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Lenox Hill Hospital

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

Dr. Ellis is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon. He has a subspecialty interest in treating patients with complex brain and spinal cord vascular lesions as well as skull base tumors. He completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees with honors at Harvard University prior to enrolling in the M.D. program at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. As a medical student Dr. Ellis began cultivating an interest in brain tumor biology and was awarded a Doris Duke Research Fellowship in this field. After medical school he began his neurosurgical training at the Neurological Institute of New York/Columbia University Medical Center. His early post-doctoral research focused on developing growth factor-induced murine models of brain and spinal cord tumors. Dr. Ellis has gone on to forge an independent research path with diverse basic and clinical science interests in the fields of brain tumor and cerebrovascular biology. Through collaborative efforts, his current research work focuses on the development of translational methods for improving intra-arterial drug delivery to the nervous system. As a cerebrovascular neurosurgery fellow at Emory University Hospital, he obtained special training in the microsurgical treatment of patients with brain aneurysms, vascular malformations of the brain and spine, carotid disease, and skull base tumors. Dr. Ellis enjoys scientific writing and has authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, books, and various web-based media. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on topics of basic research, clinical management, and other academic interests.


BA, Chemistry and Physics with Honors Harvard University, Harvard College, Cambridge, MA
MA Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA
MD Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York NY
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Bartoli Brain Tumor Lab Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia University Medical Center, New York NY 
Resident, Department of Neurological Surgery New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, New York NY
Fellow, Neuroendovascular Surgery, Department of Neurological Surgery New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, New York NY
Chief Resident, Department of Neurological Surgery New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, New York NY
Fellow, Cerebrovascular Surgery Emory University Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Atlanta GA

Honors and prizes

  • Drs. William Nastuk, Beatrice Seegal, and Konrad Hsu Award (for demonstrated successful laboratory collaboration between student and faculty)
  • J.F. Bohmfalk Scholar, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Honors in Field (Chemistry and Physics), Harvard University
  • Harvard College Scholarship
  • AP Scholar with Distinction
  • Valedictorian, Stranahan High School
  • Harvard Book Award
  • National Merit Corporation, National Achievement Scholar
  • Super Doctors Rising Star 

Faculty academic appointments

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

Hospital appointments

Current appointments

  • Lenox Hill Hospital, New York NY
    Staff Physician, Department of Neurosurgery

Previous appointments

  • Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Brooklyn NY
    Director of Neurosurgery
  • Emory University Hospital, Atlanta GA
    Senior Associate in Neurosurgery
  • The Emory Clinic, Inc., Atlanta GA
    Associate, Department of Neurosurgery
  • Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Atlanta GA
    Courtesy Staff, Department of Neurosurgery
  • Emory University Hospital Midtown, Atlanta GA
    Medical Staff, Department of Neurosurgery
  • Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta GA
    Active Staff, Department of Neurosurgery

Professional societies

  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • AANS/CNS Joint Cerebrovascular Section

Editorial activities

  • Reviewer, Neurosurgery
  • Reviewer, World Neurosurgery
  • Reviewer, Operative Neurosurgery
  • Reviewer, Journal of Neuro-Oncology


  • New York State
  • Georgia State

Board certification

Board Eligible. American Board of Neurological Surgeons

Clinical interests

Cerebrovascular surgery

  • Brain aneurysms
  • Brain arteriovenous malformations (AVM) and fistulas
  • Spinal vascular malformations
  • Brain cavernous malformations
  • Cerebral revascularization
  • Bypass surgery
  • Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH)
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Moyamoya disease

Skull base surgery

  • Meningioma
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Skull tumors
  • Orbital tumors
  • Microvascular decompression
  • Facial pain
  • Hemifacial spasm

Brain and spine tumor surgery

  • Primary brain tumors
  • Metastatic brain tumors
  • Spinal cord tumors 

Gamma Knife radiosurgery

  • Brain tumors
  • Vascular malformations
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

General neurosurgery

  • Normal pressure hydrocephalus
  • Endoscopic third ventriculostomy
  • Idiopathic intracranial hypertension

Research interests

  • Intra-arterial drug delivery to treat brain diseases
  • Optimizing techniques for cerebral microvascular and skull base surgery


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