Dr. Adam Sonabend: May 8, 2019

BREAKING LINGUISTIC BARRIERS IN THE HOSPITAL 

NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL LAUNCHES HISPANIC BRAIN AND SPINE TUMOR PROGRAM, DEFLATING THE CULTURAL AND LANGUAGE BARRIER IN MEDICAL CARE

 

Dr. Adam Sonabend, MD

Director of the Hispanic Brain and Spine Tumor Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital

When communicating with medical professionals, whether it is for yourself or on behalf of a loved one, it’s important to have someone that can guide you through the diagnosis and treatment options in your native language. Personalized patient care should not stop at treatment but instead should extend to the point of recognizing cultural differences, how it may influence the individual and family, and most importantly communicating care effectively.

Northwestern Medicine is launching a Hispanic Brain and Spine Tumor Program in Chicago that will serve the Hispanic and Latino populations and their family members. Through this program, life-saving neurological care will be more easily accessible by removing cultural, linguistic barriers to patients who’d prefer to speak Spanish during their hospital visit.

On Wednesday, May 8th, Dr. Adam Sonabend, will be available for interviews to discuss the need for this program in the Hispanic and Latino community and the importance of personalized patient care. He will also discuss what makes this program unique and what it will provide to patients.

 

For more information, please visit: nm.org/tumorcerebral

 

MORE ABOUT DR. ADAM SONABEND:

Dr. Sonabend is a native from Mexico City. He obtained his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and graduated at the top of his class, for which he was awarded the Gabino Barreda Medal from UNAM. Following his graduation, Dr. Sonabend worked in translational brain tumor research at the University of Chicago. He subsequently completed his neurosurgical training at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. In addition to his general neurosurgical training, he gained extensive training in neurosurgical oncology. Dr. Sonabend began his career at Columbia in 2015, when he first joined the department upon completion of his residency. His scholarly contributions have led to over 50 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and national and international presentations. He is recipient of the Society of Neurological Surgeons Research Award (2009), the Neurosurgery Research and Education Fellowship Award (2012), and the Diversity Recruitment Award by the Office of the Senior Provost at Columbia University (2015). He was one of 16 scientists in 2015, and the only neurosurgeon in the United States, to receive the prestigious, 5-year NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (DP5) valued at over $2 million dollars.

 

Produced by: Northwestern Medicine

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