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St. Luke’s Clinic – Neurointervention: Boise

Interventional neuroradiology, also known as neurointerventional surgery, is a catheter-based medical subspecialty that uses image guidance to perform minimally invasive treatments in the head, neck, and spine. Often these treatments eliminate the need for open surgery. Our team specializes in procedures for conditions such as stroke, brain aneurysm, nosebleed, compression fracture of the spine, and tumors of the head, neck, and spine.

Providers

  • Neurointerventional Surgery

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  • Biography

    Houng “Liz” Chea, MSN, APRN, FNP-C is an experienced nurse practitioner with a focus interest in neuroscience. She has a passion for providing high quality patient-centered care utilizing evidence-based practice. Prior to joining St. Luke's, she practiced family medicine.

    Liz grew up in Philadelphia and earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her master's degree in nursing from Boston College. In her free time, Liz enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two sons, traveling, running, and exploring the outdoors.


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    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      St. Luke's Health Partner

      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

  • Biography

    Jesse Cottle, PA-C earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Colorado Denver. After graduation, he gained a broad foundation in general medicine and minor procedures working in urgent care clinics throughout the Treasure Valley. 

    Jesse also offers varied experience from years in the United States Marine Corps. He served our country through multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, the last of which resulted in combat injuries and subsequent medical retirement from the military. After a year of recovery, rehabilitation, and learning to walk with prosthetic legs, Jesse set his sights on becoming a physician assistant. He wanted to use his experiences, both in the military and as a patient, to continue to serve others. Now, he is excited to work in the evolving field of neurointerventional radiology and grateful to be working with the exceptional team of physicians and staff at St. Luke’s.

    In his free time, Jesse enjoys any activity involving his wife and two daughters, working outside, fitness, and playing the piano.


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    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      St. Luke's Health Partner

      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

  • Neurointerventional Surgery

    Biography

    Andrew DeNardo, MD is a visiting specialist who supports stroke patient care.

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  • Neurointerventional Surgery

    Biography

    John Perl II, MD is an endovascular surgical neuroradiologist specializing in minimally invasive neurointerventional procedures for a wide variety of conditions, including ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVM) and dural AVMs, carotid artery stenosis, cerebral vascular stenosis, painful spinal fractures, and vascular disorders of the head, neck, brain and spine. 

    Dr. Perl completed his diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Alabama. Following fellowship training in neuroradiology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in interventional neuroradiology at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Perl was recruited to join the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation. There, he honed his endovascular surgery skill with some of the world’s most renowned neuroradiologists and neurosurgeons. He next moved to Minnesota to work in a busy neurovascular and pain management practice at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Dr. Perl eventually followed his heart back to the Mountain West, where he grew up and wished to raise his children. He finds great joy in dedicating his expertise to treating patients in this region. 

    In Boise, Dr. Perl partnered with Dr. Tony Bell to establish the St. Luke's stroke program, providing state-of-the-art care for stroke patients in Idaho.

    Dr. Perl is a senior member in the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery and the American Society of Neuroradiology. He has been a part of extensive research programs and has been published in medical journals including the Journal of Neurotrauma, Radiology, the American Journal of Neuroradiology, the Journal of Endovascular Surgery, and others. He has been a featured presenter and guest lecturer at conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. A true Westerner at heart, he feels most at home enjoying the Idaho outdoors with his family.

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  • Neurointerventional Surgery

    Biography

    Rakesh Shah, MD is a visiting neuroradiologist who supports patient care in the hospital during a stroke emergency. He performs body/vascular interventional radiology (IR), neuro-IR, stroke, thrombectomy, and aneurysm coil embolization procedures. In addition to his dedication to neuroradiology, he also supports general diagnostic radiology and body and vascular interventional radiology. 

    Dr. Shah helped develop a new stroke intervention program for the BSA Health System in Amarillo, Texas; helped develop neuro-educational materials for referring hospitals and physicians; and trained BSA emergency department physicians, hospitalists, partner radiologists, and radiology department technologists for updated stroke protocols. 

    Dr. Shah sits on the BSA Stroke Accreditation Committee, the BSA Quality Assurance Committee, the High Plains Radiological Association Executive Committee, and the Advanced Imaging Center Executive Board.

  • Neurointerventional Surgery

    Biography

    Eric Smith, MD is a fellowship-trained neurointerventional radiologist with expertise in minimally invasive procedures of the brain, head, neck, and spine. He specializes in both arterial and venous approaches for the treatment of many cerebrovascular disorders including: pulsatile tinnitus, idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), spontaneous intracranial hypotension, cerebrospinal fluid-venous fistulas, dural arteriovenous fistulas (dAVF), arteriovenous malformations (AVM), stroke, brain aneurysms, and other vascular disorders.

    Dr. Smith is also interested in neurointerventional robotics, treatment of congenital vascular anomalies, and MRI guided focused ultrasound for the treatment of movement disorders such as essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease.

    Dr. Smith completed diagnostic radiology residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, followed by diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology fellowships at the University of California, San Francisco. He is excited to grow the neurointerventional program and offer cutting edge treatments and technologies to the patients of St. Luke’s.

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Conditions

Stroke

Stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked or bursts. Brain damage can begin within minutes, so act quickly.

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