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George E. Vates, M.D., Ph.D.

Cancer, Neurosurgery

Clinical Interests

Acoustic Neuroma; Aneurysm, AVM; Brain Tumors; Cranial Surgery; Herniated Discs, Stenosis, Back Pain; Meningioma, General; Neuro-Oncology, Brain & Spine Cancer; Neurosurgery - Brain; Pituitary Tumors; Spinal Surgery

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 225-5767

Administrative: (585) 276-5655

Office: (585) 225-5767

Fax: (585) 276-2051

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentAccepting New Patients

Faculty Appointments


G. Edward Vates, MD, PhD
Dr. Edward 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.



  • Neurological Surgery - American Board of Neurological Surgery


BS summa cum laude | Duke University

PhD | Rockefeller University

MD | Cornell Univ Medical College

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

6/21/1997 - 6/20/1998
Internship in General Surgery at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center

7/1/1998 - 6/30/2003
Residency in Neurological Surgery at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center

7/1/2003 - 6/30/2004
Fellowship in Cerebrovascular & Skull Bone Surg at Brigham and Women's Hospital

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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

Jagannathan J, Vates GE, Pouratian N, Sheehan JP, Patrie J, Grady MS, Jane JA. "Impact of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education work-hour regulations on neurosurgical resident education and productivity." Journal of neurosurgery.. 2009 May 0; 110(5):820-7.

Biswas T, Okunieff P, Schell MC, Smudzin T, Pilcher WH, Bakos RS, Vates GE, Walter KA, Wensel A, Korones DN, Milano MT. "Stereotactic radiosurgery for glioblastoma: retrospective analysis." Radiation oncology. 2009 Mar 17; 4:11. Epub 2009 Mar 17.

Perlmutter,D. H.; Campbell,S.; Rubery,P. T.; Vates,E. G.; Silberstein,H. J. "Aneurysmal bone cyst: surgical management in the pediatric cervical spine". Spine. 2009; 34(1): E50-53.

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 Publishers2006 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 Livingstone2004 in New York

Chapter Title: Surgical approaches for posterior circulation aneurysms
Book Title: Youman's Neurological Surgery
Author List: Lawton, M.T.; Vates, G.E.; Spetzler, R.F.
Edited By: Winn, H.R.
Published By: WB Saunders2004 in Philadelphia




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