Columbia University Department of Neurological Surgery

Columbia University Department of Neurological Surgery A world leader in neurological and spine health. Excellence in patient care, cutting-edge research, and training. Join us in advancing neurosurgical health.

Welcome to the Department of Neurological Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where exceptional patient care, innovative research and cutting edge technology converge in a world-class academic environment for the treatment of neurological diseases. Columbia Neurosurgery’s vision is to provide clarity and the best possible outcomes for all of our patien

ts – and we want you to be a part of that effort. Columbia Neurosurgery’s page is an online information platform provided to the community for educational purposes only. Any and all comments are monitored and reviewed to ensure they comply with our commenting guidelines. If you have specific neurosurgical-related health condition, please call your healthcare provider for examination, or contact us through our website at www.columbianeursurgery.org. By viewing or posting comments, links or other information on Columbia Neurosurgery’s page, you agree to:

1. Be respectful of others.
2. Post comments that are appropriate and relevant.
3. Not use language that discriminates based on race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, etc.
4. Not post anything that is obscene, abusive, libelous, threatening or otherwise illegal.
5. Not impersonate any other person or allow another person to use your identity to post or view comments.
6. Not post advertisements, business solicitations or spam.
7. Not post materials that are copyrighted or trademarked. All comments and other posts are subject to review by Columbia Neurosurgery. Those that do not abide by these policies will be removed.

06/08/2024

Dr. Jeffery Bruce, specialist, speaks about how we carefully deliver chemotherapy to the brain for our patients with brain tumors.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a brain tumor, reach out to us for a consultation by calling 212-305-7950 or visiting https://cumc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_datWfWzTQUq9f3n

Congratulations to our 2024 Graduating Chief Residents! 🎓We're incredibly proud of Dr. Eleonora F. Spinazzi and Dr. Evan...
06/07/2024

Congratulations to our 2024 Graduating Chief Residents! 🎓

We're incredibly proud of Dr. Eleonora F. Spinazzi and Dr. Evan F. Joiner for their dedication, hard work, and accomplishments over the past seven years at .

🌟 Dr. Evan F. Joiner will be staying with us at Columbia University to complete his Enfolded Neurosurgical Fellowship.

🌟 Dr. Eleonora F. Spinazzi is heading to Barrow Neurological Institute in AZ to complete her CAST Accredited Fellowship.

The pictures are from the Columbia Neurosurgery Resident Graduation Dinner. Evan and El were celebrated on Wednesday, June 5th, at The River Club of New York. Faculty and residents shared memories, offered well wishes, and presented departmental gifts. El and Evan also gave heartfelt speeches.

You'll always be part of the ! Best wishes for your future endeavors! 🧠

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Thank you to all who participated in the 2024 Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament! 🥎💙 We were honored to hos...
06/02/2024

Thank you to all who participated in the 2024 Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament! 🥎💙

We were honored to host such a brilliant, engaged, and FUN group!

Sharing a few highlight photos from team !

Today, we honor and remember the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country. 🇺🇸Join us for taki...
05/27/2024

Today, we honor and remember the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country. 🇺🇸

Join us for taking a moment to reflect on their courage and commitment.

05/23/2024

Have you heard about the Department of Neurological Surgery at Columbia's Translational Research Initiative? 🧠

This program accelerates novel neurotherapeutics for rare and diseases, enhances patient care, and supports the medically vulnerable.

🔬 Curious to learn more? Watch the video and visit the link below to learn more and donate today!

https://ow.ly/hGh750RJ0a9

Get ready for the 19th Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament! 🥎Every year, top neurosurgery departments from a...
05/21/2024

Get ready for the 19th Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament! 🥎

Every year, top neurosurgery departments from across the country hit the diamond for a day of friendly yet fierce competition.

As the hosts each year, we're so honored to bring together the neurosurgery community in this way.

This all-day event in Central Park, on June 1st, supports the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF).

From seasoned attendings to enthusiastic interns, our neurosurgery teams are all set to showcase their skills and camaraderie.

Who's taking home the trophy this year? 🥇

Pictured: 2023 Winners, Barrow Neurosurgery

Oncology Times featured our very own PGY-5 resident, Dr. Nina Yoh, in this comprehensive article on her passion for   an...
05/17/2024

Oncology Times featured our very own PGY-5 resident, Dr. Nina Yoh, in this comprehensive article on her passion for and her groundbreaking work on using focused ultrasound to open the blood-brain barrier.

Learn how her innovative approach could revolutionize treatment for patients.

Amrita Singh, MD, our PGY-1 neurosurgery resident, has published a groundbreaking paper in  -Oxford Academic (Oxford Uni...
05/16/2024

Amrita Singh, MD, our PGY-1 neurosurgery resident, has published a groundbreaking paper in -Oxford Academic (Oxford University Press) on gene discovery for congenital hydrocephalus, even landing the cover for April! 🎉

Her research explores how a novel SMARCC1 gene variant impacts brain development, offering new insights into hydrocephalus. 🧠💡

Check out the full article here: https://academic.oup.com/brain/article-abstract/147/4/1553/7490822?redirectedFrom=fulltext

🎉 Happy  ! Today, we're celebrating Michael Lamb, a dedicated   in pediatric   with Dr. Neil Feldstein at  . 👶🧠Michael s...
05/09/2024

🎉 Happy ! Today, we're celebrating Michael Lamb, a dedicated in pediatric with Dr. Neil Feldstein at . 👶🧠

Michael says:
“As a nurse practitioner in at Columbia, I'm genuinely inspired by the synergy within our team. Working alongside Dr. Feldstein and our dedicated staff, I have the rare privilege to participate in the fusion of compassionate care with pioneering research. Together, we're not just treating patients but shaping the future of pediatric , bringing hope and healing to the children and families we serve. Being part of Columbia University's pediatric neurosurgery team allows me to do profoundly fulfilling work. My role with the team combines my drive to learn and expand my understanding of neuroscience with my aspirations to provide the best care possible to children in difficult circumstances. Every day, I'm energized by the knowledge that our work here is truly making a positive impact.”

Dr. Feldstein praises:
“Since joining the team Michael has become a crucial and integral part of pediatric neurosurgery both in the office setting and in the hospital. Given his prior experience working in the children’s hospital he is well known and well respected which greatly facilitates our practice and expedites care to our patients. When not involved in primary care Michael can be seen at his desk either reading about neurosurgery or watching on-line videos re neurosurgical operations or conditions. He eagerly asks for new and more complex tasks to tackle and is a wonderful liaison between the residents, our front desk and myself.”

Happy  ! Today, we honor Anna Czarny, NP, a   working alongside Dr. Brett Youngerman at  . 👩‍⚕️🧠Anna shares: “In Neurosu...
05/08/2024

Happy !

Today, we honor Anna Czarny, NP, a working alongside Dr. Brett Youngerman at . 👩‍⚕️🧠

Anna shares:
“In Neurosurgery, I find unparalleled fascination in the complexities of the , and how surgical advancements are constantly pushing the boundaries of best practices. Before being a neurosurgery , I was a . I was drawn to the NP role because I wanted to do more. Working with Columbia Neurosurgery, I'm inspired by the collaborative spirit and true multi-disciplinary team approach to advancing patient care. Every life transformed is celebrated.”

Dr. Youngerman remarks:
“Anna is a cornerstone of our neurosurgery team, playing a critical role in both preoperative and postoperative care. Her meticulous patient education demystifies complex procedures, and her responsiveness and competence are constantly highlighted by patients who feel reassured and at ease throughout their surgical journey. Anna's dedication and expertise not only enhance our practice but profoundly impact our patients' experience and recovery.”

Celebrating National   with Caroline Gacka, an indispensable   working with Dr. Raymond Sekula at  . 🌟🧠Caroline says: “A...
05/07/2024

Celebrating National with Caroline Gacka, an indispensable working with Dr. Raymond Sekula at . 🌟🧠

Caroline says:
“As a , I quickly fell in love with neuro and the complex challenging clinical cases that it includes. As a nurse practitioner, I am honored to work among the group of experts at Columbia . Our department includes not only world leading neurosurgeons, but also a group of talented nurse practitioner experts who are able to deliver exceptional care to patients quickly and efficiently. I look forward to continuing to learn and grow to better care for my patients. I am fortunate to be uniquely positioned in a small niche corner of the neurology world. I love my job because of the relationships I am able to create with patients and their families. Having an impact on and connecting with patients will always be my favorite piece of my role.”

Dr. Sekula adds:
“Nurse practitioners provide the ability to approach patients' health care as a team and can examine, test, treat and prescribe medications. They also offer patient education regarding diagnoses and treatment plans and work closely with the neurosurgical team to deliver high-quality care. Also well, my mother is a Professor of Nursing so I’m used to being bossed around by nurses. Just kidding, Caroline functions at a very high level. We have a lot of overlap between our job duties, including evaluating and caring for patients in the clinic and hospital. And Caroline really functions as the Chief Technology Officer of the practice with additional roles of managing industry-sponsored and federally funded research projects, and really so much more.”

🎉 Happy  ! Today, we're shining a spotlight on Paytyn Leveto, an exceptional   Practitioner on Dr. Chan’s team at  . 🌟🧠F...
05/06/2024

🎉 Happy ! Today, we're shining a spotlight on Paytyn Leveto, an exceptional Practitioner on Dr. Chan’s team at . 🌟🧠

From Paytyn:
“I chose to pursue a career at Columbia Neurosurgery both as an alumni of the University and because of my desire to work at an academic center upon graduation. I was fortunate to complete clinical rotations with the Department including the surgeon I work for now. In my 8 months here, it’s been incredibly interesting learning about minimally invasive approaches to and equally as rewarding to coach patients through their recovery process. Watching patients improve from using a wheelchair or a cane to walking unassisted at their post-operative visit is truly amazing!”

Dr. Chan praises Paytyn’s critical role:
“ are critical for our surgical practice. They serve as a key member of the surgical team - caring for our patients, coordinating with our administrative assistants, and getting our surgical cases from the clinic to the operating room. By facilitating this high-level clinical care, they permit us surgeons to focus on surgery, practice building, research, and education. Paytyn has a tremendous work ethic, attention to detail, and does whatever it takes to make sure my patients get the best possible care. Watching her immense growth from her time as an student into her integral role in my practice has been very rewarding.”

Six years ago to the date, actress, singer and advocate, Nicole Schalmo faced a life-altering challenge when she was dia...
05/02/2024

Six years ago to the date, actress, singer and advocate, Nicole Schalmo faced a life-altering challenge when she was diagnosed with a Grade IV . Today, we celebrate her incredible journey and the milestones that have defined her unyielding spirit.✨

From undergoing a successful emergency craniotomy at to becoming an avid advocate and marathon runner with Team American Brain Tumor Association, Nicole's story is one of relentless courage and hope.

Dr. Guy McKhann, who was part of the team that helped remove her tumor, says, “Nicole is an inspiration to all of us who care for patients... She is living life with her tumor and its treatment and not letting her tumor determine her life.”

Nicole's resilience has not only led her to the altar as a beautiful bald bride but also to the finish line of multiple races for a cause close to her heart. And now, she’s gearing up for her first on her six-year wedding anniversary.

Join us in honoring Nicole's six-year journey of hope and healing.

For the full inspiring story and to learn about her advocacy work, click here: https://ow.ly/CrAI50RmOnQ

We’re pleased to announce that on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, the Department of Neurological Surgery will be joining the Dep...
05/01/2024

We’re pleased to announce that on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, the Department of Neurological Surgery will be joining the Department of Surgery (ABD, Breast, Colorectal, CT, GI-Endo) and the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology at our new location in New Jersey:

ColumbiaDoctors - 330 Frank W Burr Blvd Teaneck, NJ 07666

This new location will host the following team members:

On Tuesdays:
- Cerebrovascular Division represented via Dr. Sean Lavine and Gabriella Tosto-D’Antonio (Lead Cerebrovascular NP)

- Functional Division represented via Dr. Gordon Baltuch

On Fridays:
- Neuro-Oncology represented via Dr. Raymond Sekula

This beautiful brand-new space sits in the 50-acre GlenPointe complex, which is also accessible to public mass transit to NYC.

The team is excited to bring Columbia Neurosurgery’s world-class care team to a new patient community serving the Teaneck, NJ area!

Columbia Neurosurgery is now one of the few places in the world where patients can benefit from Asleep   (DBS), led by D...
04/29/2024

Columbia Neurosurgery is now one of the few places in the world where patients can benefit from Asleep (DBS), led by Dr. Gordon Baltuch and Dr. Brett Youngerman.

Asleep DBS allows patients to remain sedated throughout the procedure, enhancing comfort and recovery.

Asleep DBS is especially effective for treating:
🔷
🔷 Essential Tremor
🔷 Vocal
🔷
🔷
🔷

Studies show that patients report better mood and sleep post-procedure compared to traditional awake DBS, without compromising efficacy.

🔗 Read more about Asleep : https://www.neurosurgery.columbia.edu/news/offering-asleep-single-stage-deep-brain-stimulation-dbs

We read our Google Reviews, and appreciate when our patients tell their stories. Our patients are so resilient, and impr...
04/26/2024

We read our Google Reviews, and appreciate when our patients tell their stories.

Our patients are so resilient, and impress us each and every day!

Feel free to share your story in a Google review!

04/24/2024

Wishing our team a Happy Administrative Professionals Day! 💙

Columbia Neurosurgery Practice Manager, Maria Alba, sends gratitude and well wishes to our team!

Join us in wishing our team a Happy !

Join us at the 2024 The Facial Pain Association Conference on April 27-28! Dr. Raymond Sekula, Chair of the Medical Advi...
04/24/2024

Join us at the 2024 The Facial Pain Association Conference on April 27-28!

Dr. Raymond Sekula, Chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the Facial Pain Association, will be taking part in two discussions.

1. Data to Discovery: Navigating Facial Pain Research Panel

2. A Treatment Pathway for Classical Trigeminal Neuralgia

Don’t miss the opportunity to advance your understanding of facial pain management.

Register now! 🔗https://www.facepain.org/2024-fpa-conference/

Congratulations to Dr. Karin Marie Muraszko, Columbia Neurosurgery alumna and trailblazer, on receiving the 2024 Virgini...
04/21/2024

Congratulations to Dr. Karin Marie Muraszko, Columbia Neurosurgery alumna and trailblazer, on receiving the 2024 Virginia Kneeland Frantz Award for Distinguished Women in Medicine from the VP&S Alumni Association! 🏆

This honor celebrates her inspiring career, from being the first woman to chair a department at the University of Michigan to her induction into the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Muraszko's journey, marked by perseverance and optimism, is a beacon for all in the field of medicine.

Read her story and more about this honor: https://ow.ly/I70T50RkLQJ

VP&S Alumni Association - Columbia University
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

A new $3.1M The National Institutes of Health grant supports a study by Columbia Engineering and Neurosurgery on the lin...
04/17/2024

A new $3.1M The National Institutes of Health grant supports a study by Columbia Engineering and Neurosurgery on the link between anxiety and memory.

The project, CAMERA, uses sensor data to better understand and predict cognitive states.

Led by Josh Jacobs PhD and Brett Youngerman, MD this research aims to use real-time data to address the challenges in treating anxiety and memory disorders, potentially leading to new neuromodulation therapies.

🔍 CAMERA will also test closed-loop stimulation, a method that could transform therapeutic approaches to neurological conditions.

👉 Discover more about this pioneering work here: https://lnkd.in/gjVmxVEH

BRAIN Initiative

Our team shined at the 31st International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) in San Diego last week! ⭐️Dr. And...
04/15/2024

Our team shined at the 31st International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) in San Diego last week! ⭐️

Dr. Andrew Chan was nominated for the prestigious Thomas E. Whitecloud Award for his influential research on patient satisfaction post-spine surgery.

Dr. Dean Chou moderated a session on innovative surgical methods.

The conference highlighted Columbia's pivotal role in the Quality Outcomes Database, shaping future techniques and improving patient care.

We look forward to next year's meeting, and to be a part of innovation in this highly specialized field!

The role of the   is critical for   patient care.Columbia Neurosurgery works with some of the most experienced and speci...
04/09/2024

The role of the is critical for patient care.

Columbia Neurosurgery works with some of the most experienced and specialized in the field to provide a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to care.

Did you know? 🤔 The Neurological Institute of New York here at Columbia University Irving Medical Center was the first hospital in the western hemisphere dedicated to and .

Through the last 100 years, the team has evolved into a highly specialized model with key radiology team members serving each division.

Learn more: https://www.neurosurgery.columbia.edu/news/neurosurgery-and-radiology-role-neuroradiologist

04/08/2024

Our Chairman, Dr. Connolly speaks about the teamwork that drives him and our team to continue to learn and collaborate each and every day.

The next Laser Focus Monthly Insights! ⚡️Dr. Nate Winans, PGY-4 (currently in his research year) has made another great ...
04/05/2024

The next Laser Focus Monthly Insights! ⚡️

Dr. Nate Winans, PGY-4 (currently in his research year) has made another great selection for this month's installment.

This paper was published in December 2023's with our PGY-2 resident, Dr. Alex Agopyan-Miu, as the lead author.

“We were able to record brain activity down to a neuronal level for non-sclerosis mesial temporal lobe epilepsy patients and were able to determine when a seizure formally invades a non-seizing territory. In contrast to what we previously thought, the data suggests that there is a different reason for why seizures invade the mesial temporal lobe. This will ultimately help us guide and devise new way to treat seizures for these patients.” - Dr. Alex Agopyan-Miu

Access the full article via PubMed: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37536281/

We would like to congratulate medical student, Nicholas Dadario, for winning the Southeastern Brain Tumors Neuro-Oncolog...
04/04/2024

We would like to congratulate medical student, Nicholas Dadario, for winning the Southeastern Brain Tumors Neuro-Oncology Trainee Award (2024 award winner): Intra-Tumoral Convection Enhanced Delivery of an Immunostimulatory Agent Extends Survival in GBM Model.

The award will be presented at the Saturday tumor session at , held in Chicago, May 3-6.

Join the conversation in the windy city to learn more about at https://annualmeeting.aans.org/

03/30/2024

Wishing all doctors, whether just beginning their medical journey to retired physicians, a Happy Doctors' Day today! 💙

Ft. Dr. Gordan Baltuch

This week we’re spotlighting the use of VR in neurosurgery for nursing education! 🚀🧠From a new study, “Operating room (O...
03/28/2024

This week we’re spotlighting the use of VR in neurosurgery for nursing education! 🚀🧠

From a new study, “Operating room (OR) nurses' training for surgical fields such as neurosurgery is often inconsistent and overly lengthy due to the lack of consistently scheduled procedures and the nature of procedures being, for the most part, emergencies. Virtual reality (VR) simulation has been explored for nurses training in various contexts with positive results.”

Our very own Katie Paccione, lead NP in brain tumor, shares her perspective: “When I started as a new Neuro ICU nurse, bedside neurosurgical procedures were exciting but daunting to me because I had no prior experience. I wish I had a tool like this to become more comfortable with them before diving into the real thing.”

Stephen Ferrara, DNP, associate dean of clinical affairs at Columbia School of Nursing and a leading voice in nursing innovation, adds, "VR allows learners to be immersed in a virtual patient care environment to apply knowledge is a realistic scenario... [and] affords learners the ability to perform and prepare for unexpected events.”

To read the complete study, visit:

Background Operating room (OR) nurses' training for surgical fields such as neurosurgery is often inconsistent and overly lengthy due to the lack of consistently scheduled procedures and the nature of procedures being for the most part emergencies. Virtual reality (VR) simulation has been explored f...

We're proud and excited to announce that Columbia Neurosurgery is ranked No. 1 in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2024 Accol...
03/26/2024

We're proud and excited to announce that Columbia Neurosurgery is ranked No. 1 in Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2024 Accolades! ⭐️

Columbia Neurosurgery’s practice at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University Irving Medical Center and (in partnership with NYP/Cornell University) have been named No. 1 Nationally for for Top Hospitals and Top Health Systems via ’s newly 2024 Accolades.

Per Castle Connolly’ methodology:

“This ranking represents an outstanding level of high-quality healthcare through the organization’s top-ranked Top Doctor physicians. Accolades are presented based on the number of Top Doctors at a given institution, with consideration given to the institution type, location, and area of specialty.”

This ranking recognizes Columbia Neurosurgery’s top neurological surgeons in health systems, hospitals, and physician practices for their expertise and commitment to delivering exceptional patient care.

Thank you to our brilliant and hard-working team and partners, for making this possible.

See our full list for 2024’s Castle Connolly Top Docs:

https://www.neurosurgery.columbia.edu/news/castle-connolly-recognizes-columbias-neurosurgeons-2024-top-doctors

At the NINDS R25 Grantee Workshop in Boston, Dr. Nina Yoh presented her innovative research on enhancing drug delivery t...
03/21/2024

At the NINDS R25 Grantee Workshop in Boston, Dr. Nina Yoh presented her innovative research on enhancing drug delivery to the brain. 🧠

Her focus? "Focused Ultrasound Opening of the Blood Brain Barrier for Delivery of ONC201 in Diffuse Midline Glioma."

Backed by an R25 grant and the prestigious Conquer Young Investigator Award, her work is not only promising but also transformational, particularly for children battling .

Congratulations, Dr. Yoh!

Read the full article: https://www.neurosurgery.columbia.edu/news/dr-nina-yoh-national-institute-neurological-disorders-and-stroke

Springtime at Columbia Neurosurgery! 🌷 A time for new beginnings, ideas and friendships.
03/19/2024

Springtime at Columbia Neurosurgery! 🌷 A time for new beginnings, ideas and friendships.

Address

710 W 168th Street, Fl 4th
New York, NY
10032

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

+12123057950

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Columbia University Department of Neurological Surgery posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Videos

Share

Category

Nearby clinics


Other Doctors in New York

Show All