Octaves of Consciousness

November 16th, 2015 by Bita Milanian - 1 Comment

BitaAmirSilaIt is no secret that I am keenly interested in innovation across a variety of fields. Innovation is the result of passion, determination, and a great deal of hard work. At its best, innovation – whether in the field of technology, economics, or social justice – leads to the betterment of lives.
DrVProfileWhen I think of innovation in the field of medicine, I think of my friend Dr. Amir Vokshoor. I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Vokshoor for many years now and have always found his work and research in the area of neuroscience to be nothing short of fascinating.

Dr. Vokshoor is a board-certified neurosurgeon, specializing in the surgical treatment of cranial and spinal disorders and treating a wide range of patients, including trauma and cancer victims, people suffering from degenerative conditions, and even professional athletes.

As Chief of Neurosurgery at the Woodland Hills Medical Center, Dr. Vokshoor began his practice with the Kaiser Permanente health system, before joining the innovative Diagnostic and Interventional Spinal Care (DISC) sport and spine center. He is currently the chief of Spine section at Providence St. Johns Health Center in Santa Monica and is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, North America Spine Society, and the California Association of Neurological Surgeons.

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While his credentials are certainly impressive, what I am most in awe of is his passion for and dedication to advancing the understanding of neurology and spinal surgery for the benefit of his patients and the greater medical community. A few years ago, Dr. Vokshoor’s passion culminated with him founding the Institute of Neuro Innovation (INI), a nonprofit neuroscience research organization dedicated to interdisciplinary research, innovative neurologic technology, and neuroscience education. A collaborative, and open source platform of clinicians, scientists, philanthropists, and the community at large, INI has two areas of research, Cognitive and Functional, and aims to serve a diverse community of patients, including those with cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, societal depression, athletes with concussions, and veterans with PTSD.

Presently, INI is working to launch Neurovella, an independent sanctuary for neurologic technology, research, and development, in hopes of achieving the following overarching goals:

  1. To advance the understanding of complex neurological processes through real and objective methods based on sound scientific principles
  2. To bridge gaps of interdisciplinary knowledge through collaborative neuroscience
  3. To innovate with technology to restore, optimize, and enhance functional performance of the nervous system.
  4. To help humanity become more self-aware of vital neurologic functions for our evolution and survival

Dr. Vokshoor is also a believer in paying it forward as INI offers a weeklong, educational internship program giving students the opportunity to shadow him in both an outpatient clinical setting and in the operating room. As part of its commitment to philanthropy, INI has helped fund various outreach programs, including:

  • DISC’s Medical Mission Trips in Honduras
  • Global Health Trip with UTHSCSA’s Ethiopia Outreach Team

INI was also involved in programs including:

  • Elderly Homes – Musical training and music service
  • Retired NFL Players Program
  • TedxUCLA
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • “My Virtual Dream”

INI2015Coming up for Dr. Vokshoor is INI’s 7th Annual Gala, “Music of the Mind”, on Saturday, November 21st at the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. The event will feature a keynote address on the power of music and will include live music, entertainment, and a silent auction. If you are interested in learning more about this event or purchasing tickets, click here. Funds raised from INI’s “Music of the Mind” gala will directly support new methods to improve vital research on brain studies pertaining to cognition such as Alzheimer’s, PTSD, Chronic Pain, and the effects of concussions from sports related injuries.

I can say with great conviction that the implications of Dr. Vokshoor’s work touch us all. Almost every aspect of our lives – from our cognitive abilities to our physical mobility and so much more – relies on our neurological well being. For this reason, I am proud to call Dr. Vokshoor not only a friend, but also an inspiration.

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