Dr. Donald Krieff Restores Woman's Hearing In 15-Hour Brain Tumor Operation

“Dr. Krieff is AMAZING, with capital letters,” says Ida DiLorenzo. “He went above and beyond the call of duty and gave me back my hearing. In fact, my hearing is now ‘bionic’!”

Online PR News – 08-October-2013 – Rockville Centre, NY – Mrs. DiLorenzo’s high opinion of Dr. Krieff led her to travel the 60 miles from her then-home in Fair Lawn, NJ to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, NY, where Dr. Krieff performed the 15-hour operation to remove a brain tumor that was pressing on her cochlear nerve, causing her to lose hearing in her left ear.

“Ida is like family,” says Donald S. Krieff, D.O., F.A.C.O.S., who is an attending neurosurgeon with Neurological Surgery, P.C. (NSPC), the New York area’s premier neurosurgical private practice, and operates at a number of Long Island hospitals. “She and her family are special to me.”

This close relationship is because, in the 1990s, when he was doing his neurosurgical residency at LIJ Medical Center, Dr. Krieff helped treat a 5-year-old girl with brain cancer. Unfortunately, her cancer was very aggressive and the young girl did not survive. Dr. Krieff was devastated. “It was almost like my little sister had died,” he says.

Dr. Krieff became very close to the girl’s family, and when Mrs. DiLorenzo learned she had a brain tumor she asked her sister (the girl’s mother) to put her in touch with the doctor.

“Dr. Krieff is my guardian angel,” says Mrs. DiLorenzo, who states that she wouldn’t have gone anywhere else to get treated.

Her trust in Dr. Krieff was well founded. The carefully orchestrated 15-hour operation turned out better than anyone could have expected. The surgery was extremely complicated because the tumor was located near a number of vital brain structures including her brainstem. The brainstem houses many of the control centers for vital bodily functions, such as swallowing, breathing, and vasomotor control (the regulation of blood pressure and heart function). The tumor was also very large - about 5 ½ centimeters.

Mrs. DiLorenzo had an MRI two days after her surgery, and she told the technician that she could hear a “drip.” The technician, amazed, told her that the drip was two doors down – her hearing ability was superb.

She and Dr. Krieff are now like family as well… they talk or text on a weekly basis, and he called her every day in the weeks after her August 2012 surgery to see how she was doing.

“In addition to being an amazing surgeon, Dr. Krieff talks to you like a normal person,” says Mrs. DiLorenzo.

The two now have something else in common: she and her husband recently relocated to Boca Raton, Florida, and Dr. Krieff started his neurosurgical career in Fort Lauderdale.

Dr. Krieff’s current appointments include attending neurosurgeon with the Long Island Concussion Center at NSPC; Co-Chief of Neurosurgery for St. Joseph Hospital, Bethpage, NY; Clinical Adjunct Professor in Neurosurgery at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine; Residency Evaluation and Standards Committee member for the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons; American Osteopathic Board of Surgery member; Neurological Surgery Board Examiner; and Clinical Instructor in Neurosurgery, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

About Neurological Surgery, P.C.
Neurological Surgery, P.C. is one of the New York City area’s premier neurosurgical groups, offering patients the most advanced treatments of brain and spine disorders. These include minimally invasive procedures such as stereotactic radiosurgery (Gamma Knife®, CyberKnife® and Novalis Tx®), aneurysm coiling, neuro-endoscopy, spinal stimulators, carotid stents, interventional pain management, microdiscectomy, kyphoplasty, and other types of minimally invasive spine surgery. The practice’s physicians represent a range of surgical and nonsurgical specialties, combining compassionate care with highly specialized training. They are leaders in the region’s medical community, with appointments as chiefs of neurosurgery in some of Long Island’s best hospitals. NSPC offers 10 convenient locations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, as well as in Queens and Manhattan. For more information, call 1-800-775-7784 or visit www.NSPC.com.

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