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.

 

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.

 

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Credentials

Education:

  • B.A. in Political Science
    Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Medical Degree
    Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

 

Post Graduate Training:

  • Intern, General Surgery
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York
  • Resident Neurosurgery
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship
    LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee

 

Certification and Licensure

  • New York medical license
  • Tennessee medical license
  • Federal DEA certificate
  • American Board Certified November 2013

 

Professional Societies

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
  • Pediatric Section Member(AANS/CNS)
  • New York Neurosurgical Society (NYNS)

Hospital Appointments:

Current:

  • Attending Neurosurgeon
    Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY

Past:

  • Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellow
    LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center, Memphis, TN
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellow
    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospita, Memphis, TN

 

Academic Appointments:

  • Assistant Professor
    Department of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY

 

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.

Academic Accomplishments

  • 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, was integrated into many of their shunt systems.

        

  • Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, Rhode Island           
    • Received Honors in Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neurosurgery
    • Received Brown University Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior Academic Grand Rounds Award

 

  • Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
    • 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.”

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.

Presentations & Posters

  • 2012  AANS, accepted for poster presentation at 80th Annual Meeting in Miami, Florida, “Targeting Glioblastoma Multiforme with PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway inhibitors”
  • 2011  AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery, poster presentation at the 40th Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, “Endovascular Embolization of Choroid Plexus Papillomas in Reducing Morbidity from Blood Loss”
  • 2011  AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery, poster presentation at the 40th Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, “Rapid Magnetic Resonance Imaging as Imaging Modality of Choice in the Post-Operative Period”
  • 2010  AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery, oral presentation at the 39th Annual Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, “Validity of Rapid Sequence MagneticResonance Imaging in Pediatric Brain Trauma”
  • 2009  AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery, poster presentation at the 38th Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, “Acute Suppurative Intracranial Complications of Sinusitis: A Single Institution Experience”
  • 2008  AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery, oral presentation at the 37th Annual Meeting in Spokane, Washington, “Evaluating the safety of MRI in patients with Vagal Nerve Stimulators”
  • 2007  AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery, oral presentation at the 36th Annual Meeting in Miami, Florida, “Passive range of motion fMRI accurately localizes the motor strip in children”
  • 2007  Neurosurgical Grand Rounds, Westchester Medical Center, visiting       lecturer, “Update on Posterior Fossa Tumors in Children”
  • 2006  Congress of Neurological Surgeons, poster presentation at  56th  Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, “Surgical Resection of Malignant Astrocytomas of the Spinal Cord”
  • 2006  American Society of Neuroradiology, oral presentation at the Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, “A Rare Cause of Isolated Third NervePalsy: Spontaneous Hemorrhage vs. Cavernous Malformation”
  • 2004  Congress of Neurological Surgeons, oral presentation at the 54th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, “Induction Neurogenesis in a Rat Model of Transient Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion”
  • 2004  New York Neurosurgical Society, oral presentation at the Annual Resident Research Meeting, New York, New York, “Induction Neurogenesis in a Rat Model of Transient Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion”
  • 2003  Congress of Neurological Surgeons, poster presentation at the 53rd Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, “Holocord Tumors of the Spine – Surgical Management and Review of the Literature”
  • 2002  Congress of Neurological Surgeons, poster presentation at the 52nd Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, “Malignant Astrocytomas of the Spinal Cord: A Retrospective Study”
  • 1999  Congress of Neurological Surgeons, oral presentation at the 49th Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, “Gamma Knife Radiosurgery in Childhood Malignant Brain Tumors”

Research & Publications

  • Bone Overgrowth Causing Proximal Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Malfunction. Kim M, Rybkin I, Smith H, Cooper J, Tobias M.
    World Neurosurg. 2019 Jan;121:127-130. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2018.10.030. Epub 2018 Oct 12.
    PMID:
  • Development of Delayed Posttraumatic Acute Subdural Hematoma.Rybkin I, Kim M, Amin A, Tobias M.
    World Neurosurg. 2018 Sep;117:353-356. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2018.06.135. Epub 2018 Jun 26.
    PMID:
  • Molecular Sequence of Events and Signaling Pathways in Cerebral Metastases.
    Cooper JB, Ronecker JS, Tobias ME, Mohan AL, Hillard V, Murali R, Gandhi CD, Schmidt MH, Jhanwar-Uniyal M.
    Anticancer Res. 2018 Apr;38(4):1859-1877. Review.
    PMID:
  • International teleconsultation on conjoined twins leading to a successful separation: a case report.
    Fusaro MV, Becker C, Pandya S, Mcbride W, Alizadeh K, Iannotti V, Zelkovic P, Barst S, Tobias ME, Mohan A, Freda J, Gewitz M, Scurlock C.
    J Telemed Telecare. 2018 Aug;24(7):482-484. doi: 10.1177/1357633X17715377. Epub 2017 Sep 12.
    PMID:
  • 2015  Mehta, J. Acharya,, A.L Mohan, M.E. Tobias, L. LeCompte, and DJeevan 
    Minimizing Radiation Exposure in Evaluation of Pediatric Head Trauma:
    Use of Rapid MR Imaging
    AJNR Am  J Neuroradiol 2016 37: 11-18originally published online on September 17, 2015
  • 2015  Jeevan, D and Tobias, M. Preoperative Work-up. Book Chapter for “Handbook of Pediatric Neurosurgery” Submitted.
  • 2015  Jeevan, D and Tobias, M. Meningitis and Encephalitis. Book Chapter for “Pediatric Neurosurgery: Tricks of the Trade.” Submitted.
  • 2015  Jeevan, D, Mehta, H, Tobias, M, Mohan A. Minimizing Radiation Exposure in Evaluation of Pediatric Head Trauma: Utilization of Rapid MR Imaging. Submitted.
  • 2014  Jhanwar-Uniyal M, Gillick JL, Neil J, Tobias M, Thwing ZE, Murali R. Distinct Signaling Mechanisms of mTORC1 and mTORC2 in Glioblastoma Multiforme: A Tale of Two Complexes.
    Adv Biol Regul. 2015 Jan;57:64-74. Doi. 10.1016/j.jbior.
    2014.09.004. Epub 2014 Sep 18
  • 2013 Jeevan DS, Neil JA, Mohan A, Tobias M. Hemmorhagic Ganglioglioma of the Posterior Fossa: Case Report.
    Pediatr Neurosurg. 2013;49(1):33-7.
    Doi: 10.1159/000353992. Epub 2013 Oct 29.
  • 2013  Friedman MD, Jeevan DS, Tobias M, Murali R, Jhanwar-Uniyal M. Targeting Cancer Stem Cells in Glioblastoma Multiforme Using mTOR Inhibitors and the Differentiating Agent All-trans Retinoic Acid. Oncol Rep. 2013 Oct;30(4):1645-50.
    Doi: 10.3892/or.2013.2625. Epub 2013 Jul 18.
  • 2012  Mohan AL, Friedman MD, Ormond DR, Tobias M, Murali R,                 Jhanwar-Uniyal M, P13K/mTOR Signaling Pathways in Medulloblastoma. Anticancer Res. 2012 Aug;32(8):3141-6.
  • 2012  Mohan A, Friedman M, Ormond DR, Tobias M, Murali R, Jhanwar-Uniyal, M. PI3K/mTOR Signaling Pathways as Therapeutic Targets in Medulloblastoma. (Accepted AntiCancer Research 2012).
  • 2010  Karsy M, Albert L, Tobias ME, Murali R, Jhanwar-Uniyal M. All-trans retinoic acid modulates cancer stem cells of glioblastoma multiforme in an MAPK-dependent manner. Anticancer Res.  Dec; 30 (12):4915-20.
  • 2009  Ogg RJ, Laningham FH, Clarke D, Einhaus S, Zou P, Tobias ME, Boop FA. Passive range of motion functional magnetic resonance imaging localizing sensorimotor cortex in sedated children Clinical article.  J Neurosurg Pediatrics 4(4)317-322, 2009.
  • 2009  Abrahams, John M.; Lenart, Christopher J.; Tobias, Michael E.
    Temporal variation of induction neurogenesis in a rat model of transient middle cerebral artery occlusion. Neurological Research, June 2009, pp. 528-533(6)
  •  2008  McGirt, MJ; Goldstein, I M; Chaichana, Kaisorn LB; Tobias, ME; Kothbauer, K F; Jallo, GI. “Extent of Surgical Resection of Malignant Astrocytomas of the Spinal Cord: Outcome Analysis of 35 Patients.” Neurosurgery:July 2008, 63:1
  • 2007  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.
  • 2005  Tobias, ME, Silvera, M, Jallo, G, “Spine astrocytoma.” Radiology Section, Emedicine, pp. 1-10, 2005.
  • 2003-2004  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.
  • 1998  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.

                

Insurance Plans Accepted

  • Workers Comp
  • No Fault
  • Fidelis
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • MVP Medicaid Only
  • Partners Health Plan
  • Pomco
  • Teamsters Local 456
  • Tricare aka Healthnet aka Humana
  • WellCare
  • Corvel Workers Comp PPO

U.S. Patent

1996 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.

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