Enhanced Neurological Services at EJGH
The Tulane Neurosurgery practice is located on the East Jefferson campus, 4224 Houma Boulevard, Suite 550. The practice accepts all major insurance plans, as well as Medicare and Medicaid. Their temporary office number is (504) 503-7001.
Tulane Neurosurgery provides comprehensive, cutting edge and compassionate care for patients, delivering the full spectrum of neurosurgical disorders including: cerebrovascular disease and stroke, spine disorders, brain and spine tumors, movement disorders, epilepsy, congenital disorders and peripheral nerve disease. Our physicians are committed to surgical innovation and research, as well as educating the next generation to improve the care of our patients now and in the future.
Meet the Physicians
Peter S. Amenta, MD
Dr. Amenta is a fellowship-trained board-eligible neurosurgeon who specializes in cerebrovascular, skull base, spine and general neurosurgery. He completed his neurosurgery residency training program at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and subsequently completed a fellowship in cerebrovascular and skull base surgery at the University of Miami. He has research interests in cerebrovascular surgery, stroke, skull base disorders and is widely published in these fields.
Aaron S. Dumont, MD, FACS, FAHA, FAANS
Dr. Dumont serves as the new Medical Director of Neurosurgery at EJGH as well as the Charles B. Wilson Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Tulane University School of Medicine. He is a board-certified neurosurgeon who completed his residency program training at the University of Virginia as well as a fellowship in cerebrovascular, skull base and endovascular neurosurgery at the University of Virginia. He has interests in all areas of pediatric and adult neurosurgery including spine disorders, movement disorders, epilepsy, stroke and cerebrovascular disease, peripheral nerve disease, radiosurgery and tumors of the brain and spine. He is dual-trained in open traditional microsurgery and minimally invasive endovascular surgery for vascular disorders of the brain and spine. He has active neurosurgical research interests and has published and presented extensively with more than 200 publications and more than 175 national and international presentations. He was recently elected to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery (the specialty's leading scientific journal) and serves on the Editorial Boards of 10 other academic journals.
Christopher Maulucci, MD
Dr. Maulucci is a fellowship-trained board-eligible neurosurgeon that specializes in spine disorders and has interests in general neurosurgery. He completed his residency training program at the University of Maryland as well as a fellowship in complex spine surgery at Thomas Jefferson University. He is the Co-Director of the Neurosurgery Spine Program at Tulane. He is capable of providing comprehensive care for any spine patient and has special expertise in minimally invasive techniques as well as expertise in treating scoliosis, spinal deformity and tumors of the vertebral column as well as expertise in dealing with complex revision surgery. He has research interests in complex spine disorders and outcomes research and has published numerous articles in these areas.
Ricky Medel, MD
Dr. Medel serves as the new Associate Medical Director of Neurosurgery at EJGH as well as the Director of Cerebrovascular, Endovascular & Skull Base Surgery at Tulane. He is a fellowship-trained board-eligible neurosurgeon with interests in cerebrovascular disorders and stroke, skull base surgery and brain tumors as well as spine disorders and general neurosurgery. He completed his residency training program at the University of Virginia as well as a fellowship in cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery at the University of Virginia. He is also one of a select few neurosurgeons in the country dual-trained in both traditional open microsurgery and minimally invasive endovascular neurosurgery for vascular disorders of the brain and spine. He has active research interests in stroke and vascular disorders as well as neurosurgical outcomes research. He has published extensively in these areas.
Manish Singh, MD
Dr. Singh is a fellowship-trained board-eligible neurosurgeon that specializes in spine disorders and also has interests in general neurosurgery. He completed his residency training program at the Tulane as well as a fellowship in complex spine surgery at the University of Virginia where he was trained by the world-renowned spine surgeon, Dr. Christopher Shaffrey, and his colleagues. He is the Co-Director of the Neurosurgery Spine Program at Tulane University. He has expertise in all areas of spine surgery including minimally invasive and cutting edge techniques. He has research interests in complex spine disorders and outcomes research and has published numerous articles and book chapters.
Areas of Expertise
Cerebral Vascular Disorders and Stroke
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of mortality and the leading cause of disability in the United States. We treat patients with all vascular disorders of the brain and spine.
We have specific expertise in helping patients with the following conditions:
- Brain aneurysms
- Vascular malformations including for example, arteriovenous malformations, dural arteriovenous fistulas and cavernous malformations
- Carotid artery or vertebral artery stenosis
- Intracranial arterial stenosis
- Ischemic Stroke (including those patients requiring emergent endovascular treatment)
- Hemorrhagic Stroke/ Brain Hemorrhage
- Moyamoya disease
Each of our surgeons is able to offer all treatment options to every patient including medical therapy/observation/serial imaging, minimally invasive endovascular therapy, open microsurgery and stereotactic radiosurgery as applicable.
Our surgeons have been involved with the development of many new technologies, have led or conducted clinical trials and studies concerning stroke and cerebral vascular disorders on national and international levels and continue to teach others across the country. We are able to offer a vast experience in treating these conditions, the latest technologies, as well as state of the art facilities including a biplane hybrid room where a patient can undergo an angiogram (to diagnose their condition) followed by treatment with either minimally invasive endovascular therapy (for example, coiling of their brain aneurysm), or open microsurgery (for example, clipping of their brain aneurysm) in the same room, with the same team during the same session.
Brain tumors, both primary (from the brain itself) and metastatic (from other areas of the body), are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. Up to 40% of patients with cancer will develop a metastatic lesion representing more than 150,000 cases in the United States each year.
We have a multidisciplinary team dedicated to treating patients with brain tumors. Examples of some of the conditions in which we have expertise include:
- Primary Brain Tumors
- Low grade gliomas (astrocytomas, oligendrogliomas, and ependymomas)
- Pituitary tumors
- Pineal region tumors
- Tumors of the peripheral nervous system both malignant and benign
- Metastatic Brain Tumors
Our team is capable of offering comprehensive evaluation with advanced neurological imaging techniques and treatment including observation and serial imaging, chemotherapy, open microsurgery, awake craniotomy, neurophysiological monitoring, intraoperative ultrasound and stereotactic radiosurgery or other radiation treatments.
Peripheral Nerve Surgery Program
Our surgeons have received specialized fellowship training at world-renowned centers in the treatment of peripheral nerve reconstruction and offer treatments for conditions encompassing the entire peripheral nervous system such as:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Ulnar compression
- Brachial plexus and other traumatic injuries
- Schwannomas and neurofibromas
Upon presentation our patients will receive a full multimodal evaluation with MRI, EMG, and nerve conduction studies as appropriate. After the results of these tests are integrated with the clinical examination treatment will be tailored to the patient's particular pathology.
Spinal disorders can involve chronic degenerative conditions (stenosis with encroachment on neural structures); scoliosis and spondylolisthesis (slippage and misalignment of the vertebrae); tumors of the bone, spinal cord, or nerve roots (ependymomas, astrocytomas, meningiomas, schwannomas and neuromas); and acute fractures of the spine with or without spinal cord injury.
Treatment of these conditions involves the expertise of not only our surgeons, but also physical therapists, and pain management specialists. As part of Tulane Spine Center, we will perform a thorough diagnostic evaluation and through a coordinated effort provide the full gamut of therapeutic options. Whether it involves medical treatment alone or surgical therapy, our surgeons are fellowship trained and have the expertise necessary to tailor therapy to each patient's needs. Examples of some of the treatments provided include:
- Treatment of scoliosis and spondylolisthesis
- Microsurgical discectomy both cervical and lumbar
- Spinal fusion and stabilization
- Cervical disc arthroplasty
- Minimally invasive options (including discectomy and fusion)
- Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty
- Spinal cord stimulators
Our surgeons are also involved in expanding therapies for the treatment of these disorders by adopting minimally invasive treatment options and offering disc replacement instead of fusion in appropriate candidates. They are also actively involved in research on areas such as spinal cord injury and regeneration.