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Neurosurgery

Phone: (212) 434-3900

Director, Neurosurgery Division:

David Langer, MDDavid Langer, MD: Vascular Diseases (Aneurysms, Vascular Malformations and Stroke; Interventional Therapy), Skull Base and Brain Tumors, and Spinal Disorders


Neurosurgical Attendings:

John Boockvar, MDDr. John Boockvar, MD:Director, Brain Tumor Center, Center for Pituitary Surgery, Acoustic Neuroma Program: Primary and Metastatic Brain Tumors, Pituitary Tumors, Meningiomas, Acoustic Neuromas, Skull Base Disorders, Disorders of the Spine, Endoscopic Surgery, Spinal and Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors, Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery, and Complex Spinal Disorders


Mitchell Levine, MDMitchell Levine, MD: Director, Spine Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital; Director, Spine Center, Cushing Neuroscience Institute; Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine: Pain and Neuromodulation Complex Spinal Disorders,Vascular Diseases (Aneurysms and Vascular Malformations), Skull Base and Brain Tumors


Rafael Ortiz, MDRafael Ortiz, MD: Director of Neuro-Endovascular Surgery and Interventional Neuroradiology Program: Brain aneurysms, brain tumors, brain AVMs, tumors and vascular malformations of the head and neck, carotid stenosis, spinal cord AVMs, and stroke.



Our mission at the Lenox Hill Hospital neurosurgery department is to be committed to excellence, compassionate care and improving the health of our patients by utilizing the latest in cutting-edge technologies.

We are a multi-disciplinary team, focusing on minimally-invasive surgical treatments of:

  • Vascular diseases (including aneurysms, vascular malformations and stroke)
  • Skull base and brain tumors
  • Complex spinal disorders
  • Restorative and geriatric disorders (Hydrocephalus)

By working in collaboration with the New York Head & Neck Institute, our surgeons combine their unique skills and expertise to treat rare and complex conditions. The department is led by Dr. David J. Langer, an expert in cranial bypass surgery and the first surgeon in the country to perform new type of intracranial bypass surgery.

We focus our efforts on ensuring that care comes first and that the patient is fully informed during every step of the process. Along with benefitting from the application of 3D imaging and computer-assisted technologies for surgery, our patients also receive improved care from our use of technology to improve communication between physicians and patients. Our surgeons routinely perform virtual office visits, which includes the physician creating a podcast, which is emailed to the patient so they have a copy of all information explained in the office prior to a procedure. To help the patient understand their individual treatment plan, we create a video of instructions for each patient. An example can be found here.

When a patient is treated by the neurosurgery department, they become part of our family. We have gathered a skilled team of physician assistants, nurse practitioners and radiology technicians who work alongside the surgeons to ensure that the patient's comfort and care comes first in outpatient settings, inpatients settings and in the operating room. Our team members work collaboratively in all aspects of each case, including utilizing screen share technology to review imaging and communicate with one another in real-time.