Cavernous Malformations

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Doctors Who Treat Cavernous Malformations

Anyone diagnosed with a cavernous malformation should be seen by an experienced vascular neurosurgeon. The neurosurgeon will conduct an evaluation and make a recommendation on a course of treatment tailored specifically to that patient. The treatment plan will depend on the size and location of the malformation, the severity of the symptoms, the health of the patient, and on the risk of future hemorrhage.

Even within the specialty of neurosurgery there are sub-specialists who have particular expertise in cerebrovascular conditions like cavernous malformation, arteriovenous malformation, or aneurysm, and who have many years of experience in the treatment of cerebrovascular diseases. At Weill Cornell, our faculty includes some of the very best world-renowned specialists:

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. Jared KnopmanDr. Jared Knopman specializes in the treatment of vascular diseases of the brain and spine and is one of the few neurosurgeons in New York City with 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 is an expert in the treatment of intracranial aneurysms, AVMs, carotid stenosis, stroke, and pre-operative embolization. (Read more about Dr. Knopman.)

Dr. Susan PannulloDr. Susan Pannullo, director of Neuro-Oncology in the Department of Neurological Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.  Dr. Pannullo is Board Certified in both Neurology and Neurological Surgery, and specializes in stereotactic radiosurgery.  (Read more about Dr. Pannullo.)

Dr. Samuel C. KimDr. Samuel C. Kim is a board-certified neurosurgeon who has been in practice for 10 years. Dr. Kim has expertise in complex spinal surgery, brain tumors, peripheral nerve surgery, and vascular diseases of the brain and spine — including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, carotid occlusion, and stroke. He sees patients at our Lower Manhattan office. (Read more about Dr. Kim.)

The surgeons 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. Use our online form to request an appointment.

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Reviewed by Jared Knopman, M.D.
Last reviewed/last updated: December 2014