Babacar Cisse, M.D., Ph.D.
Neurological Surgery
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Babacar Cisse, M.D., Ph.D.

Neurological Surgery

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Gender: Male
Language: English


Personal Statement

Dr. Cisse is an award-winning neurosurgeon who performs a wide range of surgical procedures for brain and spine conditions, with special expertise in primary and metastatic brain and spinal tumors. He utilizes multiple advanced techniques to achieve the safest outcomes for his patients. These techniques include neuro-navigation, ultrasound, advanced imaging, motor and speech mapping, and endoscopic and minimally invasive techniques. 

Dr. Cisse is fluent in English, French, Arabic, and Wolof.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Neurosurgery
  • Neuro-Oncology


  • Brain Tumor
  • Spine Tumors
  • Glioblastoma
  • Meningioma
  • Rathke's Cleft Cyst
  • Glioblastoma Multiforme
  • Benign Tumor of Spinal Cord
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Brain Tumor, Recurrent
  • Brain Tumors
  • Chordoma Tumor
  • Malignant Germ Cell Tumor
  • Pineal Tumor
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Brain Surgery
  • Craniotomy
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia Pain
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia Surgery
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia Syndrome
  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
  • Neurosurgical Oncology
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Endoscopic Neurosurgery
  • Intraventricular Endoscopic Neurosurgery
  • Minimally Invasive (Endoscopic) Neurosurgery
  • Endoscopic Craniopharyngioma Surgery
  • Functional Brain Mapping


Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

New York Rising Stars 2019
NIH Loan Repayment Program Award, 2014-2016

Frederick P. Gay Memorial Award for achievement in microbiology, Columbia, 2010
PhD with Distinction, Columbia University, 2009
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31), NIH, 2008-2010
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship, 2004-2006
Summer Research Fellowship, Harvard Medical School, 2002
Reamer Kline Award, Bard College, 2002
Frederick P. Gay Memorial Award for achievement in microbiology, Columbia, 2010
Harold Griffiths Award for Excellency in Chemistry, Bard College, 2002
Gustave Aufricht Memorial Scholarship, Bard College, 2002
HHMI Undergraduate Fellowship University of Illinois, 2000
Distinguished Scientist Scholarship, Bard College, 1999-2003


Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Assistant Attending Neurological Surgeon - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Assistant Professor of Neuroscience - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Leonard and Fleur Harlan Clinical Scholar - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., Ph.D., Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2010
  • B.A., Bard College, 2003


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this doctor is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee Managed Care Plan
  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee PPO Plan
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Amida Care
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Access
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Connection
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WellCare of NY
  • WorldWide Medical

Locations and Appointments

External Relationships

External Relationships

Relationships and collaborations with for-profit and not-for profit organizations are of vital importance to our faculty because these exchanges of scientific information foster innovation. As experts in their fields, WCM physicians and scientists are sought after by many organizations to consult and educate. WCM and its faculty make this information available to the public, thus creating a transparent environment.

No External Relationships Reported