Right place. Right time. Right neurosurgeon.
This crucial combination saved Gigi Siers’ eyesight, nursing career, independence and even her hairstyle when a brain tumor nearly shattered her world.
"I owe my outstanding outcome, my quality of life and my future to being diagnosed and treated at this hospital at this time in history with this neurosurgical team," says Gigi, an RN and the hospital’s clinical projects coordinator.
Right place: The University of Kansas Health System’s Center for Advanced Brain and Neurological Care, where experts routinely perform complex, advanced procedures not available elsewhere.
Right time: 2013, when the hospital’s neurology and neurosurgery programs ranked among the nation's best on U.S. News & World Report’s prestigious Best Hospitals list.
Right neurosurgeon: Roukoz Chamoun, MD, a foremost authority on image-guided, minimally invasive procedures to remove brain tumors without opening the skull. In Gigi's case, he proved equally adept at "going old school" – performing a craniotomy to remove a walnut-sized noncancerous brain cyst.