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Published on December 1st, 2015

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Dr. Steven Falowski featured in Research. Innovation. Knowledge.

Steven Falowski, MD

FalowskiSteven Falowski, MD, is a Functional Neurosurgeon at St. Luke’s University Health Network. Dr. Falowski is dedicated to the surgical treatment of neurologic conditions. Through collaboration with St. Luke’s Spine & Pain Associates, he coordinates the diagnosis and treatment of patients experiencing chronic pain. As a member of St. Luke’s Neurosurgical Associates, he works closely with the St. Luke’s Movement Disorder Center to diagnose and treat Parkinson’s Disease, tremors, Huntington’s Disease, restless leg syndrome, dystonia and other movement disorders. In addition, Dr. Falowski provides surgical solutions for epilepsy through St. Luke’s Epilepsy Center.

Dr. Falowski is actively involved in research and partners closely with medical device companies to evaluate new technology, often gaining early access to clinical trials and equipment. As an appointed member of the Neuromodulation Appropriateness Consensus Committee of the International Neuromodulation Society, Dr. Falowski has worked to develop expert guidelines on the appropriate use of neurostimulation for pain. He implanted the first Restore Sensor Spinal Cord Stimulator system in the region and the second ever in the country and performed the first-ever Deep Brain Stimulation surgery in the Lehigh Valley.


Neuroscience

RI_neuroAs a pioneer in neuroscience research, St. Luke’s was one of just 20 hospitals in the nation selected by St. Jude Medical to participate in a clinical study of the Prodigy™ neurostimulator used to treat chronic pain. Steven Falowski, MD, served as one of the investigators for the study, working closely with Scott Loev, DO.

St. Luke’s Brain & Spine Tumor Center provides the region’s only patient-centered multidisciplinary clinic for primary and metastatic diseases of the brain and spine. Under the direction of Hugh D. Moulding, MD, PhD, the Center gives the patient an opportunity to consult with a multidisciplinary team of doctors from neurosurgery, radiation therapy and medical oncology at one time and one location. This multidisciplinary group is involved in several national multi-center clinical trials, and recently the Center upgraded its Stereotactic RadioSurgery system to a “frameless” format, eliminating the need for a rigid headframe to be affixed to the patient during focused, non-invasive radiation treatments — the only Center in the region to offer this innovation.

St. Luke’s Neurosurgical Associates is the first regional neurosurgical practice enrolled in the National Neurosurgery Quality Outcomes Database (N2QOD). National surgical outcomes data are collected for patients undergoing cervical and lumbar surgeries to better understand their impact on quality of life and daily function. Doron Rabin, MD, FRCSC and Don Zhang, MD, FRCSC, neurosurgeons with special interest in complex spine surgery, routinely review these data and compare local and national outcomes. This information is used to guide and track initiatives that aim to improve the quality of inpatient and outpatient care for neurosurgical spine patients at St. Luke’s University Health Network.

To view the full “Research. Innovation. Knowledge.” 2015 Annual Report please visit research.sluhn.org.


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