Joseph Comunale, M.D.

Neuroradiology
Joseph Comunale
Dr. Comunale is Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College and Associate Attending Radiologist at NewYork-Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Campus. He achieved Board Certification in Diagnostic Radiology in 1994 and a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Neuroradiology in 1996 and was recertified in 2007. Dr. Comunale has particular interests in Emergency Neuroradiology and in Multiple Sclerosis Imaging. He is the Physician Leader of Weill Cornell Imaging at NYP at the Weill Greenberg Center location. Dr. Comunale performs a variety of brain, head and neck, and spine imaging including MRI, MRA, CT, CTA and procedures.

Dr. Joseph Comunale is Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College and Associate Attending Radiologist at NewYork-Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Campus. He is a member of the Division of Neuroradiology at NYPH-Weill Cornell and Chief of the Division of Outpatient Imaging. He is also a Consultant in Radiology and Imaging at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

In 1985, Dr. Comunale earned his B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.A. in Spanish Language Studies from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was awarded his M.D. degree in 1989 from the University of Rochester School of Medicine after completing the “Rochester Plan,” an early selection to medical school program.

After a general surgery internship (1989-1990) at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY, Dr. Comunale served as a resident in Diagnostic Radiology at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA (1990-1994) and was elected as Chief Radiology Resident 1993-1994. Dr. Comunale then did a Fellowship in Neuroradiology at NewYork-Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Campus and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center from 1994-1996.

Dr. Comunale achieved Board Certification in Diagnostic Radiology in 1994. He achieved a Certificate in Added Qualification (CAQ) in the sub-speciality of Neuroradiology in 1996 and was recertified in 2007.

Dr. Comunale performs a variety of neurologic and spine imaging (MRI, MRA, CT, CTA and procedures. In addition to providing clinical care, Dr. Comunale has a leadership position in the Department of Radiology serving as the Physician Leader of the Weill Cornell Imaging at NYP at the 1305 York Avenue (Weill Greenberg Center) imaging practice. He is Chief of the Division of Outpatient Imaging. Dr. Comunale is an active and enthusiastic teacher of medical students, radiology residents and neuroradiology fellows and is a mentor to medical students, residents, and neuroradiology fellows. He is both a local and national speaker on topics in Neuroradiology.

Insurances

Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please feel free to contact this physician or this physician's practice as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

  • AETNA [HMO]
  • AETNA [PPO]
  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Essential
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • CIGNA
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI [CBP]
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup [CHP]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup
  • Health Republic
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare [Medicare]
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • POMCO
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [Medicare]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]

Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles:

1)  J.P. Comunale, Jr., M.D., S.S. Han, M.D., L.W. Wong, M.D. Lumbar Myelography: Side Effects Correlated With Exam Findings and Needle Size. Spine 1994; 19:9:1063-65.

 2)  J. P. Comunale, Jr., M.D., L.A. Heier, M.D., A. Chutorian, M.D. Juvenile Huntington Disease: MR Appearance. AJR 1995; 165:414-415. and AJR 1996; URL:http://www.arrs.org/ajr.
 
3)  L.A. Heier, M.D., J.P. Comunale, Jr., M.D., M.H. Lavyne, M.D. Sensorineural hearing loss and cerebellopontine angle lesions: not always an acoustic neuroma. Clinical Imaging 1997; 21,3:213-223.
 
4)  J.P. Comunale, Jr., M.D., Heier L.A., M.D. Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis: a rapidly progressive case. AJR 1997; 169(e1). URL:http://www.arrs.org/ajr.
 
5)  Yi Wang, J.P.Comunale, R.D. Zimmerman, M.R. Prince. Magnetic Resonance digital subtraction angiography (MRDSA) of the carotid arteries. Journal of X-ray Science and Technology 12: 13-18, 2004.
 
6)  J.P. Comunale, M.D., P.C. Sanelli, M.D. R.D. Zimmerman, M.D. Advanced CT and MR Imaging of Acute Cerebral Infarction. Contemporary Diagnostic Radiology 2007; 30,10: 1-6.
 
 
 Book Reviews:
 

1)  Comunale, J.P., Jr.; Essential Radiology in Head Injury. Radiology 1989; 173(1):76.

2)  Comunale, J.P., Jr.; Essential Chest Radiology. Radiology 1989; 173(3,2):1002.
 

3)   Comunale, J.P., Jr., Griffiths, H.J.; Medicine for the Practicing Physician. 2nd. ed. Radiology 1989;170:984.
 

4) Comunale, J.P., Jr.; Imaging and Labeling Techniques in the Critically Ill. Radiology 1990; 175(1):44.
 
 

Abstracts, Presentations, and Exhibits:

 
1) C.K. Stone, G.S. Lichenberg, J.P. Comunale, Jr., R.S. Meltzer, R.S. Schwartz: Assessment of Cardiac Dimensions by Equilibrium Radionuclide Angiocardiography versus Echocardiography. The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. 1988;29:5:973-4. 35th annual meeting of The Society of Nuclear Medicine in San Fransisco, CA, 1988.
 
2) N.D. Johnson, M.BB.B.S.F.R.AA.C., B. P. Wood, M.D., J.P. Comunale, Jr., B.S., B.A., C.L. Schwartz, M.D., L.S. Constine, M.D. MR Imaging Evaluation of Pediatric Lymphomas. Radiology. 1987. 1987;1965(P):190-91. 73rd RSNA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. 1987.
 

3)  W.D. Donovan, M.D., J.P. Comunale, Jr., M.D., M.R. Armstrong, M.D. Intra- and Extracranial Seeding of Pituitary Adenoma. 33rd annual meeting of the American Society of Neuroradiology. Chicago, April 1995.

 4) W.D. Donovan, M.D., J.P.Comunale, Jr., M.D., R.D. Zimmerman, M.D. Severe Epstein Barr Virus Encephalitis. 33rd annual meeting of the American Society of Neuroradiology. Chicago, April 1995.
 
5)  J.P. Comunale, Jr., M.D., L.A. Heier, M.D., Donovan, W. Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis; a rapidly progressive case. 33rd annual meeting of the American Society of Neuroradiology. Chicago, April 1995.
 
6)  J.P. Comunale, Jr., M.D., L.A. Heier, M.D., Donovan, W. Late-onset Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy in two siblings. 33rd annual meeting of the American Society of Neuroradiology. Chicago, April 1995.
 
7)  J.P. Comunale, Jr., M.D., G. Krol, M.D., B. O'Malley, M.D. Combined Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR) approach to screening for brain metastases: cost effectiveness issue. 33rd annual meeting of the American Society of Neuroradiology. Chicago, April 1995.
 
8)  F.T. Flaherty, M.D., H.M. Lee, M.D., Y. Wang, PhD, N.M. Khilnani, M.D., D.W. Trost, M.D., J.P. Comunale, Jr., M.D., M.B. Jagust, M.D. Temporally Resolved Thick Slab 2D MR Digital Subtraction Angiography: A New Technique for Vascular Imaging. RSNA, 1997.
 
9)  Campbell, B.G., Comunale, J.P., Zimmerman, R.D. High signal-intensity within subarachnoid spaces on MR FLAIR images: all that is bright is not subarachnoid hemorrhage. Annual meeting of the ARRS, April 1998. AJR 1998;170s,4:180.
 
10)  L.H. Kelly, J.P. Comunale, Jr., B.G. Campbell, R.D. Zimmerman. Vascular Hyperintensity on fast FLAIR imaging, a sign of slow flow in infarction. Annual meeting of the ASNR, May 1998.
 
11. B.G. Campbell, J.P. Comunale, Jr., L.H. Kelly, R.D. Zimmerman. The subarachnoid space on FLAIR MR: All that is bright is not hemorrhage and all that is dark is not cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Annual meeting of the ASNR, May 1998.
 
12)  J.P. Comunale, Jr., Yi Wang, B.G. Campbell, R.D. Zimmerman. Two-Dimensional MR Digital Subtraction Angiography (MRDSA): a new technique for carotid imaging compared with 2D and 3D TOF MRA.  Annual meeting of the ASNR, May 1998.
 
13)  V.K. Agrawal, P.C. Sanelli, A. Ghassemi, D. Dascal, J.P. Comunale, S. Lewis, M. Law, G. Fatterpekar, B. Delman, J. Frontera. Evaluation of CT perfusion compared with transcranial Doppler ultrasound for detection of vasospasm. Annual meeting of the ASNR, June 2008.
 
14)  A. Ghassemi, P.C. Sanelli, V.K. Agrawal, D. Dascal, J. Comunale, S. Lewis, Law, G. Fatterpekar, B. Delman, J. Frontera. Comparison of CT perfusion and digital subtraction angiography for detection of symptomatic vasospasm. Annual meeting of the ASNR, June 2008.
 
15)  D.C. Shungu, X. Mao, A.J. Tsiouris, C.E. Johnson, J.P. Dyke, L.A. Heier, J.P. Comunale, J.A. Boockvar, T.H. Schwartz, S.C. Pannullo. 1H MRSI Detection of Elevated Total Creatine in Brain Cancer: A Cautionary Tale.  International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 2008 Workshop Series, September 2008.

 

16) R.L. Gold, P.C. Sanelli, A. Ghassemi, J.P. Comunale. Evaluation of CT perfusion compared with transcranial Doppler for detection of vasospasm. Eastern Neuroradiological Society Annual Meeting, August 2008.