Executive Board



Ramin Rak, M.D., F.A.A.N.S.

Ramin Rak, M.D., F.A.A.N.S. is a board certified Neurosurgeon who specializes in Brain and Spine Surgery. He specializes in brain tumors, cerebrovascular and skull base diseases, stereotactic radiosurgery, as well as complex and minimally invasive spinal procedures. He has extensive experience in awake craniotomies and has established awake craniotomy programs in Long Island hospitals. Dr. Rak is an expert in micro-neurosurgical techniques which he utilizes to perform most of his brain and spinal surgeries.

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David H. Harter, MD, FACS, FAANS, FAAP

David H. Harter, MD, FACS, FAANS, FAAP attended medical school at Georgetown University. He then completed neurosurgical training at University of Maryland and fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He was recruited as the third pediatric neurosurgeon in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at NYU-Langone Medical Center. Previously he served as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Weschester Medical Center in Valhalla. His clinical interests include in endoscopic neurosurgery, pediatric cerebrovascular disorders (Moya Moya syndrome, AVMS), Pediatric spinal disorders and brain tumors. He is a member of the NYU Craniofacial Team. He has published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts on pediatric neurosurgery techniques, and currently serves on the Executive Board of the AANS/CNS joint section for Pediatric Neurosurgery.

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Lee E. Tessler, M.D.

Lee Tessler, M.D., F.A.A.N.S., F.A.C.S. is a Neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of primary brain tumors, metastatic tumors, meningiomas, stereotactic surgery, and radiosurgery. Dr. Tessler serves as the Executive Director and Co-Surgical Director of the Long Island Brain Tumor Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Tessler grew up in Syosset, Long Island, the oldest of three brothers. He received his undergraduate degree cum laude from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and completed Post-Baccalaureate studies at University of California, Los Angeles, California. He obtained his medical degree at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, Columbus, Ohio.

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Erich G. Anderer, M.D.

I’ve always been fascinated with the human body. When I was eight years old, I asked my dad for a copy of Gray’s Anatomy so I could practice drawing pictures of the brain. After college, I worked in a lab for Dr. Richard Axel, who won a Nobel Prize for his pioneering research in neuroscience. Because of this experience, I arrived at medical school wanting to specialize in neuroscience. Ultimately, I decided on a career in neurosurgery. I treat people who have any kind of spinal condition, including neck and back pain, disc herniations, nerve pain, sciatica, spinal tumors, and spine trauma. I also perform brain surgery for conditions ranging from trauma to tumors. Although I’m a surgeon, my philosophy is “less is more.” Whenever possible, I work with patients to develop a treatment plan that doesn’t require surgery. I might recommend incorporating yoga, Pilates, or meditation into someone’s care. At NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, patients enjoy the structure and resources of a large academic institution while getting the personalized interactions of a small community hospital; they have the best of both worlds. I’m able to offer my patients a lot of one-on-one time and individualized care. I love that I can provide them with the best treatments and minimally invasive procedures in the convenience of their own borough.

I am a board member of both the Japanese Medical Society of America and the New York State Neurosurgical Society.

Positions: Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery Chief of Neurosurgery, NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn
Board Certifications: American Board of Neurological Surgery - Neurological Surgery, 2012
Education and Training: Residency, NYU School of Medicine, Neurosurgery, 2010 Fellowship, NYU School of Medicine, Spinal Surgery, 2008 MD from Columbia University, 2003

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