Recalling his decision to become a surgeon, Dr. Zonenshayn says, "It's very gratifying to play a key role in resolving a patient's pain and discomfort . . . "

Meet Martin Zonenshayn, M.D., Chief, Division of Neurosurgery, New York Methodist Hospital.

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Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Services


Tumors of the brain may arise from the brain tissue itself, or metastasize to the brain from a cancer in another part of the body. Common tumor types treated include: meningioma, glioma, ependymoma, vestibular schwannoma and pituitary tumor.

One of the ways risks are minimized is by using a computerized guidance system that allows for smaller openings and a more direct route to the tumor thereby minimizing unnecessary brain manipulation.

In addition, other techniques such as neurophysiologic monitoring, make the surgery safer. If surgery is not indicated, highly focused radiation, also called stereotactic radiosurgery, is available.

Many factors including type, size, and location of the brain tumors are considered when determining the most appropriate and effective brain tumor treatment strategy.

At NYM, a team of neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, neuro-radiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and neuropathologists work together to determine the most appropriate brain tumor treatment plan for each patient. Often, effective management of brain tumors involves using a combination of treatments. The Institute offers a broad array of brain tumor treatment options for both benign and malignant brain tumors, including:


Radiotherapy Treatment

  • intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT)
  • brachytherapy

We also offer most kinds of chemotherapy.

For more information, call 718.246.8610.

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