A neurosurgeon for more than 20 years, Ali Mesiwala, MD, leads the Department of Surgery and Division of Neurological Surgery at St. Bernardine Medical Center and functions as a consultant for such companies as SI-Bone, Inc., and Nuvasive, Inc. Outside of his professional life, Ali H. Mesiwala, MD, supports of the National Geographic Society.
Last December, Facebook and National Geographic teamed up to launch Live 360 video that gave users the unique opportunity to view operations 24 hours a day at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. Journalist Cara Santa Maria toured the facility with commentary from scientific experts John Grunsfeld, Stephen Petranek, and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
The live stream gave viewers the chance to see the unique conditions that scientists have been living in for months. Completely isolated from mainstream society, these simulators were designed to emulate what life on Mars would be like. The video offered a behind-the-scenes look at these living conditions and a live look at the scientists as they left the pods for the first time. Viewers were also able to participate in a Q&A with the scientists.
A resident of Claremont, California, Ali Mesiwala, MD, is a neurosurgeon with years of experience as a doctor, educator, entrepreneur, and consultant. Ali Mesiwala, MD, applies his expertise as chief of the St. Bernardine Medical Center Division of Neurological Surgery and the medical director of Chaparral Medical Group. Outside of his career, Dr. Mesiwala supports the Claremont Museum of Art.
The Claremont Museum of Art was incorporated in 2004 to promote the city of Claremont’s art and cultural history. In addition to exhibition and events, the Claremont museum maintains several educational programs in support of its mission. These include ARToon, an after-school education program that targets preteens.
Currently in its second year of operation, ARToon is an after school art instruction program for pre-teens. The program teaches skills related to the development of unique cartoon characters with the ultimate goal of creating a comic book or graphic novel concept.
While enrolled in the ARToon program, up to 40 students create a large format page for their concept, which is later exhibited at a public art reception. ARToon is made possible through a partnership with El Roble Intermediate School and is led by an art teacher and a professional cartoonist.
An established neurosurgeon, Ali Mesiwala, MD, applies his expertise in numerous areas that include teaching, business ventures, research, and hospital practices. Currently, Dr. Mesiwala serves as medical director at the Chaparral Medical Group in California. Ali Mesiwala, MD, is also engaged in several professional associations, including the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the Society of Lateral Access Surgeons.
The Society of Lateral Access Surgeons is a professional association that works to advance minimally disruptive lateral access spine surgery techniques through research and education. Founded in 2006, the association also represents its many members who are practitioners in the field of lateral access surgery.
Lateral access surgery is a form of surgery that addresses spine disorders. The term lateral refers to the surgery’s mode of conduct, which is through the patient’s side. This approach differs from other surgical techniques that complete surgery through the posterior (back) or the anterior (front) of a patient. Benefits of a lateral access approach include both shortened surgery time and hospital stay, decreased blood loss and scarring, and faster overall recovery.
Neurosurgeon Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves as chief of St. Bernardine Medical Center’s Division of Neurological Surgery and as medical director at the Chaparral Medical Group in Pomona, California. Named an Inland Empire Top Doctor, Ali Mesiwala is also a philanthropist who supports charitable organizations such as National Geographic and the Claremont Museum of Art.
The Claremont Museum of Art, founded in 2004, is a community museum located in Claremont, California. In addition to displaying exhibits that celebrate Claremont’s artistic heritage at its physical location, the museum maintains several educational art programs that benefit the local community. These efforts include the ARTpix and ARToon programs as well as Project ARTstART and family art activities.
Family art activities offered by the Claremont Museum provide young children with hands-on, creative art activities. These are offered at city festivals that include Art in the Garden at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens, the local Fourth of July Celebration, Village Venture, and the Padua Hills Art Fiesta. Directed by a nationally exhibited artist and made possible by local volunteers and art educators, the activities often include hundreds of children at a single event.