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We found 16 providers with an interest in 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 works as an ear, nose and throat specialist. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among Dr. Ruckenstein's clinical interests: facial problems, cancer surgery, and otosclerosis. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Ruckenstein is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Toronto General Hospital. He has received the following distinctions: 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 sees patients in Philadelphia, PA. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Areas of expertise for Dr. Weinstein include cancer surgery, salivary gland cancer, and swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy). His professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Weinstein attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and St. Vincent's Hospital for residency. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Weinstein 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.

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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 medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Before performing 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 attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Clinical interests for Dr. O'Malley include cancer surgery, salivary gland tumor, and skull base surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Awards and/or distinctions he has received 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. 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

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

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

Dr. Ara Chalian is an otolaryngologist. Patients rated Dr. Chalian highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, neck reconstructive surgery, and throat cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Dr. Chalian is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Awards and/or distinctions he has received 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.

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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 is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Areas of expertise for Dr. Palmer 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 Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Patient reviews placed Dr. Palmer at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Palmer accepts. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include 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. Douglas Charles Bigelow, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street, 5th Floor Ravdin; Suite 4283
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Douglas Bigelow practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Philadelphia, PA. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, otosclerosis, and gamma knife radiosurgery. Dr. Bigelow's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Hennepin County Medical Center, and St. John's Mercy Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Bigelow 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.

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

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

Dr. David Kennedy is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Areas of expertise for Dr. Kennedy include sinusitis (sinus infection), cancer surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kennedy 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. Dr. Kennedy is 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. Jason Gabriel Newman, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
800 Walnut Street; 18th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jason Newman specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient ratings for Dr. Newman average 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer surgery, salivary gland cancer, and swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute, and Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Newman has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized by Best Doctors in America 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: , skull base surgery

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

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

Dr. Nithin Adappa, who practices in Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Adappa trained at Mount Sinai Medical Center for his residency. His areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), cancer surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. In addition to English, Dr. Adappa speaks Spanish. 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: 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 works as a neurosurgeon in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Grady's clinical interests include cancer surgery, brain aneurysm, and pain. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Grady's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received 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.

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

Dr. Steven Brem's specialty is neurosurgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Brem's clinical interests include cancer surgery, spine tumor, and gamma knife radiosurgery. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Brem accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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) is conversant in Spanish and French.

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

Dr. David Kung is a neurosurgery specialist in Philadelphia, PA. His clinical interests include brain aneurysm, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), and skull base surgery. Dr. Kung takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He trained at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for residency. He is conversant in 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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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Cerebral Angiogram, Vascular Malformations, Brain ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Timothy Lucas is a specialist in neurosurgery. He works in Philadelphia, PA and Yardley, PA. Dr. Lucas's clinical interests include cancer surgery, skull base surgery, and stroke. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Lucas accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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

Dr. John Lee practices neurosurgery. Before performing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Lee attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Clinical interests for Dr. Lee include cancer surgery, spine tumor, and skull base surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Lee is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lee accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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. 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, Skull Base Surgery, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Spine Tumor, Cancer, Stereotactic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. H. Chen works as a neurosurgeon in Philadelphia, PA. His clinical interests include brain injury rehabilitation, skull base surgery, and brain cancer. Dr. Chen honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

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All Interests: Meningioma, Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Epilepsy Surgery, Brain Cancer, Traumatic Brain Injury, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neurosurgery
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Phillip Storm is a neurosurgeon. He attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Storm trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Storm is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

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

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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.