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Lenox Hill Hospital Launches New York State’s First Neuroplastic Surgery Program

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Lenox Hill Hospital is the first in New York State to launch a neuroplastic and reconstructive surgery program that offers comprehensive neuro and plastic surgery to patients requiring corrective procedures to restore their preoperative appearance following lifesaving but invasive neurosurgery. The program is led by a team of world-renowned experts, including Netanel Ben-Shalom, MD, FNPS in collaboration with the department of plastic surgery led by Charles Thorne, MD and James Bradley, MD. Dr Ben-Shalom is a neurosurgeon dual fellowship trained in neurosurgical oncology and neuroplastic and reconstructive surgery and was the first neurosurgeon in the world to complete a fellowship dedicated to neuroplastic surgery.

The neuroplastics program at Lenox Hill Hospital provides comprehensive reconstructive care to patients whose brain, skull, scalp or face have been altered because of neurological issues, including brain tumors, skull defects, infections, hydrocephalus, as well as from previous cranial procedures. The multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons, neurooncologists and plastic surgeons, who are bridging the gap between neurosurgery and reconstructive surgery, offer a holistic approach to care by utilizing state-of-the-art techniques to restore patients’ aesthetic appearance and quality of life.

“Patients are often so grateful for life-saving neurosurgery that they overlook the dramatic scars and deformities it may leave behind,” said Dr. Ben-Shalom. “This program will not only treat their neurological disease, but it will also restore their image and give patients a renewed sense of confidence.”

The neuroplastic option is available to patients who have previously undergone neurosurgery, as well as to those who elect to include a neuroplastic reconstruction component as a part of an upcoming neurosurgical operation. To optimize results, the latest techniques and technologies are employed to minimize scarring, mitigate deformities, conceal protruding devices and ultimately offer long-lasting results.

To restore a natural appearance, surgeons utilize groundbreaking imaging techniques to print craniofacial implants that replace sections of the skull that were removed or diseased. They also use this imaging to render a digital 3D model of the patient’s craniofacial structure to plan the procedure and foresee any anatomical difficulties before they enter the operating room. These advancements allow surgeons to operate safely while greatly lowering the risk of complications.

In addition to Dr. Ben-Shalom, the program’s leadership team includes the following distinguished experts: David Langer, MD, the chair of neurosurgery; Dr. Charles Thorne, chair of plastic surgery; John Boockvar, MD, the vice chair of neurosurgery and director of the brain tumor center; Dr. James Bradley, the vice chair of surgery service line; Randy D’Amico, MD, the director of the brain and spine metastases program; and Jason Ellis, MD, an expert in cerebrovascular and skull base surgery.

Lenox Hill Hospital’s neurosurgery program is renowned for exceptional outcomes and world-class care. It is ranked the 22nd best hospital for neurosurgery and neurology in 2022-2023 by US News and World Report. The hospital is also number 28 on Newsweek’s World Best Specialized Hospitals list for neurosurgery in 2023. Eight of the team’s neurosurgeons are recognized by Castle Connolly Top Doctors.

 About Lenox Hill Hospital

Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of Northwell Health, is a 450-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. Lenox Hill was also named among ‘America’s 50 Best Hospitals’ by Healthgrades, placing it in the top 1 percent of all hospitals nationwide. For more information, go to www.lenoxhill.northwell.edu.

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