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Jeffrey H. Wisoff, MD

  • Specialties: Pediatric Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-263-6419
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About Me

When I was born, my father was a medical student. I was completely fascinated by the pictures in his neurosurgery books while he was a resident. By the time I was four years old, I knew I wanted to be a neurosurgeon.

For three decades, I have remained engaged with the same clinical and academic practice—caring for children and young adults with complex brain and spinal cord conditions. I treat patients who have brain tumors, pineal tumors, hydrocephalus, normal pressure hydrocephalus, spina bifida, syringomyelia, craniosynostosis, glioma, meningioma, spinal cord tumors, pituitary tumors, optic glioma, skull base tumor, Dandy-Walker syndrome, neurofibromatosis, spinal neurofibromas, nervous system tumors, and brain cancer.

At Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, we work together to provide collaborative care. When a family comes to us, they don’t work with a single surgeon or neurologist—they have a whole team of experts to care for their child from start to finish. We provide for children’s medical needs as well as their psychological and psychosocial needs. When we care for a child, we’re conscious that we’re caring for an entire family.

For me, there’s no such thing as a small operation, even when it’s a short one. The only small operation is one performed on someone else’s child. Whether surgery is 20 minutes or 10 hours, it’s a daunting experience for parents and children alike. I work to build a trusting relationship with parents so they can have confidence in the care their child is receiving.

Most surgeons have only brief relationships with their patients. It’s different when it comes to pediatric patients. Neurological conditions in children require decades of monitoring to make sure we address any recurring issues or unforeseen complications. For me, this has meant being able to watch children grow and develop into adults with families of their own.

I’m inspired by how resilient children are and how they’re able to bounce back after a difficulty. Working with them is a privilege, and it’s what drives my work and keeps a smile on my face.

Conditions and Treatments

  • hydrocephalus
  • normal pressure hydrocephalus
  • Chiari malformation
  • spina bifida
  • syringomyelia
  • spinal cord tumor
  • skull base tumor
  • carcinomatous meningitis
  • brain tumor
  • medulloblastoma
  • pineal tumor
  • astrocytoma
  • hydrocephalus
  • Chiari malformation
  • spina bifida
  • cavernous hemangioma
  • glioma
  • primitive neuroectodermal tumor
  • meningioma
  • spinal cord tumor
  • pilocytic astrocytoma
  • pituitary tumor
  • acoustic neuroma
  • optic glioma
  • prolactinoma
  • brain abscess
  • syrinx
  • congenital hydrocephalus
  • nervous system tumor
  • skull base tumor
  • pseudotumor cerebri
  • concussion
  • tethered cord syndrome
  • craniopharyngioma
  • brain cancer
  • neurofibromatosis
  • acromegaly
  • spinal cord disease
  • central nervous system cancer
  • traumatic brain injury
  • Dandy Walker syndrome
  • central nervous system lymphoma
  • pituitary adenoma
  • achondroplasia
  • spinal neurofibromas
  • choroid plexus papilloma
  • tuberous sclerosis
  • lysis of adhesions of spinal cord
  • brain metastasis
  • plagiocephaly
  • craniosynostosis
  • auditory brainstem implant
  • brain biopsy


  • Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
  • Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery - Neurological Surgery, 1990
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, New York University Medical Center, Pediatric Neurosurg, 1985
  • Residency, New York University Medical Center, Neurosurgery, 1984
  • MD from George Washington University, 1978

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New York, NY 10016

NYU Langone Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center


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