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NYU Langone Provider

Dimitris G. Placantonakis, MD, PhD

NYU Langone Provider
  • Specialty: Neurosurgery
  • Treats: Adults
  • Languages: English, French, Greek
  • Phone: 212-263-2441
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I am a neurosurgeon and scientist specializing in brain tumor surgery. I started my medical career at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, where I trained in the MD/PhD program. After obtaining my doctorate in neuroscience and graduating first in my medical school class, I pursued neurosurgery training and a postdoctoral fellowship at other institutions. I returned to NYU Langone as a faculty member in 2010.

As a brain tumor surgeon–scientist, I have dedicated my career to surgically treating patients who have brain tumors, researching tumor biology and human brain development, and designing new therapies. I specialize in surgery to remove gliomas, glioblastomas, pituitary adenomas, meningiomas, and brain metastases.

Using advanced, novel surgical techniques, functional mapping of the brain, and intraoperative imaging, I maximize surgical efficacy and improve patient recovery. My expertise extends beyond conventional brain tumor surgery and includes minimally invasive or noninvasive platforms, such as laser ablation, focused ultrasound, and tubular retractors for deep-seated brain tumors.

Through my work designing and running clinical trials, I offer patients new treatment options. I have led several trials for patients who have glioblastoma.

My laboratory group, which has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than a decade now, studies basic mechanisms of oncogenesis in glioblastoma, with the goal of identifying biological vulnerabilities that can be exploited therapeutically. We also use human stem cell platforms to better understand human brain development.

I am honored to have received several awards as a scientist and to have been recognized as a Super Doctors’ “Rising Star” for New York and by Leading Physicians of the World as a surgeon. Although it’s gratifying to receive such recognition, I most cherish the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of my patients and their families. A brain cancer diagnosis can be the most difficult and stressful period in a person’s life. I am privileged to be a part of the solution. I am grateful for my patients’ trust and for the privilege of forming powerful emotional bonds with them and their families.


Conditions and Treatments

Conditions
  • astrocytoma
  • brain cancer
  • brain metastasis
  • brain tumor
  • central nervous system lymphoma
  • craniopharyngioma
  • gliomas
  • hydrocephalus
  • leptomeningeal carcinomatosis
  • meningioma
  • pineal tumor
  • pituitary adenoma
  • pituitary tumors
  • primitive neuroectodermal tumor (pnet)
  • skull base tumor
Treatments
  • brain biopsy
  • brain mapping
  • craniotomy
  • endoscopy
  • minimally invasive surgery
  • mri-guided focal laser ablation

Positions
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery - Neurological Surgery, 2013
Education and Training
  • Residency, Cornell University Medical College, Neurosurgery, 2010
  • Residency, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Neurosurgery, 2010
  • Fellowship, Memorial Sloan-Ketteriing Cancer Center, 2008
  • MD from New York University, 2003
  • PhD from New York University, 2003

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Dimitris G. Placantonakis, MD, PhD does not accept insurance.

Locations and Appointments

NYU Langone Neurosurgery Associates

530 1st Avenue, Skirball Suite 8R, New York, NY 10016

Interests

Glioblastoma stem cells, human embryonic stem cells, glioma biology, gliomagenesis, glioma therapeutics, cancer, imaging, molecular, cellular, & translational neuroscience

Research Summary

Dr. Placantonakis obtained his MD/PhD degree in Neuroscience from NYU School of Medicine and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in human embryonic stem cell biology with Drs. Lorenz Studer and Viviane Tabar at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. He was also trained in Neurosurgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and Memorial Sloan-Kettering. At NYU, he is a tenure-track physician-scientist dividing his time between his neurosurgical practice and the laboratory. Dr. Placantonakis has an interest in the treatment of gliomas and brain tumors in general. The Neurosurgical Laboratory for Stem Cell Research, which is headed by Dr. Placantonakis, studies stem cell biology in the context of glioma, a malignant brain tumor. We adapt human embryonic stem cell and genetic technologies to model oncogenic processes, with the goal of understanding the early steps in glioma formation and developing translational applications, such as high-throughput drug screening and biomarker identification. Furthermore, we use genetic approaches and patients' tissue to generate models for high-grade gliomas, with emphasis on the role of stem cells in pathogenesis and new therapeutic approaches that directly target them. Our ultimate goal is to translate our laboratory findings to new therapies and diagnostic tests for patients with glioma.

Dr. Placantonakis' laboratory is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and private foundations.

Academic Contact

Academic office

530 1st Avenue, Suite 8R

New York, NY 10016

Phone

212-263-2441

Lab Website

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  • A dose escalation and expansion study of sonodynamic therapy with SONALA-001 in combination with Exablate 4000 Type-2 MR-guided focused ultrasound in patients with recurrent or progressive glioblastoma multiforme

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  • Multicenter Prospective Study of Surgical Outcomes in Patients with Neuro-endocrine Tumors

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  • Single-center study of fiber tractography in brain tumor surgery

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