Doctors Who Treat Basilar Invagination

Doctors who specialize in surgery for basilar invagination include neurosurgeons and otolaryngologists (ENT). The Weill Cornell Medicine Chiari CARE program offers some of the top specialists in the world in treating basilar invagination and related conditions.


Jeffrey Greenfield. M.D., Ph.D. is Associate 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 Chiari malformations, spasticity disorders, and hydrocephalus. (Read more about Dr. Greenfield.)

Theodore H. Schwartz, M.D. specializes in endonasal approaches 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 in the skull base. (Read more about Dr. Schwartz.)

Michael Virk, M.D., Ph.D. is a widely published neurosurgeon with specialty training in minimally invasive and complex surgery for a wide variety of spine conditions. In addition to basilar invagination, his specialties include scoliosis, spinal tumors, trauma, degenerative disease, radiculopathy, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis. Dr. Virk uses state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques with intraoperative, computer-assisted navigation as well as spinal endoscopy. He also uses fundamental, open surgical strategies in patients who will benefit most from these. (Read more about Dr. Virk)


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What our Patients Say

Joe and Christine Pecoraro write about their son Caleb, who underwent surgery with Dr. Greenfield for basilar invagination and Chiari malformation.

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