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Doctors Who Treat Aneurysms

Aneurysms are complex lesions and should be addressed at major medical centers with experts experienced in their treatment. Although they may sometimes be discovered on a scan ordered by a primary care physician or a neurologist, they should be referred as quickly as possible to a neurosurgical team for a thorough evaluation and a full exploration of the risks and benefits of the treatment options.

At the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, patients with symptoms of aneurysm undergo an extensive evaluation by a team of neurosurgeons, neurologists, and neuroradiologists. Based on the team’s assessment, the neurosurgeon will recommend a course of treatment. As a leading center for treatment of intracranial aneurysms, Weill Cornell uses many innovative techniques to evaluate and treat these lesions. Patients are cared for in a state-of-the-art neurological intensive care unit and monitored closely for symptoms of cerebral vasospasm (a condition that can cause stroke following the rupture of an aneurysm) and hydrocephalus (increase in the size of the fluid spaces of the brain secondary to aneurysm rupture).

Dr. Philip E. StiegDr. Philip E. Stieg, the chairman and neurosurgeon-in-chief of the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, leads the cerebrovascular team. Dr. Stieg is one of the top neurosurgeons in the nation, having been named one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly since that designation was created (13 years in a row). Dr. Stieg has developed an international reputation in the area of cerebrovascular disorders and surgery; his work has been broadly published, and he has contributed to groups such as the Joint Sections of Cerebrovascular Surgery of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons (AANS/CNS). He is the past President of the Society of University Neurosurgeons and has received multiple awards and honors for his work. (Read more about Dr. Stieg.)

Dr. Y. Pierre GobinDr. Y. Pierre Gobin, Director of Interventional Neuroradiology at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, is an internationally recognized expert with 20 years of experience in the treatment of vascular diseases of the brain and spine. A pioneer in endovascular treatment of cerebral aneurysms, Dr. Gobin was one of the inventors of the MERCI Retriever that is used in removing blood clots and other obstructions. He has developed and established minimally invasive surgical approaches to treating acute stroke and has particular expertise in arterial stenting and other treatments for cerebrovascular disorders. (Read more about Dr. Gobin.)

Dr. Athos PatsalidesDr. Athos Patsalides is an Interventional Neuroradiologist who specializes in the endovascular treatment of diseases of the brain and spine, including stroke, aneurysms, AVM, and carotid and intracranial stenosis. He has received multiple awards and distinctions from the Radiological Society of North America, the American Society of Neuroradiology, and the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery. (Read more about Dr. Patsalides.)

Dr. Jared KnopmanJared Knopman, M.D., specializes in the treatment of vascular diseases of the brain and spine and has dual expertise in both open neurosurgical and minimally invasive interventional techniques. Dr. Knopman has done specialized fellowship training in endovascular neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology at Weill Cornell Medical College and has surgical and interventional expertise in treating a diverse array of diseases of the brain and spine. Given his dual training, he is able to offer each patient and individualized treatment plan. (Read more about Dr. Knopman.)

Dr. Amanda SacksDr. Amanda Sacks is a clinical neuropsychologist specializing in cognitive remediation after brain trauma, including the trauma of brain tumor resection surgery. Dr. Sacks has extensive experience in treating patients who suffer from cognitive and emotional difficulties that may be the result of a wide range of neurological conditions, including trauma; epilepsy; radiation or chemotherapy; cardiopulmonary bypass procedures; cerebrovascular disease; and others. (Read more about Dr. Sacks.)

The specialists of the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center have the state-of-the-art facilities of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the #1 hospital 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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Reviewed by: Jared Knopman, M.D.
Last reviewed/last updated: January 2015