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Dr. John A. Boockvar, MD of Lenox Hill Hospital

About Dr. John A. Boockvar, MD


John A. Boockvar, MD is vice chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, director of the Brain Tumor Center, and the Pituitary/Neuroendocrine Center of the Division of Neurological Surgery and the New York Head and Neck Institute at Lenox Hill and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospitals. Dr. Boockvar is also a professor of Neurological Surgery and Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the Zucker School of Medicine, and a professor at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research where he directs the Laboratory for Brain Tumor Biology and Therapy.


Dr. Boockvar is internationally known for his surgical expertise and for providing patients with safe, effective, and minimally invasive treatment for brain tumors, skull base disorders, and disorders of the spine. Dr. Boockvar’s surgical expertise is in benign and malignant brain tumors, skull base and endoscopic pituitary surgery, spinal and peripheral nerve tumors, minimally invasive spinal surgery, and complex spinal disorders. Dr. Boockvar has been recognized for his novel research in brain tumors and stem cell biology. He has been named to the lists of New York Magazine’s Top DocsBest Doctors in New York-Castle ConnollySuperDoctorsAmerica’s Top SurgeonsAmerica’s Best Doctors, and America’s Best Doctors for Cancer. His research has been widely published and he has received numerous national awards including the Eric Lichtenstein Humanitarian Award from Voices Against Brain Cancer for his compassionate work in treating patients with brain cancer. In 2016, Dr. Boockvar was elected to the prestigious Academy of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. John A. Boockvar, MD of Lenox Hill Hospital

  • Dr. Boockvar has been repeatedly featured on CNN, ABC, CNBC, CBS, and Fox News Channel, and has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show as well as in the New York TimesNew York Daily News, and Crain’s Business Journal among others. Dr. Boockvar was a featured neurosurgeon on the ABC hit show NY MED. In 2015, Dr. Boockvar was again named to the New York super doctors list and he was one of only two neurosurgeons in the nation to be featured in the documentary Surviving Terminal Cancer. Most recently, Dr. Boockvar was featured on NBC’s Today Show for solving a patient’s medical mystery. Dr. Boockvar is also an honorary surgeon of the NYPD and the New York State Troopers.

    Dr. Boockvar received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Like his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather before him, Dr. Boockvar received an MD from SUNY Brooklyn-Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Boockvar graduated summa cum laude with Distinction in Research and was medical school class valedictorian. Dr. Boockvar did his surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Boockvar did his NIH-supported post-doctoral research training in Neuro-oncology at the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center.

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