SOURCE: Skull Base Institute

Skull Base Institute

March 14, 2011 20:34 ET

Hrayr Shahinian, M.D. From Skull Base Institute to Present Status of NASA Collaboration Before Congress March 15

Surgeon Hrayr Shahinian, M.D. Will Be Explaining How Space Technology Is Being Used to Develop 3D Surgical Instruments

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - March 14, 2011) -  A Southern California brain surgeon currently collaborating with NASA scientists on the next generation of surgical instruments will explain how space technology is improving patient care during a presentation before members of Congress at the upcoming Technology Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C. Internationally renowned brain surgeon Hrayr Shahinian, M.D., a pioneer in minimally invasive brain surgery, will reveal details of a miniature 3D surgical instrument that will allow surgeons to see high-def images of the brain. Such images will help surgeons more precisely remove tumors and correct other abnormalities than current technology allows. The 1-day seminar, "NASA Technology: Imagine, Innovate, Explore," will be held at the Capitol Visitors Center on Tuesday, March 15.

"I am delighted to share the exciting news of how NASA is playing an important role -- ultimately a life-saving role -- of helping create the next generation of surgical instruments," said Dr. Hrayr Shahinian, founder and medical director of the Skull Base Institute in Los Angeles. "Our collaboration has already resulted in drastic improvements in instrumentation, which has helped countless patients suffering from acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, pineal tumors and pituitary tumors as well as abnormalities such as hemifacial spasms and trigeminal neuralgia."

"It's important that our legislators and the public in general understand the important work being done by NASA that ventures well beyond the space program," he added. "Ultimately, our lives and our quality of living are impacted by such collaborations."

For more information, visit or call the Skull Base Institute at (310) 691-8888.

About Dr. Hrayr Shahinian:

Shahinian has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers and a textbook on minimally invasive brain surgery, and is considered to be on the vanguard of this development. The validity of Shahinian's minimally invasive approach to brain surgery has stood up to the test of time and now many top medical centers have adopted his techniques including those at Mayo Clinic, UCLA, USC, Johns Hopkins and others.