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

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). His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, salivary gland tumor, and sinus cancer. Dr. O'Malley is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he 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. He has received distinctions including 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. 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, 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. Michael J Ruckenstein, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Michael Ruckenstein, who practices in Philadelphia, PA and Radnor, PA, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He obtained his medical school training at McGill University Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Toronto General Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ruckenstein include facial problems, cancer surgery, and otosclerosis. On average, patients gave Dr. Ruckenstein a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ruckenstein accepts 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 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 the following foreign languages: Hebrew and French. Dr. Ruckenstein'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: Ear Pain, Dizziness, Ear Problems, Facial Problems, Skull Base Surgery, Mastoidectomy, Hearing ... (Read more)

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

Dr. James Palmer works as an otolaryngologist in Philadelphia, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Palmer include sinusitis (sinus infection), cancer surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. Dr. Palmer is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. After completing medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. The average patient rating for Dr. Palmer is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Palmer accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012.

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

Dr. Jason Newman is a Philadelphia, PA physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient reviews placed Dr. Newman at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, salivary gland cancer, and swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute, and Pennsylvania Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012. Dr. Newman'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

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

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

Dr. David Kennedy works as an ear, nose and throat specialist. His areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), cancer surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Kennedy attended medical school at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. On average, patients gave Dr. Kennedy a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kennedy takes. He has received the following distinctions: 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.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery, pituitary surgery

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

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

Dr. Gregory Weinstein's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). The average patient rating for Dr. Weinstein is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Weinstein include cancer surgery, salivary gland cancer, and swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at New York Medical College. He completed his residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and St. Vincent's Hospital. Dr. Weinstein has received professional recognition including the following: 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 is professionally affiliated with 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. Douglas C Bigelow, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street, 5th Floor Ravdin; Suite 4283
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Douglas Bigelow practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, otosclerosis, and gamma knife radiosurgery. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After attending the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Bigelow completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Hennepin County Medical Center, and St. John's Mercy Medical Center. Dr. Bigelow's distinctions include: 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. His 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: Ear Pain, Second Opinions, Facial Paralysis, Bone Cancer, Ear Cancer, Bone Problems, Ear Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Nithin Adappa practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). In addition to English, Dr. Adappa speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Adappa include sinusitis (sinus infection), cancer surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. After attending Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Adappa honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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. Ara A Chalian, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Ara Chalian works as an ear, nose and throat specialist in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Chalian is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, neck reconstructive surgery, and throat cancer. Dr. Chalian is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as 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. He is professionally affiliated with 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. Michael Sean Grady, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Silverstein
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. M. Grady is a Philadelphia, PA physician who specializes in neurosurgery. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer surgery, brain aneurysm, and pain. Patients gave Dr. Grady an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Grady honors 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 annually in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue from 2004 through 2016. His 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

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

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

Dr. Timothy Lucas' medical specialty is neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, skull base surgery, and stroke. Dr. Lucas honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. His 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: Sports Health, Neurostimulation, Endoscopic Surgery, Brain Cancer, Skull Base Surgery, Laser ... (Read more)

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

Dr. H. Chen specializes in neurosurgery and practices in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Chen's areas of expertise include brain injury rehabilitation, skull base surgery, and traumatic brain injury. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks Mandarin. His 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: Meningioma, Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Epilepsy Surgery, Brain Cancer, Traumatic Brain Injury, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Steven Brem, who practices in Philadelphia, PA and Doylestown, PA, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Dr. Brem (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, spine tumor, and gamma knife radiosurgery. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Brem trained at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. The average patient rating for Dr. Brem is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2012-14.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Brain Cancer, Skull Base Surgery, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Skull Base Cancer, Spine Tumor, Cancer, ... (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 is a neurosurgeon in Philadelphia, PA. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lee's clinical interests 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 honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency. He has received the following distinctions: Recognized by Best Doctors in America - 2013-2014; Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issue, 2011-2016; and Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Korean and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Endoscopic Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Spine Tumor, Cancer, Stereotactic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Phillip Storm's area of specialization is neurosurgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Storm is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Storm is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His medical 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. David K Kung, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Silverstein Pavilion
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. David Kung works as a neurosurgeon in Philadelphia, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Kung include brain aneurysm, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), and skull base surgery. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kung honors. He attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. In addition to English, he speaks Cantonese. Dr. Kung's professional 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

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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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