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Delivering Neurosurgical Options for Cancer Care

Department of Neurosurgery Careers

Join the world’s top neurosurgeons at Memorial Sloan Kettering, as we care for patients with the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment technologies available to provide the exceptional care MSK has become known for.

Our neurosurgeons perform more than 800 brain tumor operations each year. We care for children and adults with primary and metastatic tumors of the central nervous system, as well as those who have benign degenerative spine problems.

At MSK, you’ll have access to the latest technology, including intraoperative MRI scanning, stereotactic image-guided navigation, endoscopy, direct brain motor and speech mapping, functional MRI mapping, and stereotactic radiosurgery.

We use this technology, research and our growing expertise to continually perfect and explore new surgical techniques to improve outcomes for patients affected by cancer.

Neurosurgery Specialties

The Brain Tumor Team specializes in the care of patients with primary and metastatic brain tumors, including pituitary tumors, acoustic neuromas, meningiomas and skull base tumors.

Neurosurgeons in our Pituitary and Skull Base Tumor Center also care for patients with noncancerous tumors of the pituitary gland.

Research is also a critical part of our work. Currently, we’re researching the underlying development of central nervous system tumors, and the potential use of neural and pluripotent stem cells to repair brain tissue following injury or disease.

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Team provides surgical treatment for children with brain and spinal tumors. To provide specialized care for each child, we work closely with pediatric neuro-oncologists to design unique protocols for treatment.

We’re also actively involved in researching causes and treatment options for pediatric cancer. Currently, we’re leading a phase I clinical trial for children with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), directly infusing radioactive antibodies into the brain stem in an attempt to stop these difficult tumors.

The Spine Tumor Team specializes in the care of patients with primary and metastatic tumors of the spine and spinal cord. Our goal is to provide personalized care plans for each patient aimed at helping to improve neurologic function and mobility, stabilize the spine, control local tumor growth, and ultimately improve quality of life.

On our team, you’ll assist with evaluating more than 1,500 spine tumors a year and participate in a team approach for patient care.

Each week, we bring together highly specialized cancer experts from throughout MSK for weekly multidisciplinary clinics and tumor boards. Together, we coordinate the best care possible to maximize each patient’s results.

Our team’s research interests include improving the delivery and effectiveness of radiosurgery as well as designing and overseeing longitudinal studies and prospective clinical trials designed to determine the optimal treatment of patients with spinal tumors.

 

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