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Patient Testimonials


At Stony Brook University Hospital Neurosciences Institute, your comfort and recovery are our highest priorities. Our approach is collaborative, and our multidisciplinary team of specialists aims to work with you and your family during diagnosis, treatment, and beyond to support all aspects of your experience. Our care philosophy includes compassion and mutual understanding, where you and your family member(s) play an active role and are a partner with the healthcare team in your care.

Specifically, our model of Patient and Family Centered Care is founded on four core concepts. The first is that patients - and all people - should be treated with only the utmost respect and dignity. Second, it is the healthcare provider's responsibility to communicate and share complete and unbiased information with the patient and his or her family in supportive ways. Third, patients and families are encouraged to participate in their care and relevant decision-making at a level with which they are comfortable. Finally, the goal is healthy collaboration among patients, families, and providers regarding the appropriate treatment plan for you.

The integration of these concepts involves a long-term commitment to our patients and their families. Our model has its roots in many disciplines that states that health involves not only illness, but many other factors. We strongly believe in an atmosphere of shared decision-making and empowerment. This ensures that your voice will be heard, no matter your age, background, or stage of care.

We are embracing Patient and Family Centered Care throughout our organization. Some of the groups leading the way include:

  • Chaplaincy;
  • Patient and Guest Services;
  • Patient Navigators;
  • and Interpretive Services.


Hello Dr. Kowalska and Maureen,

I just wanted to reach out and thank you both for being so kind to my father and to me when I would contact you for help and guidance. We were all blown away by the level of care that the neurology team had provided him through the worst and most heatbreaking experience of our lives. He felt so comforted by your care specifically and appreciated your empathy and kind bedside manner as did I. I always felt like he was your only patient, and can't thank you enough for taking the time out of your busy days to make us feel that way. It's been a long 2 years, thank you for all of your patience and help. He passed Tuesday peacefully with his children by his side and I thank you so much for helping us to get him there comfortably.

Kindest regards, K.M. February 2016

“Dr. Andriola has been my neurologist for 20 years. She’s seen me through epileptic seizures, brain surgery and a lot of personal stuff that I’ve gone through. I’m so grateful and thankful for all the help, support and advice she’s given me all these years.

Where do you find a doctor who calls you back when you have a problem, even when she’s busy? She’s one in a million!" 

Sarah Knapp, 2015

Dear Dr. Guy Schwartz,

Your caring and compassionate treatment for my husband, Will, gave our family two additional years with him. I know the residual effect of the stroke added a new dimension to the treatment of Will's Parkinson's disease. The left sided paralysis/weakness, spastic left: hand, and seizures were difficult to treat.

To paraphrase Eleanor Roosevelt;

Many people will walk in and out of your life,

but only a few will leave footprints on your heart

You have left your footprints on our hearts for all you have done for Will. Please continue your good work with Parkinson’s disease, and I hope Will's case will help you in the treatment of other Parkinson’s disease patients.

Linda Condon, 2015

Video Testimonials

After researching physicians across the country, Gerard learned of Henry H. Woo, MD, a world-renowned neurosurgeon and neuro-interventionalist practicing at Stony Brook University Hospital. Gerard and his wife met with Dr. Woo to discuss the best treatment for his complex neurosurgical condition--a brain aneurysm. Even though Dr. Woo's approach was different than the other physicians' recommendations of a bypass, Gerard was confident that he had found the correct physician and agreed to intravascular reconstructive surgery. According to Gerard, the successful five-hour procedure gave him his life back.

Full-Page Testimonials

Hello, my name is Priscilla Munoz, and I am a 59 year old who has suffered with back pain for more than 20 years. The last eight years I suffered with nearly unbearable chronic back pain, sciatica and sleeplessness due to pain (a sleep study done in 2007 found that I awoke 78 times in a six hour period!). This pain severely impacted my daily life -- at home, socially and at work...more.
When sisters Angela and Filomena Lombardi of Lombardi restaurant fame noticed their father Filippo was losing dexterity and strength, they urged him to see a doctor. He shrugged off their concern, attributing his loss of mobility to old age. But, when his strength and dexterity continued to deteriorate and they realized that "he wasn't quite right," they feared something much more serious, and decided to bring him to Stony Brook University Hospital...more.
When my husband George was airlifted from a ball field in Sag Harbor to Stony Brook University Hospital, I imagined the worst. Our family was frozen with fear. Within one hour of his arrival to the ER the team of doctors, led by Dr. Henry Woo, and tests confirmed George had a stroke. The days that followed were a nightmare for us. I wasn't sure if we should move him to a hospital in the city or stay. It really turned out to be an easy choice. The doctors and nurses at Stony Brook University Hospital were phenomenal. The quality of care and concern from the nursing staff in the SICU was beyond my expectations...more.
Soon after being named head of Stony Brook's Cerebrovascular Center, Dr. Woo made history when he became the first on Long Island to use an innovative stent system to open blocked arteries in the brain of a patient. Joseph Chibbaro, 61, of Brookhaven Hamlet, despite appearing to be in good health, had an ischemic stroke in May 2007. After two days of testing at a community hospital he was sent home. He suffered a second stroke in August. Here is his account...more.