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Laura Snyder joins Barrow Neurosurgical Associates

GetFileAttachmentBarrow Neurosurgical Associates (BNA) in Phoenix, Ariz. has brought on Laura Snyder, MD to its ranks.  The group of 28 world-renown neurosurgeons and physiatrists focuses on treating a wide range of complex brain and spine conditions. Dr. Snyder will practice at St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Barrow Neurosurgical Associates Outpatient Surgery Center located in Phoenix, Ariz.

Dr. Snyder is among the small 5 percent of neurosurgeons nationwide that are female, according to the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

“As a former resident of Barrow Neurological Institute, I have had the opportunity to learn from some of the most brilliant neurosurgeons in the world,” said Snyder. “This group is always innovating and expanding what’s possible.  I am thrilled to be a part of this respected group of physicians and I look forward to investing with them my passion for helping patients achieve positive outcomes.”

Dr. Snyder specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, which stabilizes the vertebral bones and spinal joints and/or relieves pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. This type of surgery addresses conditions such as degenerative spinal disease, disc herniation, spinal stenosis, spinal instability and spinal tumors.

Minimally invasive surgery is surgery performed through smaller incisions with less muscle destruction and less blood loss, usually with the aid of microscopic visualization.  “Utilizing new technologies and surgical techniques allows us to perform more complex surgeries with less soft tissue trauma,” said Snyder. “This reduces pain, expedites post-operative recovery, and ultimately gets my patients back to living the lives they want to live.”

The daughter of a handyman, it comes as no surprise that she chose a career requiring comfort with screws, remodeling, and repair.  Dr. Snyder was fascinated by the complexity of spinal disorders and the ability of spinal surgery to improve or at least slow their progression.  She started with research in Cervical Spine Trauma while a medical student at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, and she came to Barrow Neurological Institute for Neurosurgery residency training with some of the most well-known spine surgeons in the world, including Volker Sonntag, MD.

Researching ways to improve the process of spine surgery both physically and emotionally, she pursued fellowships in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix and Rush Medical Center in Chicago.  A competitive tennis player and former triathlete, Dr. Snyder enjoys treating and recuperating athletes of any age.

As a Chicago native, Dr. Snyder appreciates the warmer climate of Arizona. She enjoys road biking, hiking, tennis and spending time with her husband.


Az Business names Healthcare Leadership Awards finalists

Each year, AZ Business magazine hosts the Healthcare Leadership Awards to honor the women, men and institutions that bring excellence and innovation to Arizona’s healthcare sector.

Az Business is proud to announce the 2015 Healthcare Leadership Awards finalists, who were chosen by a panel of industry experts and will be recognized at the Healthcare Leadership Awards dinner and awards ceremony on April 9  at the Arizona Grand Resort. The finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

Abrazo Health — Arrowhead Hospital

Abrazo Health — Michele Finney

Affiliated Urologists — Dr. Mark Hong

Banner Health, Cardon Children’s Medical Center — Rachel Calendo

Banner Health — Peter Fine

Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation — Catherine Ivy

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck — Martin L. Shultz

Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center

CTCA — Dr. Glen Weiss

Dedicated Health Solutions

Dignity Health — Barrow Neurological Institute

Dignity Health, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers — Tim Bricker

Dignity Health — St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

HonorHealth and TGen — Dr. Daniel D. Von Hoff

HonorHealth – Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center

IASIS Healthcare — Tony Marinello

Insys Therapeutics

Magellan Health

Maricopa Integrated Health System — Dr. David Wisinger


Midwestern University — Kathleen Goeppinger

Quarles & Brady — Roger Morris

Phoenix Children’s Hospital – Dr. Robert J. Arceci

Radiant Research

Remuda Ranch

Snell and Wilmer – Richard Mallery

Sonora Quest Laboratories

Southwest Behavioral Health Services

SynCardia Systems

The CORE Institute — Dr. David Jacofsky

UnitedHealthcare of Arizona

University of Arizona Cancer Center


333 West Thomas

Toronto investor buys central Phoenix medical building

A central Phoenix building that is a home for crucial medical centers that help thousands of people get well each year has a new owner.

A Toronto-based private investor purchased the medical office building at 333 West Thomas Road, which is across the street from one of the largest hospitals in the state, St. Joseph’s Medical Center (home to the world-renowned Barrow’s Neurological Institute and the Muhammed Ali Parkinson Center).

The seller retained Aaron Kuhl, Plaza’s Senior Vice President of Brokerage Services, as the exclusive representative based on his extensive experience with the medical and investment communities in Arizona.

Plaza’s leasing team has been actively marketing the 333 West Thomas building to new tenants for the past two years, with Megan Sherwood and Perry Gabuzzi of Plaza bringing the building from 50% occupancy up to 94% occupancy at the time of closing.

The investor selected the Plaza Companies team to handle all leasing, property management and construction responsibilities at 333 West Thomas.

“It was a pleasure to work with seasoned investors and brokers on all aspects of this transaction,” said Aaron Kuhl, Senior Vice President-Brokerage Services for Plaza Companies.

“333 W. Thomas is a great value with an irreplaceable location that will continue to serve its physician tenants well into the future.”

The Buyer had previously enjoyed a long-term relationship with Plaza Companies at Venture Court in Anthem. And Plaza was already enjoying a great deal of leasing success, having elevated 333 West Thomas from 50 percent occupancy to the current 94 percent occupancy over the past couple of years.

The 21,517-square-foot property’s tenants include Express Urgent Care Center, Central Phoenix Family Medicine and Phoenix Neurology and Sleep Center and Arizona Spine Center. The building, constructed in the 1960s, underwent several significant interior and exterior capital improvements over the years, the most recent in 2011.

The building is another solid building block in the Phoenix metropolitan area’s medical sector. Its new ownership represents stability in a medical sector that is in flux, with major health care regulation changes and with the increasing needs of the aging Baby Boomer population. Medical service providers are able to better serve patients by congregating their offices in one area, and in this case across from a major hospital.

Sharon Harper, President and CEO of Plaza Companies, said that the existing Plaza leasing team at 333 West Thomas led by Megan Sherwood and Perry Gabuzzi will be retained by the new owner. Additionally, the services of the property management team led Plaza’s Dyanna Bentley, and the construction services team led by Jon Stelzer and Susan Byram, also have been retained by the new owner.


Az Business honors healthcare leaders

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Each year, Az Business magazine hosts the Healthcare Leadership Awards to honor the women, men and institutions that bring excellence and innovation to Arizona’s healthcare system. Here are the winners and finalists who were chosen by a panel of industry experts and were recognized at the 2014 Healthcare Leadership Awards on Thursday, April 10 at the Ritz Carlton in Phoenix. See photos from the event here or on our Facebook page.

Winner: Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)
TGen has made great strides in the field if genomics medicine. TGen researchers work to help physicians prescribe drugs that are designed more intelligently, work more effectively and have fewer toxic side effects. They have received numerous grants to support research into brain cancer and brain injuries, advanced cancers, Parkinson’s, rare childhood disorders, and more.

Barrow at PCH
Sonora Quest

Winner: Barbara Kavanagh, Arizona Myeloma Network
Kavanagh’s mission is to change the lack of information and support resources for myeloma cancer by forming the Arizona Myeloma Network and the Living with Myeloma Conference, which has grown to 300 people. She also introduced the Pat and Bill Hite Cancer Caregivers Education and Support Program for caregivers to receive support and answers.

Catherine Ivy, Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation
Kathleen Goeppinger, Ph.D., Midwestern University

Winner: Robert L. Meyer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Meyer is credited for the rapid and significant turnaround of Phoenix Children’s Hospital from the edge of financial failure to a successful $588 million expansion that made the hospital into one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the country. PCH is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals.

Tim Bricker, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert
Mary Lee DeCoster, Maricopa Integrated Health System
Tony Marinello, CEO of Mountain Vista, IASIS Healthcare
Ed Myers, St. Luke’s Medical Center, IASIS Healthcare

Winner: Dr. John Chen, Maricopa Integrated Health System
Serving the community’s most vulnerable residents, Chen has helped thousands of patients within the Maricopa Integrated Health System. He sees patients who are in urgent need of treatment because of their lack of dental insurance or location in third world countries. He promotes dental care and hygiene to help prevent serious diseases.

Dr. Randal Christensen, Crews ‘n’ Healthcare
Gerri Hether, Orchard Medical Consulting

Winner: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Marking its 75th anniversary in Arizona, BCBSAZ is committed to improving the quality of life for all Arizonans. The company focuses on providing the best value in health insurance as well as outside programs targeted to children and their families to help reduce childhood obesity.

Health Net of Arizona
UnitedHealthcare of Arizona

Winner: Kristen Rosati, Polsinelli
As an attorney dedicated to the healthcare industry, especially to healthcare privacy, health information exchange and clinical research, Rosati has written 12 books, 30 articles and made 200 presentations on healthcare topics. She also helped establish two nonprofits in Arizona that support health information exchange and health information technology.

Richard Mallery, Snell and Wilmer
Martin L. Shultz, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Winner: Scottsdale Healthcare
As a nonprofit, Scottsdale Healthcare not only employs 6,500 staff members, but also is comprised of 1,400 volunteers who donate more than 155,000 hours of service each year. They are the largest employer in the City of Scottsdale and is known for its innovative medical technology, research and patient care.

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
St. Joseph’s Medical Center
St. Luke’s Medical Center

Winner: Ventana
Ventana is driving personalized healthcare through the development of “companion diagnostics” to identify patients most likely to respond favorably to specific therapies. Ventana has worked is currently engaged in more that 150 collaborative projects to develop and commercialize companion diagnostics globally.

W.L. Gore and Associates

Winner: Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
BAI has undergone a major prevention trial to evaluate a treatment in cognitively healthy older adults at the highest known genetic risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease at older ages. The study is part of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative API, an international collaboration led by BAI to accelerate the evaluation of promising but unproven prevention therapies.

Banner MD Anderson
University of Arizona Cancer Center

Winner: Jimmy Chow, IASIS Healthcare
Chow improved the field of orthopedics by helping to design and teach a hybrid technique of a minimally invasive total hip replacement where the surgeon builds a new hip from inside the body. This surgery results in no post-operative limitations and many patients are discharged within 24 hours. Chow is one of 10 surgeons in the world to perform his surgery.

Karen Corallo Chaney, Magellan Health Services
David Notrica, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Winner: Venkatesh G. Ramaiah, Arizona Heart Hospital
Ramaiah, the medical director and director of vascular and endovascular research, successfully created the “un balloon,” which is used to remodel thoracic endografts without the wind sock effect. This products was able to be marketed and sold.

David Jacofsky, CORE Institute
Glen Weiss, CTCA

Linda Hunt, Dignity Health
Hunt, who has served as the leader of Dignity Health in Arizona since 2012, has taken a leadership role to advance healthcare and the biosciences for the people of Arizona. She has worked diligently with legislators, business leaders, educators, scientists and community organizations in order to identify, formulate, and support policies that will give Arizonans better healthcare and raise the bar of knowledge.

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