Advanced Neuroscience Network Brings New Innovations in Neurosurgery to South Florida

Delray Medical Center now offers a complete and integrated surgical solution to patients with brain abnormalities.

Palm Beach County, Fla. (May 13, 2015) Two Advanced Neuroscience Network hospitals in South Florida are utilizing technology from Synaptive Medical and NICO Corporation to offer the latest advancements in neurosurgery. Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach is the first neurosurgical center to lead the effort in minimally invasive advanced visualization and interventional access to brain abnormalities in the Southeastern United States.

In the U.S., 50 percent of the 450,000 patients diagnosed with brain abnormalities have limited surgical options. The combination of Synaptive Medical’s BrightMatterTM Plan and NICO BrainPath® offers a complete and integrated surgical solution to patients. The approach is designed to minimize trauma and post-operative deficits and speed up the recovery process. Delray Medical Center and St. Mary’s Medical Center are the first two of only three hospitals in the world to currently offer the full complement of Synaptive and NICO neurosurgical products.

"These new tools open the door to minimally invasive surgery for patients who suffer from deep-seated brain tumors or certain types of stroke,” said Dr. Neil Patel, pediatric neurosurgeon on the medical staff at St. Mary’s Medical Center. “Previously deemed inoperable, patients and their families now have newfound hope, especially those with other medical conditions to consider."

The BrightMatterTM Plan offers unprecedented visualization of 3D tractography in the brain, allowing the neurosurgeon to establish a minimally disruptive surgical path to the abnormality. BrainPath® enables intra-operative atraumatic access to the abnormality along the pre-planned surgical path and minimizes the potential impact to critical structures by displacing tissues of the brain during advancement to the abnormality. This all happens through an opening smaller than a dime.

"The addition of this technology to our program is a unique opportunity for physicians to pursue new surgical options in treating a variety of neurological diseases,” said Chief of Neurosurgery at Delray Medical Center, Dr. Lloyd Zucker. “The arrival of BrightMatterTM Plan and BrainPath® to South Florida provides our patients with access to some of the newest and most progressive technologies."

“The brain is really the final frontier in applying a true minimally invasive approach to surgery due to the complexity of the anatomy, poor visualization tools and limited access,” said Jim Pearson, president and CEO of NICO Corporation. “With our combined technologies, we have now solved this problem and we can address a very large unmet patient need, ultimately setting a new standard of care in neurosurgery.”

Using these technologies, surgeons are able to plan and execute their surgical intervention while acutely observing critical structures. This image informed intervention brings an unprecedented sophistication to the field of neurosurgery, where tissue is respected throughout the course of a disease.

“We are excited to have our technology within these two hospitals that will be among the leaders in healthcare that can impact changing the standard of care in neurosurgery,” said Cameron Piron, CEO of Synaptive Medical.  “A tool that allows for safe access and removal of a brain abnormality is unprecedented and long overdue.”

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About Advanced Neuroscience Network
Advanced Neuroscience Network (ANN) is an integrated delivery system of medical professionals and Tenet Healthcare’s Florida hospitals focused on offering a full continuum of neurological care throughout South Florida. From prevention and diagnosis, to treatment and rehabilitation, members of the Advanced Neuroscience Network are dedicated to providing clinical expertise and hope to individuals suffering from neurological disorders.

About Delray Medical Center

For more than 30 years, Delray Medical Center, a 493-bed acute care hospital, has served the communities of South Palm Beach County. As both a community hospital and state-designated Level I Trauma Center located on a 42-acre medical plaza, Delray Medical Center has the ability to offer several specialized services including cardiac care, orthopaedics, rehabilitation, neurosciences, emergency care and more.

For the past eight years, Delray Medical Center has been named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades®, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The hospital is a recipient of the Healthgrades® Distinguished Hospital Award – Clinical Excellence for 12 years in a row and is one of just 13 hospitals in South Florida, and just one of five in Palm Beach County that received recognition for its clinical performance. Delray Medical Center is one of only 269 hospitals ranked in the top 5 percent in the nation for patient outcomes according to a study by Healthgrades®. The hospital has been acknowledged as a Blue Distinction Center for spine surgery, hip and knee replacement and cardiac care by Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Delray Medical Center is a state-designated Comprehensive Stroke Center and Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. In addition, the hospital earned the Get With the Guidelines - Heart Failure and Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Delray Medical Center was also named one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals with great heart programs by Becker’s Hospital Review. Pinecrest Rehabilitation and Outpatient Hospital at Delray Medical Center is designated by the State of Florida Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Center for Adults and has received 3-year accreditation status as a Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program from CARF International.

Furthermore, Delray Medical Center was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission for the third year in a row and earned an “A” Hospital Safety Score from the Leapfrog Group. Delray Medical Center is actively involved in community outreach, sponsoring several events, community lectures and fundraisers. The hospital is also a smoke-free campus. For more information or for a free physician referral, please call 1-800-897-9789 or visit the website at


About St. Mary’s Medical Center
St. Mary’s Medical Center is a 464-bed acute care hospital located at 901 45th Street in West Palm Beach. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the greater West Palm Beach area for more than 75 years.

St. Mary’s Medical Center offers a broad array of adult and pediatric services, including: a Level 1 Trauma Center, a state-designated Pediatric Trauma Referral Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center and a state-designated Brain and Spinal Cord Acute Injury Center. Additional services include the Neuroscience Center, High-Risk Obstetrical Unit with a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Institute for Advanced Orthopedics, the Rehabilitation Institute, the Memory Disorders Center, Kaplan Cancer Center, Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, Schwartz Kidney Dialysis Center and the Institute for Mental Health.

Pediatric services are provided at the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center, which is the only dedicated children’s hospital between Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando. Along with 24/7 dedicated pediatric emergency and trauma care, Palm Beach Children’s Hospital’s medical staff consists of 196 pediatricians in 36 subspecialties. These include limb reconstruction and lengthening at the Paley Advanced Limb Lengthening Institute, adolescent bariatrics, pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, including the congenital heart surgery program, pediatric oncology program, which includes membership in the Children’s Oncology Group - a clinical trials group supported by the National Cancer Institute, pediatric neurosurgery and pediatric orthopedics. In addition, in-house pediatric intensivists work with area pediatricians to care for children while staying at Palm Beach Children’s Hospital. 

St. Mary’s Medical Center is fully accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency, and is a member of the Children’s Hospital Association. The hospital has won many prestigious awards, including the Tenet Circle of Excellence award two out of the last three years. Additionally, the hospital earned an “A” Hospital Safety Score from the Leapfrog Group. To learn more about St. Mary’s Medical Center and Palm Beach Children’s Hospital, visit, or call 561-844-6300.

About Synaptive Medical

Synaptive Medical, a Toronto based company has over 55 dedicated scientists and engineers specifically committed to the development of neurosurgical technologies and therapies.  The result is their BrightMatter Neurosurgical Products that provide advanced tools and information to allow surgeons to focus on patient outcomes.  From advanced visualization and guidance to their first hands-free surgical scope, Synaptive medical is collaborating with surgeons, hospitals and industry partners to define a new standard of care for neurosurgical intervention. 


About NICO Corporation

NICO Corporation was formed in 2007 with the mission of revolutionizing minimally invasive neurosurgical care through the creation of innovative breakthrough technologies, proper education and teamwork that creates product differentiation in the market because of improved clinical and economic outcomes. Nearly 200 surgeons have been trained on BrainPath and over 1,000 successful surgeries performed. Clinical and scientific evidence is building with peer-reviewed publications, 9 peer-reviewed abstracts and case studies presented or published validating the clinical and patient outcomes using BrainPath. To learn more about NICO Corporation and BrainPath, visit and find BrainPath videos on YouTube at NICOneuroCorp.