Message From the Chairman

 John G. Golfinos For almost 60 years, the Department of Neurosurgery at NYU Langone Medical Center has been an international leader in neurosurgical care and education. Since our department’s founding in 1951 by Thomas Hoen, MD, it has been a paragon of neurosurgical technique, attracting difficult neurosurgical cases from across the United States and around the globe. Our goal has always been to preserve and restore the function of the brain, spinal cord, and spine in the face of disease, utilizing our outstanding surgical talent and revolutionary technology. We aim to be the neurosurgeons that other neurosurgeons turn to for help. Why? For the sake of our patients. We strive for excellence so that they will benefit from the best that neurosurgery has to offer - because, as my predecessor, Patrick J. Kelly, MD, would say, the most important person in the operating room is always the one on the operating room table.

In addition to their technical expertise, the faculty, nurse practioners, physician assistants, and administrative staff in our department are also deeply committed to providing compassionate care for our patients. We are proud to have neurosurgeons who possess an unusual combination of heart and talent, for we know that what can be a difficult and frightening experience becomes easier when surgeons and nurses embrace a level of care that prizes and respects the patients who come to us for help.

Everything we do in the Department of Neurosurgery centers around one question: “How will this help our patients?” Our neurosurgical laboratories are unraveling the puzzles of brain tumors and Parkinson’s disease, as well as rare diseases like tuberous sclerosis and neurofibromatosis type 2, and are investigating basic questions about how the brain works - all with the goal of developing new treatments that we can bring to our patients’ aid as soon as possible. With so many patients coming to us for care, we have a unique opportunity to build not only a vast amount of surgical experience, but also a large data bank of neurological tissue that can be studied to find answers to questions that even a few years ago seemed unanswerable.

We are extremely proud of our residency program as well, which allows us to educate the next generation of expert neurosurgeons. We’re fortunate to have some of the best residents in the field of neurosurgery, who significantly enhance the personal care delivered to our patients. While graduation is always a bittersweet experience, we know that our residents will go on to become tomorrow’s neurosurgical leaders and teachers, and that they will take the NYU Langone experience with them wherever they go. Indeed, our graduates can be found on the faculty of many of the nation’s leading neurosurgery programs.

It is my great privilege, then, to welcome you to the Department of Neurosurgery at NYU Langone Medical Center and the NYU School of Medicine. Please explore our website and meet the stars of this neurosurgical constellation. Let them show you what the most advanced, safest, and most compassionate neurosurgical care should be.

- John G. Golfinos, MD