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.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Millard Sheets’ Work Exemplifies California Style in Watercolor


Ali Mesiwala, MD, currently serves the Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine in Pomona, California, as a neurosurgeon. He formerly held the position of attending physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and has authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. Ali Mesiwala, MD, is a founding member of the Claremont Museum of Art, which recently profiled the artist Millard Sheets.

Among the most well-received of the Claremont Museum’s recent exhibits was the 2015-16 “Millard Sheets: Hills and Horses,” curated by the artist’s son and shown at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. This exhibit celebrated Sheets’ love of the equine silhouette and the landscapes around his Padua Hills home.

Millard Sheets, born in 1907 in Pomona, became one of California’s most accomplished watercolor painters. In his twenties, he was already exhibiting in major cities. His work exemplifies the California Style in watercolor art, although he worked in acrylics, oils, murals, and other forms. He often chose colorful or dramatic landscapes, and scenes from the everyday lives of local or indigenous people, as his subjects.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Claremont Museum of Art Offers Family Art Program for Local Events


A neurosurgeon at Chaparral Medical Group and the department of surgery chief at St. Bernadine Medical Center, Ali Mesiwala, MD provides neurological care for patients in Pomona and San Bernardino, California. Ali Mesiwala, MD also serves as a founding member of the Claremont Museum of Art, which administers a variety of art education initiatives for local youths such as the Family Art Program.

The Family Art Program makes arrangements for creative art activities for children and their families at city festivals. Directed by Mary Hughes and presented by a collaboration of local art educators and volunteers, the program offers hands-on art projects at a variety of annual events occurring throughout the year. Events include the Memorial Park Fourth of July Celebration, the Art in the Garden in June, the November Padua Hills Art Fiesta, and the Village Venture in October.

For additional information about the Claremont Museum of Art’s Family Art Program, visit www.claremontmuseum.org/education-programs/family-art-activities.