We found 16 providers matching skull base surgery and who accept Aetna Leap Specialty near Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Michael Jay Ruckenstein, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Michael Ruckenstein is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: facial problems, cancer surgery, and otosclerosis. Dr. Ruckenstein is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ruckenstein graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Toronto General Hospital. He has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014; and Recognized by Suburban Life magazine's "Top Physicians 2010" issue. Dr. Ruckenstein (or staff) speaks Hebrew and French.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Ear Pain, Dizziness, Ear Problems, Facial Problems, Skull Base Surgery, Skull Base Tumors, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregory Seth Weinstein, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street, 5 Ravdin; 4283
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gregory Weinstein specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Philadelphia, PA. He attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and St. Vincent's Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, salivary gland cancer, and swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy). Patient reviews placed Dr. Weinstein at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Weinstein takes. He has received the following distinctions: Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue, 2004 - 2016; Philadelphia Super Doctors; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14. Dr. Weinstein's professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Hyperparathyroidism, Larynx Cancer, Jaw Surgery, Ear Problems, Oral Cancer, Salivary Gland Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bert William OMalley Jr., MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Ravdin
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Bert O'Malley is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in Philadelphia, PA. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. O'Malley's areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, salivary gland tumor, and sinus cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14; and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014. Dr. O'Malley's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery, endoscopic skull base surgery

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Thyroid Problems, Tumor, Salivary Gland Tumor, Sinus Problems, Skull Base Surgery, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 14
  • Charge (avg.): $8,425
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,074
Dr. Ara Asadour Chalian, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Ara Chalian is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Chalian trained at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University for his residency. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, neck reconstructive surgery, and throat cancer. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chalian's distinctions include: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14; and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014. Dr. Chalian's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Neck Reconstructive Surgery, Deviated Septum, Cosmetic Surgery, Chin Surgery, Nasal Polyps, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. James N Palmer, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street, 5th Floor Ravdin; Suite 4283
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. James Palmer's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Palmer include sinusitis (sinus infection), cancer surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. Dr. Palmer is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Palmer studied medicine at Ohio State University College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic skull base surgery

All Interests: Deviated Septum, Nose Reconstruction, Cosmetic Surgery, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Sinus ... (Read more)

Dr. David William Kennedy, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. David Kennedy is a Philadelphia, PA physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Clinical interests for Dr. Kennedy include sinusitis (sinus infection), cancer surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Kennedy is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kennedy is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Kennedy has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14; and Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue from 2004 through 2016. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Deviated Septum, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Sinus Surgery, Facial Problems, Endoscopic Sinus ... (Read more)

Dr. Douglas Charles Bigelow, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street, 5th Floor Ravdin; Suite 4283
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Douglas Bigelow's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, otosclerosis, and gamma knife radiosurgery. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Bigelow is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Bigelow performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Hennepin County Medical Center, and St. John's Mercy Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized by Guide to America's Top Physicians 2004,2005; and Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's 1994, 1996, 1999, 2002 Top Docs issue.

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All Interests: Ear Pain, Second Opinions, Facial Paralysis, Bone Cancer, Ear Cancer, Bone Problems, Ear Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason Gabriel Newman, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
800 Walnut Street; 18th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jason Newman sees patients in Philadelphia, PA. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute, and Pennsylvania Hospital for residency. Dr. Newman's clinical interests include cancer surgery, salivary gland cancer, and swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy). The average patient rating for Dr. Newman is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Newman accepts. He has received the distinction of Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012. Dr. Newman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Oral Lesions, Hyperparathyroidism, Larynx Cancer, Hyperthyroidism, Skin Cancer, Oral Cancer, Facial ... (Read more)

Dr. Nithin Dev Adappa, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Nithin Adappa is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). These areas are among Dr. Adappa's clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), cancer surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He trained at Mount Sinai Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Adappa speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Deviated Septum, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Fractures, Facial Problems, Endoscopic Sinus ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Sean Grady, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Silverstein
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. M. Grady's area of specialization is neurosurgery. Dr. Grady obtained his medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, brain aneurysm, and pain. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Grady accepts. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Grady include: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14; and Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue from 2004 through 2016. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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All Interests: Endoscopic Surgery, Lower Back Problems, Skull Base Surgery, Aneurysm, Degenerative Disc Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Brem, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
801 Spruce Street; Spruce Building, 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Steven Brem's area of specialization is neurosurgery. Dr. Brem's areas of expertise include cancer surgery, spine tumor, and gamma knife radiosurgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He attended Harvard Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He has received the following distinction: Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2012-14. Dr. Brem (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Brem's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Meningioma, Clinical Trials, Brain Cancer, Skull Base Surgery, Gamma Knife ... (Read more)

Dr. David Kakin Kung, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Silverstein Pavilion
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. David Kung specializes in neurosurgery and practices in Philadelphia, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Kung include brain aneurysm, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), and skull base surgery. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then he performed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. In addition to English, Dr. Kung speaks Cantonese.

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Dr. Timothy H Lucas II, Jr., PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Timothy Lucas sees patients in Philadelphia, PA and Yardley, PA. His medical specialty is neurosurgery. He attended the University of Florida College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, skull base surgery, and stroke. Dr. Lucas is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Dr. Han-Chiao Isaac Chen, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3rd Floor, Silverstein Pavilion
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. H. Chen is a neurosurgery specialist in Philadelphia, PA. He is conversant in Mandarin. Dr. Chen's clinical interests include brain injury rehabilitation, skull base surgery, and brain cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Chen trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

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Dr. Phillip Buchanan Storm Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Phillip Storm is a neurosurgery specialist in Philadelphia, PA. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Storm accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Storm graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Skull Base Surgery, Skull Base Tumors, Aneurysm, Spine Tumor, Arteriovenous Malformation, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Youngkeun Lee, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
235 S 8th Street, Washington Square West Building; Division of Neurosurgery
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. John Lee works as a neurosurgeon. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lee's areas of expertise include cancer surgery, spine tumor, and skull base surgery. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Lee is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He studied medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. His medical residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He has received distinctions including Recognized by Best Doctors in America - 2013-2014; Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issue, 2011-2016; and Philadelphia Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks Korean and Spanish.

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What is Skull Base Surgery?

Skull base surgery is a procedure done to access and remove tumors or other lesions at the bottom of the skull, upon which the brain rests. To avoid injuring the brain, skull base lesions are reached from the side or underneath the skull. Skull base surgery is often used to treat tumors, but it is also used for arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), a condition in which blood vessels become tangled, and congenital anomalies, or conditions present from birth.

Depending on the region of the skull base in which the lesion is located, the types of surgery that can be performed include:

  • Anterior skull base surgery, which treats lesions in the area above the eyes and behind the nose. Tumors of the anterior skull base include paranasal sinus tumors, pituitary tumors, and meningiomas, which develop in the tissue between the skull and the brain.
  • Middle skull base surgery, which treats lesions in the region behind the eyes around the pituitary gland. Tumors of the middle skull base include meningiomas, pituitary tumors, and cholesteatomas, which are skin growths that occur in the ear.
  • Posterior skull base surgery, which treats lesions around the brainstem and cerebellum. This is the region near where the brain meets the spinal cord. Tumors of the posterior skull base include meningiomas and acoustic neuromas, which develop on a nerve connecting the ear to the brain.

Surgery can be performed with a minimally invasive or open approach. Open skull base surgery requires a craniotomy, which is a surgical drilling of the skull done to expose and access the lesions. The hole or holes in the skull are replaced following surgery. Minimally invasive approaches include endoscopic skull base surgery, which uses a thin tube (endoscope) inserted through the nose, mouth, or an opening made above the eyebrow. Open surgery is usually reserved for larger lesions that cannot be removed endoscopically.

Following your operation, you may require monitoring or testing. Depending on the type of procedure, you will need to stay in the hospital for 1-2 days or up to a week, and it can take anywhere from a few days or weeks (for minimally invasive approaches) to months (for open approaches) before you can return to your normal activity level.

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