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NYU Langone Department Of Neurosurgery Expands Clinical Research And Minimally Invasive Expertise

Douglas Kondziolka, MD, Appointed Vice Chair, Will Lead Clinical Research and Advanced Radiosurgery Programs

NYU Langone Medical Center announced today that Douglas S. Kondziolka, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS has been appointed vice chair of clinical research and director of advanced radiosurgery in the Department of Neurosurgery, who will join NYU Langone in November.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Kondziolka to our growing neurosurgery department,” said John G. Golfinos, MD, associate professor and chair, Department of Neurosurgery, NYU Langone Medical Center. “As one of today’s leading neurosurgeons helping advance the techniques and tools for improving patient outcomes, his wealth of expertise will add to our ability to treat the most complex neurosurgical cases and cerebrovascular conditions.”

Dr. Kondziolka is a recognized leader in sterotactic radiosurgery and the treatment of brain tumors, movement disorders and trigeminal neuralgia. In his new role, he will oversee the collaborative research efforts between the Department of Neurosurgery and other researchers at the medical center, as well as conduct clinical trials to develop and advance neurosurgical technologies and techniques.

Previously, Dr. Kondziolka was in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, where he served as chief of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, co-director of the Center for Image-Guided Neurosurgery and oversaw the UPMC Center for Brain Function and Behavior.

Dr. Kondziolka is the only two-time recipient of the Stephen Mahaley Award for brain tumor clinical research from the Joint Section on Tumors for the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) as well as past-chairman of the AANS’ Joint Section on Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. He is past-president of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Kondziolka is widely published in peer reviewed journals such as Journal Neurosurgery, Neuro-Oncology and Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. He received his medical degree and completed his neurosurgery residency at the University of Toronto. He also completed a master of science program in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience and a fellowship in stereotactic surgery and radiosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh. 

NYU Langone Medical Center’s Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery are ranked among the nation’s top 10 programs in the 2012-2013 U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of “Best Hospitals” in America. The programs also rank #2 in New York State. The Department of Neurosurgery has more than 20 full-time faculty specializing in the research and treatment of conditions impacting the brain and nervous system, from head and spinal cord injuries to subarachnoid hemorrhage and vasospasm, intracranial tumors and minimally invasive approaches to intracranial neoplasms by computer-assisted stereotactic methods.

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