Recognized internationally as a superb neurosurgeon, an outstanding teacher and clinical investigator, Dr. Bederson continues more than a century of neurosurgical excellence at Mount Sinai.
Drawing on best practices from colleagues across the Medical Center, he is building on this legacy with an innovative multidisciplinary approach to caring for patients with complex intracranial and spinal pathology.
Dr. Bederson has performed more than 2,500 neurosurgical operations at the Medical Center ranging from the treatment of meningiomas, schwannomas and cranio-pharyngiomas, to pituitary tumors, giant intracranial aneurysms, and acoustic neuromas. His vascular practice includes the treatment of arteriovenous malformations, cavernous malformations, and carotid artery disease.
An advocate of collaboration with other accomplished physicians and scientists at Mount Sinai, Dr. Bederson developed one of Mount Sinai’s first interdisciplinary clinical programs with the Department of Neurology Stroke Program, and fosters deep collaborative efforts with the Departments of Radiology, Orthopedics, Medicine, Radiation Oncology, Pediatrics, Otolaryngology, Emergency medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine, the Cancer Institute, and the Translational Neuroscience Center. He established the first basic science lab in the Department of Neurosurgery, developing models of stroke and subarachnoid hemorrhage, and was the first Mount Sinai neurosurgeon to obtain an NIH R01 award as principal investigator. Dr. Bederson previously directed the highly sought-after Neurosurgery Residency Program, and his residents have graduated to neurosurgery positions at prominent medical centers.
Dr. Bederson has held leadership positions with various medical societies, including Chair of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurosurgeons Cerebrovascular Section, and Chair of the American Heart Association's writing group on subarachnoid hemorrhage. He is the author of dozens of peer-reviewed papers, books, book chapters, and monographs focusing on neurosurgery and has received such honors as the Henry B. Newman Award from the San Francisco Neurological Society (1986) and the Cornell University Class of 1979 Top 25 Distinguished Classmates Award (2004).
Dr. Bederson earned his medical degree and completed a residency in neurosurgery at the University of California in San Francisco. While a resident, he did advanced-study programs in neuropathology at the University of Torino in Italy—as well as microvascular and skull-base neurosurgery programs at the University Hospitals of Zurich, Switzerland, and the University Medical Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and a cerebrovascular-surgery fellowship at the Barrow Neurological Institute. An accomplished sculptor, he studied art at New York University and has exhibited his work, many of which depict human anatomy. Dr. Bederson joined the Mount Sinai faculty in 1992 as Director of The Clinical Program for Cerebrovascular Disorders and served as Vice-Chairman of Neurosurgery from 2001 until 2008, when he became Chairman.