Ep. 121: The Novelist and the Neurologist, with John Grisham and Neal Kassell

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Ep. 121: The Novelist and the Neurologist, with John Grisham and Neal Kassell

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Mike Milken
Mike Milken
Chairman, Milken Institute

Episode 121 : The Novelist and the Neurologist, with John Grisham and Neal Kassell

John Grisham, Author; Neal Kassell, Founder and Chairman, Focused Ultrasound Foundation

“Once I realized the potential of this non-invasive surgical procedure to save countless lives and improve the healthcare of millions of people, I realized how important this work can be and is.” — John Grisham

Friends and neighbors for 25 years, author John Grisham and neurologist Neal Kassell are on a mission. Together, they are raising awareness—and funds—for a promising, non-invasive procedure known as focused ultrasound. While the FDA has approved the therapy for seven specific treatments, Kassell (who successfully treated both of President-elect Biden’s aneurysms) believes that millions could benefit from broader applications of the technology:

“Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, OCD, depression, a lot of work now on epilepsy, stroke,” he tells Mike on the podcast. “The other major area that has us really excited is cancer and cancer immunotherapy, particularly glioblastoma and pancreatic cancer, as well as metastatic melanoma. [What] we need in addition to financial capital is human or intellectual capital....The ultimate force multiplier for human capital is collaboration. So, we spend a lot of time fostering collaboration.”

Published January 15, 2021