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

Dr. Michael Ruckenstein's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His clinical interests include facial problems, cancer surgery, and otosclerosis. Dr. Ruckenstein's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Ruckenstein's education and training includes medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine and residency at Toronto General Hospital. 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 languages: Hebrew and French. He 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: 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 is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). On average, patients gave Dr. Weinstein a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, salivary gland cancer, and swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and performed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and St. Vincent's Hospital. He 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's professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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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 physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). These areas are among Dr. O'Malley's clinical interests: cancer surgery, salivary gland tumor, and sinus cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. O'Malley 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, endoscopic skull base surgery

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 14
  • Uninsured Cost: $8,425
  • Medicare Cost: $1,074
Dr. Ara Asadour Chalian, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Ara Chalian is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). These areas are among Dr. Chalian's clinical interests: cancer surgery, neck reconstructive surgery, and throat cancer. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University, Dr. Chalian attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. His 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 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. James N Palmer, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street, 5th Floor Ravdin; Suite 4283
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. James Palmer specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University, Dr. Palmer attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Palmer include sinusitis (sinus infection), cancer surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Palmer's distinctions include: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012. 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: , 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 specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Philadelphia, PA. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kennedy's clinical interests include 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 takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After attending Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Kennedy 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.

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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 specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His clinical interests include cancer surgery, otosclerosis, and gamma knife radiosurgery. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bigelow studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Bigelow's residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Hennepin County Medical Center, and St. John's Mercy Medical Center. He has received distinctions including 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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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 practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Newman's training includes residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute, and Pennsylvania Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, salivary gland cancer, and swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy). He is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Newman has received the following distinction: Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012. 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: 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 specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Adappa is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Adappa include sinusitis (sinus infection), cancer surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Adappa accepts.

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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. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, brain aneurysm, and pain. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Grady accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia, Dr. Grady attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. 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. 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: Endoscopic Surgery, Lower Back Problems, Skull Base Surgery, Aneurysm, Degenerative Disc Disease, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 18
  • Uninsured Cost: $8,425
  • Medicare Cost: $1,081
Dr. Steven Brem, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
801 Spruce Street; Spruce Building, 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Steven Brem is a specialist in neurosurgery. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, spine tumor, and gamma knife radiosurgery. Dr. Brem is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brem accepts. Before performing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Dr. Brem attended Harvard Medical School. He has received the distinction of Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2012-14. Dr. Brem (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

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 is a specialist in neurosurgery. He speaks Cantonese. Areas of expertise 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 obtained his medical school training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and performed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Dr. Kung accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 practices neurosurgery in Philadelphia, PA and Yardley, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lucas include cancer surgery, skull base surgery, and stroke. Dr. Lucas's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. Dr. Lucas honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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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 is a neurosurgeon. His clinical interests include brain injury rehabilitation, skull base surgery, and brain cancer. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chen is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Chen trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin. Dr. Chen's professional affiliations include 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)

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

Dr. John Lee specializes in neurosurgery. Dr. Lee's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer surgery, spine tumor, and skull base surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, he performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Lee 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. Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks 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)

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

Dr. Phillip Storm, who practices in Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Dr. Storm attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Storm accepts. He 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.