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July 30, 2014
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The Mayfield Chiari Center

The symptoms of Chiari can lead patients to doctor after doctor looking for answers. Which is why patients need to be evaluated and treated by experts who can decipher the confusing or ambiguous symptoms. We are one of the few centers in the U.S. that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of adults and adolescents with Chiari malformation and syringomyelia. Some patients only require monitoring, but others need surgery to enlarge the bony opening and restore normal fluid circulation around the brain.

Why we're different

Expertise. We evaluate more than 150 people affected with Chiari each year (a typical practice only sees a couple, if any, Chiari patients in a year).

Priority Consult. We offer patients a no-cost review of their case by a neuroradiologist and neurosurgeon who are experts in Chiari diagnosis.

Evidence-based. Our team includes seven neurosurgeons (most centers have only one or two) who follow center-wide protocols and track outcomes.

Patient-focused. We listen to an advisory board of former patients and Chiari advocates who help us understand the patient perspective.

Research. We are part of the University of Cincinnati and conduct research to improve diagnosis and treatment of Chiari and related disorders.

Legacy. The Mayfield Chiari Center is a focused program of the Mayfield Clinic & Spine Institute, a leader in neurosurgical patient care, research, and education for over 75 years.

Easy access. Located in Cincinnati Ohio, the midwest is within easy travel distance for patients from across the country.


Make an appointment

For an appointment or consultation, call 513-221-1100.

To speak to a financial counselor, call 513-569-5300.


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With patience and a will of iron, Leslie Why conquered Chiari

Leslie Why didn’t just conquer Chiari. She left it behind in her wake, in her slipstream, in the dusty road behind her. By swimming, cycling and running her way to completion of the Ironman North American Championships in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, last August, she rose above any remaining doubts about the Chiari malformation that had plagued her just a few years before.

“What this brought me was closure on a lot of fears and concerns that I still had lingering issues from the Chiari,” says Leslie, an Amherst, New Hampshire, resident and member of the Mayfield Chiari Center’s Advisory Board. “I felt so good the week before, of, and after the race, that all of a sudden I realized I’m not broken anymore. I’m good. I let go of all that fear and concern that lingers in the back of your head.”

Leslie completed the Ironman in 11 hours, 52 minutes, and 17 seconds. She also finished the race in a new place.

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