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PNA Spotlight: Dr. Christopher Cifarelli

PNA Spotlight: Dr. Christopher Cifarelli


Cifarelli Christopher cpcifarellihsc wvu edu 2X3This month the PNA Spotlight focuses on Dr. Christopher Cifarelli, Director of the Gamma Knife Radiosurgery program at West Virginia University’s School of Medicine. He is also an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and a member of the Cancer Institute Research Programs at WVU. Dr. Cifarelli earned his B.A. and M.S. from Rutgers University and then his MD and PhD from Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Cifarelli was kind enough to answer some questions from the PNA; his answers are below.



Pituitary Network Association

The PNA is an international non-profit organization for patients with pituitary tumors and disorders, their families, loved ones, and the physicians and health care providers who treat them.

The PNA was founded in 1992 by a group of acromegalic patients in order to communicate and share their experiences and concerns. The PNA has rapidly grown to become the world's largest and fastest growing patient advocacy organization devoted to the treatment and cure of pituitary disorders.

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The PNA is supported by an international network of the world's finest physicians and surgeons. Our goal is to reach every patient who may be forgotten, abandoned, or worse yet, undiagnosed after many years of suffering. We are doing this in three ways: (1) by providing public awareness programs and educational seminars, (2) by assisting the medical community in developing uniform standards for early diagnosis, surgery, radiation, pharmacological treatment and follow-up, and (3) by having interactive web sites and a referral program on these web sites.

Mission Statement

To support, pursue, encourage, promote and where possible, fund research on pituitary disorders in a sustained and full-time effort to find a cure for these illnesses. The PNA will disseminate information helpful to the medical community, the public and to pituitary patients and their families on matters regarding early detection, symptoms, treatments and resources available to patients with pituitary disease.