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Pediatric Endoscopic Endonasal Skull Base Surgery
Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield and Dr. Theodore Schwartz have published a new textbook, Pediatric Endoscopic Endonasal Skull Base Surgery — the first textbook focused on the use of these complex procedures in children.
Dr. Michael Kaplitt, Weill Cornell Medicine

In a new paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a team of doctors and researchers including Dr. Michael Kaplitt describe the first-ever implantation of a patient’s own progenitor cells into the putamen region of the brain. The patient, who suffered from idiopathic Parkinson’s disease, was treated on both left and right sides of his brain, six months apart. At 18 month and 24 months post-treatment, he shows improvement or stabilization of his symptoms; since the...

Dr. Theodore Schwartz,  Weill Cornell Medicine

A new study by Dr. Theodore Schwartz, Dr. Gabriella Wernicke, and colleagues at Weill Cornell Medicine and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, shows that implanted cesium-131 seeds are more effective for local control of a metastatic brain tumor than stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). The results, published online ahead of print in the Journal of Neurosurgery, validate the use of ...

Dr. Roger Härtl, chief of spine surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medicine and director of the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has designated NewYork-Presbyterian as a "Blue Distinction Center" for Spine Surgery — the only New York City hospital selected for that designation. To be named a Blue Distinction Center, a facility must deliver high-quality, safe spine surgery, performed by skilled surgeons, and producing better outcomes.

“We are proud to carry this designation,” says Dr. Roger Härtl, chief of spine surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medicine...

Dr. Benjamin Hartley

Dr. Benjamin Hartley, a resident in neurological surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine, has been awarded the 2020 Pioneers in Diversity Bruce Laine Ballard, M.D. Award. The award recognizes commitment to improving student life and to fostering a supportive environment where all students are able to thrive. Dr. Hartley was recognized for his work as co-founder of the Primes Mentorship Program as well as his ongoing efforts to develop and expand the program.

Primes (...

Opening the blood-brain barrier using focused ultrasoun

Dr. Michael Kaplitt of Weill Cornell Medicine, Dr. Ali Rezai of West Virginia University, and a team of researchers from the United States and Israel have released a new study that validates the use of focused ultrasound to treat patients with Alzheimer’s disease. The paper, “Noninvasive Hippocampal Blood-Brain Barrier Opening in...

Dr. Rohan Ramakrishna and Dr. Susan Pannullo

Two neurosurgical faculty members at Weill Cornell Medicine have published academic papers focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on neurosurgical and radiosurgical procedures in the midst of this public health crisis. 

Dr. Rohan Ramakrishna’s paper, titled “Inpatient and outpatient case prioritization for patients with neuro-oncologic disease...

Dr. Louis Chang - NYP-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Neurosurgeon Louis Chang, MD, has been appointed to the faculty of the Weill Cornell Medical College Department of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Chang, a board-certified neurosurgeon with fellowship training in minimally invasive spine surgery and navigation, was previously the Chief of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore , Adjunct Assistant Professor in Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and Clinical...

Umberto Tosi and Graham Winston

On a Match Day subdued by the COVID-19 restrictions, Umberto Tosi and Graham Winston were named as Weill Cornell Medicine’s newest residents in neurological surgery. We are delighted that Umberto and Graham, who will complete their medical school education in May, will join us this summer to begin their rigorous seven-year training program.

Match Day is typically an exuberant affair, with medical students gathered for a communal experience as they open...

Dr. Philip Stieg and Dr. Robert Hariri

The Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medicine have appointed Neurosurgeon-in-Chief Philip E. Stieg, PhD, MD, as the first Margaret and Robert J. Hariri, MD ’87, PhD ’87 Professor of Neurological Surgery. The endowed fellowship was made possible through a $3 million gift from Dr. Robert Hariri (MD ’87, PhD ’87) and his wife, Margaret. The endowment will support continued groundbreaking research in the Department of Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine.

In announcing the...

Vanguard High School visit

To further our commitment to mentorship, the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center hosted a group of students from nearby Vanguard High School for a day of education and discovery. The 11th-grade students participated in tours, presentations, and demonstrations about the many different careers available in a wide range of occupations that are essential to the day-to-day operations of a hospital.

The students began their day with a tour of our Molecular Neurosurgery and...

Dr. Mark Souweidane, Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center

Dr. Mark Souweidane has published three new academic articles on pediatric neuro-oncology. Together with previously published papers that resulted from Dr. Souweidane’s Phase I clinical trial testing convection-enhanced delivery (CED) for brainstem gliomas, these new papers significantly expand scientific knowledge in the field.

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A case from Dr. Ali Baaj and spine fellow Dr. Ibrahim Hussain was recently featured in the Spine Universe Case Study library. The online library places spine cases from around the country in front of fellow spine surgeons for discussion and review.

The featured case focused on a 30-...

A student "operates" on a pepper.

Demonstrating our commitment to mentorship at the earliest ages, the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center recently hosted dozens of potential health care providers for an exciting day of learning and fun. The fifth graders, all from St. Ignatius Loyola School in Manhattan, explored the fields of neurosurgery, laboratory medicine, trauma, hematology, and pathology, and even got a lesson in what to do about bleeding.

Three groups of 20 students each toured different areas of the...

Dr. Michael L.J. Apuzzo

Dr. Michael L.J. Apuzzo was recently invited to spend a week as a visiting professor at the University of Toronto, where he presented a variety of seminars and lectures, led a Town Hall meeting with residents and fellows, and delivered the annual Alan and Susan Hudson Lecture. Dr. Alan Hudson is widely credited with having transformed the delivery of health care in Canada; the prominent neurosurgeon spent a decade as president and CEO of the University Health Network in Toronto — a...

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...

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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