About

About

Dr. Boockvar is Director of the Brain Tumor Center, and the Pituitary/Neuroendocrine Center of the Division of Neurological Surgery and the New York Head and Neck Institute at Lenox Hill and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospitals. Dr. Boockvar is a Professor of Neurological Surgery and Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the Hofstra-North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Dr. Boockvar is an Investigator at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research where he directs the Laboratory for Brain Tumor Biology and Therapy.

Dr. Boockvar is internationally known for his surgical expertise and for providing patients with safe, effective, and minimally invasive treatment for brain tumors, skull base disorders, and disorders of the spine. Dr. Boockvar's surgical expertise is in benign and malignant brain tumors, skull base and endoscopic pituitary surgery, spinal and peripheral nerve tumors, minimally invasive spinal surgery, and complex spinal disorders. Dr. Boockvar has been recognized for his novel research in brain tumors and stem cell biology. Dr. Boockvar has been named to the 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. His research has been widely published and he has received numerous national awards including the Eric Lichtenstein Humanitarian Award from Voices Against Brain Cancer for his compassionate work in treating patients with brain cancer. Dr. Boockvar has been repeatedly featured on CNN, ABC, CNBC, CBS, and Fox News Channel, and has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show as well as in the New York Times, New York Daily News, and Crain's Business Journal among others. Dr. Boockvar was a featured neurosurgeon on the ABC hit show NY MED. In 2015, Dr. Boockvar was again named to the New York super doctors list and he was one of only two neurosurgeons in the nation to be featured in the documentary Surviving Terminal Cancer . Most recently, Dr. Boockvar was featured on NBC s Today Show for solving a patient s medical mystery. Dr. Boockvar is also an honorary surgeon of the NYPD.

Dr. Boockvar received a B.A from the University of Pennsylvania. Like his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather before him, Dr. Boockvar received an M.D. from SUNY Brooklyn-Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Boockvar graduated summa cum laude with Distinction in Research and was medical school class valedictorian. Dr. Boockvar did his surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Boockvar did his NIH-supported post-doctoral research training in Neuro-oncology at the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center.

Credentials

Credentials

  • Board certifications

    • Neurological Surgery - American Board of Neurological Surgery

  • Academic titles

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

  • Medical school

    • SUNY Downstate College of Medicine

  • Residencies

    • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

  • Internships

    • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

  • Affiliations

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Most recent comments

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08/28/2018
"Dr. Boockvar is a very knowledgeable dr. who really cares about my condition."
08/15/2018
"Dr. Boockvar is knowledgeable, conscientious and thorough. He puts his patients at ease and is easy to talk to. I have recommended him to others."
07/09/2018
"I recommend Dr. Boockvar highly."
05/11/2018
"Dr. Boockvar did my surgery in 2009 and I will recommended him with my eyes close."
05/08/2018
"Yes I recommend this care provider."
12/30/2017
"Dr. Boockvar has been a rock for my family during this terrible illness. He & his staff are beyond my expectations. "
12/02/2017
"The experience knowledge, attention Dr. Boockvar exhibited went above & beyond. Amazing!!"
11/28/2017
"Dr. Boockvar while very busy, manages to provide excellent one on one care. "
10/19/2017
"Dr. Boockvar and his staff and assistance always try to take away my fears and make me comfortable."
10/18/2017
"Amazing and relieving."
09/19/2017
"I could not asked for a better service. The care given was excellent. 9. Above great. "
08/26/2017
"Dr, Boockvar was exceptionally helpful & expedient with care. He was also incredibly responsive."
08/17/2017
"Excellent experience, informative, dialogue between MD & patient."
08/16/2017
"Dr. Bookckvar is the type of doctor that every patient would like to have. His mannerism is professional."
07/17/2017
"Dr. Boockvar made me feel confident in his abilities as a neurosurgeon. "
06/26/2017
"Courteous, polite."
06/20/2017
"Was too quick to go over the results and move on to the next patient."
06/12/2017
"I could not say enough about Dr. Boockvar's care. I am here because of him and never take that for granted. Amazing doctor."
05/09/2017
"Good exp."
04/06/2017
"Dr. Boockvar is very knowledgeable. It is an excellent surgeon who cares and it is evident how invested he is in what he does."
03/21/2017
"I was very confident in my decision to have my surgery with Dr. Brookwar. He is a gem."
11/18/2016
"This was my first visit with Dr. Boockvar - I will be seeing him again."
11/01/2016
"Dr. Boockvar is not my primary care physician. He is my neurosurgeon who removed a large tumor from my brain/ skull in May 2012. I have nothing but GREAT things to say about him and his staff."
07/13/2016
"Very good."
05/26/2016
"He's the best."
05/16/2016
"All good"
03/20/2016
"Outstanding !"
03/14/2016
"Excellent physician, really good about explaining procedures for surgery in non-medical terms"
03/07/2016
"Dr. Boockvar is excellent."
12/17/2015
"Also, Dr. Boockvar saved my life. I have complete confidence and trust in him."
06/18/2015
"I followed Dr. Boockvar from Weill Cornell and recommend him to all who will listen. He is a great doctor, surgeon and human being."
05/14/2015
"Amazing doctor!"
04/14/2015
"Not enough direct access to doctor especially the assess test results and to make initial visit."
01/10/2015
"Dr. Boockvar very concerned contacts me via email & phone."
10/21/2014
"I believe in honesty. He's showed me that. And I appreciate it."
08/29/2014
"Dr. Boockvar has my gratitude and complete trust."

In the news

In the news

In the news
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While many high school students relish the summer to relax, Olivia Frischman, 16 and a rising junior, from Westchester, NY, decided to spend a portion of her summer at Lenox Hill Hospital shadowing John Boockvar, MD, neurosurgeon, director of the hospital’s Brain Tumor Center and professor at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research...

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