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Doctors Who Treat Cushing's Disease

Cushing’s disease may be treated with hormone-suppressing drugs or with radiation to shrink a pituitary tumor, but it is most often treated surgically, by neurosurgeons and otolaryngological (ENT) surgeons. Removing the pituitary tumor is often a cure for Cushing’s disease, although it may take some time for the pituitary gland to resume normal functioning — supplemental cortisol may be given during the recovery period. (More about Pituitary and Skull Base Surgery at Weill Cornell.)

The neurosurgeons at Weill Cornell who treat Cushing’s disease and the pituitary tumors that cause it are:

Theodore H. Schwartz, MDTheodore H. Schwartz, M.D., specializes in the minimally invasive treatment of pituitary tumors and has lectured around the world training neurosurgeons in the latest techniques in computer-guided surgical navigation, minimally invasive endoscopy, and microsurgery. Dr. Schwartz has been named to the lists of New York's Super Doctors, Best Doctors in New York magazine, America's Top Surgeons, America's Best Doctors, and America's Best Doctors for Cancer.  He has authored two books and many papers on the subject of minimally invasive surgery for pituitary tumors. (Read more about Dr. Schwartz.)

Susan Pannullo, MDDr. Susan Pannullo is board-certified in both Neurology and Neurological Surgery and specializes in stereotactic radiosurgery. Dr. Pannullo is one of the few neurosurgeons in the United States with access to Brainlab iX, Gamma Knife, and CyberKnife,  all of which allow non-invasive treatment of disorders of the brain and spine. Find out more about our Stereotactic Surgery Program. (Read more about Dr. Pannullo.)

Dr. Rohan RamakrishnaDr. Rohan Ramakrishna is an award-winning neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of brain tumors and other central nervous system tumors. Dr. Ramakrishna treats patients with gliomas, metastatic disease, skull base lesions, and pituitary disorders. He employs advanced awake mapping, imaging techniques, and microsurgery to ensure maximal tumor removal and achieve the safest possible surgical outcomes. (Read more about Dr. Ramakrishna.)

Dr. Georgiana DobriDr. Georgiana Dobri is a board-certified neuroendocrinologist who specializes in disorders of the pituitary and adrenal glands. She completed an endocrinology fellowship in pituitary and adrenal disorders at the Cleveland Clinic, where she went on to care of high-complexity patients in her pituitary and adrenal clinics. She now works closely with the neurosurgeons of the Weill Cornell Medicine Pituitary and Neuroendocrine Program and offers ongoing therapies to post-surgical patients. (Read more about Dr. Dobri.)

At Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, our neurosurgeons are highly skilled in the most advanced procedures for treating pituitary tumors. Our relationship with NewYork/Presbyterian Hospital allows our surgeons access to the very best facilities and specialists, as well as the most leading-edge research laboratories, to ensure that you gets the very best treatment available.

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Reviewed by: Theodore Schwartz, M.D.
Last reviewed/last updated: January 2015