As it builds a stroke program with more than 20 new doctors, Novant Health has chosen to exclude Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates from Presbyterian Medical Center. That surgeons in this large, respected 75-year-old group won’t be part of the Novant program has come as a shock to many in the Charlotte brain surgery and wider medical community.
Surgeons are increasingly advising patients to stop smoking, lose weight or take other measures to improve their health – and reduce the risk of complications – before undergoing elective spine or joint replacement surgery.
During the long debate over transgender rights and House Bill 2, many supporters of the law suggested that being transgender is a choice . But Ashley Nurkin, the Charlotte mother of an 8-year-old transgender girl, begs to differ.