John G. Golfinos, MD

  • Specialty: Neurosurgery
  • Languages: English, French, Greek
  • Phone: 212-263-2950

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, CNS lymphoma, radiosurgery, craniotomy, nerve decompression, cavernous hemangioma, medulloblastoma, hemifacial spasm, brain metastasis, pituitary adenoma, germ cell tumor, auditory brainstem implant, carcinomatous meningitis, brain biopsy, skull base tumor, cranioplasty
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Credentials

Positions
  • Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
  • Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Chair of the 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

Locations and Appointments

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  • Aetna
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Indemnity
    • Aetna Medicare
    • Aetna POS
    • Aetna PPO/EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
    • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
    • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
    • 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
  • HealthSmart
    • HealthSmart (WTC)
  • Healthfirst
    • Healthfirst
    • Healthfirst Essential
  • Hotel Trades
    • Hotel Trades
  • Humana
    • Humana Medicare
  • Local 1199
    • Local 1199 PPO
  • MagnaCare
    • MagnaCare PPO
  • Medicare
    • Medicare
  • MultiPlan/PHCS
    • MultiPlan/PHCS PPO
  • NYS
    • NYS Empire Plan
  • Oscar
    • Oscar
  • Oxford
    • Oxford Freedom
    • Oxford Liberty
    • Oxford Medicare
  • UHC
    • UnitedHealthcare Core and Charter
    • UnitedHealthcare EPO
    • UnitedHealthcare HMO
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare
    • UnitedHealthcare POS
    • UnitedHealthcare PPO
    • UnitedHealthcare Top Tier
NYU Neurosurgery Associates

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

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

John G. Golfinos, MD Neurosurgeon

My Research

Clinical progression in NF-2

Publications

  • Postoperative sinus thrombosis in the setting of skull base surgery [Meeting Abstract]

    Benjamin, C G; Sen, R; Pacione, D; Golfinos, J; Sen, C; Roland, J T; McMenomey, S Benjamin, C G; Sen, R; Pacione, D; Golfinos, J; Sen, C; Roland, J T; McMenomey, S
    Journal of neurological surgery. Part B, Skull base. 2016 February 2016. 77 (no):

  • A Superior Cerebellar Convexity Two-Part Craniotomy to Access the Paramedian Supra and Infratentorial Space: Technical Note

    Cage, Tene; Benet, Arnau; Golfinos, John; McDermott, Michael W Cage, Tene; Benet, Arnau; Golfinos, John; McDermott, Michael W
    Cureus. 2016 Jun 30. 8 (6): e664-e664 e664

  • A matched cohort comparison of clinical outcomes following microsurgical resection or stereotactic radiosurgery for patients with small- and medium-sized vestibular schwannomas

    Golfinos, John G; Hill, Travis C; Rokosh, Rae; Choudhry, Osamah; Shinseki, Matthew; Mansouri, Alireza; Friedmann, David R; Thomas Roland, J Jr; Kondziolka, Douglas Golfinos, John G; Hill, Travis C; Rokosh, Rae; Choudhry, Osamah; Shinseki, Matthew; Mansouri, Alireza; Friedmann, David R; Thomas Roland, J Jr; Kondziolka, Douglas
    Journal of neurosurgery. 2016 Apr 1. 1-11

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