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Nationally recognized care you can trust
Our award-winning Department of Neurosurgery is committed to improving the health of our community through innovative, compassionate care.

A proven leader in brain and spine care

Lenox Hill Neurosurgery is the only hospital department in New York City to receive the 2018 Healthgrades Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award for superior outcomes in cranial neurosurgery and the 2018 Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award for superior outcomes in stroke management. 

Patients who suffer a stroke and receive their care at Lenox Hill Hospital have higher survival rates, as do patients who have cranial neurosurgery at Lenox Hill. Additionally, we are one of only two hospitals in Manhattan to achieve an Excellent 30 day Survival and Above Average Patient Safety score in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report rankings of the Best Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery

Our surgeons combine their unique skills and expertise to treat rare and complex conditions. Our multidisciplinary team focuses on minimally invasive surgical treatments of:

  • Vascular diseases (including aneurysms, vascular malformations and stroke)
  • Skull base and brain tumors
  • Complex spinal disorders
  • Restorative and geriatric disorders (hydrocephalus)

The department is led by Dr. David J. Langer, an expert in cranial bypass surgery and the first surgeon in the country to perform the Lenox Bypass, a new type of intracranial bypass surgery that is done in collaboration with the New York Head & Neck Institute.

Committed to using the most advanced technologies

Along with benefiting from the application of 3D imaging and computer-assisted technologies for surgery, our patients also receive improved care from our use of technology to improve communication between physicians and patients. Our surgeons routinely perform virtual office visits; this includes the physician creating a podcast, which is emailed to the patient, so they have a copy of all information explained in the office prior to a procedure. To help the patient understand their individual treatment plan, we also create a tailored video of instructions. 

When a patient is treated by the neurosurgery department, they become part of our family. We have gathered a skilled team of physician assistants, nurse practitioners and radiology technicians who work alongside the surgeons to ensure that the patient’s comfort and care comes first in outpatient settings, inpatients settings and in the operating room. Our team members work collaboratively in all aspects of each case, including utilizing screen share technology to review imaging and communicate with one another in real time. We ensure that care comes first and that the patient is fully informed during every step of the process. 

Lenox Hill Neurosurgery Team
Our centers
Our centers bring together teams of multidisciplinary specialists to deliver coordinated diagnoses and treatment:

We provide interdisciplinary care for the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of tumors and disorders of the pituitary and anterior skull base.

Our experts specialize in the management of complex brain aneurysms, brain tumors, brain and spinal cord AVMs, tumors of the head and neck, stroke, and vascular malformations of the head and neck in adults and children.

We offer comprehensive care for brain and spinal cord tumors in adults and children. Our experts utilize state-of-the-art surgical and nonsurgical techniques.

We provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment for disorders of the spine and spinal cord to help patients regain mobility and return to active, independent lives.


Regionally recognized for extraordinary care

Lenox Hill Hospital has been named a high performing hospital for exceptional care in neurology and neurosurgery.

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Chair of neurosurgery

David Langer, MD

Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Lenox Hill Hospital

Vice President, Neurosurgery, Western Region
Northwell Health

Professor, Neurosurgery and Radiology
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Our team

John Andrew Boockvar, MD

Vice Chair, Department of Neurosurgery , Lenox Hill Hospital

Director, Brain Tumor and Pituitary/ Neuroendocrine Center , Lenox Hill Hospital, Investigator, Laboratory for Brain Tumor Biology , Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Professor, Neurosurgery and Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery , Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Jason A. Ellis, MD

Neurosurgeon, Lenox Hill Hospital

Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Robert Richard Goodman, MD, PhD

Specialties: Neurological Surgery

Mitchell Edward Levine, MD

Director, Spine Surgery, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

Director, Spine Center, Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Rafael Alexander Ortiz, MD

Chief, Neuro-Endovascular Surgery and Interventional Neuroradiology , Lenox Hill Hospital

Associate Professor, Neurosurgery, Neurology and Radiology, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Aashish Raman Patel, DO

Specialties: Neurology, Critical Care Medicine

Heustein Lu Sy, MD

Specialties: Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine

David Barrett Weintraub, MD

Specialties: Neurological Surgery

Jonathan Haim Oren, MD

Specialties: Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Surgery

Ronit Gilad, MD

Neurosurgeon, Staten Island University Hospital

Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Specialties: Neurological Surgery

Soriaya Lizette Motivala, MD

Neurosurgeon, Staten Island University Hospital

Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Specialties: Neurological Surgery

Souhel Najjar, MD

Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Neurology Service Line, Northwell Health

Chair, Neurology, Lenox Hill Hospital, Chair, Neurology , North Shore University Hospital, Chair, Neurology , Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Chair, Neurology , Staten Island University Hospital, Chair & Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Salman Azhar, MD

Specialties: Neurology, Vascular Neurology

Derek Jeffrey Chong, MD

Director - Epilepsy of Neurology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Vice Chairman of Neurology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Specialties: Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Sleep Medicine, EEG / Epilepsy

Virginia Ann De Sanctis, PhD

Specialties: Psychology

Alexis Matthew Demopoulos, MD

Specialties: Neurooncology, Neurology

Svetlana Faktorovich, MD

Specialties: Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology

Meghan Elizabeth Fleming, DO

Specialties: Neurology, EEG / Epilepsy

Tatyana R. Gitlevich, MD

Specialties: Neurophysiology, Neurology, EEG / Epilepsy

Deborah Beth Gruber, MD

Specialties: Neurology, Neurooncology

Asaff Harel, MD

Specialties: Neurology

Ruben Itamar Kuzniecky, MD

Director - Research& Clinical Trials NS, LIJ, LHH,

Vice Chairman - Academic Affairs - NS, LIJ, LHH,

Specialties: Neurology, EEG / Epilepsy

Brittany Catherine LeMonda, PhD

Specialties: Psychology

Aviva Lubin, MD

Associate Director - Stroke Program of Neurology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Specialties: Neurology, Vascular Neurology

Jamie Roberts Mitchell, MD

Attending Neuro-ophthalmologist, Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital

Kiran Vithal Patel, MD

Specialties: Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology

Sami Saba, MD

Specialties: Neurology, Neuromuscular Medicine

Nadia Sotudeh, MD

Specialties: Neurology, EEG / Epilepsy, Clinical Neurophysiology

Clinical professionals

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Andrea S. Adams, MS, RN, ANP-BC, SCRN

Adult Nurse Practitioner, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

Farhana Ahmed, PA-C

Physician Assistant, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

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Anupama Bedi, MS, PA-C

Supervising Physician Assistant, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

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Elmo Deslandes, PA-C

Physician Assistant, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

Maria De Dios, FNP-C

Maria De Dios, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

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Alex Eusebio, LRT

Manager of Neuro-Endovascular Surgery and Interventional Neuroradiology

Marvin Fernandez, LRT

Radiology Technologist

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Sherese Fralin, MSN, FNP

Research Nurse Practictioner, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

James Hamilton, LRT

Radiology Technologist

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Fatema Jahra, PA-C

Physician Assistant, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

Michael Lamon, LRT

Radiology Technologist

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Mona Li

Research Coordinator, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

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Cynthia Liapes, RN, BSN, MA, ACNP-BC

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

Lauren McMaster, PA-C

Physician Assistant, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

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Guillermo Restrepo, PA-C

Senior Physician Assistant, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

Anthony Salvatore, PA-C

Physician Assistant, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

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Rachel Schwartz, PA-C

Physician Assistant, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

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Ronni Shalem, PA-C

Physician Assistant, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

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Artur Shlifer, PA

Physician Assistant, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

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Nicholas Stasi, PA-C

Senior Physician Assistant, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

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Keriann Tomlinson, MS, RN, NP-C, CCRN

Nurse Practitioner, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

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Tamika Wong, MPH

Clinical Research Manager, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

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Vadim Zhigin, PA-C

Physician Assistant, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

Administrative leadership

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Oleg Rivkin, PA, MBA

Administrative Director, Department of Neurosurgery
Lenox Hill Hospital

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