July, 17, 2019

Dr. Chengyuan Wu Now Providing Region's Only Asleep DBS Option

Chengyuan Wu, MD, MSBmE, Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Radiology, performed Jefferson's first asleep deep brain stimulation (DBS) in December of 2015.  He is now the only neurosurgeon in the Philadelphia metro area performing the procedure routinely.  The asleep DBS procedure is an alternative form to the more traditional awake option of deep brain stimulation that can be used as a surgical intervention for patients diagnosed with a variety of illnesses including Parkinson’s disease, essential tremors, and OCD.  Deep brain stimulation can alleviate motor fluctuations by aiding in the stabilization of medications, has the potential to decrease medications, and can abate symptoms associated with the treated diagnoses.  Asleep DBS is image-guided and image-verified, ensuring accuracy of the electrode position with intraoperative O-arm imaging superimposed on preoperative MRIs. 

“State of the art imaging and advances in technology have allowed us to transform implantation of deep brain stimulator electrodes from an awake to an asleep procedure," Dr. Wu said.  "Immediate visualization and verification of electrode position during surgery ensures that we achieve optimal electrode placement.  I am proud to be able to bring this novel approach to Jefferson."

After completing his neurological surgery residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Dr. Wu elected to complete Jefferson's functional neurosurgery fellowship.  This included six months of training under the direction of Ashwini Sharan, MD, FACS, and three months of training under Dr. Kim Burchiel at Oregon Health and Science University and Professor Marwan Hariz at National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, England.  Both Burchiel and Hariz perform asleep DBS routinely. 

Dr. Wu joined the faculty of the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience at Jefferson  in September 2015 and works alongside Dr. Ashwini Sharan in the division of Epilepsy and Neuromodulation Neurosurgery. He is available for consultation in Center City Philadelphi and Bryn Mawr.

Hear one Jefferson DBS patient describe his journey on this 6 ABC news story.