I have been practicing neurosurgical oncology for 35 years. I entered neurosurgery after being inspired by a charismatic professor in my second year of medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, and I’ve never looked back. I began to encounter patients with brain tumors very early on, and I have been riveted by this problem and obsessed with finding its solution since then.
I specialize in brain tumor surgery and remove more than 180 brain tumors every year. I have particular expertise in surgery for gliomas, meningiomas (including atypical and anaplastic meningiomas), acoustic neuromas, and metastatic brain tumors.
I am also an expert in stereotactic tumor localization and stereotactic radiosurgery, which deliver precisely targeted radiation directly to brain tumors, as well as radioactive tumor implants; computerized navigation; awake surgery with brain mapping, in which parts of the brain are stimulated during the operation, while the patient is awake; and intraoperative MRI, all of which we use regularly in our work. My primary research interest is how best to practice brain tumor radiotherapy.
My surgical practice is patient-centered. Patients come to the office in varying states of anxiety, and the best road to relieving their uneasiness is an unhurried discussion of the problem and then an orderly, stepwise evaluation of possible alternatives (surgical or otherwise) for addressing it. With a better understanding of the issue and some possible solutions in mind, most patients leave the office with lessened anxiety and a sense of hope.
When I’m not working, I enjoy life in New York City and all that it has to offer. In the summertime, I love traveling, sailing, fly fishing, birding, and spending time with family at our cottage in Massachusetts.
- Clinical Expertise: Brain Tumor Surgery; Glioma; Glioblastoma; Astrocytoma; Intraoperative Brain Mapping with Awake Surgery; Stereotactic Radiosurgery; Interstitial Radioactive Implants; Acoustic Neuroma; Vestibular Schwannoma; Meningioma; Atypical and Anaplastic Meningioma; Metastases from systemic cancers
- Awards and Honors: America’s Top Doctors (2004-2016), America’s Top Doctors for Cancer (2005-2016), New York Magazine Top Doctors (2003-2016), Top Doctors New York Metro Area (2002-2016), New York Super Doctors (2008-2015), Farber Award in Neuro-oncology (1995)
- Languages Spoken: English
- Education: MD, University of Pennsylvania
- Residencies: Neurosurgery - University of California Medical Center; Neurosurgery - University of California Medical Center
- Fellowships: Brain Tumor Chemotherapy - University of California Medical Center
- Board Certifications: Neurological Surgery
As home to one of the world’s top cancer research centers, Memorial Sloan Kettering is typically involved in more than 900 clinical trials at a given time. Currently, clinical trials focused on the conditions I treat are enrolling new patients. If you’re interested in joining a clinical trial, click to learn about the trial’s purpose, eligibility criteria, and how to get more information.Learn more
Most major health insurers offer plans that include MSK as one of their in-network providers. If MSK is in-network, it means all our doctors are too. Medicaid and New York State Medicare also provide benefits for care at MSK.Learn more