Musician Cuts First Album after Surgery Brad Carter, a musician who played guitar in the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center operating room during a brain surgery that was tweeted live across the world, was profiled April 10 by KABC-Channel 7. The segment captured his dream to record his first album after Dr. Nader Pouratian, assistant professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, implanted a device that controlled his essential tremor condition, which made his hands shake during movement.
Press Conference: July 10, 2013, 11:00 am PDT Brad Carter, a Los Angeles man who captured international attention when he strummed his guitar during a live-tweeted UCLA surgery to implant a pacemaker in his brain, will discuss with his surgeon how undergoing the procedure has changed his life. He will also play guitar in public for the first time since the May 23 surgery. Carter chose to undergo the surgery to halt what is known as benign essential tremor, a neurological disorder that made his hands shake when he moved them. He was the 500th Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center patient to undergo the deep-brain stimulation procedure, which uses imaging technology to target the exact site in the brain producing abnormal electrical signals. When surgeons implant the pacemaker, they stimulate the region to restore a more normal pattern of brain activity, effectively stopping the tremors.