News & Updates

Dr. Parker Presentation

Whitney Parker, MD, PhD, a sixth-year resident in neurosurgery at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, was awarded the 2019 Kenneth Shulman Award from the Joint Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). This award, given each year at the annual meeting of the Joint Section, is given to the best paper presented by a resident-in-training. Dr. Parker's winning paper is "Generating Patient-Based Models of Neurodevelopmental Epileptic...

Revision Spine Surgery: Pearls and Pitfalls

Dr. Ali A. Baaj recently released a new book titled Revision Spine Surgery: Pearls and Pitfalls. Co-authored with Dr. Gregory D. Schroeder and Dr. Alexander R. Vaccaro from the world-renowned Rothman Orthopedic Institute,...

Dr. Schwartz after delivering the Alfred Washington Adson Distinguished Lecture

Dr. Theodore Schwartz, the David and Ursel Barnes Professor of Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, was invited to deliver the 2019 Alfred Washington Adson Distinguished Lecture at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, on September 16, 2019. Dr. Alfredo Quinones, Chair of Neurologic Surgery at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, and  Chair emeritus Dr. Robert Wharen joined him on stage for...

Dr. Ali Baaj, Weill Cornell neurosurgeon

Dr. Ali A. Baaj, Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Co-Director of the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center’s Spinal Deformity and Scoliosis Program, has accepted an invitation to serve on the education committee of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) for the 2019-2020 term. The SRS, considered one of the top international spinal deformity organizations, has traditionally...

Whitney Parker, M.D., Ph.D.

Fifth-year neurosurgical resident Whitney Parker MD, PhD, was awarded the 2019 Christopher Gaposchkin Research Prize in Neurological Surgery for her presentation at the annual Resident Research Day on June 13, 2019. Dr. Parker’s winning presentation was “Generating Patient-Based Models of Neurodevelopmental Disorders to Uncover Disease Mechanisms and Effective Treatments.”...

Dr. Kai-Ming Fu, Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery in Spinal Surgery

Dr. Kai-Ming Fu, Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery in Spinal Surgery and Co-Director of the Spinal Deformity and Scoliosis Program, has been appointed to the Board of Directors at the NeuroPoint Alliance (NPA) and has been named chair of the organization’s Ad Hoc Committee for the 2019-2020 year. In this role, Dr. Fu will lead the efforts of the committee to improve patient care through the development and evaluation of outcomes data.

The NPA...

Alexandra Larsen and Andrew Garton were matched with Weill Cornell Medicine Neurosurgery for their residency program

The results of the 2019 National Residency Match were announced today, and the Department of Neurological Surgery is pleased to announce that Alexandra Giantini...

Thomas Link, Michael Apuzzo

Fifth-year neurosurgical resident Thomas Link, M.D., has been named the winner of the 2018 Michael L. J. Apuzzo Resident Literature Award for Creativity and Innovation for “Middle Meningeal Artery Embolization for Chronic Subdural Hematoma: A Series of 60 Cases". The Apuzzo Award, established in 2017, recognizes outstanding work by a Weill Cornell Medicine neurosurgery resident that most exemplifies original thinking and creativity.

Dr. Link’s paper explores an innovative procedure for...

New York Mag Best Doctors 2018

The 2018 list of “Best Doctors in New York”, published this week by New York magazine, includes eight neurosurgeons from the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain & Spine Center. This annual list names the top primary doctors and specialists in the New York metropolitan area. These highly respected physicians are a small subset of the 6,000 names in Castle Connolly Medical’s list of "Top Doctors: New York Metro Area", published each April. This year’s “Best Doctors” issue of New York ...

Epileptic Seizure Propogation

From a new publication in the prestigious journal Brain, Dr. Theodore Schwartz and his lab team, in partnership with Dr. Catherine Schevon of Columbia University, describe laboratory findings that may have important implications for epilepsy in humans. The report, “Role of inhibitory control in modulating focal seizure spread", explains an observation that has long confounded epilepsy researchers: the distance between a seizure’s focus, where it originates and where intense activity can be...

Philip Stieg

At a ceremony in the Great Hall at Ellis Island on Saturday night, Dr. Philip E. Stieg, professor and chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine and neurosurgeon-in-chief of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, was awarded the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor, which is an award recognized by Congress, is given annually to exceptional individuals for outstanding contributions in their field.

The...

Maricruz Rivera, Gary Kocharian

The 2018 National Residency Match is complete and we are pleased to announce that Maricruz Rivera and Gary Kocharian will be joining our program in June. They have both already distinguished themselves in their young careers as future clinician-scientist leaders in our field and impressed us with their maturity, compassion and drive. We are proud to have the opportunity to train these two outstanding physicians.

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Antonio Bernardo Italian Order of Merit

Dr. Antonio Bernardo has been awarded the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic for his remarkable achievements in the fields of neurosurgery and neuroscience. This knighthood is the highest ranking honor in Italy, awarded for merit in the fields of literature, art, economics and public service as well as social, philanthropic and humanitarian activities. Dr. Bernardo’ investiture took place at the Italian Consulate in New York on June 2, 2017 – the anniversary of the founding of the...

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