CMA Honors Aldo Casanova and James Fuller in Kindred Natures Exhibit

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Kindred Natures Exhibit

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.


Types of Aneurysms


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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.

Below are several types of 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.

National Geographic’s BioBlitz Events

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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.

The Rhoton Collection – Funded by the AANS

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Rhoton Collection

Experienced neurosurgeon Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves as the chief of the Division of Neurological Surgery and Department of Surgery at St. Bernardine Medical Center in California. Possessing more than two decades of medical experience, Ali Mesiwala, MD, belongs to several professional organizations, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

As part of its efforts to advance the specialty of neurological surgery, the AANS is funding the creation of the Rhoton Collection alongside the Neurosurgical Research & Education Foundation (NREF). Created by Albert L. Rhoton, Jr., MD, FAANS(L), this online archive was designed to help professionals increase their knowledge of neurosurgical anatomy in the most efficient way possible. It is free to AANS members who enter a username and password.

Within the Rhoton Collection, professionals will find thousands of resources from Dr. Rhoton’s teaching material. This material includes video lectures and an interactive atlas of anatomical structures. Tens of thousands of slides are being scanned for inclusion in the collection, and volunteers are creating drawings to accompany the anatomical components found in the interactive atlas.

All the material found in the Rhoton Collection can be downloaded in high resolution and used for publications, media use, or education presentations. However, credit must be given to the Rhoton Collection if any materials are used and watermarks cannot be removed from videos or images.