John G. Golfinos, MD

  • Specialty: Neurosurgery
  • Languages: English, French, Greek
  • Phone: 212-263-2950
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Named
One of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly for 10+ Years
Founder
NYU Langone Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
Secretary
North American Skull Base Society
Head Injury Consultant
Major League Baseball Players Association

About Me

I was born and raised in the Big Apple—a child of the concrete—and I can’t imagine living or working anywhere else. After training in Phoenix, Arizona, I felt the pull to come back to New York City. NYU Langone’s Department of Neurosurgery was growing rapidly, and I joined the team in 1995 to be a part of this exciting medical center. 

As a neurosurgeon specializing in brain tumors, I treat most varieties of benign and cancerous tumors that can occur in the brain. I’m a Mr. Fix It kind of guy by nature, so I love the technical aspects, investigative work, and the dedication that my job demands. 

I’ve devoted a good part of my career to researching neurofibromatosis type 2, a genetic disease that causes complex tumors to grow in the brain and spinal cord. These tumors affect the nerves responsible for hearing and balance. Those of us working in the Department of Neurosurgery are also at the forefront of stereotactic surgery, which enables us to view critical pathways of the brain through a microscope during surgery, locate a tumor, and determine more precisely which areas to remove. 

I want my patients to have the same knowledge of their surgery as I do, because the unfamiliar is scary. I love that patients come to us expecting a perfect outcome, because we’re going to do everything we can to get as close to it as possible.


Conditions and Treatments

brain tumor, acoustic neuroma, meningioma, gamma knife radiosurgery, glioma, pituitary tumor, neurofibromatosis, craniopharyngioma, astrocytoma, brain cancer, brain mapping, orbit tumor, cavernous hemangioma, radiosurgery, craniotomy, cranioplasty, CNS lymphoma, carcinomatous meningitis, hemifacial spasm, pituitary adenoma, germ cell tumor, brain metastasis, nerve decompression, skull base tumor, auditory brainstem implant, medulloblastoma, brain biopsy
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Credentials

Positions
  • Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
  • Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Co-Director, Brain Tumor Center, Perlmutter Cancer Center
  • Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery - Neurological Surgery, 1998
Education and Training
  • Residency, Barrow Neurological Institute, Neurosurgery, 1995
  • MD from Columbia University, 1988

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NYU Neurosurgery Associates

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

“I’ve devoted much of my research and career to answering difficult questions about nervous system tumors.”

John G. Golfinos, MD Neurosurgeon

Research My Research

Interests

Molecular biology of brain tumors, Clinical progression in NF-2

Academic Contact

Academic office

540-562 First Avenue

Eighth Floor

New York, NY 10016

Phone

212-263-2950

Research Interests Timeline

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Clinical Trials

Publications

  • Low-Grade Astrocytoma Mutations in IDH1, P53, and ATRX Cooperate to Block Differentiation of Human Neural Stem Cells via Repression of SOX2

    Modrek, Aram S; Golub, Danielle; Khan, Themasap; Bready, Devin; Prado, Jod; Bowman, Christopher; Deng, Jingjing; Zhang, Guoan; Rocha, Pedro P; Raviram, Ramya; Lazaris, Charalampos; Stafford, James M; LeRoy, Gary; Kader, Michael; Dhaliwal, Joravar; Bayin, N Sumru; Frenster, Joshua D; Serrano, Jonathan; Modrek, Aram S; Golub, Danielle; Khan, Themasap; Bready, Devin; Prado, Jod; Bowman, Christopher; Deng, Jingjing; Zhang, Guoan; Rocha, Pedro P; Raviram, Ramya; Lazaris, Charalampos; Stafford, James M; LeRoy, Gary; Kader, Michael; Dhaliwal, Joravar; Bayin, N Sumru; Frenster, Joshua D; Serrano, Jonathan; Chiriboga, Luis; Baitalmal, Rabaa; Nanjangud, Gouri; Chi, Andrew S; Golfinos, John G; Wang, Jing; Karajannis, Matthias A; Bonneau, Richard A; Reinberg, Danny; Tsirigos, Aristotelis; Zagzag, David; Snuderl, Matija; Skok, Jane A; Neubert, Thomas A; Placantonakis, Dimitris G
    Cell reports. 2017 Oct 31. 21 (5): 1267-1280
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  • T2-FLAIR Mismatch, an Imaging Biomarker for IDH and 1p/19q Status in Lower Grade Gliomas: A TCGA/TCIA Project

    Patel, Sohil H; Poisson, Laila M; Brat, Daniel J; Zhou, Yueren; Cooper, Lee; Snuderl, Matija; Thomas, Cheddhi; Franceschi, Ana M; Griffith, Brent; Flanders, Adam; Golfinos, John G; Chi, Andrew S; Jain, Rajan Patel, Sohil H; Poisson, Laila M; Brat, Daniel J; Zhou, Yueren; Cooper, Lee; Snuderl, Matija; Thomas, Cheddhi; Franceschi, Ana M; Griffith, Brent; Flanders, Adam; Golfinos, John G; Chi, Andrew S; Jain, Rajan
    Clinical cancer research. 2017 Jul 27. 23 (20): 6078-6085

  • LOW-GRADE ASTROCYTOMA CORE MUTATIONS IN IDH1, P53 AND ATRX COOPERATE TO BLOCK DIFFERENTIATION OF HUMAN NEURAL STEM CELLS VIA EPIGENETIC REPRESSION OF SOX2 [Meeting Abstract]

    Modrek, Aram; Golub, Danielle; Khan, Themasap; Prado, Jod; Bowman, Christopher; Deng, Jingjing; Zhang, Guoan; Rocha, Pedro; Raviram, Ramya; Lazaris, Harris; Kader, Michael; Dhaliwal, Joravar; Chi, Andrew; Golfinos, John; Tsirigos, Aristotelis; Zagzag, David; Snuderl, Matija; Skok, Jane; Neubert, Thomas; Modrek, Aram; Golub, Danielle; Khan, Themasap; Prado, Jod; Bowman, Christopher; Deng, Jingjing; Zhang, Guoan; Rocha, Pedro; Raviram, Ramya; Lazaris, Harris; Kader, Michael; Dhaliwal, Joravar; Chi, Andrew; Golfinos, John; Tsirigos, Aristotelis; Zagzag, David; Snuderl, Matija; Skok, Jane; Neubert, Thomas; Placantonakis, Dimitris
    Neuro-oncology. 2017 JUN. 19: 35-35
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