Dimitris Placantonakis at [NYU Langone Medical Center]

Dimitris G. Placantonakis, MD, PHD

  • Specialty: Neurosurgery
  • Languages: English, French, Greek
  • Phone: 212-263-2441

About Me

Conditions and Treatments

acoustic neuroma, hydrocephalus, spinal injury, syringomyelia, spinal narrowing, spinal compression fracture, spinal fusion, spine surgery, spinal cord injury, spine infection, spinal deformity, spondyloarthropathies, brain tumor, brain cancer, glioma, astrocytoma, pituitary tumor, pituitary adenoma, brain metastasis, meningioma, craniopharyngioma, CNS lymphoma, carcinomatous meningitis, pineal tumor, endoscopic surgery, brain mapping
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  • Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
  • Dir Neurosurgical Laboratory for Stem Cell Resch

Education and Training

  • 2010
  • Residency, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Neurosurgery
  • 2008
  • Fellowship, Memorial Sloan-Ketteriing Cancer Center
  • 2003
  • MD from New York University
  • 2003
  • PHD from New York University


Locations and Appointments

38 Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Indemnity
  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO/EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthy NY
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Indemnity
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield MediBlue
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways, Enhanced
  • HIP Access I
  • HIP Access II
  • HIP Child Health
  • HIP Medicare
  • Hotel Trades
  • Humana Medicare
  • Local 1199 PPO
  • Medicare
  • MultiPlan/PHCS PPO
  • NY Medicaid
  • Oxford Exchange
  • Oxford Freedom
  • Oxford Liberty
  • Oxford Medicare
  • Tricare
  • United Exchange- Compass
  • UnitedHealthcare EPO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare
  • UnitedHealthcare POS
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare Top Tier
*Insurance listed above may not be accepted at all office locations. Please confirm prior to each visit. The information presented here may not be complete or may have been changed.

NYU Neurosurgery Associates
530 1st Avenue, Suite 8R
New York, NY 10016


Phone: 212-263-2441

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My Research

Glioblastoma stem cells, human embryonic stem cells, glioma biology, gliomagenesis, glioma therapeutics

Dr. Placantonakis obtained his MD/PhD degree in Neuroscience from NYU School of Medicine and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in human embryonic stem cell biology with Drs. Lorenz Studer and Viviane Tabar at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. He was also trained in Neurosurgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and Memorial Sloan-Kettering. At NYU, he is a tenure-track physician-scientist dividing his time between his neurosurgical practice and the laboratory. Dr. Placantonakis has an interest in the treatment of gliomas and brain tumors in general. The Neurosurgical Laboratory for Stem Cell Research, which is headed by Dr. Placantonakis, studies stem cell biology in the context of glioma, a malignant brain tumor. We adapt human embryonic stem cell and genetic technologies to model oncogenic processes, with the goal of understanding the early steps in glioma formation and developing translational applications, such as high-throughput drug screening and biomarker identification. Furthermore, we use genetic approaches and patients' tissue to generate models for high-grade gliomas, with emphasis on the role of stem cells in pathogenesis and new therapeutic approaches that directly target them. Our ultimate goal is to translate our laboratory findings to new therapies and diagnostic tests for patients with glioma.

Dr. Placantonakis' laboratory is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NYULMC's Cancer Institute and NYULMC's Clinical and Translational Science Institute.


  • Selective Lentiviral Gene Delivery to CD133-Expressing Human Glioblastoma Stem Cells

    Bayin, N Sumru; Modrek, Aram S; Dietrich, August; Lebowitz, Jonathan; Abel, Tobias; Song, Hae-Ri; Schober, Markus; Zagzag, David; Buchholz, Christian J; Chao, Moses V; Placantonakis, Dimitris G 2014; e116114-e116114, PLoS one — id: 1419672, year: 2014, page: e116114, stat: Journal Article
  • Endoscopic Endonasal Resection of Suprasellar Meningiomas: The Importance of Case Selection and Experience in Determining Extent of Resection, Visual improvement and Complications

    Ottenhausen, Malte; Banu, Matei; Placantonakis, Dimitris G; Tsiouris, A John; Khan, Osaama H; Anand, Vijay K; Schwartz, Theodore H 2014 Mar; 80-88, World neurosurgery — id: 941752, year: 2014, page: 80, stat: REVIEW
  • Brain stem cells as the cell of origin in glioma

    Modrek, Aram S; Bayin, N Sumru; Placantonakis, Dimitris G 2014 Jan; 43-52, World journal of stem cells — id: 820902, year: 2014, page: 43, stat: REVIEW
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