WVU surgeon and patient to appear on Oprah

Show is scheduled to air Tuesday, April 28

CHICAGO, IL – Carol Poe of Morgantown, W.Va., told television host Oprah Winfrey that she never thought she’d have experimental brain surgery to help her lose weight.  “But it’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” Poe said Thursday during taping of a segment for the popular talk show.

Poe and West Virginia University neurosurgeon Don Whiting, M.D., are guests on the Oprah show scheduled to air on Tuesday, April 28.  They appear with Oprah health expert Mehmet Oz, M.D.

WVU neurosurgeons Dr. Whiting and Michael Oh, M.D., are conducting a pilot study to determine the efficacy of deep brain stimulation for the treatment of obesity.  Surgeons operated on the first patient in November 2008 and on Carol Poe in early February of this year. 

Poe told Oprah that she has lost more than 11 pounds so far and has noticed changes in her appetite and desire for food. She is making better food choices and has joined a gym. 

Whiting said surgery for a third patient is scheduled for early June. He said the success of the first three patients in sustaining significant weight loss will determine whether the study will be expanded beyond the initial three patients, as approved by the FDA. 




For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
alj: 04-24-09

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