Although spinal tumors may be suspected or even tentatively diagnosed by
the person’s primary care physician, they should only be treated
by an expert spinal tumor team including an experienced neurosurgeon and
neuro-oncologist. Within neurosurgery, there are sub-specialists whose
expertise in treating spinal tumors is unparalleled. The neurosurgeons
of the Spinal Tumor Program at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center
perform complex surgical procedures every week and have an international
reputation for their expertise. They work closely with neuro-oncologists
and other experts to achieve the best outcomes for their patients.
A highly trained team of spinal neurosurgeons, cerebrovascular neurosurgeons,
interventional neuroradiologists, and radiosurgeons at the Weill Cornell
Brain and Spine Center are available to treat spinal tumors:
Roger Härtl, M.D., named as one of the top 50 spine surgeons in the United States, is co-director
of the Weill Cornell Spine Center and Director of Spinal Surgery and Neurotrauma
at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center. He’s also the official
neurosurgeon for the New York Giants. Dr. Härtl's clinical and
research expertise is in simple and complex spine surgery and neurotrauma.
Dr. Härtl believes that surgery should be a part of a multidisciplinary
approach to treatment, and he works very closely with other specialists
in a team effort to achieve the best outcome for his patients.
Eric Elowitz, M.D., is a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive spinal
surgery and with added training and expertise in treating spine tumors.
Routinely named to national lists of top doctors, Dr. Elowitz is dedicated
to providing state-of-the-art care with individual attention to each patient’s
unique needs. Dr. Elowitz has developed a special expertise in new procedures
for various spine conditions.
Athos Patsalides, M.D., is board-certified in Radiology and is an assistant professor of Radiology
in Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center. Dr. Patsalides
specializes in the treatment of vascular diseases of the brain and spine,
and is an expert in the minimally invasive procedures (kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty)
used to treat patients with spinal tumors.
Dr. Susan Pannullo, M.D., director of Clinical Neuro-oncology, is board-certified in both Neurology
and Neurological Surgery and specializes in stereotactic radiosurgery.
Her practice allows her access to the Gamma Knife, CyberKnife, and Brainlab
iX, all of which allow non-invasive treatment of spinal tumors and other
conditions of the brain and spine.
Dr. Samuel C. Kim is a board-certified neurosurgeon who has been in practice for 10 years.
Dr. Kim has expertise in complex spinal surgery, brain tumors, peripheral
nerve surgery, and vascular diseases of the brain and spine — including
aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, carotid occlusion, and stroke.
He sees patients at our Lower Manhattan office.
Dr. Rohan Ramakrishna is an award-winning neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of brain
tumors and other central nervous system tumors. Dr. Ramakrishna treats
patients with gliomas, metastatic disease, skull base lesions, and pituitary
disorders. He employs advanced awake mapping, imaging techniques, and
microsurgery to ensure maximal tumor removal and achieve the safest possible
Dr. Ali Baaj is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in spinal surgery, with
advanced training and expertise in spinal oncology and complex reconstructive
surgery for spinal deformity. He is accomplished in both minimally invasive
spinal surgery and open complex spine surgery, having had formal training
in both orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery.
Caitlin Hoffman, M.D., is an award-winning neurosurgeon who specializes in pediatric neurosurgery
as well as in adult and pediatric epilepsy surgery. She has completed
fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery and has performed extensive
research on the molecular mechanisms of progression of brain tumors, specifically
medulloblastoma. Dr. Hoffman’s clinical research includes venous
anomalies in craniosynostosis, early surgical treatment for Rasmussen’s
encephalitis, minimally invasive methods of treating hydrocephalus and
intracranial cysts, and the characteristics and safety of invasive monitoring
for pediatric neurovascular disorders such as AVM.
The neurosurgeons at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center are fortunate
to be part of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital team. The 2014-15 "America's
Best Hospitals" ranking in US News and World Report placed NewYork-Presbyterian
as the #1 hospital in New York, and our Neurology and Neurosurgery program
ranks as the #1 program in New York (and #2 nationwide). Together, the
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center team is the best choice
for your spine.
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