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.

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Neuroendovascular & Stroke Team

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.

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Spine and Skull Base Disorders Team

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.

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Pediatric Neurosurgery Team

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

John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital
818 Ellicott St.
Buffalo, NY 14203
716.323.2000

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Dr. Renée Reynolds

MD FAANS

Dr. Reynolds' areas of expertise are: pediatric neurosurgery, including congenital neurosurgical conditions; brain tumors; surgical management...

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Dr. Veetai Li

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Dr. Veetai Li areas of expertise are: pediatric neurosurgery, including congenital neurosurgical conditions; brain tumors; surgical...

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Comprehensive Movement Disorders Team

A highly specialized team comprised of a two neurosurgeons, 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

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Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Neurosurgery Team

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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Interventional Pain Management Team

Interventional pain management is a method of treatment which utilizes minimally invasive pain blocking techniques to help disrupt the pain cycle that makes day-to-day activities less difficult, and effectively restores quality of life for patients and help them return to normal activity. At UBNS, we evaluate each patient to understand their underlying problem and create an individualized treatment plan that may involve surgery, nerve blocks, or implantable drug delivery systems as part of the treatment process. We offer a variety of interventional procedures and injections to help reduce or eliminate pain symptoms and reduce reliance or need for opioids. We also offer patients the convenience of on-site imaging and fluoroscopy-equipped rooms to conveniently perform these procedures.

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Chiropractic Team

UBNS believes that surgery is a treatment of last resort—one that should be reserved for patients with severe, intractable conditions. For many of our patients, surgery is not a warranted or viable treatment option.

In our commitment to providing all patients with comprehensive treatment options, UBNS began offering in-house chiropractic care for the first time in August 2009 with the addition of Dr. Jon Beck to the practice. In October 2014, UBNS added yet another chiropractor, Dr. Sunjay Kapoor to better accommodate the ever-growing demand for chiropractic care.  In 2017, the staff expanded to further to include two additional chiropractors Brian Geller and Keith Hull.

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