Michael E. Tobias, MD

michael tobias md

Get to know Dr. Tobias

Dr. Michael Tobias is a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in pediatric neurosurgery. In addition, he is Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at New York Medical College, and Co-Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, New York.

 

Dr. Tobias received his medical degree from Brown University School of Medicine, graduating with honors in neurosurgery and pediatric neurosurgery. He performed his internship and residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. While Chief Resident there, Dr. Tobias helped establish a new educational curriculum for resident training in pediatric neurosurgery at Montefiore Hospital.

 

He is a sought-after presenter and is the author and co-author of numerous research papers. In his spare time, Dr. Tobias enjoys basketball, sailing, and playing the harmonica.

Credentials

Education:

  • LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center and St. Jude Children’s
    Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee
    University of Tennessee, Memphis, Department of Neurosurgery
    Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellow
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York
    Neurosurgery PGY-7 Chief Resident

    • Rotated at Montefiore Hospital (Bronx, New York) and St. Luke’s- Roosevelt Hospital (Manhattan, New York).
    • Established a new educational curriculum with Dr. Rick Abbott and Dr. James Goodrich at Montefiore Hospital for resident training in pediatric neurosurgery. The purpose of this new program is to teach neurosurgery residents and all hospital staff involved in taking care of pediatric neurosurgery patients.
    • Approached Integra Neurosciences to redesign their current ventricular-peritoneal shunt system. The new design, which is currently available on their OSV2 and NPH valves, will soon become integrated into all their shunt systems.
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York
    Internship in General Surgery

    • Rotated at Montefiore Hospital and Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, New York.
  • Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, Rhode Island
    Doctor of Medicine

    • Received Honors in Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neurosurgery.
    • Received Brown University Department of Psychiatry and Human
      Behavior Academic Grand Rounds Award.
    • Rotated in the neurosurgery departments at Columbia University and
      New York Medical College.
  • Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

    • Selected for Brown’s Program in Liberal Medical Education
      (PLME) which combines undergraduate and graduate medical
      education.
    • Graduated with Honors in Political Science.
    • Thesis on “American Medical Residency Programs: A Political Analysis of New York’s Bell Commission.”
    • Founded a company as an independent study project that imported and sold cold weather apparel to more than 100 retail stores in 14 different states, with annual gross sales reaching $100,000.

Attending:

  • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics
    New York Medical College/Maria Fareri Children’s
    Hospital/Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, New York

 

Titles:

  • Co-Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Maria Fareri Children’s
    Hospital, Valhalla, New York

 

U.S. Patent :

  • U.S. Patent Number 5,493,811: Plant Watering Method and Apparatus
    Invented and patented a device that automatically waters plants while homeowner is away.

 

Community Service:

  • Member of Project Sunshine – provide services to children with severe illnesses.
  • Volunteer for Brown Community Outreach Program – worked with children from Providence Public Schools.
  • Faculty Advisor for the National Youth Leadership Forum on medicine in Boston, Massachusetts – instructed high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in medicine.
  • Childhood Lead Action Program – screened children for lead poisoning in Providence, Rhode Island.

 

Personal:

Hobbies include basketball, sailing, harmonica, music, and movies.

Presentations & Posters

  • AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery, oral presentation at the Annual Meeting in Miami, Florida, ” Identifying and treating patients with pseudotumor and cerebral venous sinus thrombosis.
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, poster presentation at the 56th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, “Surgical Resection of Malignant Astrocytomas of the Spinal Cord.”
  • American Society of Neuroradiology, oral presentation at the Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, “A Rare Cause of Isolated Third Nerve Palsy: Spontaneous Hemorrhage vs. Cavernous Malformation.”
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, oral presentation at the 54th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, “Induction Neurogenesis in a Rat Model of Transient Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion.”
  • New York Neurosurgical Society, oral presentation at the Annual Resident Research Meeting in Manhattan, New York, “Induction Neurogenesis in a Rat Model of Transient Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion.”
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, poster presentation at the 53rd Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, “Holocord Tumors of the Spine – Surgical Management and Review of the Literature.”
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, poster presentation at the 52nd Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, “Malignant Astrocytomas of the Spinal Cord: A Retrospective Study.”
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, oral presentation at the 49th Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, “Gamma Knife Radiosurgery in Childhood Malignant Brain Tumors.”

Research & Publications

  • Goldstein I, Tobias ME, Kothbauer K, Jallo G, and Epstein, F. “High
    grade spinal cord tumors of the spine: a retrospective study.”
    Journal of Neurosurgery (to be submitted).
  • Tobias, ME, McGirt MJ, Chaichana KL, Goldstein IM, Kothbauer KF,
    Epstein F, Jallo GI. “Surgical management of long intramedullary Spinal cord tumors. Childs Nerv Syst. July 2007.
  • Tobias, ME, Lenart, C, Gokhan, S, Abrahams, J, Mehler, M.
    “Induction neurogenesis in a rat model of transient middle cerebral artery occlusion.” Neurosurgery (to be submitted).
  • Tobias, ME, Silvera, M, Jallo, G, “Spine astrocytoma.” Radiology
    Section, Emedicine, pp. 1-10, 2005.
  • Worked at Rose F. Kennedy Center for research in mental retardation and developmental disabilities at Albert Einstein College of Medicine neuroscience lab. Developed stroke models in rats and mice to investigate different aspects of neurogenesis in the stroke bed, the penumbra, the subventricular zone, and remote areas of the brain.
  • Tobias, Michael E. “American medical residency programs: an analysis of New York’s Bell regulations and the training of physicians.” Rhode Island Medicine and Health, volume 81: pp. 284-288, 1998.

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