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David Langer, MD, wearing a grey tie
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Lenox Hill Hospital

Moyamoya Center

Professor, Neurosurgery and Radiology
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

David Langer, MD, is the chair of neurosurgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. Internationally recognized as an expert in cerebral revascularization and cerebral aneurysms, his work focuses on diseases of the brain vessels. Dr. Langer's work has been featured in numerous peer-reviewed publications and he has spoken nationally and internationally on vascular disorders such as aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) of the brain. He is one of the few cerebral bypass surgeons in the country.

A third generation physician, Dr. Langer attended the University of Pennsylvania for undergraduate and medical school. He stayed on at Penn and completed his neurosurgical residency under the direction of Eugene Flamm, MD. He later joined Dr. Flamm at a new neurosurgical institute in New York City in 1998. Dr. Langer also completed a mid-career fellowship at the University at Buffalo in cerebrovascular disease treatment including aneurysms, AVMs, and carotid disease.

Dr. Langer worked at the Continuum Health System at Mount Sinai in New York until 2010, when he joined the neurosurgery department at Northwell Health. Dr. Langer established the Moyamoya Center of Neuroscience Institute and developed a project focused on the use of social networking technology and video to enhance the patient experience and improve the medical record. This project has grown into the health system, supported Cirrus Health, which continues to creatively disrupt the status quo in patient communication and the current electronic medical record.

In 2013 Dr. Langer was recruited as director of neurosurgery at Lenox Hill. His goal is to further expand this outstanding clinical entity by creating an entirely new environment for patients and their families. He also maintains an active practice in spinal disease and benign brain tumors including acoustic neuromas and meningiomas. He is currently involved in the study, development and adoption of the use of 3 dimensional exoscopic surgery in spine and cranial surgery. 

Dr. Langer has been recognized as a Top Doctor and Best Doctor by numerous publications. He is currently a peer reviewer for the journals Neurosurgery and American Association of Neurological Surgeons' Neurosurgeon. He is on the medical advisory boards of Box Inc. and Cisco Systems. He is also a founding member of the board of the Brain Technology Institute and an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, as well as the cerebrovascular subsection of these organizations. In addition, Dr. Langer serves on the editorial board for Operative Neurosurgery’s digital platforms in the journal’s Surgical Video section. In 2015, Dr. Langer received North Shore-LIJ Health System's President's Award. In 2018, Dr. Langer recieved The Sally Harrington Goldwater Memorial Visiting Professor Award from the Barrow Neurological Foundation. 

He has appeared on CNN, FOX, ABC, and CBS as well as the Dr. Oz Show. He has also frequently quoted in The New York Times and numerous other print news sources. In November 2015, Dr. Langer was featured in The Wall Street Journal article "What Patients Need to Remember After Leaving the Hospital" for his innovative technology to record crucial steps of patient's experience in the hospital.

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Clinical Interests

  • Spinal Diseases
  • Moyamoya Disease
  • Neurovascular Disease
  • Cerebral Bypass
  • Brain Aneurysms
  • Carotid Disease
  • Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Acoustic Neuromas
  • Benign Brain Tumors

Research Interests

  • Medical Informatics
  • Cerebral Revascularization

Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Cerebrovascular Section, American Academy of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Advisory Board Member, Box, Inc.
  • Advisory Board Member, Cisco Systems
  • Editorial Board, Operative Neurosurgery

Awards and Professional Recognition

  • Upjohn Cerebrovascular Resident Research Award, American Academy of Neurological Surgeons, 1995 
  • Morris Ginsberg Memorial Prize, 1991
  • I.S. Ravdin Memorial Prize, 1991
  • George Householder Memorial Award, 1991
  • Four Schools Physician Scientist Award, 1989
  • President’s Award, North Shore-LIJ Health System, 2015
  • The Sally Harrington Goldwater Memorial Visiting Professor Award from the Barrow Neurological Foundation, 2018
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