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Esteemed experts in pituitary and neuroendocrine care
At the Center for Pituitary and Neuroendocrine Disorders at Lenox Hill Hospital/Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital, our specialists provide top-notch diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of tumors and disorders of the pituitary and anterior skull base.
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About us

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 Hospital was only one of 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 physicians work closely with endocrinologists, neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, ophthalmologists, neurologists, neuroradiologists, radiation oncologists and neuro-oncologists to provide minimally invasive, state-of-the-art care for our patients. Our team of physicians has years of experience in otolarynogology, endocrinology, neurosurgery and neurology and are recognized experts in the care of pituitary and neuroendocrine disorders.

We are an international referral center for patients with prolactinomas, acromegaly, Cushing's disease, Rathke's cleft cysts, craniopharyngiomas and other pituitary tumors, as well as hypothalamic tumors and meningiomas. We are located in one of the leading hospital centers for neurological care in New York City, and as a part of Northwell Health, we are part of the largest health system in New York state.

The Center for Pituitary and Neuroendocrine Disorders at Lenox Hill Hospital

Our center offers diagnostic and treatment services for disorders of the pituitary gland and anterior skull base.

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

Peter Costantino, MD

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

Chair, Otolaryngology

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

Aashish Raman Patel, DO

Specialties: Neurology, Critical Care Medicine

Heustein Lu Sy, MD

Specialties: Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine

Alexis Matthew Demopoulos, MD

Specialties: Neurooncology, Neurology

Jed Michael Pollack, MD

Specialties: Radiation Oncology

Richard Braunstein, MD

Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Ophthalmology

Chair, Ophthalmology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital, Chair, Ophthalmology, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Emilia Pauline Liao, MD

Specialties: Endocrinology / Metab / Diabetes, Internal Medicine

Jamie Roberts Mitchell, MD

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

Leonid Poretsky, MD

Director of Medicine - Endocrinology/Metabolism, Lenox Hill Hospital

Specialties: Endocrinology / Metab / Diabetes, Internal Medicine

Minisha Sood, MD

Specialties: Endocrinology / Metab / Diabetes

Jane Ari Lee, MD

Specialties: Diagnostic Radiology, Neuroradiology

Bidyut Kumar Pramanik, MD

Chief - Neuroradiology of Radiology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Specialties: Diagnostic Radiology, Neuroradiology

Anuj Goenka, MD

Specialties: Radiation Oncology

Christopher G. Filippi, MD

Specialties: Diagnostic Radiology

Deborah Rachelle Shatzkes, MD

Specialties: Diagnostic Radiology, Neuroradiology

Jared M. Steinklein, MD

Specialties: Diagnostic Radiology, Neuroradiology

Dennis Harry Kraus, MD

Specialties: Otolaryngology, Head / Neck Surgery

Todd Arthur Anderson, MD

Specialties: Anatomic / Clinical Pathology

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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Anupama Bedi, MS, PA-C

Supervising Physician Assistant, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

The latest news
Mitchell Levine, MD: Your back pain most likely won’t require surgery, but if it does, here’s what you should know.
Fifteen Northwell Health hospitals have earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
Top cancer specialists attended the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Brain Tumor Biotech Summit to exchange promising new therapies in the treatment of brain tumors and central nervous system diseases.
John Boockvar, MD and Tamika Wong, MPH, of Lenox Hill Hospital's department of neurosurgery were recently honored by the nonprofit Oligo Nation for their commitment to advancing brain tumor research.

Clinical expertise

Our interdisciplinary team works collaboratively to create individualized care plans for all our patients. We meet weekly at our pituitary/neuroendocrine conference to discuss and optimize each patient's treatment plan to achieve optimal patient outcomes.

Our areas of multidisciplinary expertise include:

Pituitary tumors

  • Acromegaly
  • Cushing’s disease
  • All pituitary tumors and adenomas
  • Non-secreting pituitary adenomas
  • Prolactinomas
  • Recurrent pituitary adenomas
  • Thyrotroph adenomas

Skull base tumors

  • Craniopharyngiomas
  • Clival tumors
  • Chordoma
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Germinomas
  • Meningiomas
  • Gliomas
  • Hypophysitis and other inflammatory disorders
  • Rathke’s cleft cyst
  • Sellar masses and adenomas
  • CNS sarcoid

Cushing’s disease

  • Adrenal Cushing’s
  • Ectopic Cushing’s
  • Iatrogenic Cushing’s
  • Pituitary Cushing’s
  • Recurrent Cushing’s
  • Hormonal disorders

Growth hormone deficiency

  • Hypoadrenalism
  • Hypogonadism
  • Hypothyroidism (central)
  • Diabetes insipidus
  • Syndrome of inappropriate antiduretic hormone secretion
  • Prolactin disorders
  • Amenorrhea-galactorrhea syndrome
  • Drug-induced hyperprolactinemia
  • Infertility male hypogonadism
  • Posterior pituitary dysfunction disease
  • Hypopituitari
  • Squamous cell carcinoma

Research & publications

Research plays a major role in the growth and process of treatments we offer. For current clinical trials and to see our publications, click here

Management of Tiny Meningiomas: To Resect or Not Resect. 
Schneider JR, Kulason KO, White T, Pramanik B, Chakraborty S, Heier L, Ray AE, Anderson TA, Chong DJ, Boockvar J.Cureus. 2017 Jul 25

Do craniopharyngioma molecular signatures correlate with clinical characteristics? 
Omay SB, Chen YN, Almeida JP, Ruiz-Treviño AS, Boockvar JA, Stieg PE, Greenfield JP, Souweidane MM, Kacker A, Pisapia DJ, Anand VK, Schwartz TH J Neurosurg. 2017 Jul 14

Radiation Exposure and Safety Precautions Following 131Cs Brachytherapy in Patients with Brain Tumors. 
Yondorf MZ, Schwartz TH, Boockvar JA, Pannullo S, Stieg P, Sabbas A, Pavese A, Trichter S, Nedialkova L, Parashar B, Nori D, Chao KS, Wernicke AG. Health Phys. 2017 Apr

Effect of Whole Brain Radiation Therapy on Cognitive Function
Schneider JR, Chakraborty S, Boockvar JA. Neurosurgery. 2017 Mar 1

Intra-arterial cetuximab for the treatment of recurrent unresectable head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. 
Tham T, White TG, Chakraborty S, Lall RR, Ortiz R, Langer DJ, Shatzkes D, Filippi CG, Kraus D, Boockvar JA, Costantino PD. J Exp Ther Oncol. 2016 Nov

Frameless Stereotactic Insertion of Viewsite Brain Access System with Microscope-Mounted Tracking Device for Resection of Deep Brain Lesions: Technical Report. 
White T, Chakraborty S, Lall R, Fanous AA, Boockvar J, Langer DJ. Cureus. 2017 Feb 4;9(2):e1012. doi: 10.7759/cureus.1012.

Frameless and Maskless Stereotactic Navigation with a Skull-Mounted Tracker: A Technical Report. 
Fanous AA, White TG, Hirsch MB, Chakraborty S, Costantino PD, Langer DJ, Boockvar JA. World Neurosurg. 2017 Mar 11. pii: S1878-8750(17)30319-4. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2017.03.007. [Epub ahead of print]

Multiportal Combined Transorbital and Transnasal Endoscopic Resection of Fibrous Dysplasia. 
Tham T, Costantino PD, Bruni M, Langer D, Boockvar J, Singh P [published online Oct 25 2015].
J Neurol Surg Rep. 2015. doi: 10.1055/s-0035-1566126

Results and risk factors for recurrence following endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal surgery for pituitary adenoma.
Bodhinayake I, Ottenhausen M, Mooney MA, Kesavabhotla K, Christos P, Schwarz JT, Boockvar JA.
Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2014 Apr;119:75-9. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2014.01.020. Epub 2014 Jan 27.
PMID: 24635930

Endoscopic Endonasal Transphenoidal Surgery Using the BrainLAB Headband for Navigation Without Rigid Fixation.
Duque SG, Gorrepati R, Kesavabhotla K, Huang C, Boockvar JA.
J Neurol Surg A Cent Eur Neurosurg. 2014 Jul;75(4):267-9. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1331383. Epub 2013 Mar 19.
PMID: 23512589

Endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal surgery for functional pituitary adenomas.
Hofstetter CP, Shin BJ, Mubita L, Huang C, Anand VK, Boockvar JA, Schwartz TH.
Neurosurg Focus. 2011 Apr;30(4):E10. doi: 10.3171/2011.1.FOCUS10317.
PMID: 21456921

Combined supraciliary and endoscopic endonasal approach for resection of frontal sinus mucoceles: technical note.
Knopman J, Sigounas D, Huang C, Kacker A, Schwartz TH, Boockvar JA.
Minim Invasive Neurosurg. 2009 Jun;52(3):149-51. doi: 10.1055/s-0029-1231068. Epub 2009 Jul 31.
PMID: 19650020

Endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal surgery using a skull reference array and laser surface scanning. Greenfield JP, Howard BM, Huang C, Boockvar JA.
Minim Invasive Neurosurg. 2008 Aug;51(4):244-6. doi: 10.1055/s-2008-1073131.

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