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

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

Neurosurgery , Surgery , Cancer

4.8 out of 5 stars
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Neurosurgery - Brighton

2180 South Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618

Neurosurgery - Hornell

St. James Medical Office Building
7309 Seneca Road North, Suite 102
Hornell, NY 14843

About Me

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, ...
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.

Certified Specialties

Neurological Surgery - American Board of Neurological Surgery

Faculty Appointments

Professor - Department of Neurosurgery (SMD)

Professor - Department of Medicine, Endocrine/Metabolism (SMD) - Joint


Residency & Fellowship

Fellowship, Genetic Counseling, Brigham & Womens Hospital. 2003 - 2004

Residency, Neurological Surgery, University of CA at San Francisco School of Medicine. 1998 - 2003

Internship, Surgery (General Surgery), University of CA at San Francisco School of Medicine. 1997 - 1998


MD | Weill Medical College of Cornell University. 1997


Reviewer for St. Michael's Hospital Animal Care Committee. 2011

Cone Pevehouse Award. 2009

AANS Leadership Scholarship for Young Neurosurgeons. 2009

Anspach Award for Original Research in Cerebral Ischemia and Protection. 2007

Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation Fellowship. 2006

Alpha Omega Alpha. 1991

Phi Beta Kappa. 1988


Journal Articles

Prolactin at moderately increased levels confers a neuroprotective effect in non-secreting pituitary macroadenomas.

Paul DA, Rodrigue A, Contento N, Haber S, Hoang R, Rahmani R, Hirad A, Shafiq I, Williams Z, Vates GE

PloS one.. 2022 17 (8):e0271690. Epub 08/03/2022.

Nonabsorbable intrasellar stent placement for recurrent Rathke cleft cyst: illustrative case.

Ellens NR, Miller MC, Shafiq I, Williams ZR, Vates GE

Journal of neurosurgery. Case lessons.. 2021 April 121 (15):CASE2117. Epub 04/12/2021.

Risk factors associated with early adverse outcomes following craniotomy for malignant glioma in older adults.

Rahmani R, Tomlinson SB, Santangelo G, Warren KT, Schmidt T, Walter KA, Vates GE

Journal of geriatric oncology.. 2020 May 11 (4):694-700. Epub 11/06/2019.

Design and Validation of a Cervical Laminectomy Simulator using 3D Printing and Hydrogel Phantoms.

Weiss MY, Melnyk R, Mix D, Ghazi A, Vates GE, Stone JJ

Operative neurosurgery.. 2020 February 118 (2):202-208. Epub 1900 01 01.

Palliative Care and Communication Training in Neurosurgery Residency: Results of a Trainee Survey.

Miranda SP, Schaefer KG, Vates GE, Gormley WB, Buss MK

Journal of surgical education.. 2019 76 (6):1691-1702. Epub 06/22/2019.

Impact of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education work-hour regulations on neurosurgical resident education and productivity.

Jagannathan J, Vates GE, Pouratian N, Sheehan JP, Patrie J, Grady MS, Jane JA

Journal of neurosurgery.. 2009 May 110 (5):820-7. Epub 1900 01 01.

Stereotactic radiosurgery for glioblastoma: retrospective analysis.

Biswas T, Okunieff P, Schell MC, Smudzin T, Pilcher WH, Bakos RS, Vates GE, Walter KA, Wensel A, Korones DN, Milano MT

Radiation oncology.. 2009 March 174 :11. Epub 03/17/2009.

Aneurysmal bone cyst: surgical management in the pediatric cervical spine

Perlmutter,D. H.; Campbell,S.; Rubery,P. T.; Vates,E. G.; Silberstein,H. J.

Spine. 2009; 34(1): E50-53.

Statin treatment of adult human glial progenitors induces PPAR gamma-mediated oligodendrocytic differentiation.

Sim FJ, Lang JK, Ali TA, Roy NS, Vates GE, Pilcher WH, Goldman SA

Glia.. 2008 July 56 (9):954-62. Epub 1900 01 01.

Teaching NeuroImage: tremor in aqueductal stenosis and response to endoscopic third ventriculostomy.

Halterman MW, Vates GE, Riggs G

Neurology.. 2007 May 868 (19):E29-31. Epub 1900 01 01.

Traumatic pericallosal artery aneurysm: a rare complication of transcallosal surgery. Case report.

Dunn IF, Woodworth GF, Siddiqui AH, Smith ER, Vates GE, Day AL, Goumnerova LC

Journal of neurosurgery.. 2007 February 106 (2 Suppl):153-7. Epub 1900 01 01.

Angiogenesis in the brain during development: the effects of vascular endothelial growth factor and angiopoietin-2 in an animal model.

Vates GE, Hashimoto T, Young WL, Lawton MT

Journal of neurosurgery.. 2005 July 103 (1):136-45. Epub 1900 01 01.

Giant infiltrative cavernous malformation: clinical presentation, intervention, and genetic analysis: case report.

Lawton MT, Vates GE, Quinones-Hinojosa A, McDonald WC, Marchuk DA, Young WL

Neurosurgery.. 2004 October 55 (4):979-80. Epub 1900 01 01.

The neurosurgeon as clinician-scientist: the fundamentals.

Vates GE, Kim DH, Day AL

Clinical neurosurgery. 2004 51 :53-8. Epub 1900 01 01.

Magnetic source imaging demonstrates altered cortical distribution of function in patients with arteriovenous malformations.

Vates GE, Lawton MT, Wilson CB, McDermott MW, Halbach VV, Roberts TP, Rowley HA

Neurosurgery.. 2002 September 51 (3):614-23; discussion 623-7. Epub 1900 01 01.

Bow hunter stroke caused by cervical disc herniation. Case report.

Vates GE, Wang KC, Bonovich D, Dowd CF, Lawton MT

Journal of neurosurgery.. 2002 January 96 (1 Suppl):90-3. Epub 1900 01 01.

A neurocytoma and an associated lenticulostriate artery aneurysm presenting with intraventricular hemorrhage: case report.

Vates GE, Arthur KA, Ojemann SG, Williams F, Lawton MT

Neurosurgery.. 2001 September 49 (3):721-5. Epub 1900 01 01.

Conus perimedullary arteriovenous fistula with intracranial drainage: case report.

Vates GE, Quiñones-Hinojosa A, Halbach VV, Lawton MT

Neurosurgery.. 2001 August 49 (2):457-61; discussion 461-2. Epub 1900 01 01.

Transsphenoidal Approaches to the Anterior Skull Base

Vates GE; Wilson CB; McDermott MW.

Operative Techniques in Neurosurgery. 1999; 2(1): 191-198.

Descending auditory pathways in the adult male zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata).

Mello CV, Vates GE, Okuhata S, Nottebohm F

The Journal of comparative neurology.. 1998 June 1395 (2):137-60. Epub 1900 01 01.

Reafferent thalamo- "cortical" loops in the song system of oscine songbirds.

Vates GE, Vicario DS, Nottebohm F

The Journal of comparative neurology.. 1997 April 7380 (2):275-90. Epub 1900 01 01.

Auditory pathways of caudal telencephalon and their relation to the song system of adult male zebra finches.

Vates GE, Broome BM, Mello CV, Nottebohm F

The Journal of comparative neurology.. 1996 March 18366 (4):613-42. Epub 1900 01 01.

Feedback circuitry within a song-learning pathway.

Vates GE, Nottebohm F

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.. 1995 May 2392 (11):5139-43. Epub 1900 01 01.


Controversies in Neurological Surgery: Neurovascular Disease (2006)

Chapter: Surgical Treatment of Anterior Circulation Aneurysms

Authors: Vates, G.E.; Day, A.L., Shankar, G.

Publisher: Thieme Medical Publishers, New York 2006

Stroke: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management (2004)

Chapter: Intracranial aneurysms

Authors: Vates, G.E.; Zabramski, J.; Spetzler, R.F.; Lawton, M.T.

Publisher: Churchill Livingstone, New York 2004

Youmans Neurological Surgery (2004)

Chapter: Surgical approaches for posterior circulation aneurysms

Authors: Lawton, M.T.; Vates, G.E.; Spetzler, R.F.

Publisher: WB Saunders, Philadelphia 2004

Youmans Neurological Surgery (2004)

Chapter: Hemangioblastomas of the Central Nervous System

Authors: Vates GE; Berger MS

Publisher: WB Saunders, Philadelphia 2004

Management of Cerebral Aneurysms (2003)

Chapter: Fusiform, Dolichoectatic and Dissection Aneurysms: Diagnosis and Management

Authors: Vates GE; Auguste KA; Lawton MT

Publisher: WB Saunders, Philadelphia 2003

Current Surgical Diagnosis and Treatment (2002)

Chapter: Central Nervous System Arteriovenous Malformations

Authors: Vates GE, Lawton MT

Publisher: Appleton & Lange, Norwalk, CT 2002

Ratings & Comments

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During this visit, did this provider spend enough time with you?

4.8 stars

During this visit, did this provider show respect for what you had to say?

4.7 stars

During this visit, did this provider give you easy to understand information about these health questions or concerns?

4.9 stars

During this visit, did this provider listen carefully to you?

4.8 stars

During this visit, did this provider explain things in a way that was easy to understand?

4.9 stars

Patient Comments

5.0 stars

Dr. Vates was very professional but human. He did an excellent job explaining my condition, and the surgery. He treated me very respectfully, and put me in the driver's seat when making decisions about my care and scheduling my surgery. I would highly recommend him as a provider.

Apr 24, 2024

5.0 stars

Dr Vates is a great doctor giving you all of his attention and spends all the necessary time needed with you.

Apr 24, 2024

5.0 stars

Dr. Vates - Compassionate - Caring.

Mar 12, 2024

5.0 stars

They were very helpful [..].

Mar 04, 2024

5.0 stars

It was a satisfactory 1st visit. They even provided driving directions which were very helpful.

Mar 04, 2024

5.0 stars

Made feel safe scary time tumors.

Feb 14, 2024

5.0 stars

One of the best dr.'s I've ever seen! Very informative, knowledgeable & caring. His info & understanding of my problem was great. He was very sincere and had a great bedside manor. He was one great doctor!

Feb 13, 2024

5.0 stars

He's very kind and considerate.

Feb 08, 2024

Dr Vates is a very compassionate doc.....lately this is an attribute that is hard to find with the new group of young drs.

Jan 17, 2024

5.0 stars

Dr. Vates was very kind and explained everything well, I was so happy that he said... to speak to his colleagues to see if the procedure would be good for me.

Dec 05, 2023


Dr. Vates had a great treatment plan in the event that my results changed. My opinion will guide my care upon receiving future results.

Nov 29, 2023


Dr Vates seemed very knowledgeable, but talked fast and wasn't especially warm or engaging.

Jul 25, 2023


I have the most confidence in Dr. Vates. I find him to be extremely professional is a master at his surgery skills & explaining the matter at hand!

Jul 13, 2023


I drove almost 3 hours for an 8 minute conversation. [...] Other than that Dr Vates is amazing he has been a great doctor to me for years now.

Jun 09, 2023


I loved Dr. Vates! Very kind, friendly and he put me at ease right away about my condition. Explained everything thoroughly and with a care plan for the future!!!

May 27, 2023

Dr had explained to me exactly what to expect for [...] surgery. Addressed my concerns.

Apr 13, 2023


I self referred to have a 2nd opinion for back problem - I felt much more confident in my follow-up recommendations from Dr. Vates. I cancelled future [...] surgeon & pain clinic.

Mar 30, 2023


Dr. Vates is the best.

Feb 27, 2023


Dr. Vates is the best provider I have ever seen. He is patient, kind, empathetic. Dr. Vates is the only doctor I've had who responds to emails - usually it's the PA or nurse. I wish more doctors were like Dr, Vates.

Feb 17, 2023


Everything was explained clearly and any questions answered , I was extremely happy with this visit .

Jan 31, 2023


Dr. Vates was extremely thorough in explaining everything and discussing my options. Once I choose the best option for me, he took time and explained the procedure, recovery time, risks and benefits. I was very at ease and impressed with him.

Jan 28, 2023


Dr. Vates spent significant time with us explaining the results of my recent MRI and potential surgery that could take place in the future. I especially appreciate his willingness to assist with getting a second opinion before any potential brain surgery -- very helpful and appreciated advice and guidance.

Jan 06, 2023

Always good with Dr Vates

Dec 11, 2022


Love Doctor Vates and his crazy socks.

Aug 27, 2022


Dr. Vates is a top notch person in many ways.

Jun 19, 2022

I love Dr Vates. He took Very good care of me.

May 26, 2022


I highly recommend the doctor [...].

Apr 18, 2022


Dr. Vates made my day. Great sense of humor, LISTENED carefully, knew my entire current health condition and was explaining everything in very simple medical terms.

Apr 17, 2022


Dr Vates showed complete respect and was extremely thorough in his explanations of possible solutions to my condition. He was extremely patient and thoughtful in listening to my questions and concerns and answered with excellent and easily understood responses. I would highly recommend him to anyone as a professional, skilled and caring provider.

Mar 30, 2022


Couldn't have asked for a better first meeting.

Mar 13, 2022