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Established in 1968, the Department of Neurosurgery at Boston Medical Center is a full- service clinical and academic program that provides advanced treatment for patients with a broad spectrum of diseases and disorders of the brain, nerves, spine and spinal cord. Our team includes highly experienced neurosurgeons who subspecialize in all major areas of neurosurgery. We have multidisciplinary programs in trauma, neuro-oncology, cerebrovascular disease that provide our patients with a broad spectrum of treatment options. We work with our colleagues to provide our patients with the highest level care in a truly compassionate environment.
- Our neurosurgeons have extensive experience in using state-of-the-art technology and innovative surgical methods to treat patients with a wide variety of brain, nerve and spine conditions.
- BMC offers patients access to the newest clinical treatments in this specialized field, using the advanced image-guidance and minimally invasive techniques to provide safe and successful treatment of complex brain tumors, aneurysms, movement disorders (including Parkinson's disease), epilepsy, and spine diseases.
Our Department has a long-standing tradition of providing the finest neurosurgical care possible to all residents of this region regardless of ethnicity, race or economic status.
We share Boston Medical Center’s commitment to exceptional care, without exception and are proud of our outcomes, and the trusting relationships we have established with our patients. Our outpatient clinic is located in Boston Medical Center’s beautiful Shapiro Center in Boston’s historic South End.
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Conditions We Treat
Are you among the 80% of people who experience back pain at some point in their life? If so, BMC’s neurosurgery team is here to help. With six neurosurgeons sub-specializing in all major areas of neurosurgery, this full-service clinical and academic program provides patients with the newest clinical treatments.
At Boston Medical Center, our neurosurgeons know that no two brain or spinal injuries are alike. Brain and spine traumas (physical injuries) differ in complexity and severity, they can come on suddenly or over time, and their effects can range from mild to severe and heal quickly or slowly.
A brain tumor diagnosis can be overwhelming and the Neurosurgery Department at Boston Medical Center is fully equipped to expertly diagnose and treat your condition in a comfortable and compassionate environment. Our staff is dedicated to your family's care.
The Neurosurgery Department at Boston Medical Center has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of a broad range of cerebrovascular disorders.
The Department of Neurosurgery at Boston Medical Center provides comprehensive surgical treatment of the spine, back and neck. Treatment for brain and spine problems depends on the severity of the problem or injury.
Radiosurgery is a non-invasive surgical procedure that uses special equipment to deliver high-energy particles, such as x-rays, to treat illnesses such as cancerous and non-cancerous brain and spinal tumors, as well as arteriovenous malformations and trigeminal neuralgia.
Hydrocephalus is a condition commonly referred to as "water on the brain." The term describes a situation where the ventricles (normal fluid-filled spaces deep in the brain) contain too much fluid or in which the fluid is under excessively high pressure.
A common source of back or neck pain is a herniated disc. Sometimes called a "slipped" or "ruptured" disc, this condition most often occurs in the lower back, as well as the smaller discs in the neck.
Boston Medical Center’s Neurosurgery Department provides comprehensive surgical treatment of the spine, back and neck. We use a variety of traditional surgical and minimally invasive techniques to treat trauma, degenerative conditions and congenital problems.
One of the neurological conditions we treat is Parkinson's disease, a progressive, degenerative condition (meaning it worsens gradually over time) that occurs when neurons in a region of your brain called the substantia nigra are destroyed. When this occurs, a chemical called dopamine that normally allows your body to make smooth, controlled movements is not released by the brain.
At Boston Medical Center, our pediatric neurosurgeons are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders or injuries of the brain and spinal cord in infants, children and young adults. Our team of skilled pediatric surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists and other professionals use the latest equipment and surgical techniques to deliver expert care to your child in a compassionate environment.
A pituitary tumor is an abnormal growth in the pituitary gland, a part of the brain that controls the release of hormones from other endocrine (hormone-releasing) glands in the body. About 75 percent of pituitary tumors release hormones, and their cause is unknown.
Chronic pain can be debilitating and can take an emotional toll on you and your family. The neurosurgeons at Boston Medical Center may help you get relief. We are experts in the management and treatment of chronic pain. We offer interventional techniques, implantable devices and open surgery to treat a range of conditions, including chronic regional pain, failed back surgery, post-laminectomy, reflex sympathetic dystrophy and trigeminal neuralgia.
The Department of Neurosurgery at Boston Medical Center offers exceptional care in a comfortable, compassionate environment. We diagnose and treat a wide variety of brain and spinal cord conditions in children and adults, and your recovery is our highest priority.
The neurosurgeons at Boston Medical Center have extensive experience with the surgical management of nerve disorders of the head and face such as trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm.
Our neurosurgeons are all full-time staff members at Boston Medical Center and appointed to the faculty at Boston University Medical School. They are involved in patient care, teaching and research to further the knowledge and treatment of neurosurgical conditions. We also work closely with other departments in the hospital, such as neurology, radiology, otolaryngology and orthopedics to coordinate your care and treatment. Together, we provide advanced diagnostics as well as treatment of a broad spectrum of brain and spine diseases.
We are proud to offer an ACGME accredited neurosurgical residency program with our partners at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. During their seven years of training, residents spend equal amounts of time at BIDMC and BMC, six months at Boston Children’s Hospital, and one year conducting research. To find out more, please visit the neurosurgical residency program website.
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA
Director of Neurosurgical Oncology, Boston University School of Medicine
Brain tumors, spine tumors, pituitary surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery, complex and minimally invasive spine surgery, peripheral nerve surgery
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery Boston University School of Medicine
- Andrew Powers, MD
- Charles Mackel, MD, JD
- Anirudh Penumaka, MD, MS
- Aristotelis Filippidis, MD, PhD
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Residency and Fellowship Information
The combined Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Boston Medical Center (BMC) Neurosurgical Residency Program provides residents with a unique opportunity to train at three of the busiest medical centers in New England, all of which treat patients with some of the most complex neurologic conditions. During their seven years of training, residents spend equal amounts of time at BIDMC and BMC, six months at Boston Children’s Hospital, and one year conducting research.
Pre-residency fellows are integral members of the neurosurgical neurocritical care teams. Duties include managing floor and ICU patients, night call, and assisting in the operating room and outpatient clinic, which together provide broad clinical exposure in the neurosciences.