Gayle Salama, MD

Director, Spine Imaging and Interventions
Co-director, Weill Cornell Medicine CSF Leak Program

Gayle Rudofsky  Salama, M.D., is a board-certified radiologist specializing in Neuroradiology. She is Co-director of the CSF Leak Program and Director of Spine Imaging and Interventions at Weill Cornell Medicine, Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine, and Assistant Attending Radiologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medicine.  She has earned national recognition for her in-depth understanding of CSF leaks and collaborates with CSF leak leaders across the country to ensure patients receive the highest level of care.  Dr. Salama interprets a variety of studies, including radiographic, MRI, MRA, CT, and CTA examinations of the brain, head and neck, and spine. Her expertise is in performing fluoroscopic and CT-guided procedures such as lumbar punctures, myelograms, cisternograms, nerve blocks, facet blocks, synovial facet cyst treatment, biopsies, epidural injections, and epidural blood and fibrin patches. Her specific areas of research interest include the diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of intracranial hypotension and CSF leaks and degenerative disorders of the spine.Dr. Salama has co-authored a myriad of peer-reviewed publications in radiology, neurology, and neurosurgical journals.

Dr. Salama earned her B.A. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University after completing an undergraduate thesis under her advisor, Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Wieschaus. Dr. Salama then earned her M.D. with Distinction in Radiology Research from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2012. Following an internal medicine internship at Mount Auburn, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Salama completed residency training in Radiology at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medicine, where she was awarded the Distinguished Housestaff Award for Clinical Excellence in 2016. Dr. Salama believes strongly in interdisciplinary collaboration and developed an innovative Weill Cornell Imaging Consultation Service during her residency. She completed her fellowship training in Neuroradiology at Weill Cornell Medical College prior to joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Radiology in July 2018.

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