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Fall 2013

UCLA Tweets Surgery Live

The world was watching when UCLA’s Neurosurgical Movement Disorders Program performed its 500th deep-brain-stimulation surgery earlier this year.

UCLA Health invited Twitter followers to observe a surgery-in-progress on social media as a way to educate the public about deep-brain stimulation. In addition to live-tweeting the procedure, UCLA Health posted Instagram photos and short video clips via the new Twitter application Vine. The event went viral, appearing in millions of Twitter news feeds and attracting widespread attention from conventional news media. Adding to the interest, the patient, musician and actor Brad Carter, played guitar during the awake portion of the procedure, helping the neurosurgery team to optimize placement of the electrodes for Carter’s brain pacemaker.

“As a teaching institution, we’re used to having medical students, residents, fellows and visitors from other parts of the country and around the world observe our surgeries and learn from us,” says Nader Pouratian, MD, who performed the surgery. “We thought this would be a great opportunity to bring the world into the operating room.”

To read Twitter feeds and see video clips of Brad Carter’s surgery, go to: uclahealth.org/uclaorlive

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