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The #1 Hospital in New York for 20 Straight Years

U.S. News Best Hospitals 2020

The annual hospital rankings from US News & World Report are out, and once again NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has been named the best in New York.

16 Faculty Members Named to 2020 New York SuperDoctors List

16 Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center Faculty Members Named to 2020 New York SuperDoctors List

A record 16 faculty members from the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center were named to the 2020 list of New York SuperDoctors, published as a supplement to the New York Times Magazine on May 10, 2020. This list is an elite roster of physicians named by their peers as the very best in their field.

Surgical Management of Complex Syndromic Craniosynostosis: Experience With a Rare Genetic Variant

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery Jan/Feb 2020

We review the literature related to management of complex synostosis and present our surgical decision-making in the setting of complex syndromic synostosis to aid in the formation of guidelines toward approaching these cases.

Will my child look different immediately after surgery for craniosynostosis?

Swelling is a normal part of surgery, and your child may have significant swelling of the face and over the eyes. Swelling is usually worst on the second day after surgery; mild swelling is part of the expected post-operative recovery and may persist for weeks.

A child who has had an endoscopic suturectomy will wear a helmet to guide the skull bones into place following surgery – meaning your child’s head shape will not look different immediately after the surgery. The shape will be corrected gradually, as the brain expands and the helmet does its job.

Craniosynostosis Success Stories

We are dedicated to achieving excellent outcomes, and we are delighted that these families have chosen to share their stories with you:

Why would a child need a helmet after surgery for craniosynostosis?

A child who has endoscopic surgery for craniosynostosis has very little bone removed – the surgical team re-opens the closed suture, which allows the natural growth of the brain to expand the skull over the following months. To provide guidance as that happens, and to ensure the best head shape, babies who have the endoscopic surgery wear a helmet until about one year of age. 

Michelle Buontempo, MSN, RN, CCRN, CPNP
Michelle Buontempo, MSN, RN, CCRN, CPNP

Pediatric Neurosurgical Craniofacial Program Coordinator

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Caitlin Hoffman, M.D.
Caitlin Hoffman, M.D.

Victor and Tara Menezes Clinical Scholar in Neuroscience
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery in Pediatrics

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Mark M. Souweidane, MD
Mark M. Souweidane, M.D.

Vice Chairman, Neurological Surgery
Director, Pediatric Neurological Surgery

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