Caitlin Hoffman, MD

About Me

I am a pediatric neurosurgeon who has cared for children at Memorial Sloan Kettering since medical school. I have special expertise in tumor-associated epilepsy and minimally invasive approaches.

One of the newest innovations is the development of laser ablation for recurrent or deep-seated tumors. We are now able to offer laser surgery to reduce repeat operations for young children, as well as to treat tumors that would otherwise be difficult to reach. This treatment is less invasive than other forms, and it spares children from common side effects.

With respect to tumor-associated epilepsy, our team provides integrated care. We combine neurosurgery, neurology, neuroradiology, and neuropsychology to assess and approach patients from multiple perspectives.

It is an honor to stand side by side with children and their families as they face incredibly complex challenges. I recognize the profound level of trust that families place in our hands, and I strive to give them confidence and reassurance as we take on these challenges together. That, to me, is just as important as any medical help I could provide.

One of the most fulfilling aspects of my work is watching my patients grow up. We have the privilege of helping to usher them to their next phases of life, which is a responsibility I value tremendously.

  • Clinical Expertise: Pediatric Brain Tumors; Chiari Malformation; Epilepsy Surgery; Medulloblastoma; Hydrocephalus; Spinal Dysraphism
  • Awards and Honors: Weill Cornell Leadership Fellowship (2016–2017); Antigua Epilepsy Week Grant (2016); American Association of Neurological Surgeons Pediatric Section Kenneth Shulman Award (2012)
  • Languages Spoken: English; French
  • Education: MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Residencies: Neurosurgery - NewYork-Presbyterian
  • Fellowships: Pediatric Neurosurgery - Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto); Healthcare Association of New York State-Cornell Academy for Healthcare Leadership Advancement - NewYork-Presbyterian

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Clinical Trials

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