About Michael B. Sisti, MD

James G. McMurtry III, MD Associate Professor of Neurosurgery,

Radiation Oncology & Otolaryngology

 

Co-director, Center for Radiosurgery

ATTENDING PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD FROM NURSING DEPARTMENT

Dr. Michael B. Sisti specializes in the treatment of complex brain tumors, meningiomas, and acoustic neuromas, employing state-of-the-art computer-guided microneurosurgery and Gamma Knife radiosurgery.

 

Dr. Sisti’s core belief is that by dedicating himself both to the best in medical technology and to the quality of the physician-patient relationship, he provides the optimum opportunity for helping patients deal with these difficult brain tumors. He has safely and successfully operated on more than 6,000 patients with these complex conditions. Over 1000 of these patients had acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, or epidermoids in the cerebellopontine angle, one of Dr. Sisti’s specialty areas.

 

During his 30-year career in the Department of Neurosurgery at the world-class Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Sisti has also pioneered many surgical and technical advances, including New York City’s first noninvasive radiosurgery program. As a result of his personal philosophy and long-term concentrated experience in treating the most difficult tumors, Dr. Sisti has earned a reputation for technical excellence in surgical results as well as providing superior personal care to his patients and their family members.

THE MARKING OF A NEUROSURGEON:
DR. MICHAEL  B. SISTI

What Happens When a Neurosurgeon Needs a Neurosurgeon?

What Happens When a Neurosurgeon Needs a Neurosurgeon?

When Brazilian neurosurgeon Jose Nasser felt numbness on one side of his face, he hoped it was a minor nerve problem and that it would go away quickly. But he decided to have an MRI done just in case. The MRI showed that Dr. Nasser had an acoustic neuroma, a tumor...

Certificates & Education

BOARD CERTIFIED

American Board of Neurological Surgery

MEDICAL SCHOOL

Columbia University Neurological Institute of New York

FELLOWSHIP TRAINING

National Institutes of Health

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
New York State Neurological Society
New York State Neurosurgical Society
Society of University Neurosurgeons

Honors & Recognitions

New York Magazine Best Doctors (2007-2020)

New York Super Doctors (2007-2020)

 

America’s Top Doctors for Cancer (2009-2020)

New York Magazine Top Doctors (2010, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)

Castle Connolly Top Doctors New York Metro Area (digital guide 2016-2020)

America’s Top Doctors
(2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) 

America’s Most Honored Professionals (2017-2020)

Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors for Cancer (digital guide 2016-2020)

Bergen’s Top Doctors (2018, 2019, 2020)

201 Health Bergen’s Top Doctors (2014-2020)

The Academy of Clinical Excellence, Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons (2019)

Best Doctors in America
(2007-2020)

Top Doctors, New York Metro Area (2006-2020)

Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors (digital guide 2016-2020)

Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award-5 Year Honoree (2014-2020)

Vitals Patients’ Choice 5th Anniversary Award (2014-2020)

Vitals Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2010-2020)

Patients’ Choice (2010-2020)

Compassionate Doctor
(2010-2020)

Vitals Patients’ Choice Award (2010-2020)

Von Hippel Landau Alliance Gala Honored Guest and Recipient of the Annual VHL Warrior Award
Plaza Hotel, New York, NY (2016)

America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, Newsweek Magazine (2015)

Vitals Top 10 Doctor-City (2014)

Physician of the Year Recipient Award, Columbia University Medical Center, Department of Nursing Award (2010)

John O. Vieta M.D. Lecture

and Prize, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY (2009)

Teacher Recognition

Award, Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons (2000)

Honorary Member, Venezuelan Society of Neurosurgery (1993)

Allen O. Whipple Prize for Excellence in Surgery, Columbia University,

College of Physicians & Surgeons (1981)

Alpha Omega Alpha, Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons (1980)

Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society, Cooper Union School of Engineering (1976)

Eagle Scout, Troop 86, Boy Scouts of America (1970)

Castle Connolly Top Doctors New York Metro Area (book series)

Marquis Who’s Who Albert Nelson Lifetime

Achievement Award in Medicine & Health Care 

Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors for Cancer (book series)

Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors (book series)

Newsweek Best Doctors

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

1. Young WL, Prohovnik I, Ornstein E, Sisti MB, Solomon RA, Stein BM, Ostapkovich N: Monitoring of intraoperative cerebral hemodynamics before and after arteriovenous malformation resection. Anesth Analg 67:1011-1014, 1988

 

2. Fetell MR, Housepian EM, Oster MW, Cote DN, Sisti MB, Marcus SG, Fisher PB: Intratumor administration of Beta-Interferon in recurrent malignant gliomas. A phase I clinical and laboratory study. Cancer 65:78-83, 1990.

 

3. Wisniewski T, Sisti MB, Inhirami G, Knowles DM, Powers JM: Intracerebral Solitary Plasmacytoma. Neurosurgery 27:826-829, 1990.

 

4. Young WL, Prohovnik I, Ornstein E, Ostapkovich N, Sisti MB, Solomon RA, Stein BM: The effect of arteriovenous malformation resection on cerebrovascular reactivity to carbon dioxide. Neurosurg 27:257-267, 1990

Comments and Editorials: Peer-Reviewed Journals, Editor

1. Stein BM, Mohr JP, Sisti MB: Is radiosurgery all that is appears to be? [Letter] Arch Neurol 48:19-20, 1991.

 

2. Stein BM, Sisti MB, Kader A: Microsurgery and radiosurgery in small AVMs [Letter,Comment] J Neurosurg 79:795-797, 1993.

 

3. Stein BM, Sisti MB, Mohr JP, Pile-Spellman J: Radiosurgery and venous malformations [Letter, Comment]. J Neurosurg 80:175-177, 1994.

 

4. Stein BM, Sisti MB, Goodman RR: Stereotactic magnetic resonance angiography for targeting in Arteriovenous malformation radiosurgery [Comment] Neurosurgery 35:591, 1994.

Book Reviews: Peer-Reviewed Journals

1. Sisti, MB. Book Review: Atlas of Neurosurgical Techniques: Brain. Sekhar LN, Fessler RG (Eds). Thieme Medical Publishers, NY, 2015. Neurosurgery 81:552-553, 2017.

What Happens When a Neurosurgeon Needs a Neurosurgeon?

What Happens When a Neurosurgeon Needs a Neurosurgeon?

When Brazilian neurosurgeon Jose Nasser felt numbness on one side of his face, he hoped it was a minor nerve problem and that it would go away quickly. But he decided to have an MRI done just in case. The MRI showed that Dr. Nasser had an acoustic neuroma, a tumor...

Dr. Michael Sisti’s Patient Lives Olympic Dream

Dr. Michael Sisti’s Patient Lives Olympic Dream

It has been a few years since we shared the inspiring story of the olympian Josephine Pucci.  And now, with the 2018 Winter Olympics underway in South Korea, we thought, what better time to put her story front and center once again. Before we do, we'd like to give you...

Dr. Sisti’s Patient ‘In Great Hands’

Dr. Sisti’s Patient ‘In Great Hands’

When Jodie Leitner went to a routine checkup in the fall of 2014, she told her doctor she had been having unusual headaches. “I had had sinus headaches in the past,” she says, “and these headaches were different.” So her doctor sent her for an MRI. The MRI showed a...

A Patient Surprises Dr. Sisti With a Gift No Money Can Buy

A Patient Surprises Dr. Sisti With a Gift No Money Can Buy

  The gifts that move us, tug at our hearts, come when we least expect them and, in an instant, remind us of what’s important. Looking at the gift-wrapped box from his patient, Dr. Michael B. Sisti of Columbia Neurosurgery, didn’t know what the contents could be....

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