Robert J. Plunkett, MD

Dr. Plunkett, a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine, completed his neurosurgical residency training at Vanderbilt University Hospital. He then spent four years at the National Institutes of Health, primarily doing research on surgical treatments for Parkinson’s disease. In Buffalo, he developed stereotaxic surgery at Buffalo General Medical Center and co-founded the Comprehensive Movement Disorder Center. His surgical expertise includes Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s disease and tremor and implantation of pumps to deliver Intrathecal Baclofen to treat spasticity. Dr. Plunkett has been on the medical advisory staff for the National Parkinson’s Foundation of Western New York for the past 15 years.

Dr. Plunkett is also on the Neurosurgical Staff at Roswell Park Cancer Institute where he performs Gamma Knife Radiosurgery to treat brain tumors, trigeminal neuralgia and tremor. His laboratory at Roswell studies novel approaches to treat brain tumors, radioprotection agents, and growth factors to promote nerve cell regeneration.

Medical School
Indiana University School of Medicine

Residency
Vanderbilt University Hospital

Fellowship
Vanderbilt University Hospital, Surgical Research Laboratory
National Institutes of Health, Surgical Neurology Branch

Board Certification
Neurosurgery

Clinical Interests
Dr. Plunkett has two major areas of clinical expertise:
– Functional Neurosurgery, including Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s disease and tremor; implantation of pumps to deliver Intrathecal Baclofen to treat spasticity;

– Neuro-oncology, including Gamma Knife Radiosurgery to treat brain tumors, trigeminal neuralgia and tremor.

Professional Highlights
Dr. Plunkett’s chief professional highlight is the four years he spent at the National Institutes of Health, during which he conducted research on surgical treatments for Parkinson’s disease.

Memberships
American Medical Association; American Association for the Advancement of Science; Meacham Neurological Society; Congress of Neurological Surgeons; American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS); Erie County Medical Society; AANS Joint Section on Tumors; American Society for Neural Transplantation and Repair and AANS Joint Section on Pain; American Academy of Pain Management; American Society for Functional and Stereotaxic Neurosurgery

Selected Publications
View a partial list of Dr. Plunkett’s publications through the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed online database.