Health Notes: Experts combine efforts to create new treatment for stroke patients

Jang-Yen Wu, Ph.D., professor of biomedical science in Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine, and Dr. Brian Snelling, chief of cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery and medical director of the Marilyn and Stanley Barry Center for Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke at the Marcus Neuroscience Institute and Boca Raton Regional Hospital, have joined forces to combine an interventional procedure for stroke with a new drug compound.

Snelling performs a procedure (mechanical thrombectomy) that uses a stent within the walls of the artery to retrieve and remove blood clots in stroke patients. This method significantly reduces stroke-related disability and death, and one out of every two patients can walk out of the hospital soon after the procedure.

Wu has been developing a method to replenish new brain cells with a drug (granulocyte colony-stimulating factor) used to enhance blood cellular development. The idea is to administer the drug during a thrombectomy directly to the site of the blockage.

“Dr. Wu’s discoveries have the potential to deliver pharmaceutical solutions to treat stroke in combination with Dr. Snelling’s cutting-edge interventional procedure,” said Daniel C. Flynn, FAU’s vice president for research. “The combination of their expertise could revolutionize the way we treat stroke patients and ultimately patients with other devastating neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.”


After her recent trip to Indonesia, Dr. Juliette The, a Lynn Women’s Institute radiologist, invited a group of Indonesian radiologists to experience the breast imaging technology offered at Lynn Women’s Institute’s Boca Raton facility. The group viewed methods in screening and diagnostic mammography, ultrasound and MRI, and learned about related procedures.

“By sharing our expertise, visitors can bring home new techniques to their communities and implement more advanced strategies to better detect and treat breast cancer,” The said.


The ORBEYE 4K-3D Video Microscope has begun to be used by neurosurgeons at the Marcus Neuroscience Institute for skull-based and spine procedures. The technology provides superior visualization, shortens surgical time and enhances patient outcomes through minimally invasive techniques.


Delray Medical Center recently honored Delray Beach Fire Rescue EMS 111, Engine 114 and Rescue 112 for their efforts in saving the life of a patient with a cardiac arrest and pulmonary embolism. The patient, Chris Castaldo, made a complete recovery.

Delray Medical Center recently appointed Mary Elizabeth “Libby” Flippo as its new chief nursing officer. Flippo will also serve as the CNO for Tenet Healthcare’s Palm Beach Group hospitals. She has  extensive health care leadership experience and focuses on patient-centered care and performance improvement.   


Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Philanthropy Guild reception in March recognized lead donors of Keeping the Promise — the Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital, a fundraising effort to support a building initiative. 

The following donors were thanked for each entrusting a minimum of $10 million: Stanley and Marilyn Barry and the Barry Family Foundation; Louis B. and Anne W. Green; Christine E. Lynn, E.M. Lynn Foundation; Billi and Bernie Marcus, Marcus Foundation Inc.; Richard and Barbara Schmidt, Schmidt Family Foundation; and Elaine J. Wold. 

The event also recognized lead donors who each gifted a minimum of $1 million: Anonymous, Eleanor R. Baldwin, Sandra and Malcolm Berman, Jean Blechman, Edward and Freyda Burns, Diane and Lawrence Feldman, Michael and Michelle Hagerty, Mary Perper, Rubin Obstgarten Family Foundation — Sandra and Marvin Rubin, Rubin Obstgarten Family Foundation — Carrie Rubin, The Sands Family Foundation and Constellation Brands (Rob and Pamela Sands), Betty and Bill Scaggs, G. Robert Sheetz and Deborah Lindstrom, Myrna Gordon Skurnick, Mason and Graziela Slaine, Martin and Toni Sosnoff, Fran and Stuart Steinberg, and Thea Stoneman.

The evening concluded with a tribute to Jerry Fedele, president and CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital since 2008, who plans to retire this year.


The YMCA of the Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach, held a Healthy Kids Day in April as part of its initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and their families. The free event offered face-painting, health and wellness discussions, American-Latin cuisine, and entertainment. Kid activities featured a 40-yard dash, a punt/pass/kick competition, three-point basketball contest, Zumba and an obstacle course.


The Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s eighth annual Run for the Ribbons 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile is 7 a.m. June 2. The 5K race starts at Lynn Cancer Institute and continues through Old Floresta. The 5K costs $35 to enter, the mile $25. Proceeds benefit the cancer institute’s League of Ribbons. For more info: Darci McNally at 955-4501 or

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