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Neurologists, neurosurgeons honored

Healthcare HeroesThe Cook Children’s Neurosciences team were among those honored recently at the Fort Worth Business Press’ Healthcare Heroes event for 2009.

The team from Neurosciences – neurologists Warren Marks, M.D., and Fernando Acosta Jr, M.D., and neurosurgeon John Honeycutt, M.D. – were named Healthcare Heroes for bringing the innovative Deep Brain Stimulation program to Cook Children’s.

Dr. Marks, medical director of Rehabilitation Service at Cook Children’s Medical Center, was recognized for his tireless efforts to establish the program. Dr. Marks also designed and developed the Comprehensive Movement Disorder program at Cook Children’s, which places a special focus on pediatric patients.

In 2007, the DBS program at Cook Children’s was established at Cook Children’s, which targeted children under 18 and treated primarily children with a neurological movement disorder known as dystonia.

The program at Cook Children’s prevents children in the local area from traveling and has now become nationally known after airing on NBC’s Today Show. The DBS program also has been featured in a 30-minute program locally on NBC Channel 5 and in the Star-Telegram.

Another aspect of the program that makes it unique is the working relationship between the three men. Dr. Honeycutt implants the stimulator and Dr. Marks and Dr. Acosta are responsible for the electrode program.

“Every day I learn something new from patients and colleagues,” Dr. Marks told the Fort Worth Business Press. “I continued to be humbled by the trust families place in us.”

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