The Medical Center was thrown into the national spotlight this summer with Sen. Edward Kennedy's successful brain surgery at the Tisch Tumor Center in June.

Although Dr. Allan Friedman, whom Kennedy sought to remove a malignant tumor, was the talk of the nation for weeks after the surgery, it was not the first time such widespread praise was aimed at DUMC.

"People have been coming to Duke for a long time," said Rick Wade, spokesperson for the American Hospital Association. "Sen. Kennedy is just one of the most highly prominent."

Friedman said although Kennedy has returned to Massachusetts General Hospital for further care, he is being consulted in the senator's treatment every step of the way.


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