Documentary Highlights Neuroscience Program

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A special documentary on neurosurgery will highlight the work of Allen Sills, MD, an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at UTHSC. The one-hour segment airs on WMC-TV at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 13.

For the first time, Methodist University Hospital has produced a special documentary that highlights its neuroscience institute, particularly, neurosurgery. The one-hour segment airs on WMC-TV at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 13.

The documentary chronicles the real-life stories of four patients as neurosurgeon Allen Sills, M.D., takes them through their various stages of care over five days. Dr. Sills is a Johns Hopkins-educated and trained neurosurgeon and an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He is a neurosurgeon with Semmes-Murphey Neurological and Spine Institute, the largest neurological physician practices in the country.

“It’s so exciting to be able to bring these compelling stories to television viewers across the Mid-South so that they can see first-hand the excellent work going on in the Methodist University Hospital Neuroscience Institute,” said Caroline Freeman, administrator of the program. “Through this behind-the-scenes documentary, we are able to highlight our highly-trained multidisciplinary staff, our state-of-the-art technology, the latest and best treatments available for treating brain tumors, and the compassionate care we render.”

Brain tumors are quite prevalent in this part of the country, according to Dr. Sills, and Methodist University Hospital does more neurosurgeries than any other hospital in Tennessee. That volume places it among the top five centers in the country.

“It is a privilege to work in a teaching hospital where patients have access to nationally and internationally recognized experts, top-notch residents, and the latest technology and research,” said Dr. Sills. “I would feel comfortable for any member of my family to be treated here, knowing they would be receiving the very best care.”