Doctors Who Treat Hydrocephalus

A child diagnosed with hydrocephalus should be treated by a specialist with advanced training and extensive experience in the disorder. The Weill Cornell Pediatric Brain and Spine Center offers the services of some of the top surgeons in the field:

Mark M. Souweidane, M.D., vice chairman of the Weill Cornell Department of Neurological Surgery and director of the Weill Cornell Pediatric Brain and Spine Center, is internationally recognized as an expert in the field of pediatric neurosurgery and has developed a specialty in pediatric brain tumors as well as in endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV). He has been named one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly, and is regularly included on lists of the nation’s Best Doctors and Super Doctors. A pioneering champion of minimal access neurosurgery, Dr. Souweidane has specialized endoscopic surgical skills that attract patients and practitioners that benefit from his talents. (Read more about Dr. Souweidane.)

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, who is scientific director of the Children’s Brain Tumor Project, specializes in minimally invasive endoscopic skull base surgery, low-grade gliomas, and awake surgery for brain tumors in children and young adults. (Read more about Dr. Greenfield.)

Caitlin Hoffman, M.D., is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in pediatric neurosurgery as well as in adult and pediatric epilepsy surgery. She has completed fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery and has performed extensive research on the molecular mechanisms of progression of brain tumors, specifically medulloblastoma. Dr. Hoffman’s clinical research includes venous anomalies in craniosynostosis, early surgical treatment for Rasmussen’s encephalitis, minimally invasive methods of treating hydrocephalus and intracranial cysts, and the characteristics and safety of invasive monitoring for pediatric neurovascular disorders such as AVM. (Read more about Dr. Hoffman)

Babacar Cisse, M.D., Ph.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)

Drs. Souweidane, Greenfield, and Hoffman treat hydrocephalus in certain adults as well who will benefit from endoscopic procedures or have difficult shunt-related issues.  For a certain type of hydrocephalus called normal pressure hydrocephalus, Dr. Michael Kaplitt coordinates and performs most of the shunt surgeries.

For pseudotumor cerebri, a comprehensive evaluation by a team of three physicians: Dr. Greenfield, Dr. Boddu, and Dr. Marc Dinkin can decide among a range of possible surgical and non-surgical treatment options.

At the Weill Cornell Medicine Pediatric Brain and Spine Center, our pediatric neurosurgeons are highly skilled in the most advanced procedures for treating hydrocephalus in children. We practice at NewYork/Presbyterian Hospital, which gives our surgeons access to the very best facilities and specialists, as well as the most leading-edge research laboratories, to ensure that your child gets the very best treatment available. You can request an appointment using our online form.

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Our Care Team

  • Vice Chairman, Neurological Surgery
  • Director, Pediatric Neurological Surgery
Phone: 212-746-2363
  • Assistant Professor of Radiology in Neurological Surgery (Manhattan and Queens)
Phone: 212-746-2821 (Manhattan) or 718-303-3739 (Queens)
  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • Leon Levy Research Fellow
  • Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute
Phone: 646-962-3389
  • Vice Chairman for Academic Affairs
  • Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Associate Residency Director
Phone: 212-746-2363
  • Victor and Tara Menezes Clinical Scholar in Neuroscience
  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery in Pediatrics
Phone: 212-746-2363
  • Vice Chair, Research, Neurological Surgery
  • Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • Director, Movement Disorders and Pain
  • Director, Residency Program
Phone: 212-746-4966
  • Chief of Neurological Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian Queens
Phone: (718) 670-1837
  • Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery
Phone: 718-670-1837

Weill Cornell Medicine Brain & Spine Center 525 East 68 Street, Box 99 New York, NY 10065 Phone: 866-426-7787