The medical director of Chaparral Medical Group of Pomona, California, Ali Mesiwala, MD, is an experienced neurosurgeon affiliated with San Antonio Community Hospital and Archibald Surgery Center. In addition to his work in medicine, Ali Mesiwala, MD, is a founding member of the Claremont Museum of Art (CMA).
A “museum without walls,” CMA regularly hosts educational programs and exhibits that shine a light on the rich artistic history of the Claremont community. One of the individuals who greatly contributed to that history is Roland Reiss (born in 1929), a Los Angeles-based artist best known for his work in sculptural tableaux and floral paintings. He also served 30 years as chair of the art department at Claremont Graduate University. Reiss is a recipient of the College Art Association Award for Excellence in Teaching, and his work has been featured in museums and private collections worldwide.
CMA is currently showcasing “Roland Reiss: Unapologetic Flowers and Small Stories,” an exhibition that includes his best and most well-known works. The exhibit includes several miniatures created by Reiss in the 1970s through the 1990s as well as floral paintings from a series he began in 2007.
Ali Mesiwala, MD, works as a neurosurgeon and researcher in California. Shortly after completing his postdoctoral training, he joined the Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine, where he serves as a co-medical director. A dedicated philanthropist, Ali Mesiwala, MD, also helped establish the Claremont Museum of Art (CMA).
In an effort to celebrate the artistic legacy of the region, CMA regularly welcomes new exhibitions, such as its recent Kindred Natures: Aldo Casanova and James Fuller exhibit. Running from December 2, 2017, to March 31, 2018, the exhibit focused on work from painter James Fuller and sculptor Aldo Casanova, two local artists who divided their careers between creating their own work and teaching new generations of artists.
Born in 1929, Aldo Casanova was inspired by nature’s splendor. Much of his work was a comment on the environmental and political condition of the planet and included both abstract organic forms and naturalistic portrayals. During his career, he was recognized repeatedly, including by being designated a fellow of the National Sculpture Society, and taught at such institutions as San Francisco State University and SUNY Albany.
Meanwhile, James Fuller was born in 1927 and matured as an artist in California during the years after World War II. Although he was an accomplished painter, printmaker, and sculptor, much of his life was dedicated to teaching other artists. He served on the faculty at Scripps College for close to three decades and has his work in public and private collections throughout the state.
A co-medical director of the Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine, Ali Mesiwala, MD, is a reputable neurosurgeon and researcher in California. With more than 20 years of medical experience, Ali Mesiwala, MD, has written extensively on such topics as aneurysms.
– Aortic: These types of aneurysms occur in the aorta, the body’s largest blood vessel. Most aortic aneurysms occur in men over the age of 60 and are linked to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, and atherosclerosis, a hardening of the arteries. Aortic aneurysms can occur in either the chest cavity (thoracic aortic aneurysms) or the abdomen.
– Cerebral: Also known as brain aneurysms, cerebral aneurysms occur in roughly 5 percent of people. They occur when the wall of a brain blood vessel bulges or becomes weakened. Cerebral aneurysms can occur in varying sizes and are associated with such symptoms as neck pain, double vision, and stiff neck.
– Peripheral: Peripheral aneurysms are simply aneurysms that occur in areas of the body that aren’t the brain or aorta. For example, carotid artery aneurysms occur in the neck, visceral aneurysms happen in the arteries in the kidneys or bowel, and popliteal aneurysms occur behind the knee. Typically, peripheral aneurysms do not rupture as often as aortic aneurysms.
Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves as director of neurological surgery for the Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine, chief of St. Bernardine Medical Center’s Division of Neurological Surgery, and consultant for SI-Joint, St. Jude Medical, and Nuvasive. Beyond helping others through his profession, Ali Mesiwala, MD, supports National Geographic.
The National Geographic Society, a educational and scientific organization, supports hundreds of exploration, research, conservation, and educational projects throughout the world, including BioBlitz.
Hosted throughout the United States at more than 250 schools and other natural areas, BioBlitz events challenge participants of all ages to find and identify plants, fungi, animals, and other organisms within a specific area. Teachers, families, scientists, students, and community members work together to search out and count species.
During BioBlitz, participants are taken on an informative tour of their area, led by scientists and highlighting nearby natural attractions. Teams are then tasked with taking and uploading photos of different species on iNaturalist, allowing them to record observations and receive help with species identification. They also help create a comprehensive species inventory of their area.