Aneurysms are complex lesions and should be addressed at major medical centers with experts experienced in their treatment. Although they may sometimes be discovered on a scan ordered by a primary care physician or a neurologist, they should be referred as quickly as possible to a neurosurgical team for a thorough evaluation and a full exploration of the risks and benefits of the treatment options.
The Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center offers many compelling reasons to choose our experts for treatment, including:
• the lowest complication rate in pipeline treatments published in the literature (<1.5%)
• a complication rate <2% for stent-assisted coil embolizations
• a tradition of innovation, such as being one of the first sites in the country to use the innovative WEB device to treat aneurysms
We are a part of NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the top hospitals in the United States, which treats more than 300 aneurysm patients per year, the vast majority with minimally invasive/endovascular methods, making us one of the highest-volume aneurysm practices in the country.
At the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center, patients with symptoms of aneurysm undergo an extensive evaluation by a team of neurosurgeons, neurologists, and neuroradiologists. Based on the team’s assessment, the neurosurgeon will recommend a course of treatment. As a leading center for treatment of intracranial aneurysms, Weill Cornell uses many innovative techniques to evaluate and treat these lesions. Patients are cared for in a state-of-the-art neurological intensive care unit and monitored closely for symptoms of cerebral vasospasm (a condition that can cause stroke following the rupture of an aneurysm) and hydrocephalus (increase in the size of the fluid spaces of the brain secondary to aneurysm rupture).
Philip E. Stieg, Ph.D., M.D., 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 each year since that designation was created nearly two decades ago. 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.)
Jared Knopman, M.D., Director of Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventional Neuroradiology, 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. Y. Pierre Gobin is an internationally recognized expert with 20 years of experience in the treatment of vascular diseases of the brain and spine. A pioneer in endovascular treatment of cerebral aneurysms, Dr. Gobin was one of the inventors of the MERCI Retriever that is used in removing blood clots and other obstructions. He has developed and established minimally invasive surgical approaches to treating acute stroke and has particular expertise in arterial stenting and other treatments for cerebrovascular disorders. (Read more about Dr. Gobin.)
Ning Lin, M.D. brings a unique combination of neurosurgical and endovascular experience in treating a wide range of vascular diseases of the brain and spine. He has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and presented in national neurosurgery conferences on the topic of aneurysms. Dr. Lin sees patients and performs surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. (Read more about Dr. Lin.)
Dr. Srikanth Boddu is an interventional neuroradiologist who specializes in minimally invasive endovascular treatments for cerebrovascular and spinal disorders. In addition to aneurysms, Dr. Boddu’s specialties include arteriovenous malformations, compression fractures, tumors, stroke, pseudotumor cerebri, and tinnitus. Dr. Boddu sees patients and performs surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens hospital and Weill Cornell Medical Center on the upper east side on Manhattan. (Read more about Dr. Boddu)
Dr. Michael Ayad is the Director of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. He is board-certified in neurosurgery and holds two U.S. patents for neurosurgical devices used in the operating room. Areas of expertise include intracranial aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, carotid artery disease, Moyamoya disease, intracerebral hemorrhage, spinal vascular disorders and other types of cerebrovascular disease. He has expertise in endovascular treatment of acute stroke. (More about Dr. Ayad)
Dr. Amanda Sacks-Zimmerman is a clinical neuropsychologist specializing in cognitive remediation after brain trauma, including the trauma of brain tumor resection surgery. Dr. Sacks-Zimmerman has extensive experience in treating patients who suffer from cognitive and emotional difficulties that may be the result of a wide range of neurological conditions, including trauma; epilepsy; radiation or chemotherapy; cardiopulmonary bypass procedures; cerebrovascular disease; and others. (Read more about Dr. Sacks-Zimmerman.)
The specialists of the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center have the state-of-the-art facilities of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the top hospitals in the United States, 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.
Our Care Team
- Chairman and Neurosurgeon-in-Chief
- Margaret and Robert J. Hariri, MD ’87, PhD ’87 Professor of Neurological Surgery
- Vice Provost of Business Affairs and Integration
- Director of Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventional Neuroradiology
- Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
- Fellowship Director, Endovascular Neurosurgery
- Director of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery, NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist
- Assistant Professor of Radiology in Neurological Surgery (Manhattan and Queens)
- Professor of Radiology in Neurological Surgery