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George Edward Vates, M.D., Ph.D.

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G. Edward Vates, MD, PhD
Dr. Vates is the neurosurgeon co-director of the University of Rochester Multidisciplinary Neuroendocrinology Clinic, who graduated summa cum laude from Duke University, and obtained his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. During his medical training, he obtained a PhD in neuroscience from the Rockefeller University. After medical school, Dr. Vates pursued training in neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco. During his neurosurgical residency, Dr. Vates was trained by Dr. Charles Wilson and Dr. Sandeep Kunwar in the techniques of transsphenoidal pituitary surgery, and participated in over 150 transsphenoidal surgeries. After completing his residency, Dr. Vates completed a fellowship in cerebrovascular and skull base surgery at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and then moved to Rochester to assume the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Rochester Medical Center. Since arriving in Rochester, Dr. Vates has performed surgery in over 120 patients with pituitary tumors. Together with Dr. Calvi, he has established the University of Rochester Multidisciplinary Neuroendocrinology Clinic as a regional referral center for patients with pituitary tumors.




    MD | Weill Medical College of Cornell University

    Post-doctoral Training & Residency

    08/12/2003 - 07/01/2004
    Fellowship in Genetic Counseling at Brigham & Womens Hospital

    07/01/1998 - 06/30/2003
    Residency in Neurological Surgery at University of CA at San Francisco School of Medicine

    06/21/1997 - 06/20/1998
    Internship in Surgery (General Surgery) at University of CA at San Francisco School of Medicine

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    Reviewer for St. Michael's Hospital Animal Care Committee
    Location: University of Toronto

    Cone Pevehouse Award
    Sponsor: American Association of Neurological Surgeons
    Location: Rolling Meadows, IL

    AANS Leadership Scholarship for Young Neurosurgeons
    Sponsor: American Association of Neurological Surgeons
    Location: Rolling Meadows, IL

    Anspach Award for Original Research in Cerebral Ischemia and Protection

    Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation Fellowship
    Sponsor: American Association of Neurological Surgeons

    Alpha Omega Alpha
    Sponsor: Cornell University Medical College

    Phi Beta Kappa
    Sponsor: Duke University

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    Journal Articles

    Paul DA, Rodrigue A, Contento N, Haber S, Hoang R, Rahmani R, Hirad A, Shafiq I, Williams Z, Vates GE. "Prolactin at moderately increased levels confers a neuroprotective effect in non-secreting pituitary macroadenomas." PloS one.. 2022 17(8):e0271690. Epub 2022 Aug 03.

    Ellens NR, Miller MC, Shafiq I, Williams ZR, Vates GE. "Nonabsorbable intrasellar stent placement for recurrent Rathke cleft cyst: illustrative case." . 2021 Apr 12; 1(15):CASE2117. Epub 2021 Apr 12.

    Rahmani R, Tomlinson SB, Santangelo G, Warren KT, Schmidt T, Walter KA, Vates GE. "Risk factors associated with early adverse outcomes following craniotomy for malignant glioma in older adults." Journal of geriatric oncology.. 2020 May; 11(4):694-700. Epub 2019 Nov 06.

    Books & Chapters

    Chapter Title: Surgical Treatment of Anterior Circulation Aneurysms
    Book Title: Controversies in Neurological Surgery: Neurovascular Disease
    Author List: Vates, G.E.; Day, A.L., Shankar, G.
    Edited By: Lawton, M.T.; Gress, D.R.; Higashida, R.T.
    Published By: Thieme Medical Publishers 2006 in New York

    Chapter Title: Intracranial aneurysms
    Book Title: Stroke: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management
    Author List: Vates, G.E.; Zabramski, J.; Spetzler, R.F.; Lawton, M.T.
    Edited By: Mohr, J.P.; Choi, D.; Grotta, J.; Weir, B.; Wolf, P.
    Published By: Churchill Livingstone 2004 in New York

    Chapter Title: Surgical approaches for posterior circulation aneurysms
    Book Title: Youmans Neurological Surgery
    Author List: Lawton, M.T.; Vates, G.E.; Spetzler, R.F.
    Edited By: Winn, H.R.
    Published By: WB Saunders 2004 in Philadelphia




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