Team Approach to Patient Care

UBNS follows a team approach to diagnosing and treating complex disorders of the brain and spine. Accordingly, patients treated at our institution derive the unique benefit of having multiple highly-regarded physicians and other clinical experts involved in their care.

Each of our 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.

At your initial visit, you will be evaluated by a physician, a physician assistant (PA), or a nurse practitioner (NP). Afterwards, the appropriate specialized team deliberates to first develop a suitable diagnostic study and then devise the safest and most effective treatment plan for your particular condition. From this point forward, team members make themselves readily available for discussions and questions to help you fully understand your condition and the various treatment alternatives available to you. Once a treatment plan is agreed upon, your clinical team collaborates 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 & Stroke Team

Led by Dr. Elad Levy, Dr. Adnan Siddiqui, Dr. Kenneth Snyder and Dr. Jason Davies
100 High St., Section B4, Buffalo, NY 14203

Four attending neurosurgeons—Dr. Levy, Dr. Siddiqui, Dr. Snyder and Dr. Davies—function as UBNS’ neuroendovascular team to diagnose and treat the cerebrovascular abnormalities and diseases of the brain and spinal cord that can lead to stroke—including aneurysms, atherosclerotic occlusive disease, arteriovenous malformations (AVM), and arteriovenous fistulas, (AVF). The neuroendovascular team is nationally recognized in minimally invasive endovascular treatments, as well as more traditional, open surgical approaches. Each year, thousands of patients undergo endovascular procedures at our institution.


Comprehensive Movement Disorders Team

Led by Dr. Robert J. Plunkett and UB Neuorlogist Dr. Kelly Andrewszewski
Comprehensive Movement Disorders Center
5959 Big Tree Rd., Suite 103
Orchard Park, NY 14127

A highly specialized team comprised of a neurosurgeon, a neurologist and nursing staff, 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
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Essential tremor
  • Tics and other movement disorders
  • Botulinum toxin injections for dystonia, blepharospasm and sialorrhea
  • Medically refractory spasticity secondary to multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury or stroke
  • Gamma knife for tremor and tumor


Pediatric Neurosurgery Team

Led by Dr. Veetai Li and Dr. Renée Reynolds
Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo
219 Bryant St., Buffalo, NY 14222

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:

  • Arteriovenous malformations and fistulas
  • Brain tumors
  • Surgical treatment of epilepsy
  • Comprehensive craniofacial treatment
  • Congenital malformations
  • Neurosurgical treatments for spasticity
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Laser ablation
  • Rhizotomy
  • Spinal dysraphism/spina bifida
  • Tertiary brain and spine trauma management


Spine & Skull Base Disorders Team

Led by Dr. John Pollina, Dr. Kevin Gibbons, Dr. John Fahrbach, Dr. Doug Moreland, Dr. Greg Castiglia, Dr. Vassilios Dimopoulos and Dr. Michael Stoffman
Buffalo General Medical Center
100 High St., Section B4, Buffalo, NY 14203

Northtowns locations:
Minimally Invasive Brain & Spine Evaluation Center
3980A Sheridan Dr., Amherst, NY 14226

180 Park Club Lane
Suite 100
Williamsville, NY 14221

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 and neck injury; and vascular lesions, infections and tumors.


Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Neurosurgery Team

Led by Dr. Kevin Gibbons, Dr. Veetai Li, Dr. Renée Reynolds and Dr. Jason Davies
Buffalo General Medical Center
100 High St., Section B4, Buffalo, NY 14203

Minimally Invasive Brain & Spine Evaluation Center
3980A Sheridan Dr., Amherst, NY 14226

5959 Big Tree Rd., Suite 103
Orchard Park, NY 14127

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.