Hyman-Newman Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery
Founded in 1996 by Drs. Fred Epstein and Alejandro Berenstein, the Hyman-Newman Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery (INN) in New York City soon became one of the foremost medical institutions specializing in the treatment of neurological disorders in adults and children. Initially based at Beth Israel Medical Center, the INN developed a worldwide reputation for excellence in pediatric and endovascular neurosurgery. Now located at Roosevelt Hospital under the direction of Dr. Berenstein, the institute continues its pediatric concentration along with a heightened focus on the treatment of conditions related to the vascular system of the brain, head, face, spine and spinal cord. Over the years, the INN has remained committed to offering a healing and humanistic environment to its patients.
In 2007, the Argosy Foundation partnered with the INN, a self-described “institute without walls.” Multiple specialized areas are benefiting from the support, including the Vascular Biology Research Program and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Leading the Way
Respected for its contributions to research and its multidisciplinary staff, the INN attracts patients from all parts of the United States and around the world. Its doctors are able to treat a variety of medical disorders without open surgery by using x-rays and other imaging techniques to guide small tubes (catheters) and devices through the blood vessels. Because these procedures involve smaller incisions, less pain and shorter hospital stays, they reduce the amount of stress and risk of complication to the patient.
Established in 2001, the INN’s Vascular Biology Research Program continues to take the lead in the development of new treatments for life-threatening vascular diseases. The program operates a laboratory at St. Luke’s Hospital. The knowledge gained at the laboratory is then applied in clinical practice at the INN at Roosevelt Hospital in the treatment of complex vascular anomalies, including arteriovenous malformations, hemangiomas, stroke and cerebral aneurysms.
The Human Touch
The INN’s philosophy of putting children and their families first is visible throughout the Pediatric ICU at Roosevelt. This unit is dedicated to helping young patients recover from surgery, play, learn, and otherwise resume their normal lives as much as possible. It provides a relaxing atmosphere featuring a beautiful ocean-patterned floor, a nurses’ station decorated like a playful jeep, paintings in each room of animals and flora from across the globe, and a cheerful, soothing color scheme of soft blues, greens and yellows. A small activity playroom, staffed with a Child Life Specialist, helps children escape the rigors of treatment while enjoying arts and crafts, parties and toys.
With the help of a forward-thinking attitude and philanthropic partners such as the Argosy Foundation, the Hyman-Newman Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery will continue to provide the highest quality care in a compassionate, patient-centered environment.