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Experts for Media - Neurosurgery
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Experts for Media - Neurosurgery

James T. Goodrich, MD PhD

Director, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery, Pediatrics, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Goodrich's expertise is in complex craniofacial anomalies, particularly craniopagus conjoined twins. He has advanced the surgical techniques used for repair of these complex conditions, authored numerous book chapters and articles on the subject and is known internationally as a prominent lecturer on the topic.

Areas of Expertise

  • Complex craniofacial anomalies (surgery for skull defects including, craniosynostosis, helmet molding, craniofacial surgery for congenital malformations and post- traumatic head and facial injuries)
  • Craniopagus conjoined twins

Selected Media Coverage

CNN, Bronx News 12, New York Magazine, Montefiore

Ira R. Abbott, MD

Director of Surgical Neurooncology at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

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

Dr. Abbott has a long and extensive experience in managing tumors of the nervous system in children. An integral part of this experience has been work in developing techniques for monitoring the health of the nervous system during surgery. Dr. Abbott has developed a service in "Functional Neurosurgery" which enables him to deliver novel treatments to children and adults with injured nervous systems to improve function. He is also involved in programs designed to surgically treat children with epilepsy.

Areas of Expertise

  • Pediatric Surgical Neurooncology

Selected Media Coverage

Children's Hospital at Montefiore

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