgery, and WVU surgeons Donald Whiting, M.D., and Michael Oh, M.D., who will be shown in surgery with a patient.

The program airs at 11:30 p.m. Breaking news events sometimes preempt scheduled coverage.



For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
ab: 3-4-09

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