I am the Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center, the Executive Director of the Northwell Neuroscience Institute and Professor and Chairman of Neurosurgery at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.
As Chairman of three major academic departments of neurosurgery over the past 21 years, I have been involved with training over 50 neurosurgeons, some of who are chairs of other major neurosurgery departments around the country.
As a neurosurgeon, I have special interests in spinal disorders, brain tumors, hyperhidrosis, normal pressure hydrocephalus and severe traumatic brain injury.
I have a conservative approach to neurosurgery - recommending surgical intervention only when that is clearly the best option. I like to spend time getting to know each patient, not just as a 'case', but as a person. My recommendations are based simply on 'what I do for my own family member'.
My research expertise is in clinical trials related to traumatic brain injury. In our research lab we have been developing better methods of monitoring the injured brain.
It has been a full and busy life taking care of patients, managing a large clinical organization and training the neurosurgical leaders of tomorrow. I feel very blessed and am thankful for the many interesting things that I have been entrusted with.