I never really considered pursuing a career other than medicine. My mother always told me I would choose a pediatric specialty, because I like interacting with children. After taking a first-year neuroscience course in medical school, I became fascinated by the brain and how it works. During a neurosurgery rotation as a third-year medical student, I knew this was the specialty for me.
I provide prenatal consultations and see patients up to age 21 who have neurological conditions that can be managed with surgery. I take care of children who have scoliosis and kyphosis, which are forms of abnormal curvature of the spine. I also manage hemivertebra, in which the vertebrae do not fully develop. In addition, I see children who have spondylolysis, which are stress fractures of the vertebrae, and spondylolisthesis, in which the vertebrae slip out of position.
I perform surgery to manage tethered spinal cords, brain and spinal tumors, vascular malformations, hydrocephalus, and craniosynostosis, in which the bones in the skull fuse too early. I also manage Chiari malformations, which is when brain tissue extends through an opening in the skull and into the spinal cord.
In addition, I specialize in selective dorsal rhizotomy, a surgical procedure that helps manage spasticity, or uncontrollable muscle movements caused by nerve damage.
I partner with other neurosurgeons to surgically manage neurological disorders, helping to improve outcomes. NYU Langone offers a world-class team dedicated to taking care of children who have neurosurgical needs. I always tell families that if my child needed surgery tomorrow, I would want Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone to take care of them because of the family-centered environment.
I am part of a clinical research team focused on disorders of the pediatric spine. We publish extensively and are leading several large studies.
I have received numerous awards, including being named in Castle Connolly’s “Top Doctors” series for the New York metro area for the last decade. I am also secretary of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons’ Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery and secretary and treasurer of the Society of University Neurosurgeons.
My research focuses primarily on the clinical outcomes of children with spinal disorders. Through leadership and participation in national and international clinical registries, my team is continuously investigating methods to study and improve the clinical care of pediatric patients with spinal disorders including scoliosis, tethered spinal cords, Chiari I malformation, cervical spine instability, basilar invagination, spinal tumors, and other neurosurgical problems. The Pediatric Spine Foundation and the Pediatric Craniocervical Society are two of the collaborative groups that serve as platforms to conduct multidisciplinary, multi-center research projects that have the statistical power to provide meaningful conclusions and improve the care of children with spinal disorders.
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