Category: News

NJ Top Docs – Dr. Catherine Mazzola

Catherine A. Mazzola, M.D. FAANS

A special congratulations goes out to our physician Dr. Catherine Mazzola, who was awarded with the prestigious NJ Top Doctor award for 2020. Dr. Catherine Mazzola was a recipient of this award for her outstanding care, as voted on by patients. We are all very proud to have this designation for our specialist. Please visit us at at,, or

SONS/AAP Webinar April 8th 6:30pm – 8:20pm

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) / Section on Neurological Surgery (SONS)
Discussion: We’re in this Together!
Wednesday April 8, 6:30-8:00pm ET

Description: During this SONS webinar, a diverse group of domestic and international presenters will
provide a COVID-19 update; discuss strategies specific to pediatric neurosurgery at their healthcare
facilities; and share lessons learned during this extraordinary time. COVID-19 has become the impetus for
change, in how we delivery healthcare, in how we educate house staff, and in how we communicate with
patients and colleagues. We hope to help pediatric neurosurgeons navigate, lead, and care for their
patients during these uncertain hours, days, weeks, and possibly even months, by providing practical
guidance, support and networking opportunities, and innovative ideas. In moments of crisis, what we do,
what we say, and how we carry ourselves will be remembered, and define us as a specialty.

6:30 – 6:35pm
Andrew Jea, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP
Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery
Surgical Director of Quality and Patient Safety
Riley Hospital for Children
Chairman, AAP Section on Neurological Surgery

Virology 101: What a Pediatric Neurosurgeon Should Know about COVID-19
6:35 – 6:45pm
Elaine Cox, MD, FAAP
Chief Medical Officer
Riley Hospital for Children
Infectious Disease specialist

Response from Organized Neurosurgery
6:45 – 6:50pm
Shelly Timmons, MD
Former AANS President
Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery
Indiana University School of Medicine

The Washington State Experience
6:50 – 7:00pm
Jason Hauptman, MD, PhD, FAANS, FAAP
Pediatric neurosurgeon
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Founder, Physician/APP Facebook COVID support group

The New Jersey Experience
7:00 – 7:10pm
Cathy Mazzola, MD
Pediatric neurosurgeon
New Jersey Pediatric Neuroscience Institute

The Chicago Experience
7:10 – 7:20pm
Sandi Lam, MD, FAAP
Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery
Lurie Children’s Hospital
Member, SONS/AAP Executive Committee

The Canadian Experience
7:20 – 7:30pm
James Rutka, MD
Pediatric neurosurgeon
Hospital for Sick Children
University of Toronto
JNS Editor-in-Chief

The Italian Experience
7:40 – 7:50pm
Ernesto Coscarella, MD
Pediatric neurosurgeon

What the Stimulus Package Means to Pediatric Neurosurgery Practices?
7:50 – 8:00pm
Katie Orrico, Esq
AANS Washington Committee

8:00 – 8:20pm

Neurosurgeon who separated conjoined twins dies from complications of coronavirus

On March 30, 2020, the world lost a great pediatric neurosurgeon to Covid19. Dr. James Goodrich, of Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, passed away from the Coronavirus. He was a world renown neurosurgeon, famous for separating twins who were joined at the head. He was an inspirational, kind and humble human being, who was one of our teachers and mentors. All pediatric neurosurgeons, Jim’s patients and family, grieve this terrible loss.

2019 Humanitarian Awards

Celebrating Dr. Catherine Mazzola being honored at the Seasons of Hope 2019 Humanitarian Awards Dinner.

The Hope For Children Research Foundation works hard to support children’s neurological and cancer research. Since 1985 the foundation has been successful in its mission to discover new treatments and cures for childhood neurological and cancer diseases. Dr. Catherine Mazzola was an 2019 honoree this year! This ceremony demonstrated the appreciation colleagues and patients have for all of the hard work Dr. Mazzola does to save children’s lives. A patient of ours stood in front of guests, on Saturday March 2, 2019, with confidence and shared her story of how Dr. Mazzola, her pediatric neurosurgeon, changed her life. She touched the hearts of the audience by sharing her journey and brought joy by showing how much she has grown from her experience into the lovely young woman she is today. We are proud of all Dr. Mazzola does for the families and children she treats and are grateful to watch our patients grow. 

Medical Reform In Ukraine Explained By A Brain Surgeon

Razom and The Ukrainian Medical Association of North America (UMANA) are pleased to welcome Dr. Igor Kurilets, Ukrainian neurosurgeon and Co-Pilot project participant in New York on March 18th at Caveat.

We asked Dr. Kurilets to share his experience with medical reform in Ukraine and talk about how he sees The evolution of medical education in Ukraine in the future.

After his presentation we will have a panel of local physicians join Dr. Kurilets on stage for a discussion about the collaboration between Ukrainian and American doctors.

Our panel will include:
Dr. Marta Lopatynsky, a board certified ophthalmologist and president of UMANA Metro Chapter.
Dr. Tina Goloborodko, Doctor of Internal Medicine and New York based activist working on Ukraine-related issues.
Dr. Luke Tomycz, pediatric neurosurgeon and Lead Physician with the Co-Pilot Project.
Mariya Soroka, President of Razom for Ukraine, will moderate the conversation.

Join us at Caveat on the Lower East Side in New York, a space that used to be a box theater. We warmly invite you to have an engaging conversation over drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. Ticket includes a complimentary drink.

Tickets are here:

See you on Monday, March 18th, doors open at 6:30pm. Program will start at 7pm.

The Ukrainian Medical Association of North America (UMANA), founded in 1950, is a voluntary non-profit association of professionals licensed to practice in their areas of health care in the United States and Canada. UMANA’s objectives are: 1. Unite health care professionals of Ukrainian descent, who share an interest in promoting the health of Ukrainians; 2. Share medical knowledge and scientific research with emphasis on aspects unique to Ukrainians.

The Co-Pilot Project (CPP) is an initiative within Razom for Ukraine that aims to address the significant deficit in high-quality neurosurgical and spine surgery training in Ukraine, a country of 45 million people in eastern Europe. Just as a co-pilot acts as another set of eyes and ears for the pilot, our mission is to send surgeons from North America to mentor and aid Ukrainian surgeons through difficult cases.​