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A skilled team, dedicated to you
We offer the best in neurosurgical care, from diagnosis to treatment and follow-up. Patients come from around the world to seek treatment from our internationally renowned experts, who are also strongly focused on robust research and clinical trials.  

About us

The Lenox Hill Brain Tumor Center offers comprehensive care for brain and spinal cord tumors in adults and children. Our experts utilize state-of-the-art surgical and nonsurgical techniques to treat tumors. In addition to our continuous pursuit of evidence-based medicine, the center emphasizes treatment of the whole patient and the crucial role of family in a patient's care.

Lenox Hill Neurosurgery is the only department in New York City to receive the 2018 and 2019 Healthgrades Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award for superior outcomes in cranial neurosurgery. Additionally, Lenox Hill is 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.

Brain Tumor Center at Lenox Hill Hospital

At Lenox Hill Neurosurgery, our team of neurosurgeons, nurse practitioners, and ENT specialists diagnose and treat complex brain tumors. Our world-renowned physicians are leaders in the treatment of these conditions and work diligently with researchers to develop new treatments.
 

Clinical expertise

Our center works closely with the Laboratory for Brain Tumor Biology and Therapy, and the Brain Tumor Biotech Center at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research to offer cutting-edge diagnosis and treatment.

Our neurosurgeons utilize surgical and nonsurgical techniques to treat tumors and use state-of-the-art equipment such as image guided systems for precise surgical navigation and radiotherapy for painless, nonsurgical treatment.

Our multidisciplinary team specializes in treating all types of brain tumors, including:

Primary and metastatic brain tumors

  • Glioblastoma
  • Anaplastic astrocytoma
  • Gliomas
  • Ependymoma
  • Low-grade astrocytoma
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Mixed oligoastrocytomas
  • Pilocytic astrocytoma
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Brainstem glioma
  • Meningiomas
  • Lymphoma
  • All brain metastasis including breast, lung, prostate, colon and melanoma metastasis 

Skull base tumors

  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Pituitary adenomas
  • Meningiomas
  • Chordomas
  • Chondrosarcomas
  • Glomus tumors
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Metastatic tumors to the skull base
  • Squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck
  • Esthesioneuroblastoma
  • Neuroendocrine carcinoma
  • Pineal region tumors including pinealblastoma and pinealcytoma
  • Lymphoma

Spinal cord tumors

  • Neurofibroma
  • Spinal metatastasis
  • Meningiomas
  • Chordomas
  • Chondrosarcomas
  • Schwannoma
  • Neurogangliomas
  • Metastatic tumors to the spinal cord
  • Myxopapillary ependymoma
Trusted excellence in neurosurgical care
Award-winning care, because you deserve the best

Lenox Hill is the only hospital in NYC to receive the 2018 and 2019 Healthgrades Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award.

Lenox Hill is the first hospital in the country to acquire a videomicroscope, a device that offers astounding magnified, high-resolution, 3D images—helping surgeons perform and collaborate on delicate brain and spine operations.

Our patient and caregiver-focused group meets on the fourth Monday of each month from 5pm to 6:30pm. Sessions end with Yinyasa yoga; please bring a mat if you have one. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Sherese Fralin, NP, at [email protected] or (212) 434-4772. 
 

Our doctors

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 Institutes for Medical Research, Professor, Neurosurgery and Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery , Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

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

Jason A. Ellis, MD

Neurosurgeon, Lenox Hill Hospital

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

Ronit Gilad, MD

Neurosurgeon, Staten Island University Hospital

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

Specialties: Neurological Surgery

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

Peter Costantino, MD

Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Head and Neck Services , Northwell Health

Chair, Otolaryngology

Richard Braunstein, MD

Executive Director, Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital

Vice President, Ophthalmology Services, Northwell Health, Interim Chair, Ophthalmology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital, Professor, Ophthalmology, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Alexis Matthew Demopoulos, MD

Specialties: Neurooncology, Neurology

Dennis Harry Kraus, MD

Specialties: Otolaryngology, Head / Neck Surgery

Jane Ari Lee, MD

Specialties: Diagnostic Radiology, Neuroradiology

Jed Michael Pollack, MD

Specialties: Radiation Oncology

Bidyut Kumar Pramanik, MD

Chief - Neuroradiology of Radiology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Specialties: Diagnostic Radiology, Neuroradiology

Samuel Joseph Wahl, MD

Chairman-Credentials Committee - Approved by the Dec 10, 2013 Med Board of Pathology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Chairman - Approved by the Jan 14 Med Board of Pathology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Specialties: Anatomic / Clinical Pathology, Cytopathology

Todd Arthur Anderson, MD

Specialties: Anatomic / Clinical Pathology

Anuj Goenka, MD

Specialties: Radiation Oncology

Dana Shani, MD

Specialties: Hematology, Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine

Christopher G. Filippi, MD

Specialties: Diagnostic Radiology

Jared M. Steinklein, MD

Specialties: Diagnostic Radiology, Neuroradiology

Deborah Rachelle Shatzkes, MD

Specialties: Diagnostic Radiology, Neuroradiology

Jamie Roberts Mitchell, MD

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

Sewit Teckie, MD

Specialties: Radiation Oncology

Rosamaria Ruggieri, PhD

Assistant Investigator, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research

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

Marc Symons, PhD

Investigator, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research

Co-Director, Brain Tumor Biotech Center, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine and Department of Neurosurgery, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Clinical professionals

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Sherese Fralin, MSN, FNP

Research Nurse Practictioner, 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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Mona Li

Research Coordinator, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

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

Adult Nurse Practitioner, 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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Cynthia Liapes, RN, BSN, MA, ACNP-BC

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

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Research

The research arm of the Lenox Hill Brain Tumor Center is the Laboratory for Brain Tumor Biology and Therapy at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. The lab draws experts from multiple disciplines to participate in leading-edge research into brain and spinal cord tumors.

Our neuroscientists use discoveries in the lab to create new treatments for patients through a robust clinical trial program. Our doctors run the Brain Tumor Biotech Center at the Feinstein Institute, which is the only biotech center in the world dedicated to accelerating treatments for patients with brain tumors.

Clinical trials

Our patients have access to clinical studies offering novel, state-of-the-art therapies developed by our own physicians, as well as those that are done in collaboration with other sites. Ongoing trials can be found here

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