UW Medicine Announces Launch of Brain Aneurysm Center

Under the direction of Dr. Louis Kim, chief of neurological surgery at Harborview, the new Center is implementing a pilot program to improve access to UW Medicine’s internationally recognized brain aneurysm experts.

For the 3 to 4% of people who develop a brain aneurysm during their lifetime, many do not have symptoms at the time of diagnosis. In contrast to a ruptured aneurysm, which is a medical emergency, patients with unruptured aneurysms often search online to find a specialist who can address their concerns and develop a treatment plan.

The pilot program is designed to facilitate this search process. It includes a landing page, a request an appointment form and an animated video with educational materials. Patients who complete the request form will receive a callback within 24 hours to schedule an appointment. They will also receive regular communications to answer questions and to assure them that aneurysms are curable. If treatment is needed, most patients will benefit from access to minimally invasive procedures with faster recovery times.

The Brain Aneurysm Center brings together the expertise of three neurosurgeons — Dr. Kim, Dr. Michael Levitt and Dr. Laligam Sekhar — and a highly skilled team of nurses, advanced practice providers, patient care coordinators, patient services specialists, and other providers. For more information, please see Meet the Team at the Brain Aneurysm Center.