ANA Newsletter – Year in Review: 2014

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Letter from Dr. Arno Fried

Arno-Fried2014 was a great year for Advanced Neurosurgery Associates (ANA). Our “Neuroscience Institute Without Barriers” concept has allowed our neurosurgical practice to expand throughout New Jersey and New York. Our new family-centered offices in Rutherford, Morristown and New Brunswick are now open full time. Dr. Allison Rathmann has joined ANA from her prestigious fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, one of only 219 female neurosurgeons in the country.

Our local, national and international efforts continued. Our surgeons presented at seminars and medical meetings, both locally and internationally. We also appeared on informative topics in popular media such as newspapers, radio, and television programs. Our accolades included many Top Doctor designations in Castle Connolly, NY Magazine, NJ Monthly, Inside Jersey, NJ Family Magazine, and The New York Times among others. Hackensack University Medical Center was again highly ranked in adult and pediatric neuroscience on the U.S. News & World Report, under my leadership.

Most importantly, our practice had many inspiring patient success stories, including some innovative surgical procedures, that continue to motivate and inspire us to focus on everything we can to help patients.

We look forward to an equally successful 2015.

Best wishes,
Arno Fried, MD, FACS, FAANS


Top Stories of 2014

Dr. Arno Fried Recognized as Top Doctor
Dr. Arno Fried was acknowledged again this year by various publications as being among the elite doctors in New Jersey. His accolades include recognition as one of New Jersey’s Favorite Kids’ Doctors, a (201) Family Magazine Top Doctor for Neurological Surgery, an Inside Jersey Top Doctor for both Neurology and Neurosurgery, as well as one of Inside Jersey’s Top Doctors for Cancer Care.

Dr. Arno Fried Speaks at Trauma Care Medical Conference
Dr. Arno Fried was a featured presenter at a conference for medical professionals on May 8th in Jersey City. Dr. Fried’s presentation, “Current Trends in Traumatic Brain Injury,” was part of an inaugural conference featuring medical experts from the area, as well as from Pennsylvania, Chicago and Reno.

Dr. Allison Rathmann Joins ANA
Dr. Allison Rathmann joined ANA, a unique appointment as there are only 219 female board certified neurosurgeons in the United States. This accolade got the attention of the Daily Record, which featured a story on Dr. Rathmann and other female neurosurgeons.

Lives Transformed—Patient Stories
A number of parents of patients treated at ANA shared their inspirational stories this year. One of these was Hailie Mussinan, who was one of two children in the U.S. to serve as the 2014 “National Face of Hydrocephalus Awareness.” Victoria Vega’s successful epilepsy surgery was described in Spanish by her mother.

Hackensack Among Top Children’s Hospital Departments in U.S.
Dr. Arno Fried, former Chairman and Director of the Neuroscience Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center, was part of the hospital’s achievement in being ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report. The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital was the only children’s hospital in New Jersey to be ranked in Neurology & Neurosurgery.

Inspiring Residents with Informative Lectures
ANA has a commitment to actively engage with the medical community in the area of medical information and education. Dr. Lawrence Daniels is among the ANA surgeons who present lectures. He spoke with medical residents at the Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Medical Center in August on treatment methods for hydrocephalus.

Dr. Arno Fried Featured on “Sound Advice”
Dr. Arno Fried was featured on WCTC Radio’s “Sound Advice” program discussing pediatric and adult neurosurgery. He spoke about the main childhood neurosurgical conditions, including hydrocephalus, craniofacial disorders, and brain tumors. Dr. Fried also answered questions about concussions and how to identify and avoid them.

Dr. Arien Smith Featured on “Sound Advice”
Dr. Arien Smith was a special guest on WCTC Radio’s “Sound Advice” in which he discussed adult neurosurgery and spinal disorders, including scoliosis. He discussed minimally invasive options for a variety of conditions. He answered several questions from callers and provided valuable information throughout the hour.

Dr. Lawrence Daniels Voted Member of ISPN
Dr. Lawrence Daniels presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN) in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil. He described a case on which he worked with Dr. Arno Fried and Dr. Frank Ciminello. In addition, he achieved the honor of being voted a member of ISPN, joining a prestigious worldwide group of surgeons.


Year in Review: 2014

December 13, 2014
Dr. Lawrence Daniels is the keynote speaker at the 8th Annual Mentoring in Medicine (MIM) Conference in Harlem, NY.

November 10, 2014
Dr. Arno H. Fried Named as (201) Family Top Doctor

November 9, 2014
Dr. Lawrence Daniels to Present at International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery Annual Meeting in Brazil

November 6, 2014
Dr. Arno Fried Awarded Inside Jersey’s Top Doctors in the Garden State for Both Neurology & Neurosurgery

October 29, 2014
Dr. Arien Smith on “Sound Advice” with Bert Baron

October 16, 2014
Dr. Arno Fried Discusses Pediatric Neurosurgery on WCTC’s “Sound Advice”

August 29, 2014
Living A Normal Life After Epilepsy Surgery:
The Story of “La Niña Milagro” (The Miracle Girl): Victoria Vega

August 26, 2014
The Female Face of Hydrocephalus:
ANA Patient Hailie Mussinan Selected as 2014 National “Face” of Hydrocephalus Awareness

August 20, 2014
Dr. Lawrence Daniels Delivers Informative Lecture to Medical Residents.

August 8, 2014
Dr. Arno Fried Named Top Doctor for Cancer Care by Castle Connolly.

July 15, 2014
ANA Welcomes Dr. Allison Rathmann & Makes the News!

June 30, 2014
Dr. Arno Fried Acknowledged as One of His Hospital Departments Once Again Ranked among the Top by U.S. News & World Report

May 28, 2014
Dr. Arno Fried appears in a full-page advertisement with some of his peers in the Sunday news section of The New York Times.

May 8, 2014
Dr. Arno Fried Presents at JCMC Trauma Care Symposium.

April 23, 2014
Dr. Arno Fried Designated New Jersey Favorite Kids’ Docs.


What’s Ahead in 2015

Advanced Neurosurgery Associates is looking forward to an exciting and busy 2015. Our goal for the coming year is to continue establishing our presence throughout New York and New Jersey, including expansion into South Jersey. We also aim to further develop our relationships with other physicians to work together to provide specialized services for patients in need. Some of the events planned for the year include:

  • A series of lectures/dinners for medical professionals in Morris, Somerset, Middlesex, and Bergen counties
  • New office space in New Brunswick
  • Expanded office space in Morristown
  • Expanding our nationally ranked pediatric neuroscience program at Hackensack University Medical Center.
  • Increased outreach and involvement in the medical community to develop innovations in neurosurgery and enhance patient services
  • Launching of statewide craniofacial program
  • Expansion of brain tumor program
  • Development of services in Ocean and Monmouth Counties
  • Continued community outreach with keynote addresses at youth empowerment and education conferences
  • Expanded expertise of our surgeons through advanced qualifications and certifications to provide ongoing innovation