Team Approach to Patient Care

ubns-team-approach.JPGUBNS follows a team approach to diagnosing and treating complex disorders of the central nervous system. Accordingly, patients treated at our institution derive the unique benefit of having multiple highly regarded physicians and other medical professionals involved in their care.

Each of UBNS' attending physicians is grouped into one of five specialized teams according to his or her area of expertise: neuroendovascular, movement disorders, pediatric neurosurgery, spine and skull base disorders, and/or minimally invasive endoscopy. Each team thus consists of at least one and up to three attending neurosurgeons; a cadre of nurses and nurse practitioners who are experts in the evaluation and management of brain and spine disease; and in many cases, a small group of fully trained neurosurgical research fellows.

At their initial visits, patients are evaluated by a physician, a physician assistant, or a nurse practitioner. Afterwards, the appropriate specialized team deliberates to first develop a suitable diagnostic study and then devise the safest and most effective treatment plan for each patient's particular condition. From this point forward, team members make themselves readily available for discussions and questions to help patients fully understand their condition and the various treatment alternatives available to them. Once a treatment plan is agreed upon, team members collaborate at every stage of delivery to ensure the best possible results.

All of our surgeons are nationally recognized leaders in their respective specialties. That said, patients who prefer to have a specific physician in charge of their care should know that every effort will be made to fulfill their request, though it will ultimately depend on physician availability. In these cases, patients still receive the benefit of a team approach; their chosen attending neurosurgeon simply serves as the captain of their team of caregivers.

NEUROENDOVASCULAR TEAM
Led by Dr. L.N. Hopkins, Dr. Elad Levy, Dr. Adnan Siddiqui, and Dr. Kenneth Snyder

100 High Street, Section B4, Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 218-1000

Four attending neurosurgeons -- Dr. Hopkins, Dr. Levy, Dr. Siddiqui, and Dr. Snyder -- function as UBNS' neuroendovascular team to diagnose and treat the vascular abnormalities and diseases of the brain and spinal cord that can lead to stroke - including aneurysms, atherosclerotic occlusive disease, arteriovenous malformations, and arteriovenous fistulas. The neuroendovascular team excels in minimally invasive endovascular treatments, as well as more traditional, open surgical approaches. Each year, 1,200 to 1,400 patients undergo endovascular procedures at our institution.

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MOVEMENT DISORDERS TEAM
Led by Dr. Robert J. Plunkett

Comprehensive Movement Disorders Center
5959 Big Tree Road, Suite 103
Orchard Park, NY 14127
Phone: (716) 218-1000

A highly specialized team comprised of a neurosurgeon, a neurologist, nursing staff, and social workers all expertly trained to treat movement disorders using the most current medical and surgical treatments and procedures available. The team specializes in the evaluation and treatment of:

  • Parkinson's disease and Parkinsonian syndromes
  • Tremor
  • Spasmodic torticollis and other focal or generalized dystonias
  • Hemifacial spasm
  • Blepharospasm
  • Medically refractory spasticity secondary to multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or stroke
  • Unusual movement disorders

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PEDIATRIC NEUROSURGERY TEAM
Led by Dr. Veetai Li and Dr. Renée Reynolds

Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo
219 Bryant Street, Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-7386

The UBNS pediatric team is skilled in the use of cutting-edge minimally invasive neurosurgical techniques that allow for the more precise and less traumatic removal of brain tumors and other brain lesions in children younger than 18 years of age. The team also specializes in the following pediatric areas:

  • Endoscopic neurosurgery
  • Developmental spinal disorders
  • Surgical treatment of epilepsy
  • Comprehensive craniofacial treatment
  • Brain tumor treatment
  • Neurosurgical treatments for spasticity
  • Tertiary neurosurgical trauma management

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SPINE & SKULL BASE DISORDERS TEAM
Led by Dr. John Pollina, Dr. Kevin Gibbons, Dr. John Fahrbach, Dr. Doug Moreland, Dr. Greg Castiglia, and Dr. Vassilios Dimopoulos

Buffalo General Medical Center
100 High Street, Section B4, Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 218-1000

Northtowns locations:
Minimally Invasive Brain & Spine Evaluation Center
3980A Sheridan Drive, Amherst, NY 14226
Phone: (716) 218-1000

180 Park Club Lane
Suite 100 
Williamsville, NY 14221
Phone: (716) 839-3570 

The Spine & Skull Base Disorders team treats ailments of the spine and skull base using both traditional surgery and minimally invasive techniques. Specific conditions treated include herniated discs; spine instability; spinal deformities; head trauma; and vascular lesions, infections, and tumors of the skull base.

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MINIMALLY INVASIVE ENDOSCOPIC NEUROSURGERY TEAM
Led by Dr. Kevin Gibbons, Dr. Veetai Li and Dr. Renée Reynolds

Buffalo General Medical Center
100 High Street, Section B4, Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 218-1000

Minimally Invasive Brain & Spine Evaluation Center
3980A Sheridan Drive, Amherst, NY 14226
Phone: (716) 218-1000

5959 Big Tree Road, Suite 103
Orchard Park, NY 14127
Phone: (716) 218-1000

The minimally invasive endoscopy team specializes in the removal of pituitary and ventricular lesions, the biopsy and removal of pituitary and intraventricular tumors, and the treatment of hydrocephalus in both pediatric and adult populations. The team's minimally invasive approach often eliminates the need for traditional open craniotomies. Instead, procedures are performed through small, cosmetic incisions, resulting in less postoperative pain and shorter hospital stays for patients.

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