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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 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

We know neurosurgery is a complex field, and patients often struggle to recall details of their appointments, including follow-up instructions. Northwell and Playback Health have a solution.

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Playback Health (the brainchild of Dr. Langer) helps build an effective, long-lasting patient engagement solution that uses screen-capture video and other patient-specific multimedia that helps improve patient experience, satisfaction scores and clinical outcomes.

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Chair of neurosurgery

David Langer, MD

Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Lenox Hill Hospital

Director
Moyamoya Center

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

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

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

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

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

Anupama Bedi, MS, PA-C
Supervising Physician Assistant
Department of Neurosurgery
Lenox Hill Hospital

Elmo Deslandes, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Department of Neurosurgery
Lenox Hill Hospital

Maria De Dios, FNP-C
Nurse Practitioner
Department of Neurosurgery
Lenox Hill Hospital

Alex Eusebio, LRT
Manager of Neuro-Endovascular Surgery
and Interventional Neuroradiology 

Marvin Fernandez, LRT
Radiology Technologist

Sherese Fralin, MSN, FNP
Research Nurse Practictioner
Department of Neurosurgery
Lenox Hill Hospital

James Hamilton, LRT
Radiology Technologist

Fatema Jahra, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Department of Neurosurgery
Lenox Hill Hospital

Michael Lamon, LRT
Radiology Technologist

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

Guillermo Restrepo, PA-C
Senior Physician Assistant
Department of Neurosurgery
Lenox Hill Hospital

Brittany Ring, AGNP-PC
Nurse Practitioner
Department of Neurosurgery
Lenox Hill Hospital

Oleg Rivkin, PA, MBA
Administrative Director
Department of Neurosurgery
Lenox Hill Hospital

Anthony Salvatore, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Department of Neurosurgery
Lenox Hill Hospital

Rachel Schwartz, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Department of Neurosurgery
Lenox Hill Hospital

Ronni Shalem, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Department of Neurosurgery
Lenox Hill Hospital

Artur Shlifer, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Department of Neurosurgery
Lenox Hill Hospital

Nicholas Stasi, PA-C
Senior Physician Assistant
Department of Neurosurgery
Lenox Hill Hospital

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

Nurse Practitioner
Department of Neurosurgery
Lenox Hill Hospital

Tamika Wong, MPH
Clinical Research Manager
Department of Neurosurgery
Lenox Hill Hospital

Vadim Zhigin, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Department of Neurosurgery
Lenox Hill Hospital

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