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

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

Neurosurgery , Surgery , Cancer

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Rochester, NY 14618


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.

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.. 2019 June 3 Epub 06/03/2019.

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

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