Speakers' Bureau

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The faculty of the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center are frequently invited to give lectures and presentations to physician groups, including grand rounds in the New York area and professional conferences around the world. They welcome invitations to share their expertise in neurosurgical conditions and state-of-the-art minimially invasive procedures.

See the listing of our speakers and their areas of expertise, and watch these sample videos of our speakers. See the faculty directory for individual doctor contact information.

Dr. Philip Stieg
Dr. Philip Stieg
is the Chairman of the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center and Neurosurgeon-in-Chief of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Stieg is a distinguished speaker and has been invited to appear around the country, and around the world, on topics including:
• Brain tumor treatment and research
• Advanced treatments for cerebrovascular disorders, including aneurysms, AVMs, carotid occlusive disorder, and more
• Trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, and other disorders of the cranial nerves

Watch a video of Dr. Stieg | More about Dr. Stieg

Dr. Mark Souweidane

Dr. Mark Souweidane is Vice Chairman of the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center and Director of the Pediatric Brain and Spine Center. Dr. Souweidane is a highly regarded speaker on topics including:
• Alternative methods for delivering drugs to brain tumors in children and adolescents, such as interstitial infusion (convection-enhanced delivery)
• Craniofacial disorders and reconstructive surgery (cranial vault remodeling)
• Chiari surgery

Watch a video of Dr. Souweidane | More about Dr. Souweidane

Dr. Michael Kaplitt

Dr. Michael Kaplitt is Vice Chairman for Research at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center and Director of the Parkinson's Disease, Movement Disorders, and Pain service. Dr. Kaplitt is a frequent speaker on topics such as:
• Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders
• Gene therapy for Parkinson's disease, for which he pioneered a clinical trial
• Surgery for chronic pain

Watch a video of Dr. Kaplitt | More about Dr. Kaplitt

Dr. Eric Elowitz

Dr. Eric Elowitz is a spine surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive techniques for herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and other disorders of the spine. Dr. Elowitz has given presentations on topics including:
• Minimally invasive spine surgery
• Lateral-access spine surgery
• Diagnosis and management of back and neck pain

Watch a video of Dr. Elowitz | More about Dr. Elowitz

Dr. Kai-Ming Fu

Dr. Kai-Ming Fu is a spine surgeon specializing in reconstructive surgery for spinal deformity and scoliosis as well as in surgery for herniated disc, spinal stenosis, and other conditions. He is available to speak on topics that include:
• Scoliosis
• Reconstructive spine surgery
• Minimally invasive spinal surgery

More about Dr. Fu

Dr. Y. Pierre Gobin

Dr. Y. Pierre Gobin is the Director of Interventional Radiology and an expert in the treatment of vascular disorders of the brain and spine, including stroke, aneurysms, and vascular malformations. He is also a pioneer in the fields of intra-arterial chemotherapy, treatment of retinoblastoma, and retinal artery and vein occlusion. He is available to speak about:
• Interventional Neuroradiology in cerebrovascular disorders and other conditions
• Retinoblastoma
• Intra-arterial chemotherapy

Watch a video of Dr. Gobin | More about Dr. Gobin

Jeffrey Greenfield, PhD, MD

Jeffrey Greenfield, Ph.D., M.D. is a pediatric neurosurgeon and researcher and the co-director of the Children's Brain Tumor Project at Weill Cornell. His clinical specialties include spasticity, Chiari malformation, and pediatric brain tumors. His laboratory research is focused on using genomic sequencing to develop personalized treatment plans for children diagnosed with brain tumors. Dr. Greenfield speaks on topics including:
• Genetic sequencing of rare and inoperable pediatric brain tumors
• Spasticity in children, and advanced surgical techniques to manage neuromodulation issues
• Brain mapping and surgery for epilepsy in children

Watch a video of Dr. Greenfield | More about Dr. Greenfield

Dr. Roger Hartl

Dr. Roger Härtl is the Chief of Spinal Surgery and Neurotrauma and Co-Director of the Spine Center at Weill Cornell. He is also engaged in pioneering research into biologic replacement discs. Dr. Härtl, who is the spine surgeon for the New York Giants, has an international reputation as a speaker on topics such as:
• Pathophysiology of brain and spine trauma
• Minimally invasive surgery for a wide range of spine conditions
• Laboratory research into bio-engineered discs

Watch a video of Dr. Härtl | More about Dr. Härtl

Dr. Jared Knopman

Dr. Jared Knopman is a neurosurgeon specializing in Interventional Neuroradiology, with a focus on cerebrovascular disorders. He is available to speak on topics including:
• Aneurysms, AVMs, and other cerebrovascular disorders
• Presurgical embolization of tumors
• Carotid artery disease

More about Dr. Knopman

Dr. Susan Pannullo

Dr. Susan Pannullo is Director of Clinical Neuro-oncology and Director of Neurosurgical Radiosurgery at Weill Cornell. She is both a neurosurgeon and an oncologist, and specializes in stereotactic radiosurgery (Gamma Knife, CyberKnife, and LINAC) for the treatment of neurosurgical conditions. She speaks on topics including:
• Stereotactic radiosurgery
• Advanced radiosurgical treatments for brain tumors, spine tumors, and cerebrovascular disorders
• Managing metastatic brain and spine tumors

Watch a video of Dr. Pannullo | More about Dr. Pannullo

Dr. Athos Patsalides

Dr. Athos Patsalides is Assistant Professor of Radiology in Neurological Surgery and
Assistant Attending Radiologist at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center. He is available to speak on topics including:
• Carotid and intracranial stenting, venous sinus stenting for pseudotumor cerebri, and endovascular repair of brain aneurysms
• Vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty, and other advanced spine procedures
• Presurgical tumor embolization

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Kenneth Perrine, PhD

Kenneth Perrine, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist specializing in brain injuries and a range of conditions that affect cerebral function. Dr. Perrine is available to speak on topics including:
• Concussion (adult and pediatric)
• Cortical mapping and localization of cerebral functions
• Epilepsy and movement disorders

More about Dr. Perrine

Dr. Theodore Schwartz

Dr. Theodore Schwartz is the Director of Epilepsy Surgery and Director of Minimally Invasive Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery. Dr. Schwartz has been invited to speak around the country, and around the world, on topics including:
• Brain tumor treatment and research
• Advanced endoscopic skull base surgery for pituitary tumors
• Epilepsy surgery

Watch a video of Dr. Schwartz | More about Dr. Schwartz