Category: News

NJ Craniofacial Center’s 10th Annual Gala!

Dear Friends,

We hope and pray that you and your family are doing well and staying safe!

Due to the continuation of the current health climate, The NJ Craniofacial Center will be postponing the Annual Gala to a new date of Tuesday October, 13, 2020 at The Park Savoy Estate.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding! We thank those who have already purchased tickets and donated to the event. We are very grateful! If this change in date affects your ability to attend the event, we hope we can still count on your support!

The NJ Craniofacial Center’s Gala helps to benefit Developing Faces Organization, Operation Smile and the Foundation of Morristown Medical Center. These great organizations help to underwrite the cost of the Gala so that 100% of your gift will go directly to helping children and families overcome craniofacial challenges. Among the types of help your generosity supports, we are hoping to be able to reschedule Developing Faces mission trip to Guatemala this year. As you can well imagine, we anticipate a tremendous increase in demand for our services as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt for years to come.

Thank you for being a critical part of NJ Craniofacial Center and New Jersey’s caring community. Let us pray for those whose health and livelihood have been directly impacted by the pandemic and also the millions who, indirectly, will be impacted in numerous other ways.


The NJ Craniofacial Team

For any questions or more information please contact

Christina Sarcona: or 973-326-9000 Ext. 157

We look forward to your support and hope to see you there!

Sincerely Yours,

The NJ Craniofacial Center
131 Madison Ave, 3rd Floor
Morristown, New Jersey 07960

May is National Lyme Disease Awareness Month!

May is national Lyme Disease Awareness Month!  It’s time to educate yourself,  friends, relatives, teachers, co-workers and healthcare workers about lyme disease prevention. Experts say this year could be one of the worst years on record for the ticks that carry Lyme and other diseases. Currently, Lyme disease is the number one vector-borne illness in the United States. Protect yourself and others from Lyme disease!

Brain Teasers! Keep your mind sharp!

Spending a lot of time social distancing lately and need to exercise your mind? Try to solve some of these fun brain teasers. Simply click on the question to reveal the answer. Have fun, from all of us at NJPNI!

1) Q: I’m tall when I’m young and short when I’m old. What am I?

       A: A candle


2) Q: Mike is a butcher. He is 5 foot 10 inches tall. What does he weigh?

       A: Meat


3) Q: What can you hold without ever touching or using your hands?

       A: Your breath


4) Q: What can be seen once in a minute, twice in a moment, and never in a thousand years?

       A: The letter “M”


5) Q: What gets wetter the more it dries?

       A: A towel


6) Q: What has to be broken before you can use it?

       A: An egg


7) Q: What has a thumb and four fingers but is not alive?

       A: A glove


8) Q: The more you take away, the bigger this becomes. What is it?

       A: A hole


9) Q: Try to re-arrange the letters of NEW DOOR to make one word:

       A: ONE WORD


10) Q: You are in a cabin and it is pitch black. You have one match on you. Which do you light first, the newspaper, the lamp, the candle, or the fire?

         A: The match


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