Renowned Neurosurgeon John A. Boockvar, MD, Joins Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital

NEW YORK, NY – John A. Boockvar, MD, has been named director of the Brain Tumor Center for Lenox Hill Hospital (LHH) and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital (MEETH), part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, the health system announced today.

Dr. Boockvar will also be the director of the Pituitary/Neuroendocrine Center and the Acoustic Neuroma program at the health system’s New York Head and Neck Institute.  Dr. Boockvar’s cutting-edge basic and translational research program in neuro-oncology will be a part of North Shore-LIJ’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. 

For the past five years, Dr. Boockvar, served as co-director of the Brain and Spinal Tumor Program at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center in Manhattan.  At Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Boockvar served as director of the Brain Tumor Research Group and head of the Neurosurgical Laboratory for Brain Tumor and Translational Stem Cell Research.  He also served as a member of the quality and patient safety committee, the institutional medical malpractice claims committee, and chairman of the hospitality team.

Dr. Boockvar is a world-renowned neurosurgeon known for his surgical expertise in primary and metastatic brain tumors, meningiomas, pituitary tumors, acoustic neuromas, spinal and peripheral nerve sheath tumors, skull base and endoscopic surgery, minimally invasive spinal surgery and complex spinal disorders.

Recognized for his novel research in brain tumors and stem cell biology, Dr. Boockvar has been named to the prestigious lists of New York’s Top Docs, Best Doctors in New York, America’s Top Surgeons, America’s Best Doctors, and America’s Best Doctors for Cancer.

 Dr. Boockvar’s research has been widely published and he has received numerous national awards. He has also been featured on numerous broadcast outlets such as CNN, ABC, CNBC, CBS, Fox News Channel and the nationally syndicated, Dr. Oz Show. 

 In 2007, Dr. Boockvar received acclaim for helping save a New York City window washer who had fallen 47 stories.  By operating on the patient’s brain and spinal cord, Dr. Boockvar not only saved the man's life, but also helped him walk again.

Dr. Boockvar was also recognized in the anniversary issue of the New York Times Science section on Nov. 9, 2010.  The newspaper asked science reporters and top researchers to provide their watch list for noteworthy advances in the next decade and to identify which "fields are hot.”  This list included Dr. Boockvar and the studies he is conducting for people with glioblastoma multiforme.

Like his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather before him, Dr. Boockvar received his medical degree from SUNY Brooklyn-Downstate Medical Center.  Dr. Boockvar graduated summa cum laude with Distinction in Research and was medical school class valedictorian. He completed his surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Boockvar did his NIH-supported post-doctoral research training in neuro-oncology at the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center. At Penn, Dr. Boockvar received the prestigious Ruth Kirstein NRSA award for his research in malignant brain tumors.  He also directed the University of Pennsylvania pituitary and skull base laboratory and completed a dedicated complex spine surgery fellowship.

To make an appointment with Dr. Boockvar, please call 212-434-3900 or click here.

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