September 20, 2016 – Aaron Mammoser, MD, recruited as an associate professor of clinical neurosurgery, will hold the Kelsey Bradley Favrot Chair in Neuro-Oncology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine’s Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Mammoser is an MD Anderson-trained neuro-oncologist.
“With the hiring of Dr. Mammoser, brain cancer patients in our region can finally seek treatment from a neuro-oncologist right here at home,” said Frank Culicchia, MD, chair of the LSU Health New Orleans Department of Neurosurgery. “The New Orleans area has long needed a neuro-oncologist, and Dr. Mammoser’s arrival satisfies a key component of Kelsey’s vision.”
On January 8, 2008, Kelsey Favrot was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor known as Gliomatosis Cerebri. During the next 20 months, Favrot underwent surgery, radiation and chemotherapy with courage, hope and grace. Unfortunately, she had to receive treatment out of town because none of the hospitals in New Orleans had a physician whose primary focus was neuro-oncology. The distance was a hardship for Favrot, her family and friends, who would have preferred she remain in New Orleans for care so they could be at her side. With characteristic determination, Favrot began to explore ways to assist those who would face a brain cancer diagnosis in the future. Although Favrot succumbed to brain cancer in August 2009, her legacy continues to fulfill her wish to help those dealing with brain cancer.
The Chair was supported by fundraising efforts, including the Kelsey Bradley Favrot Memorial 5k Run/Walk. The annual event will be held this year on Sunday, October 2, 2016, at Audubon Park. Proceeds from this year’s race will support the establishment of a center at LSU Health New Orleans focusing on brain cancer research and treatment. To register or learn more about sponsorship or donation opportunities, please visit http://www.kelseysgoal.com/.
Dr. Aaron Mammoser joins the LSU Health New Orleans faculty from the University of Michigan, where he was a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Neurology with subspecialty training in Neuro-Oncology. He treated patients in the Neuro-Oncology Clinic in the Comprehensive Cancer Center. He received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1994, his master’s degree from Roswell Park Cancer Institute in 2000 and his medical degree from the University at Buffalo in 2005. He completed his Neurology residency at the University of Michigan before completing his fellowship training in Neuro-Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 23,770 new cases of brain tumors will be diagnosed this year, with 16,050 deaths. The five-year survival rate of brain tumors is only 33.8%.