Thursday, March 8, 2018

National Geographic Declares 2018 the Year of the Bird

Ali Mesiwala, MD, a reputable neurosurgeon in California, has earned dozens of awards over the course of his career and written more than 50 articles and book chapters. The director of the Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine and the chief of neurological surgery at St. Bernardine Medical Center, Ali Mesiwala, MD, supports several charitable and community organizations, such as National Geographic.

In honor of 2018 being the centennial anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act - legislation that made the sale, possession, and exportation of migratory birds or eggs illegal - National Geographic declared 2018 the “Year of the Bird.” Alongside the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society, BirdLife International, and over 100 other organizations, National Geographic plans to increase its efforts to improve public awareness of the beauty and importance of birds.

Over the course of 2018, National Geographic and its partner organizations will use scientific research, storytelling, and conservation efforts to draw attention to the recent losses of bird species around the world. These activities will highlight what society can do to ensure they live together with the birds that inhabit the earth and hopefully inspire action among community members.

National Geographic itself has committed to a variety of content and activities to support the Year of the Bird. These include featuring one story in every National Geographic magazine that discusses bird species, releasing two new books focused on birds, and creating bird-related kids content. Further, the organization plans on making migration maps available based on data from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and supporting the #BirdYourWorld campaign on social media platforms.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

CNS to Co-Publish Journals with Oxford University Press

Ali Mesiwala, MD, functions as a director at the Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine. Formerly an attending neurosurgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, he has written extensively, both for books and peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, Ali Mesiwala, MD, maintains active membership with the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS).

The CNS recently announced a joint initiative with Oxford University Press (OUP) that will see the latter as the new main publisher for both of CNS’s journals, namely, Neurosurgery and Operative Neurosurgery. CNS says it decided to go with OUP as its publisher because of its previously successful experience partnering with other organizations to co-publish their scientific literature.

According to CNS, its Neurosurgery journal is the fastest-growing publication in the neurosurgical sector. The journal solicits input from respected voices in the field and publishes leading research on both clinical and experimental topics.

The Operative Neurosurgery journal specifically targets literature pertaining to surgical procedures and the use of devices in the field. The journal is mostly populated with articles that feature the latest operative techniques, revelations on neurosurgical anatomy, and technology shaping the field.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The National Geographic Society BioBlitz Program

A California-based neurosurgeon, Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves as the medical director of Chaparral Medical Group and as a division chief at St. Bernardine Medical Center. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Ali Mesiwala, MD is, an avid supporter of the National Geographic Society.

Formed in 1888 to protect nature and provide educational content, the National Geographic Society operates a number of programs to support its goal of preservation and education, including BioBlitz events. A BioBlitz is a cooperative group event in which scientists, families, students, and others work together to identify as many species living in a specific area as possible in a short amount of time. To identify species, participants take photos of plants and animals that are found and upload them to iNaturalist, a smartphone application that enables anyone to record observations and share them with scientific data repositories, to be scientifically verified. 

BioBlitz events, which typically take place in parks and outdoor recreation areas, provide an opportunity for participants to explore nature, share photos with scientists, network, and celebrate nature. BioBlitz events are held all over the United States, and more than 250 were held in 2016.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Understanding SI Joint Pain

Ali Mesiwala, MD, is a California-based neurosurgeon who heads the neurological surgery department at St. Bernardine Medical Center. In addition, he is the medical director of Chaparral Medical Group. A board-certified physician, Ali Mesiwala, MD, is also engaged in several professional associations, including the SI Joint Society, of which he is a founding member.

The SI Joint Society is a professional association of surgeons who diagnose and perform surgery related to the SI joint. “SI joint” is the shorthand term for the sacroiliac joint, which is located below the lumbar spine and above the tailbone, connecting the sacrum with the pelvis. The primary role of the joint is to carry the weight of the upper body when a person is upright.

Although there are many factors that can lead to SI joint pain, it typically results from either too much or too little movement. Too much movement, known as hypermobility, causes pain to be felt in the lower back, hips, and groin. Too little movement in the joint, or hypomobility, causes pain to be felt in the lower back, in the buttocks, and down the leg.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

AANS Offers the William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship


A graduate of the University of California, San Francisco, Ali Mesiwala, MD, received further training as a general surgery intern at the University of Washington. After nearly two decades of medical practice, Dr. Mesiwala is now the chief of the division of neurological surgery at St. Bernardine Medical Center. Ali Mesiwala, MD, also serves as a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

Founded in 1931, AANS has grown to more than 9,000 members. The association promotes the advancement of neurological surgery and ensures quality patient care. AANS also serves as a resource for its members.

One of the fellowships offered by AANS was created by one of its founders, Dr. William P. Van Wagenen. The William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship gives post-neurosurgical residents the opportunity to pursue scientific enrichment in another country.

Recipients of the fellowship are provided a stipend of $140,000 to cover living expenses, travel expenses, research support, and medical insurance. Fellows with accompanying families receive an additional living allowance.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Innovative Approach to Aneurysms and Arteriovenous Malformation

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Stroke - A Leading Cause of Disability in Adults

A neurosurgeon in California with more than 20 years of medical experience, Ali Mesiwala, MD serves as the chief of the division of neurological surgery and the department of surgery for the St. Bernadine Medical Center. Services provided by Ali Mesiwala, MD at the San Bernardino, California clinic include stroke care, which is the leading cause of adult disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the US.

Strokes occur in the brain as a result of blocked blood flow due to blood clots in the arteries or a broken blood vessel. The blockage of blood flow deprives the brain cells of oxygen and causes them to die, which can lead to lasting brain damage and the permanent loss of abilities controlled by the affected area of the brain. Complications that arise vary from minor to severe, depending upon where the stroke occurs and the amount of damage sustained. While some individuals will experience a complete recovery, others will suffer from loss of speech abilities or permanent paralysis on one side of the body.

Symptoms of a stroke include severe unexplained headaches, trouble walking, and paralysis or numbness in the face, arms, or legs. Individuals may also exhibit slurred speech and difficulties with understanding, in addition to vision problems in one or both eyes. The type and amount of care received within the first minutes or hours following a stroke may determine the level of lasting damage and the likelihood of recovery.