Craniosynostosis

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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 the Weill Cornell Pediatric Brain and Spine Center 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:

Mark Souweidane, M.D.Dr. Mark Souweidane, internationally recognized as an expert in the field of pediatric neurosurgery, is vice chairman of the Weill Cornell Department of Neurological Surgery, director of the Weill Cornell Pediatric Brain and Spine Center, and Co-Director of the Craniofacial Program. 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.)

Jeffrey Greenfield, PhD, MDDr. Jeffrey Greenfield is Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery in Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College and a pediatric neurosurgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Greenfield specializes in minimally invasive (endoscopic) pediatric neurosurgery as well as in the treatment of hydrocephalus. (Read more about Dr. Greenfield.)

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

Dr. Vikash Modi, 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.

Dr. Henry Spinelli 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.

Dr. Jeffrey Ascherman 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 Craniofacial Program, please contact:


Ashley Rowley O'ConnorAshley Rowley O'Connor, CPNP, MSN, RN

Craniofacial Clinical Coordinator
Weill Cornell Medicine
Pediatric Brain and Spine Center
525 E. 68th Street, Box 99, Room 2206
New York, NY 10065
Phone: 212-746-1274 
Email: aer9007@med.cornell.edu

The surgeons and clinical professionals of the Weill Cornell Pediatric 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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