• What Is This... Brain Surgery?
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Large Program
Science Stage
First Floor

March 7-10, 2017
Carnegie Science Center

For more info:
412.237.3400, then press 7

What Is This... Brain Surgery? 2.0

Featured Program for a General Audience

This show is in the Science Stage auditorium and is for general audiences.

The patient is seriously ill. You have to find out what is wrong and fix it!

But don't worry… you won't have to do it alone. Real doctors and other medical professionals will guide you from "diagnosis through surgery." This interactive theatrical adventure includes role-playing, video clips of actual surgery and information from real cases. Along the way, there is light-hearted fun. After all, laughter is the best medicine!

So, move over Gray's Anatomy. In this program, you will learn about the careers of real medical professionals including the LifeFlight program team, surgeons, anesthetists, diagnostic technicians, surgical nurses, medical equipment designers and more.

Also, find out what IT, Nanotechnology and Robotics have to do with curing patients today.

Developed in partnership with Allegheny General Hospital's Allegheny-Singer Research Institute (ASRI).

Program Capacity: 300

Program Dates & Times Classroom Resources

Movies, Books...

God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine by Victoria Sweet (book)

Gifted Hands: movie – the story of neurosurgeon Ben Carson

Gifted Hands: book by Ben Carson

Brain Doctors on Curiosity Stream (1st month free)

Do it – competition, volunteer, games, make it, lesson plan

Split Brain Experiments Game

Pittsburgh Connection

Creation of Pitt Brain Institute, comprising five centers of study

Allegheny Health Network

Allegheny General Hospital

Allegheny-Singer Research Institute

Brain Surgery Game

Zero Hour, America's Medic (single player online game, NSF funded)

Trauma: Stabilize a patient and determine why he passed out while driving.

Virtual Hip Resurfacing: Take on the role of the Surgeon throughout a hip resurfacing surgery!

Classroom yearly fee $30 for use of a dozen plus interactives: Aortic Aneurysm, Deep Brain Stimulation surgery, Nanoparticles & Brain Tumors, Stem Cell: Heart Repair, Virtual Hip or Knee replacements

Pacemaker Surgery Game

Good Sites

Neuroscience for kids

Atlas of the Human Brain

General site

Neuroscience timeline

Neurobiology Lesson Plans

In the News

Creation of its Brain Institute, comprising five centers of study

MRI scans reveal tapeworm in man's brain

Football Hits the Brain Hard

How This Surgical Robot Helps Neurosurgeons Treat Brain Disorders

Rise in Wide Awake Brain Operations

BrainCheck raises $3 million for app to monitor brain health


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Cardiovascular Technologist or Technician

Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic

Health Educator

Medical Clinical Laboratory Technician

Medical Social Worker


Occupational Therapist


Physical Therapist


Physician Assistant

Registered Nurse

Speech Language Pathologist

Genetic Counselor

Network Systems Data Communications Analyst

Robotics Technician

Health Careers Futures

Brief video clip interviews of health careers

General careers site


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