Glimmer of Hope: Neurosurgeon to Share "Keyhole" Techniques at World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress

Dr. Daniel Kelly, director of Brain Tumor Center at Providence St. John's Health Center, to speak at international gathering of hospital administrators, physicians, government policymakers, insurance executives, travel and hospitality interests, Sept. 27-30, 2015, in Orlando, Fla.

Palm Beach Gardens, FL, July 01, 2015 --( A small “keyhole” in the skull, nostrils, or behind the ear can sometimes provide a glimmer of hope for as many as 400,000 Americans who will experience cancer that spreads to the brain from other areas of the body, according to Dr. Daniel Kelly, a leading neurosurgeon at Providence St. John’s Health Center and speaker at the 8th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress, Sept. 27-30, 2015, in Orlando, Fla., the Medical Tourism Association® announced today.

“Minimally invasive keyhole and endoscopic surgical techniques are just beginning to become more commonplace for brain tumors and brain cancers,” said Kelly, director of the Brain Tumor Center & Pituitary Disorders Program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, Calif. “There are relatively few centers that excel in providing this state-of-the-art care in a personalized high-tech setting and at a reasonable cost. Those that can deliver on all these aspects of this care will be very popular and will have a flourishing medical tourism practice.”

“Keyhole” craniotomy allows for the removal of skull base tumors through a small incision to access the cerebellum and brainstem. Neurosurgeons may use this approach to reach certain tumors, such as meningioma’s and acoustic neuromas. Benefits include less pain than an open craniotomy, faster recovery and minimal scarring.

Dr. Kelly, who has performed more than 4,000 procedures – both conventional and keyhole – for treating brain cancer, said he is anxious to share his experiences with colleagues from the international medical community who have patient populations in need of advanced neurosurgical services and comprehensive approaches to brain, skull base and pituitary tumors.

“The Brain Tumor Center already has ongoing clinical fellowships for U.S. and Canadian neurosurgeons as well as observational fellowships and visiting scholar programs for surgeons from outside North America,” said Kelly. “In the last few years, we have had fellows from Brazil, China, Chile, Egypt, Ghana, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Turkey and Germany.”

The World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress attracts some 3,000 key stakeholders – hospital administrators, doctors and clinicians, employers, government policy makers, insurance executives, facilitators, and hospitality and tourism interests – from across the globe to share their experiences and identify and solve issues that bear significantly on the industry. For a preliminary list of speakers, go to:

The Congress agenda features the 6th Ministerial Summit, Global, the 4th Medical Directors Summit, the 3nd Global Women’s Leadership Summit, regional and industry forums, and educational workshops included among more than 1,000 networking meetings for up to 200 qualified buyers of healthcare. Participants, sponsors and invited speakers can keep abreast of Congress updates or register at

About the Medical Tourism Association®
As the first membership-based international nonprofit trade organization and think-tank for the medical tourism and healthcare industries, the Medical Tourism Association® develops and implements creative and sustainable strategies for attracting direct foreign investments. The MTA provides advisory services to investors researching the industry and matches these financiers with medical tourism-related projects.
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