Although a schwannoma may be suspected or even tentatively diagnosed by a primary care physician, an acoustic neuroma should only be treated by an experienced neurosurgeon at a major medical center. Within neurosurgery, there are sub-specialists whose expertise in treating acoustic neuromas and other skull base conditions is unparalleled:
A neurosurgeon associated with a Skull Base Surgery Program is best qualified to treat an acoustic neuroma surgically. Neurosurgery is a demanding practice that requires the most skilled surgeons with the most extensive experience along with compassion and empathy for people. The experts at Weill Cornell Medicine Neurological Surgery’s Skull Base Surgery Program have an international reputation for their expertise.
Neurosurgeons who specialize in stereotactic radiosurgery have advanced training in the use of advanced stereotactic techniques and equipment, including the Gamma Knife, CyberKnife, proton beams, and linear accelerators. These noninvasive techniques are on the cutting edge of neurosurgery and require the most experienced surgeons with the most up-to-date training in the technology and procedures used to treat many conditions, including acoustic neuromas.
These highly trained neurosurgeons who specialize in skull base surgery are available to treat acoustic neuromas:
Dr. Philip E. Stieg is a world-renowned, board-certified neurosurgeon with expertise in acoustic neuromas/vestibular schwannomas along with cerebrovascular disorders, brain tumors, and skull base surgery. He is the chair and founder of Weill Cornell Medicine Neurological Surgery, the leading center for patient care in New York City. He has appeared on the list of Castle Connolly’s “Best Doctors in America” every year for more than two decades and is routinely named to lists of top neurosurgeons in New York and in the United States.
Dr. Babacar Cisse is a board-certified, award-winning neurosurgeon who has a special expertise in primary and metastatic tumors, including acoustic neuromas/vistibular schwannomas. He utilizes multiple modern and advanced techniques for the achievement of the safest outcomes for his patients. These techniques include neuro-navigation, ultrasound, advanced imaging, motor and speech mapping, and endoscopic and minimally invasive techniques.
Dr. Susan Pannullo is director of neurosurgical radiosurgery and neuro-oncology at Weill Cornell Medicine Neurological Surgery. Dr. Pannullo is board-certified in neurology and neurological surgery and has completed specialty training in stereotactic radiosurgery. She is one of the few neurosurgeons in the world with a neurosurgical practice focused only on stereotactic radiosurgery, and one of the few neurosurgeons in the country with access to three different technologies — Novalis, Gamma Knife and CyberKnife — for stereotactic radiosurgery procedures.
See more Weill Cornell Medicine specialists in acoustic neuromas below: