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Gender: Male
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Neurological Surgery
1305 York Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10021
Epilepsy Surgery
1305 York Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10021
Pituitary and Anterior Skull Base Surgery
1305 York Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10021
Brain Tumor Surgery
1305 York Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10021

Personal Statement

Neurosurgery has always been more of a passion than a profession for me. I view patient care as a privilege that requires complete dedication to patient well-being. I am fully aware that the concept of having to undergo a neurosurgical operation, a “brain surgery,” is a daunting and terrifying prospect to a patient. I try to make the whole experience pleasant and positive, and to create a calm and soothing environment for my patients. My whole office staff is centered on the patient experience to provide professional, rapid responses to any questions in a courteous and caring manner.

Behind the scenes, I have dedicated my career to pursuing minimally invasive operative techniques to make neurosurgical procedures easier on my patients so they recover more rapidly and can return quickly to their normal lives. Nothing makes my day more than seeing patients a few weeks after surgery and getting a big hug and smile from them and their families for a job well done. I am also privileged to practice at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center. The staff and affiliated services are the best in New York, and their assistance is invaluable in providing the best and most compassionate care to my patients. 


Specialties & Expertise


  • Neurosurgery
  • Neuro-Oncology
  • Neurological Surgery


  • Brain Tumor
  • Endoscopic Pituitary Surgery
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Meningioma
  • Glioblastoma Multiforme
  • Astrocytoma
  • Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery
  • Endoscopic Chordoma Surgery
  • Endoscopic Craniopharyngioma Surgery
  • Pituitary Surgery
  • Brain Cancer
  • Endoscopic Neurosurgery
  • Cushing Disease
  • Acromegaly
  • Pituitary Disease
  • Pituitary Neoplasm
  • Seizure Disorder
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Chordoma Tumor
  • Endoscopic Brain Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive (Endoscopic) Neurosurgery
  • Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery
  • Brain Stem Glioma
  • Functional Brain Mapping
  • Gliomas
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy
  • Spinal Cord Tumor

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 contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

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

  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - NYPH Employees Only
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource


Board Certifications

  • Surgery, Neurological

Clinical & Academic Positions

Attending Neurological Surgeon
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Professor of Neurological Surgery in Otolaryngology
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Professor of Neurological Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

David and Ursel Barnes Professor of Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Professor of Neuroscience
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education & Training

  • M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1993

Honors & Awards

1985-87                John Harvard Scholarship for Academic Achievement


1987                       Hoops Prize for Senior Thesis– Harvard College


1987       `               Magna Cum Laude – Harvard College 


1991                       Harvard Medical Student Research Fellowship  


1993                       Magna Cum Laude – Harvard Medical School  


1996                       Central Neuropsychiatric Association Resident Award,

                                 Honorable Mention  


1997                       Academy Award, The American Academy of Neurological

                                 Surgeons, Honorable Mention


1997                       Junior Investigator Award, American Epilepsy Society 


1999                       Epilepsy Foundation Research/Clinical Training



1999                       Alexander Von Humboldt Fellowship  


2000                       William P. Van Wagenan Fellowship 


2000                       German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Award 


2000                       Academy Award, The American Academy of

                                  Neurological Surgeons, Honor. Mention 


2001-02                Junior Investigator Award, Epilepsy Foundation of



2001-02                Young Clinician Investigators Award, NREF, AANS 


2002                       The Goldenberg Lectureship, St. Francis Hospital, W.

                                  Hartford, CT 


2002-07                NINDS K08 (NS 43799)  


2002-05                The Dana Foundation Program in Clinical Imaging



2002-05                NINDS R21 (NS 42325)


2004-08                NINDS R01 (NS 94822) 


2005                       NIH Study Section (NCRR GCRC Site visit) 


2005-06                NIH Study Section (NSD C) 


2005-06                NINDS Research Supplement for Minorities – Preceptor 


2005-present     Marquis Who’s Who in Healthcare 


2006                       MHHC Foundation Health Leadership Award  


2006                       Synthes Skull Base Award, CNS 


2006-07                Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, EFA – Preceptor 


2006-2010            NINDS NSD-C Permanent Member 


2007                       Univ. of Pitt. Neurosurgery Chairman Interview  


2007                       NIBIB Study Section 06-003 RFA


2008                       NINDS, study section ZNS1 SRB-B


2008                       Visiting Professor, UCLA 


2008                       George Ehni Lectureship, Visiting Professor, Baylor

                                  School of Medicine 


2008                       Faculty of 1000 Biology, PNAS paper  


2008                       New York Superdoctors  


2008                       Faculty of 1000 Medicine, Epilepsia Paper  


2008                       Visiting Professor, Stanford University   


2008                       NINDS, study section ZNS1 SRB-S 


2008                       Top Doctors, New York Metro Area, Castle Connolly 


2009                       America’s Top Surgeons , Castle Connelly 


2009                       New York Superdoctors   


2009                       Top Doctors, New York Magazine


2009                       NINDS study section, ZNS-1 SRB-B 12 


2009                       Visiting Professor, UCSD 


2009                       Best Doctors in America 


2009-present     The Global Directory of Who’s Who (Top Doctors)


2009-present     Who’s Who in Science and Engineering 


2010                       America’s Top Surgeons, Castle Connelly  


2010                       Top Doctors, New York Metro Area, Castle Connolly 


2010                       New York Superdoctors  


2010                       New York Magazine   Best Doctors  


2010                       America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, Castle Connelly 


2010                       Best Doctors in America 


2010                       NIH Study Section ZRG1 ETTN-B 


2010                       President, Medical Strollers 


2010                       Visiting Professor, St. Catherine”s College, Oxford,



2010                       Visiting Professor, MGH, Harvard 


2010                       Visiting Professor, U. Rochester  


2010                       Welcome Trust Grant 


2010                       CTSC GRANT UL1-RR024996 


2010                       American Academy of Neurological Surgery 


2010                       Visiting Professor, Johns Hopkins 


2011                       Visiting Professor, Bombay Neurological Association,



2011                       Visiting Lecturer, Dr. Balabhatic Nanavati Hospital,

                                 Mumbai, India


2011                       America’s Top Surgeons, Castle Connelly  


2011                       Top Doctors, New York Metro Area, Castle Connolly  


2011                       New York Superdoctors  


2011                       New York Magazine   Best Doctors 


2011                       America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, Castle Connelly 


2011                       Best Doctors in America 


2011                       Distinguished Skull Base Professor, University of



2011                       Visiting Professor, Dept of Neurobiology, Barrow

                                 Neurological Institute 


2011                       Visiting Professor, Dept of Neurosurgery, Jefferson Med



2011                       Visiting Professor, Dept of Neurosurgery, University of



2011                       Honored Guest, Mexican Neurosurgical Congress 


2011                       Visiting Professor, Dept. of Psychology, University of

                                 Sheffield, England 


2012                       NSADA K21 (Mentor)  


2012                       Kingswood-Oxford Stroud Science Symposium Lecture 


2012                       Visiting Professor, Dept. of Neurosurgery, North Shore-



2012                       Honored Guest, 1st International Forum on Skull base

                                 Trauma and Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery and 1st

                                 Workshop on Endoscopic Skull base Surgery and 12th

                                 Workshop on Latest Neurosurgical Advancements,

                                 Neurosurgical Department of Changzheng Hospital,

                                 Shanghai, China       


2012                       Visiting Professor, Dept of Neurosurgery, Yale-New

                                  Haven Medical Center  


2012                       International Faculty, 5th World Congress for

                                 Endoscopic Surgery of the Brain, 


2012                       Skull Base and Spine, Vienna, Austria 


2012                       Honored Guest, Society for British Neurosurgeons,

                                  Aberdeeen, Scotland  


2012                       America’s Top Surgeons, Castle Connelly 


2012                       Top Doctors, New York Metro Area, Castle Connolly 


2012                       New York Superdoctors   


2012                       New York Magazine   Best Doctors  


2012                       America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, Castle Connelly 


2012                       Best Doctors in America  


2012                       Voices Against Brain Cancer Honoree


2013                       NINDS R21 (NS 078644) 


2013                       Visiting Professor, Dept. of Neurosurgery, Lennox Hill 


2013                       Honored Guest, NUHS Dept. of Neurosurgery, Singapore 


2013                       America’s Top Surgeons, Castle Connelly  


2013                       Top Doctors, New York Metro Area, Castle Connolly  


2013                       New York Superdoctors   


2013                       New York Magazine   Best Doctors   


2013                       America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, Castle Connelly 


2013                       Best Doctors in America 


 2013                       Plenary Lecture, Rhinology Meeting, Sao Paolo, Brazil    


2013                       Plenary Lecture, International League Against Epilepsy

                                 Meeting, Montreal          


2013                       Plenary Lecture, Mexican Neurosurgical Congress           


2013                       Honored Guest Lecturer, 1st Dandy Division of Skull Base



2013                       Visiting Professor, Dept. of Neurosurgery, Stanford



2013                       Gentle Giant Award, Pituitary Network Association        


Theodore H. Schwartz, MD, received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. After completing his residency and chief residency in Neurosurgery at The Neurological Institute of NewYork at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Dr. Schwartz spent a year at Yale-New Haven Medical Center receiving advanced fellowship training. Dr. Schwartz specializes in the surgical treatment of brain tumors, pituitary tumors and epilepsy using the latest techniques in computer-guided surgical navigation, minamally invasive endoscopy and microsurgery. Dr. Schwartz was recently named David and Ursel Barnes Professor in Minimally Invasive Surgery, the first endowed professorship in the department. (See news item about the endowed position.)

Dr. Schwartz has provided commentary for numerous television shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, and Larry King, in addition to national radio shows. His expertise has been sought through interviews, quoted and published, in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, and Crain's New York Business; he is asked to lecture throughout the country and world. Dr. Schwartz has published many scholarly articles for the Journal of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, Epilepsia, Clinical Neurosurgery the Journal of Neuro-Oncology, Nature Medicine, NeuroImage and the Journal of Neuroscience.

Dr. Schwartz has been named one of New York's Super Doctors, Best Doctors in New York Magazine, America's Top Surgeons, America's Best Doctors and America's Best Doctors for Cancer. He is the co-author of two books on endoscopic skull base surgery and endoscopic pituitary surgery.

Read more about Dr. Schwartz's newest book: Endoscopic Pituitary Surgery
Find out more about Practical Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery


Dr. Schwartz sees patients at:
1305 York Avenue (at 70th Street)
Brain and Spine Center, 9th Floor
New York, NY


See also:

AANS Operative Grand Rounds Video Conference: Endoscopic Transnasal Resection of Pituitary Tumors

A detailed, 38-minute video conference with Dr. Theodore H. Schwartz on the advantages and limitations of the endoscopic transnasal approach to pituitary tumors.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Schwartz, call 212-746-5620


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