You Don't Play at Boxing: Danny Jacobs
With a malignant tumor poised to crush his spine, Danny Jacobs thought
he'd never walk again, let alone box. Dr. Härtl got him back
on his feet, and back into the ring. In August 2014, Danny Jacobs became
the middleweight champion of the world.
Letters from Our Patients
From time to time we receive letters from patients letting us know how
they're doing. We very much appreciate hearing from all our patients
and are gratified to know that our efforts results in excellent outcomes.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Diagnosis: Stress Fracture
I have had very severe right leg pain since October 2016. I have had several
tests done including CAT scans, x-rays and MRIs along with a four day
hospitalization and lastly two epidurals with no help nor any definitive
diagnosis. There was no relief from the pain. My physician at Weill Cornell
Medicine introduced me to Dr. Ethan Rand when he concluded back surgery
would not help. I cannot tell you how lucky I am to have met Dr. Rand.
He listened, questioned, analyzed and did various tests to try to discover
what was wrong with me. We finally got an accurate diagnosis when he sent
me for an MRI of the knee. A stress fracture of the knee is difficult
because I am unable to manage as much as I would like to keep all weight
off of the injured leg. Dr. Rand has been intellectually plus emotionally
supportive with a very difficult diagnosis plus healing for me to deal
with. I cannot overstate how highly I regard Dr. Ethan Rand as a physician,
diagnostician and human being. You are fortunate indeed to have a physician
such as he on your staff.
Diagnosis: Spine tumor
For seven months I suffered terrible back and leg pain. I could not walk
during the day. I could not sleep at night. I was not responding to any
suggested treatment. Fortunately my doctor knew of Dr. Roger Härtl
and he recommended I see him.
In one diagnostic visit he was able to ascertain the issues and prescribe
corrective surgery. The surgery went without problems. I am well on my
way to a pain-free recovery. Because of Dr. Härtl's skill and
his commitment to my wellbeing, along with the Weill Cornell Physicians
surgical team and the nurses at New York-Presbyterian, I know what is
meant when they say, "How can we help you?" Thanks to Dr. Härtl
I am on a path to a pain-free life.
Diagnosis: Spinal Stenosis
I am pleased to share my experiences on the spinal surgery by Dr. Roger
Härtl at Weill Cornell. It is just over two months since the operation
and it seems to be an outstanding success.
When I was first diagnosed with spinal stenosis eight years ago all doctors
gave me one piece of advice: Do NOT have back surgery. It must only be
a last resort. So in the interim I tried everything for relief, from acupuncture
to P.T. to spinal injections to chiropractics. When it became clear that
the stenosis was becoming more acute and preventing me from having a normal
life I went to my G.P., Dr. Richard Cohen. He advised me to consult with
Dr. Roger Härtl. Luckily while I was wasting years trying to treat
the symptoms of stenosis a minimally invasive surgical process was developed
— and I was told it was just right for my type of stenosis.
The operation took place on a Monday morning and I was home by Tuesday
morning. The second and third lumbar bones were the object of the process.
My recovery was all but painless except for the first few days (managed
with Tylenol). Over the weeks I have found that the operation has done
wonders for my mobility, increasing with each day. Where I was once able
only to walk 2 or 3 city blocks before feeling the need to stop to rest,
I am now able to walk many, many blocks — in fact I’ve not
yet reached a point of needing to rest. I can walk about museums, stores,
and parks, stand in one spot for long periods with no ill effects. The
numbness and tingling that once warned me that my legs were about to freeze
has disappeared. In a nutshell: the surgery has been life-changing.
I am about to start the program of physical therapy and I anticipate that
the activity will only enhance my ability to move about, and strengthen
Dr. Härtl has warned that the third and fourth lumbar bones, which
have also been affected but less so than those treated, may one day need
the same attention. If so, I would not hesitate to have the surgery again.
Diagnosis: Degenerative Disc Disease
"I just wanted to write and say THANK YOU. I have been suffering
with lower back pain for years and on Feb. 1 Dr. Eric Elowitz changed
my life. He performed a minimally invasive spinal fusion and I now have
my life back. I am only 41 years old and I was at the point where I couldn't
make it through a whole night at work or even take a walk with my husband.
It is only two weeks later and I actually ran across the intersection
on my way to Dr. Elowitz's office for my follow-up.
It doesn't stop there. I have never in my life been treated as well
as I have by every single employee that I came into contact with, from
my office visits with Dr. Elowitz to the guards at the front door when
we walked into the Medical Center. (I refer to your facility as a Medical
Center because it is like no other Hospital that I have ever been in.)
I do not have the words to thank your staff. The pre-op and post-op staff
did everything to calm my fears and comfort my pain.
The nurses and staff on Baker 15 not only made me feel better but welcomed
my husband and son with open arms, even offering to get my husband a cot
so he could stay the night. When he declined he had no problem returning
at 4 a.m. to be by my side.
I could probably go on and on but I just want to say you have a staff
and facility that you can be very proud of. Dr. Elowitz is a miracle worker
and once again, I must say thank you to him and you for changing my life."
Patient: Dawn Kaplan
Diagnosis: Herniated Disk
Dawn Kaplan was on vacation in Italy in the fall of 2010 when she first
experienced back pain. It struck as she and her husband strolled down
a mountainside; by the time they reached the bottom she could barely walk...
"Dr. Sein was amazing! I have been so impressed with every doctor
and staff member I have seen at Cornell. He saw me on time, and was professional
but laid back - no airs about him and he created an environment where
I felt very comfortable, more like I was having a conversation with a
friend about my medical issues. Very knowledgeable - great doctor and
person! Couldn't recommend more highly."
"Dr rand apologized for being late ,20 minutes wait time. Will take
that any day of the week!! Anyway , he was more than pleasant , and a
good listener . But most of all, he was very through and a good plan for
"I owe my life to the Dr. Singh I got the best possible treatment
and owe my life to the Dr Singh I had pain for 18 years and couldn't
walk, but he has helped me tremendously"