David B. Weintraub, MD Named Director, Functional Neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital

David B. Weintraub, MD

Northwell Health’s Neuroscience Institute today announced that David B. Weintraub, MD has been appointed as director of functional neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Weintraub on board to spearhead our efforts in functional neurosurgery,” said Raj K. Narayan, MD, chair of neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center.  “Dr. Weintraub specializes in deep brain stimulation surgery (DBS) for movement disorders, as well as surgery for pain disorders including trigeminal neuralgia and neck, back and leg pain associated with degenerative spine disease.  His expertise will be an asset to our department.”

Functional neurosurgery is one of the most rapidly expanding fields in clinical medicine and research.  While general neurosurgery addresses structural problems in the nervous system such as tumors, vascular malformations, or degenerative spine disease, functional neurosurgery is focused on altering the actual functioning within the nervous system by modulating the electrical activity of the brain and spinal cord.  DBS surgery for movement disorders is the most widely practiced operation within the subspecialty. 

Dr. Weintraub’s clinical interests include expanding the indications for DBS surgery and investigating its use for psychiatric, behavioral, cognitive and addiction disorders.   In addition, Dr. Weintraub’s research interests include studying the processing of reward through electrophysiology and imaging.           

After receiving his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in Manhattan, Dr. Weintraub completed his residency in neurosurgery and served as chief resident at the combined neurosurgery program between the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, VA and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. He also did a year-long international fellowship in neurological surgery in Auckland, New Zealand.

The author of numerous papers and book chapters, Dr. Weintraub has presented at many professional meetings.  He has been the recipient of several awards including the Congress of Neurologic Surgeons Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Resident award, the American Academy of Neurology Medical Student Summer Research Award, and the John Harvard Scholarship for Academic Achievement of High Distinction.  In addition, Dr. Weintraub was the recipient of the Harvard College Scholarship.

Dr. Weintraub is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Society for Neuroscience, Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.

To make an appointment with Dr. Weintraub, please call 516-325-7000 or click here.

About Northwell Health’s Neuroscience Institute

The Neuroscience Institute, part of Northwell Health, consists of multidisciplinary clinical and research teams that provide patients with state-of-the-art treatments for the entire spectrum of neurological and neurosurgical disorders, including brain aneurysms, AVM’s, stroke, traumatic brain injury, movement disorders, brain and spinal cord tumors, diseases of the spine, muscle and peripheral nerves, Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, neurodegenerative diseases, pain, epilepsy and neurological diseases of infancy and childhood.  To learn more about Northwell Health’s Neuroscience Institute and its centers of excellence, click here.