The skill set needed to perform complex neurosurgical procedures can make neurosurgeons seem superhuman at times.
The commitment to research and high quality patient care are not superpowers, but the result of dedication and hard work. However, four Columbia neurosurgeons have been recognized as up and coming “Super Doctors”.
The New York Super Doctors® Rising Stars candidates were nominated by other doctors. The question “If you needed medical care in one of the following specialties, which doctor would you choose?” was posed to a pool of physicians.
The candidates were evaluated on areas such as leadership positions, academic achievements and honors, and awards. The final evaluation process also includes a review by other doctors in the nominee’s specialty.
Only around 5% of a state or region’s physicians will make it to the Super Doctors list, but no more than 2.5% are named to the Rising Stars list.
Dr. Christopher Mandigo is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery. He uses minimally invasive techniques for spinal surgeries such as spinal fusion and artificial disc replacement surgery. His practice is devoted to the treatment of spinal column tumors, spinal cord tumors, spinal deformity, degenerative spine disease and intervertebral disc disease. Dr. Mandigo has a special expertise when it comes to evaluating and treating spinal alignment disorders such as sagittal imbalance and scoliosis.
Dr. Grace K. Mandigo’s practice is devoted to the treatment of conditions such as brain tumors, meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, and hydrocephalus. She also specializes in the treatment of cerebrovascular disease, including carotid stenosis and vascular malformations, and is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery. Dr. Mandigo is also affiliated with Columbia’s Brain Tumor Center, Cerebrovascular Center, Endovascular Center, and Spine Center.
Dr. Marc Otten is the Director of Columbia Neurosurgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital. He specializes in the treatment of brain tumors and spine tumors, Chiari Malformation, and also treats degenerative spine disease, intervertebral disc disease, hydrocephalus and neurotrauma. Dr. Otten uses endoscopy, laser ablation, awake craniotomy and other specialized techniques to treat a variety of disorders in the brain and spine. He has been published extensively in leading peer-reviewed journals about his work on non-invasive methods of mapping brain function in brain tumor patients.
Dr. Sameer A. Sheth specializes in the treatment of patients with movement disorders, epilepsy, brain tumors, and certain psychiatric disorders. Dr. Sheth is known for his commitment to tailoring treatment for each individual patient. He has experience with techniques such as stereotactic neurosurgery, deep brain stimulation, ablative techniques, and microsurgery. Dr. Sheth is also the Director and Founder of the Functional and Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory, which focuses on the study of human decision-making, behavior, and cognitive processes.
Congratulations to all four of Columbia Neurosurgery’s Super Doctors!