Doctors Who Treat Craniosynostosis

Any baby or child diagnosed with craniosynostosis, or any child suspected of having the condition, should be evaluated by an experienced neurosurgeon with expertise in pediatric neurosurgery and craniofacial abnormality. The neurosurgeon, sometimes in consultation with a plastic surgeon or reconstructive surgeon, will conduct an evaluation and make a recommendation on a course of treatment tailored specifically to each patient.

The Craniofacial Program at Weill Cornell Medicine Pediatric Neurosurgery takes a multidisciplinary approach to each case, ensuring that every child receives an individualized treatment plan for the best results. Our team includes some of the very best world-renowned craniofacial specialists:

Caitlin Hoffman, M.D., is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in pediatric neurosurgery. She has completed fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery and has performed extensive research on the molecular mechanisms of progression of brain tumors. Dr. Hoffman is the co-director of the Weill Cornell Medicine interdisciplinary Craniofacial Program and directs a CME course each year to train other surgeons on advanced surgical techniques for repair of craniosynostosis. More about Dr. Hoffman

Mark Souweidane, M.D. internationally recognized as an expert in the field of pediatric neurosurgery, is vice chair of the Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery and director of Weill Cornell Medicine Pediatric Neurosurgery. He has been named one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly, and is regularly included on lists of the nation’s Best Doctors and Super Doctors. A pioneering champion of minimal access neurosurgery, Dr. Souweidane has specialized endoscopic surgical skills that attract patients and practitioners that benefit from his talents. (Read more about Dr. Souweidane.)

Dr. Souweidane and Dr. Hoffman have the additional resources of a multidisciplinary Craniofacial Team:

Dr. Thomas Imahiyerobo is the co-director of the Craniosynostosis Program. A plastic surgeon specializing in craniofacial anomalies and surgical correction of craniosynostosis, Dr. Imahiyerobo works together with the attending neurosurgeon to ensure the best resultss.

Vikash Modi, M.D., Co-Director of the Craniofacial Program, is a board-certified Pediatric Otorhinolaryngologist  with advanced training in airway reconstructive procedures, pediatric sinus surgery using computer-aided image guidance technology, and the management of speech and language disorders caused by cleft palate or velopharyngeal insufficiency.

Henry Spinelli, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and board-certified in both ophthalmology and plastic surgery. His expertise includes reconstructive surgery and he has advanced training in craniofacial surgery and microsurgery.

Jeffrey Ascherman, M.D. is Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery and Director of the Cleft/Craniofacial Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.  

For more information about the Craniosynostosis and Craniofacial Surgery Program, please contact:
Michelle M. Buontempo, MSN, RN, CCRN, CPNP
Pediatric Neurosurgical Craniofacial Program Coordinator 

Weill Cornell Medicine
Pediatric Neurosurgery
525 E. 68th Street, Box 99, Room 2206
New York, NY 10065
Phone: 212-746-1274

The surgeons and clinical professionals of Weill Cornell Medicine Pediatric Neurosurgery have the state-of-the-art facilities of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the best hospitals in New York, available to them for their lifesaving work. The combined resources and expertise of the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center allow us to offer the very best in patient care, with excellent outcomes.

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Our Care Team

  • Victor and Tara Menezes Clinical Scholar in Neuroscience
  • Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery in Pediatrics
Phone: 212-746-2363
  • Vice Chair, Neurological Surgery
  • Director, Pediatric Neurological Surgery
Phone: 212-746-2363
  • Plastic Surgeon
Phone: (212) 305-5868

Weill Cornell Medicine Neurological Surgery 525 East 68 Street, Box 99 New York, NY 10065 Phone: 866-426-7787