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 Docs, Best Doctors in New York-Castle Connolly, SuperDoctors, America’s Top Surgeons, America’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. 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 Times, New 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.
Dr. Boockvar currently co-directs the Laboratory for Brain Tumor Biology and Therapy at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. His laboratory interests have focused on adult human neural stem cell biology as it relates to brain tumor formation and resistance to therapy. Dr. Boockvar is a world expert on blood brain barrier disruption to improve the delivery of therapeutics to the human brain.
Dr. Boockvar is the principal investigator of several cutting edge clinical trials using blood brain barrier disruption to deliver high dose chemotherapy for patients with malignant brain tumors that have been featured in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Dr. Boockvar has served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Current Stem Cell Research and Therapy and is an editorial board member of the Journal of Neuro-Oncology, Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery, and Recent Patents on Anti-Cancer Drug Discovery.
Dr. Boockvar directs the Brain Tumor Biotech Center at the Institute that seeks to bridge the translational gap between basic and clinical science for patients with malignant brain tumors. Dr. Boockvar’s laboratory has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and he was recently awarded the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Pinnacle Partners Award for his research into brain tumors. He has also won research awards from Voices Against Brain Cancer, the American Brain Tumor Association, the Starr Foundation, Anspach Companies, and the Adelson Foundation.
SUNY Downstate Medical School, Brooklyn, NY
Degree: MD, Medical School Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude with Distinction in Research
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Field of Study: Neurosurgery
University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA
Degree: Post-Doctoral Fellow
Field of Study: Brain Tumor and Stem Cell Biology