Multidisciplinary Team

Neurological Surgery, P.C. is proud to announce that Paolo Bolognese, M.D., has joined the Chiari Center at Neurological Surgery, P.C. to continue his eighteen (18) years of experience in treating patients world-wide diagnosed with Chiari Malformation, Syringomyelia and related disorders.

Dr. Bolognese will continue to utilize the services of independent specialists in the fields of Urology, Genetics, Metabolism, Neurophysiology, Neuropsychology and Plastic Surgery.

These independent physicians employed by other private practices, medical institutions, and hospitals provide a network of exclusive diagnostic and treatment programs designed to analyze and treat the symptoms and ancillary conditions of these disorders.

Chiari Malformation is a structural condition that affects the cerebellum. Syringomyelia is a chronic disease of the spinal cord. Connective tissue disorders are structural and congenital disorders affecting the joints. The team of independent physicians listed below, with their biographies, complement each other in dealing with the multiple symptoms and conditions caused by Chiari Malformation, Syringomyelia and related disorders.



Paolo A. Bolognese, M.D., Director of Chiari Neurosurgical Center at Neurological Surgery, P.C.

Dr. Bolognese is a neurosurgeon with Neurological Surgery, P.C. and is director of Chiari Neurosurgical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Torino Faculty of Medicine and has been in practice for 29 years. More info



Functional Neurosurgeon

Brian J. Snyder, M.D. at Neurological Surgery, P.C.

Brian J. Snyder, M.D., is a  functional neurosurgeon at Neurological Surgery, P.C. in Lake Success on Long Island, NY with over 12 years experience. He has extensive experience in the surgical management of pain utilizing techniques including spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation, occipital nerve stimulation, deep brain stimulation and intrathecal pump insertion. His practice also covers the surgical treatment of movement disorders, epilepsy and psychiatric illness. Read more



Marat V. Avshalumov, Ph.D. at Neurological Surgery, P.C.

Dr. Avshalumov is a neurophysiologist who specializes in the intraoperative monitoring of spinal cord and brain function during complicated surgical procedures that place the nervous system at risk. The timely neurophysiological assessments help in the identification of neural tissue and can warn of impending injury, thus permitting corrective action to be taken while the patient is still in the operating room. Read more




Gad E. Klein, Ph.D., at Neurological Surgery, P.C.

Dr. Klein is a neuropsychologist who specializes in the cognitive aspects of various neurological disorders including epilepsy, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, as well as brain tumors and dementia. Dr. Klein is also an expert in advanced neuro-imaging techniques such as functional MRI, as well as the intracarotid amobarbital test (Wada test) and electrocortical stimulation mapping. Read more





David H. Tegay, D.O., at NYIT

Dr. Tegay is Chair, Department of Medicine, Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Genetics at NYIT. David Tegay, D.O., F.A.C.M.G., joined NYIT in 2007, and participates in various administrative committees in the School of Osteopathic Medicine. He is involved in ongoing research studies about the genetics of Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, autism, Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy, and rare genetic syndromes such as Toriello-Carey syndrome. Read more


Michael W. Elice, M.D., at AIM Integrative Medicine

Dr. Elice is a board certified pediatrician who has treated Autistic Spectrum Disorders for the past 10 years. The treatment is based on the theory that autism is actually a complex neurodevelopmental disorder with genetic, biochemical and immunological origins, thus making autism one of the autoimmune disorders whose incidence has been increasing rapidly over the past 30 years. Read more


Wolfgang Gilliar, M.D. D.O., at NYIT

Dr. Gilliar is the American Osteopathic Foundation's 2012 Educator of the Year. The award honors excellence in teaching, passion for osteopathic medicine, and impact on the academic advancement of students. Gilliar is a member of an NYIT faculty-student research team studying the effect of osteopathic manual techniques on patients with Parkinson’s disease, hypertension, asthma, and back pain. Read more


Plastic Surgery

Tommaso Addona, M.D. at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group

Dr. Tommaso Addona has been with Long Island Plastic Surgical Group since 2009.

Dr. Addona graduated Summa Cum Laude from Binghamton University and obtained his MD with Honors in Plastic Surgery Research from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Read more



Marco Castori, MD, PhD, at San Camillo-Forlanini Hospital in Rome (Italy)

Dr.  Castori is a Medical/Clinical Geneticist with a fixed position at the Division of Medical Genetics of the San Camillo-Forlanini Hospital in Rome (Italy). His clinical and research interests include hereditary connective tissue disorders, clinical dysmorphology, fetal/prenatal pathology and hereditary skin disorders. Dr. Castori is actually involved in dissecting the phenotypic and pathogenic contributors of Ehlers-Danlos syndromes with emphasis on those affecting the nervous system.