Buffalo Teenager Upbeat After Two Brain Surgeries

Updated: 10/21/2013
Seventeen year old Brianna Wrobel has become an inspiration to her family and friends and says she can't thank the staff at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo enough for all they did to help her get through a life-changing event.

To see a recent news story about Brianna, click here: http://www.wkbw.com/news/local/Buffalo-Teenager-Upbeat-After-Two-Brain-Surgeries-228420511.html

Brianna is a patient followed by the Pediatric Neurosurgery program at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo led by Veetai Li, M.D., Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Dr. Li, who is Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and by the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, is joined by Renee Reynolds, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, University at Buffalo Neurosurgery, the State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

The pediatric neurosurgery program has expertise in minimally invasive neurosurgical techniques including Endoscopic Surgery and Stereotaxy (framed and frameless), allowing for more precise and less traumatic removal of brain  tumors and other brain lesions. He uses intra-operative functional mapping and electrocorticography for patients with tumors or other lesions in sensitive areas of the brain and for Epilepsy surgery.

Pediatric Neurosurgery offers the full spectrum of pediatric neurosurgical care. The most common diagnosis in the practice is Hydrocephalus and the full armamentarium of treatment for this entity is offered.

Additionally, the pediatric neurosurgery team participates in several comprehensive multi-disciplinary clinics at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo, including Neuro-oncology Clinic for children with tumors of the brain and spinal cord, the Spina Bifida Center of Western New York offering the full spectrum of medical and surgical care for children and adults with congenital spinal cord malformations, Spasticity Clinic providing medical and neurosurgical treatment of spasticity in children, and the Craniofacial Clinic, which evaluates and treats children with congenital malformations of the skull and facial region including Craniosynostosis.  Pediatric neurosurgery also participates in the management of trauma patients with brain and spinal cord injuries.

Additional care is provided by pediatric nurse practitioners, Sara Rivera, RN, MS, CPNP, and Tiffany Hark, MS, CPNP, who provide continuity for both inpatient and outpatient care and is a tremendous educational resource for families.

Pediatric Neurosurgery and Neurology at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is ranked by US News & World Report in its current 2013-2014 special edition of Best Children’s Hospitals.  This is the third straight year Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo has been included by US News & World Report in this special edition.  Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo was also ranked in Neurology, Neurosurgery and Cancer care in 2011 – 2012 and Gastroenterology in 2012 – 2013.