Lunsford Discusses Gamma Knife on KDKA



L. Dade LunsfordPittsburgh, February 29, 2016 -- L. Dade Lunsford, MD, Lars Leksell Distinguished Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and director of the UPMC Center for Image-Guided Neurosurgery, was a guest on the KDKA Radio Morning News Show with Larry Richert and John Shumway, February 29, talking about Gamma Knife brain surgery. Dr. Lunsford discussed how Gamma Knife surgery works and the benefits afforded the patient in this precise, powerful, and proven treatment for brain disorders.

The Gamma Knife is a non-invasive method of treating brain tumors, vascular malformations and other neurological conditions by cross-firing approximately 200 gamma rays to a specific target in the brain. Patients often return to normal acvtivity the same day of treatment.

Dr. Lunsford is a leading international figure in Gamma Knife treatment, education and research. In 1987, he was responsible for bringing the first ever 201 Cobalt Source Gamma Knife in North America to then-Presbyterian University Hospital. Since then, the UPMC Gamma Knife team—under the leadership of Dr. Lunsford—has treated nearly 13,500 patients, published more than 400 peer-reviewed outcomes studies and trained more than 1,800 professionals in Gamma Knife technology.

Listen to the KDKA interview. (mp3)

Watch a UPMC Medical Monday video on the Gamma Knife surgery featuring Dr. Lunsford.