A new show, “Constellations,” is coming to Broadway, and Columbia Neurosurgeon Dr. Michael B. Sisti was just about the last person who expected to get a call to help the actors get ready. But, they needed the perspective of an experienced specialist and he fit the bill.
The female lead, played by Ruth Wilson, has been diagnosed with a glioblastoma, a rare but deadly brain tumor. Dr. Sisti was asked to come in during one rehearsal and speak to Ms. Wilson and her co-star Jake Gyllenhaal about the disease.
Dr. Sisti is known worldwide for his expertise in the treatment of brain tumors, but he is also a terrific teacher and a very relatable guy.
The show is currently in previews, and we got a sneak peak at the playbill that gives “Special Thanks” to Dr. Sisti (see the image above left). Also thanked is Dr. Brian Greene, a particle physicist and mathematician here at Columbia.
Dr. Sisti had a chance to preview the play and he says, “It’s good with smart people and smart writing. They deal with a very complicated issue [glioblastoma], and I was pleased I could help clarify the disease. They took a hard subject and turned it into a piece of art. It’s a terrific story and I think it will be a big success.”
Read more about the play and the female lead in this recent New York Times article: After ‘The Affair,’ Ruth Wilson Hits Broadway in ‘Constellations.’
Dr. Sisti is the James G. McMurtry Associate Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology & Otolaryngology at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is also Co-Director of their Gamma Knife Center. He specializes in the treatment of complex brain tumors, meningiomas, and acoustic neuromas employing state of the art computer guided micro neurosurgery and Gamma Knife radiosurgery.
Learn more about Dr. Michael Sisti on his bio page here. You can also learn more about how he became the teacher he is today in this post: The Making of a Neurosurgeon: Dr. Michael Sisti.