Philip E. Stieg, Ph.D., M.D.
Neurological Surgery
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Philip E. Stieg, Ph.D., M.D.

Neurological Surgery

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Gender: Male
Language: English


Personal Statement

After having earned my Ph.D. in Neuroscience, I became fascinated by the intricacies and processes of the central nervous system, and the role a neurosurgeon plays in tracing them. I realized that neurosurgeons are responsible for far more than surgical intervention. We play a critical role in getting our patients back to living normal lives, with healthy brain function. That's why I went on to earn an M.D. degree as well. 

I consider it an honor to treat patients with brain tumors and cerebrovascular disorders. The challenges are immense, but I get the daily satisfaction of helping patients get back to the families, and their lives.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Neurological Surgery


  • Cerebral Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Neurosurgery
  • Brain Tumor
  • Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • AVM (Arteriovenous Malformation)
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Cavernous Malformation
  • Hemifacial Spasm
  • Orbital Tumor
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Carotid Endarterectomy
  • Meningioma
  • Vascular Malformation
  • Stroke
  • Moyamoya Syndrome
  • Chordoma Tumor
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Aneurysm
  • Astrocytoma
  • Glioblastoma Multiforme
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia Surgery
  • Arnold-Chiari Malformation
  • Brain Stem Glioma
  • Movement Disorder
  • Cerebral AVM
  • Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Repair of Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformation
  • AVM (Arteriovenous Malformation) Brain
  • Cerebrovascular AVM
  • Occult Cerebral AVM
  • AVM Repair
  • Brain AVM Repair
  • Craniotomy For AVM
  • Excision of Cerebral AVM (Arteriovenous Malformation)
  • Repair, AV Malformation, Cerebral
  • Craniotomy, For AV Malformation
  • Trigeminal (5Th) Nerve Injury
  • Trigeminal Nerve Disease
  • Trigeminal Nerve Disease or Syndrome
  • Trigeminal Nerve Disorder
  • Trigeminal Nerve Injury
  • Trigeminal Nerve Palsy
  • Trigeminal Nerve Spasm
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia Pain
  • Trigeminal Neuropathy
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia Syndrome
  • Decompression of Trigeminal Nerve
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Bleeding In Brain Due to Brain Aneurysm
  • Clipping, Aneurysm, Cerebral
  • Surgical Procedure, Aneurysm, Intracranial
  • Brain Aneurysm Surgery
  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Aneurysm Surgery (Clipping)
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Benign Brain Tumor
  • Brain
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain Aneurysm Treatment
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Neoplasm
  • Brain Pathology
  • Disease of Brain
  • Primary Brain Cancer
  • Secondary Brain Tumors
  • Vascular Abnormality of Brain
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)


Philip Stieg, PhD, MD is the Margaret and Robert J. Hariri, MD ’87, PhD ’87 Professor of Neurological Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine and Neurosurgeon-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He has developed an international reputation in the area of cerebrovascular disorders and skull base surgery and is considered one of the top neurosurgeons in the world for aneurysms, AVMs, carotid occlusion, and other cerebrovascular conditions.

Dr. Stieg received his B.S. degree in 1974 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, his Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neuroscience from Albany Medical College of Union University in 1980, and his M.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1983. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and a fellowship in cell transplantation for restorative neurological function at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

Dr. Stieg has been active in many international courses and been broadly published. He has contributed to groups such as the Joint Sections of Cerebrovascular Surgery of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons (AANS/CNS) where he now assists in the capacity of past chairman. In addition, he is the past President of the Society of University Neurosurgeons. Dr. Stieg is the recipient of multiple awards and honors, including the 2018 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the American Heart Association/Stroke Association's 2018 National Stroke Hero, and has earned citations in "Who's Who in Health and Medical Services" and "The Best Doctors in America." He is also the host of the weekly podcast This Is Your Brain With Dr. Phil Stieg, which provides fascinating conversations with medical experts and patients about the wonders of the brain.

Before joining the Weill Cornell Medicine Physician Organization, Dr. Stieg was the Associate Chief in Neurosurgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

For more information about the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center, including the conditions we treat and the advanced procedures we perform, visit

DR. STIEG SEES PATIENTS AT: 520 East 70th Street (east of York Avenue) Starr Pavilion, Room 651 New York, NY 10065, and at 1305 York Avenue (at 70th Street), 9th Floor, New York, NY 10021.


Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

  • Visiting Professor, Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, Albany Medical Center 1990
  • West’s Who’s Who in Health and Medical Services 1991 – present 
  • Best Doctors in America 1994 – present 
  • Visiting Professor, Yale University 1995
  • Robert M. Curtis Visiting Professor in Surgery, Dartmouth Medical School 1996
  • Visiting Professor, University of Hanover Medical School, Hanover, Germany 1996
  • Visiting Professor, Jefferson University Medical School 1997
  • Visiting Professor, University of Pennsylvania 1997
  • Symposium on Interventional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • “New Approaches to Minimally Invasive Surgery”
  • Visiting Professor, Asian Medical Center, Seoul, Korea 1997
  • International Symposium on Neurosciences
  • Best Doctors, Boston Magazine 1997
  • Plenary Presentation, Joint Section of Cerebrovascular Surgery, Orlando, FL 1998
  • Visiting Professor, University of Vermont Medical School 1999
  • “Time, Feeling and Focus” Award, American Heart Association 1999
  • Plenary Presentation, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Boston, MA 1999
  • Frontiers in Cancer Management “Nemrock”, Cairo, Egypt 2000
  • Visiting Professor, Yonsei University Medical Center, Seoul, Korea 2000
  • The 6th International Workshop on Cerebrovascular Surgery
  • Top Doctors: New York Metro Area 2001 – present
  • Visiting Professor, Louisiana State University Medical Center 2001
  • America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. 2001 – present
  • “The Best Doctors in New York”, New York Magazine 2001 – present
  • Hollin Lecturer, Mount Sinai Medical Center 2001
  • J.G. Galbraith Lecturer, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2001
  • “2000 Outstanding Scholars of the 21st Century” 2002
  • Marquis Who’s Who in America 2002 – present 
  • America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. 2002 – present 
  • Who’s Who in Medical Sciences Education 2004 – present 
  • Zeiss Luminary Center, Weill Cornell Medical College 2005
  • Leadership Award, MHHC Foundation 2005
  • Visiting Professor, Surgery Grand Rounds, University of Illinois-Chicago 2006
  • Visiting Professor, Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, Harvard University 2006
  • Visiting Professor, Biomedical Campus, Rome, Italy 2011
  • Honored Guest, Chinese Neurological Society 2012
  • Vice President, New York Presbyterian Medical Board 2012
  • Alumnus of the Year, Medical College of Wisconsin 2013
  • New York Super Doctors 2013
  • President, NewYork Presbyterian Hospital Medical Board 2013 
  • President, Society of University Neurosurgeons 2014
  • Honorary Member, Italian Neurological Society 2015
  • President, Brain Tumor Foundation 2015-2017 President, AHA/ASA New York Chapter 2016-2018 
  • Invited Speaker, WFNS-15th Interim Meeting of the World Federation of 2015 Neurosurgical Societies, Naples, Italy
  • Invited Speaker, 15th Interim Meeting of the World Federation of 2015
  • Neurosurgical Societies, Rome Italy 
  • Ellis Island 2018 Medal of Honors, Ellis Island Society 2018
  • AHA/ASA Stroke Hero Award 2018
  • New York Super Doctors 2013-2021


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Chairman of Neurological Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Professor of Neurological Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Neurosurgeon-in-Chief - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Margaret and Robert J. Hariri, MD ’87, PhD ’87 Professor of Neurological Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin, 1983
  • Ph.D., Albany Medical College of Union University, 1980


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this doctor is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark

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