El Centro Native Returns Home to Offer Specialized Services
By MARIO RENTERIA, Managing Editor
Imperial Valley Press
Published: Sunday, November 20, 2017
(BRAWLEY, CA) —With his education and experience, El Centro native Marc Manix could open a medical practice anywhere in the country. But for Manix, home is where the heart is, so when an opportunity arose to return to the Imperial Valley, he didn’t hesitate. The 2001 Central Union High School graduate is a neurosurgeon, not the only one in the Valley, but the only one performing cranial surgeries in the county.
“I think being a neurosurgeon, there’s a lot of job opportunities in different places, but a lot of things factored into coming back to the Valley,” he said.
His wife, Leah (Ramiro) Manix is also from the Valley. “Her parents and my parents live here, my sister does too. We have a lot of friends here, so it was a combination of coming back home, but also having a great opportunity,” he said.
According to a report published by the American Academy of Neurology in 2011, neurologists are trained to diagnose, treat and manage disorders of the brain and nervous system such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, migraine, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and stroke.
Manix is a neurosurgeon and, while neurosurgeons and neurologists work along the same lines, neurosurgeons use a variety of therapies, from endoscopic microsurgery to radiation to traditional open surgery, to treat neurological conditions.
The report stated stroke is ranked as the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Parkinson’s disease affects 1 million Americans, with at least 60,000 new cases reported annually.
The report adds 5.4 million Americans are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and the American Alzheimer’s Association projects that number will triple to 16 million by 2050.