National Geographic’s BioBlitz Events

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BioBlitz
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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.

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ARToon at the Claremont Museum of Art

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ARToon
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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.

What is Lateral Access Surgery?

Society of Lateral Access Surgeons
Society of Lateral Access Surgeons

 

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.

NASS Holds 2017 Evidence and Technology Spine Summit

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American Spine Society (NASS)
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After completing his medical internship, Ali Mesiwala, MD, began his residency at the University of Washington. Today, he focuses his practice on neurological surgery. Ali Mesiwala, MD, is also a member of the North American Spine Society (NASS).

The NASS fosters quality spine care by advancing spinal education and research. NASS also emphasizes its commitment to ethical obligations by strengthening spine care policies. Spine care practitioners are subjected to these policies, which are enforced by the NASS Professional Compliance Panel.

NASS also provides its members opportunities for continuing education, such as the Evidence and Technology Spine Summit. The 2017 summit will serve as a venue for spine specialists to discuss innovations in spinal treatment and technology.

These interactive meetings offer participants alternative perspectives on spine care. The 2017 Evidence and Technology Spine Summit will be held February 22-25 in Park City, Utah.