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John K. Houten, MD

Director, Neurosurgical Spine Service, Montefiore Medical Center

Associate Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery, The Leo M. Davidoff Department of Neurological Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Houten is a neurosurgeon specializing in spinal surgery with an emphasis on minimally-invasive approaches. After graduating with Alpha Omega Alpha honors at the NYU School of Medicine, he completed his neurosurgery training and a spinal surgery fellowship at NYU Medical Center. He is the Director of Spinal Neurosurgery Services at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, and has published extensively on many aspects of spinal disorders. Dr. Houten is the creator and director of a medical education course on degenerative diseases of the spine held annually at Montefiore Medical Center that has become that largest physician teaching event of its kind in the tri-state area.

Areas of Expertise

  • Spinal Surgery
  • Degenerative diseases of the spine

Patrick A. LaSala, MD

Director Neurosurgical Oncology and Co-Director of Radiation Oncology Radiosurgery Program, Director Adult Epilepsy Surgery, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Director Neurosurgical Intensive Care, Montefiore Medical Center

Vice Chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. LaSala developed a program of computer–based localization techniques to refine surgical approaches to intracranial targets such as tumors and eplipetic zones to facilitate their removal. The methods are frequently minimally invasive and help safeguard surrounding vital brain structures. Dr. LaSala is the Department’s Chair of the Quality Improvement Committee and also sits on the Medical Centers Quality Improvement Peer review board. Dr. LaSala is a co-investigator on several multi-institution clinical research trials for the treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors.

Areas of Expertise

  • Neurosurgical Oncology
  • Epilepsy Surgery