E. Sander Connolly Jr., MD, FACS

Board Certifications: 
Neurological Surgery
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Overview

Dr. Connolly serves as the Surgical Director of the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit, caring for patients suffering from the acute effects of both hemorrhagic as well as ischemic stroke.

Working as part of an extremely experienced and world-renowned team of critical care and stroke neurologists, as well as interventional radiologists, endovascular neurosurgeons, neuroanesthesiologists, and specialized nurse practitioners, he provides highly personalized, state of the art care for patients with brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, spontaneous hemorrhages, as well as for those patients with carotid stenosis, moyamoya disease, and cerebral ischemia due to atherosclerosis and other vasculopathies. In addition he serves as the Director of the Cerebrovascular Research laboratory which continues to be at the forefront of biomedical science, bringing the latest discoveries to the operating room and the patient bedside to not only treat but also prevent stroke.

Dr. Connolly's special interests include Brain Aneurysms, Arteriovenous Malformations, Carotid Stenosis, EC-IC Bypass for Atheroocclusive disease and moyamoya, Surgical management of acute cerebrovascular emergencies

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Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Achondroplasia
  • Acute Stroke
  • Aneurysm
  • Arterial Aneurysm Repair
  • Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Biopsies
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Carotid Artery Stenosis
  • Carotid Artery Surgery
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Cavernous Malformation
  • Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Cerebral Aneurysm & Tumors
  • Cerebral Ischemia
  • Cerebral Vascular Disease
  • Cerebral Vascular Malformation
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cerebrovascular Dural AV Fistula
  • Cerebrovascular Malformation
  • Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
  • Congenital Spinal Malformation
  • Craniotomy
  • Dural Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Gamma Knife
  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Microsurgery
  • Minimally Invasive (Endoscopic) Neurosurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Aneurysm Repair
  • Moyamoya Syndrome
  • Neurovascular Disease
  • Radiosurgery
  • Shunts
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Transient Cerebral Ischemia
  • Vascular Malformation

Academic Appointments

  • Bennett M. Stein Professor of Neurological Surgery

Administrative Titles

  • Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
  • Director, Cerebrovascular Research Laboratory
  • Surgical Director, Neuro-Intensive Care Unit
  • Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Languages

  • Spanish

Gender

  • Male

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Insurance Accepted

Aetna

  • Aetna Signature Administrators
  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Student Health

Affinity Health Plan

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

AgeWell

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs

Amida Care

  • Special Needs

Capital District Physician Health Plan

  • Capital District Physician Health Plan

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Emblem/GHI

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • Blue Access (Exchange)
  • EPO
  • Gatekeeper (Exchange)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Pathway (Exchange)
  • PPO

Fidelis Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Health First

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)

  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Health Plus - Amerigroup

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Local 1199

  • NYP Employee Plan

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare

Medicare

  • Traditional Medicare

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty

United Health Care

  • Columbia Employee POS
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Select Health
  • Special Needs

WellCare

  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Neurological Surgery
America's Top Doctor
NY Top Doctor

Research

Research Interests

  • Cerebrovascular Disease