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David J. Altschul, MD

Neurological Surgery
Practice Specialty
Neurological Surgery, Arterio-venous Malformation, Brain Aneurysm, Stroke
Medical Education
SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center
St Lukes-Roosevelt Hosp Ctr
Main Location
Montefiore at 3316 Rochambeau Avenue
3316 Rochambeau Avenue
Bronx, NY 10467-2841
Phone: (718) 920-7400
Fax: (718) 515-8235
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2 Longview Avenue, Suite 500
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Academic Title
Assistant Professor
Administrative Title
Director of Neurovascular Surgery, Co-Director Montefiore Comprehensive Stroke Center
Clinical Focus

Acute stroke, brain aneurysms, tumors and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), spinal AVMs and carotid-cavernous fistulas (CCF), dural arteriovenous fistulas, vein of Galen malformations, vascular malformations and vasospasm.

Treatment methods include:

  • Coil embolization of aneurysms
  • Transarterial embolization of AVMs and adrenal venous sampling (AVFs)
  • Carotid angioplasty and stenting
  • Intracranial stents for aneurysms and strokes
  • Transarterial, transvenous and direct puncture embolization of congenital AVMs and congenital and acquired AVFs
Research Focus
Past research has focused on the safety and efficacy of detachable micro-catheters for pediatric AVMs and the development of other minimally invasive technology for treating cerebrovascular disease. Dr. Altschul is currently involved in the ESCAPE trial evaluating endovascular stroke intervention at Montefiore.

Paramasivam S, Altschul D, Ortega-Gutiarrez S, Fifi J , Berenstein A "N-butyl cyanoacrylate embolization using a detachable tip microcatheter: initial experience." J Neurointerv Surg

Altschul, D.,Paramasivam, S.,Ortega-Gutierrez, S.,Fifi, J. T.,Berenstein, A. "Safety and efficacy using a detachable tip microcatheter in the embolization of pediatric arteriovenous malformations." Childs Nerv Syst

Gold MM, Miller TS, Farinhas JM, Altschul DJ, Bello JA, Brook AL "Computed tomography-guided lumbar drain placement." J Neurosurg Spine (2008)

Calhoun VD, Altschul D, McGinty V, Shih R, Scott D, Sears E, Pearlson GD "Alcohol intoxication effects on visual perception: an fMRI study." Hum Brain Mapp (2004)


David Altschul, MD—a graduate of SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York—completed a general surgery internship, neurological surgery residency (he served as chief resident) and a fellowship in Endovascular Neurosurgery at Montefiore.

He also completed an endovascular neurosurgery fellowship at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, New York City.

Dr. Altschul is one of only a few surgeons in the region trained in both endovascular (interventional) and open neurological surgery for adult and pediatric patients.

David J. Altschul, MD, Director of Neurovascular Surgery, Co-Director Montefiore Comprehensive Stroke Center, Neurological Surgery, Arterio-venous Malformation, Brain Aneurysm, Stroke