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Division of Anesthesia for Neurosurgery

The Division of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology consists of 10 faculty members. We have an experienced team that has excellent collaborative relationships with the neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, neurophysiologists and nurses with whom we work on daily basis.

We provide expert care for approximately 2,900 patients annually in our state-of-the-art operating rooms. We also care for approximately 1,200 patients annually in the Interventional Neuroradiology suite.

We are experts in the care of patients suffering from a variety of neurologic disorders.

For brain tumors, not only do we provide anesthesia for traditional craniotomy for tumor resection; we also have been at the forefront of developing sedation and pain relief protocols for the patient who must remain awake during portions of their brain surgery.

For patients with an aneurysm, vascular malformation or carotid stenosis, we provide expert care in our state-of-the-art hybrid operating room, which allows a patient having both a neuroradiologic study and open surgery without being moved to another hospital location, or in our Interventional Neuroradiology suite.

We care for both minor and major spinal surgical patients. Whether a patient needs a vertebroplasty, excision of a herniated disk, laminectomy, multilevel spinal fusion or placement of spinal cord stimulators, we tailor our anesthetic not only to ensure patient comfort but also to facilitate the latest technology in the monitoring of spinal cord function.

We provide mild to deep sedation for patients with movement disorders that need to undergo placement of deep brain stimulators; these allow the patient to follow commands and perform basic neurologic exam throughout the operation.  For epilepsy patients we care for those undergoing both diagnostic and treatment procedures, from vagal nerve stimulator placement to craniotomy.

We provide care in the Interventional Neuroradiology suite for endovascular tumor and AVM embolization, aneurysm coiling, carotid stent placement, vertebroplasty and thrombectomy for strokes. We also take care of patients undergoing direct arterial tumor injections of chemotherapy.

Neuroanesthesiology Faculty

Maria Bustillo, M.D.

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Director, Division of Neuroanesthesiology
Fellowship Director

Douglas Carras, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

Peter Goldstein, MD

Peter Goldstein, M.D.

Professor of Anesthesiology

David Kopman, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

Philip Kuo, MD

Philip Kuo, M.D.

Instructor in Anesthesiology
Fellow, Neuroanesthesiology

Daniel Lahm, M.D.

Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

Christine Lennon, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Patricia Fogarty Mack

Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

Kane O. Pryor, M.D.

Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

Paul Riegelhaupt, MD

Paul Riegelhaupt, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Kingsley P. Storer, M.B.B.S, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Jarolsav Usenko, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Dr. Safavynia

Seyed Safavynia, M.D.

Contact Us

Dept. of Anesthesiology
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine
525 East 68th Street, Box 124
New York, NY 10065
Fax: (212) 746-8563

Office of the Chair
Phone: (212) 746-2962
E-mail:  Marissa Matarazzo,

Residency and Fellowship Education
Direct all inquiries to:
Phone: (212) 746-2941
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