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Collaborate With Expert Brain Tumor Physicians

October 22, 2008

Methodist University Hospital, home to one of the busiest neuroscience institutes in the country, made an innovative breakthrough in medicine by launching a Virtual Brain Tumor Board Webcast series, the first program of its kind. Virtual Brain Tumor Board (VBTB) expands on the universal tumor board concept by providing an online platform where a multi-disciplinary team of experts including neurosurgeons, pathologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and neuro interventional radiologists reviews challenging clinical cases and collaborates together to create the best treatment plan for each patient.

This innovative, educational forum is designed to provide real-time collaboration and on-demand access to some of the most leading-edge treatments in brain tumor care. Physicians may also:

— Submit challenging cases in advance for live review

— Get a fast-paced case evaluation in real-time, with each event archived for later viewing

— Earn CME credits

— Email questions to be answered during live events

Webcasting the tumor board to physicians across the country and around the world opens dialogue to improve cancer care by providing physicians the opportunity to get expert opinions from top-tier, highly respected neuro-oncology leaders.

“Our goal is to give physicians in other geographic areas the chance to receive the expertise and experience from our physicians here regarding brain tumor treatment and care for their patients,” said Allen K. Sills, M.D., neurosurgeon and moderator of VBTB. To date, VBTB Webcasts have been very successful in providing an interactive, collaborative platform to viewers across the globe. We’ve seen participation from over 800 registered participants from more than 80 countries and nearly every state in the USA. Methodist University Hospital’s multi-disciplinary team of experts has reviewed cases for patients outside of the country in Australia, India, and Japan. Physicians across the globe are invited to submit cases for live review.

To discuss the latest treatments for brain tumors visit: http://www.methodisthealth.org/virtualbrain

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