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

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NYU Neurosurgery Associates

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


Phone: 212-263-2950

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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


  • GPR133 (ADGRD1), an adhesion G-protein-coupled receptor, is necessary for glioblastoma growth

    Bayin, N S; Frenster, J D; Kane, J R; Rubenstein, J; Modrek, A S; Baitalmal, R; Dolgalev, I; Rudzenski, K; Scarabottolo, L; Crespi, D; Redaelli, L; Snuderl, M; Golfinos, J G; Doyle, W; Pacione, D; Parker, E C; Chi, A S; Heguy, A; MacNeil, D J; Shohdy, N; Zagzag, D; Placantonakis, D G Bayin, N S; Frenster, J D; Kane, J R; Rubenstein, J; Modrek, A S; Baitalmal, R; Dolgalev, I; Rudzenski, K; Scarabottolo, L; Crespi, D; Redaelli, L; Snuderl, M; Golfinos, J G; Doyle, W; Pacione, D; Parker, E C; Chi, A S; Heguy, A; MacNeil, D J; Shohdy, N; Zagzag, D; Placantonakis, D G
    Oncogenesis. 2016 Oct 24. 5: e263-e263 e263

  • 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

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