October 7, 2015

Last May, The GW Medical Faculty Associates, The GW Hospital, and the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, participated in filming for a new National Geographic show called BREAKTHROUGH. The National Geographic Channel, in partnership with GE, presents the series of scientific explorers from leading universities and institutions and how their cutting-edge innovations and advancements will change lives in the immediate future and beyond. Executive produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Steve Michaels, Jonathan Koch and Mark Dowley, BREAKTHROUGH includes six episodes exploring remarkable scientific discoveries in brain science, longevity, water, energy, pandemics and cyborg technology.
GW is featured in the episode titled "Decoding the Brain," with Mohamad Koubeissi, M.D., Associate Professor of Neurology, who developed a groundbreaking way to treat epilepsy. The story follows two of our patients as they undergo care with Dr. Koubeissi, and eventually surgery performed by Donald Shields, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., FACS, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery. The BREAKTHROUGH series premieres on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 9 pm. The GW episode airs on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 9 pm. For a sneak peek about the series, check out the trailer here