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 Medicine.)

See: "It Started With My Skin" (A Cushing's Disease Story)

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

Theodore 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.)

Georgiana Dobri, M.D. is a board-certified neuroendocrinologist who specializes in disorders of the pituitary and adrenal glands. She completed an endocrinology fellowship with focus on 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 an individualized treatment as well as the latest medical options and clinical trials.(Read more about Dr. Dobri.)

Rohan Ramakrishna, M.D. 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.)

Babacar Cisse, M.D., Leon Levy Research Fellow at the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute, is an award-winning neurosurgeon with special expertise in brain and spinal tumors. He utilizes advanced neuro-navigation, ultrasound, imaging, motor and speech mapping, and endoscopic and minimally invasive techniques to achieve the best possible outcomes for his patients. A native of Senegal, Dr. Cisse received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Bard College, then his combined MD/PhD degrees with Distinction from Columbia University in New York. (Read more about Dr. Cisse)

Susan Pannullo, M.D. 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.)

At the Weill Cornell Medicine 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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Our Care Team

  • Vice Chair for Clinical Research
  • David and Ursel Barnes Professor in Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Otolaryngology
  • Director, Center for Epilepsy and Pituitary Surgery
  • Co-Director, Surgical Neuro-oncology
Phone: 212-746-5620
  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • Leon Levy Research Fellow
  • Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute
Phone: 646-962-3389
  • Assistant Professor of Neuroendocrinology in Neurological Surgery, Weill Cornell Medicine
Phone: 646-962-3556
  • Director, Neurosurgical Radiosurgery
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery
  • Robert G. Schwager, MD ’67 Education Scholar, Cornell University
Phone: 212-746-2438
  • Chief of Neurological Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian Queens
Phone: (718) 670-1837
  • Chief of Neurological Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist
  • Alvina and Willis Murphy Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery
  • Director, Brain Metastases Program
  • Co-director, William Rhodes and Louise Tilzer-Rhodes Center for Glioblastoma
Phone: 212-746-1996

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