By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Guam Regional Medical City today announced the expansion of its team of medical specialists, bringing three new neuroscientists on board.
“GRMC has been working extremely hard to grow services that address important unmet needs impacting our community. We have the vision to serve as a regional center of excellence for neurological diseases and believe that the highest quality of care for these complex problems will be delivered when specialized personnel and equipment are organized into one team," said Dr. Alexander Wielaard, GRMC's CEO.
"We want the whole community to know that GRMC partners closely with our EMS colleagues to accept all patients with suspected stroke emergencies in hopes of improving access to our team when the timing is critical," he added.
Joining the GRMC medical staff are Dr. Scott C. Dulebohn and Dr. Luc Jasmin, and neurologist/sleep specialist Dr. Naho Hattori.
Dulebohn joins GRMC as a full-time neurosurgeon with over 25 years of expertise in pain and minimally invasive surgeries. He has recently been appointed to serve as GRMC’s Director of the Neuroscience Center.
In his career, Dulebohn developed emedicine.com, which became the largest online textbook for medicine in the world and integrated with the National Library of Medicine.
Dulebohn also co-founded StatPearls, an online and mobile application board review for all fields of medicine.
His expertise includes treating brain and spine trauma, bleeding, tumors, aneurysms, fractures, and infections; carotid disease; back and leg pain; neck and arm pain; cervical spine disease; carpal tunnel and other compressive neuropathies.
Jasmin joins the GRMC team after serving as a neurosurgeon in the United States since 2006. Before becoming a neurosurgeon, he was an assistant professor in neurology for 14 years.
Jasmin is the president of the Painless Research Foundation, a non-profit international research organization dedicated to eliminating pain through translational research, education, and advocacy—primarily for cancer pain, neuropathic pain, and post-operative pain.
His expertise includes brain injury surgery, spine surgery, brain tumor surgery, and irradiation therapy for tumors, pain, and abnormal movements, amongst other specialties.
Hattori is a full-time neurologist, sleep specialist, and newly appointed as the hospital’s Stroke Medical Director, who last served as an attending neurologist at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California.
She earned her medical degree at the University of Antigua School of Medicine in St. John’s, Antigua, and completed her neurology residencies in Florida and California, and her Sleep Medicine Fellowship at the University of North Carolina.
Hattori’s expertise includes stroke, seizures, dementias, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, headaches, and sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.
GRMC’s neurosciences team also includes neuro-interventional radiologist Dr. Scott Shay, who continues to offer 24/7 access to advanced neuro-interventional stroke procedures for the entire community; Jennifer Artero, RN, who recently joined the hospital as its Stroke Program Coordinator (a position previously held by Elisabeth Collins, DNP, APRN-NP) and is working closely with Collins during the transition; and Dr. Justin Hale, GRMC’s former neurologist/sleep specialist, who has relocated to the U.S., but remains tied to GRMC to assist with stoke code coverage.