Department of Neurosurgery


Georgia’s Uncommon Story: The Best Doctor in the World

“I was first diagnosed with sacral chordoma in 2008 accidentally during an MRI. The tumor was a big ball, and I remember the radiologist saying that he couldn’t tell what it was… The medical team in Greece proposed that I go out of Europe to find the best treatment with a more experienced team… I met the best human and doctor, Dr. Ziya Gokaslan, and the journey began. My surgery was 12 hours. They found a watermelon-sized tumor and removed it with clear margins and normal organ function. A miracle for everyone!

But the tumor came back… I have the best doctor in the world who knows me very well, and he always gives me hope and the best care. I’m hoping for a therapy to be found for all of us who are struggling for life!”

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Ziya L. Gokaslan, MD

Julius Stoll, MD Professor and Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital
Clinical Director, Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute
President, Neurosurgery Foundation