Doctors Who Treat Spasticity

Spasticity is a complicated condition and should be treated by experts who specialize in a variety of medical disciplines. The Neuromodulation Program at the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center is proud to offer the expertise of top neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, pediatric physiatrists, physical therapists, and nurse practitioners, all of whom collaborate in the treatment of spasticity. Our team works with professionals from NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and the Hospital for Special Surgery to ensure that each individual gets the best treatment plan.

Michael Kaplitt, M.D., Ph.D. specializes in neurosurgical treatment of movement disorders, using various surgical approaches including deep brain stimulation. Dr. Kaplitt pioneered the use of gene therapy in the brain, and has published more than 60 papers and has edited two books on this subject. In 2007, he performed the first human gene therapy for Parkinson's disease in the world and published results of this groundbreaking trial as a cover article in the Lancet in 2007. His laboratory is actively researching mechanisms of cell death in diseases such as Parkinson's and Huntington's. Dr. Kaplitt is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Gene Therapy.

Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield 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 directs the Neuromodulation Program at the Weill Cornell Pediatric Brain and Spine Center and has expertise in surgical procedures for spasticity 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 with a focus on surgical epilepsy, and has performed extensive research on the molecular mechanisms of progression of brain tumors, specifically medulloblastoma. Dr. Hoffman is a member of the Weill Cornell Medicine Laser Surgery Program and is specially trained in new laser surgery techniques for epilepsy. More about Dr. Hoffman

Our specialists work with a team of neurologists, physiatrists, orthopedic surgeons, and physical and occupational therapists to develop the best treatment plan for each patient.

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Our Care Team

  • Vice Chair, Research, Neurological Surgery
  • Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • Director, Movement Disorders and Pain
  • Director, Residency Program
Phone: 212-746-4966
  • 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

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