Trigeminal Neuralgia

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Doctors Who Treat Trigeminal Neuralgia

Many people consult their primary care physicians when they first experience the symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia. Primary care physicians may prescribe the medications that are the initial treatments, but more severe cases should be referred to a neurosurgeon for evaluation. Expert treatment for trigeminal neuralgia may include open surgery, minimally invasive surgery, stereotactic surgery, or advanced pain management — all of which are best conducted at experienced neurosurgery centers.

At the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, the neurosurgical experts who treat trigeminal neuralgia include:

Dr. Philip E. StiegDr. Philip Stieg, Chairman of the Neurosurgery Department at Weill Cornell Medical Center and Neurosurgeon-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Stieg specializes in cerebrovascular surgery, including the microvascular decompression surgery that relieves the pain of trigeminal neuralgia. (Read more about Dr. Stieg.)

Dr. Michael KaplittDr. Michael Kaplitt, Vice Chairman of the Neurosurgery Department at Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Kaplitt specializes in functional neurosurgery and directs the department’s programs on movement disorders (including Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and dystonia), pain and spasticity,  trigeminal neuralgia, and hydrocephalus. (Read more about Dr. Kaplitt.)

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. 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.)

These three neurosurgeons lead teams of highly trained specialists across a range of disciplines (including neurology and pain management) to achieve the very best results for individuals suffering from the pain of trigeminal neuralgia.

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Reviewed by: Jared Knopman, M.D.
Last reviewed/last updated: January 2015