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Nirit Weiss

  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Neurosurgery
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Certifications

  • Neurological Surgery

Education

  • MD, Yale University School of Medicine

  • Internship, General Surgery
    Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins

  • Residency, Neurosurgery
    Johns Hopkins Hospital

Biography

    Dr. Weiss is a board-certified neurosurgeon who joined the Department of Neurosurgery in 2005. Prior to completing a neurosurgical residency at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Weiss received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her medical degree from Yale University.  She then completed additional training in spine and functional neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins.   Since joining the staff at Mount Sinai, Dr. Weiss has specialized in treating complex disorders of the brain and spine, treating severe chronic pain syndromes, and craniofacial reconstructions in adult and children.  Dr. Weiss’ practice utilizes a collaborative approach with specialists from other fields, including pain management, neurology, oncology, and plastic and reconstructive surgery, in order to create the optimal , individualized, comprehensive treatment plan for her patients.  

    Dr. Weiss has authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters detailing cutting-edge treatments of pain, degenerative disease and tumors.  Dr. Weiss and her team are committed to ensuring that each patient is provided outstanding neurosurgical care in a welcoming and compassionate environment which promotes their health and wellness. 

    In the News

    Dr. Weiss discusses neurosurgical intervention for pain in The Daily News feature The Daily Check Up.
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    It Is Brain Surgery: Neurosurgeon Nirit Weiss on Treating Gunshot Victims like Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Awards

  • 2013 -
    Super Doctors
    Super Doctors

  • 2009 -
    Super Doctors
    Super Doctors

  • 2003 -
    Business of Medicine Academic Fellowship
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine/ Johns Hopkins School of Professional Studies in Business and Education

  • 2001 -
    Irving J. Sherman Award for Outstanding Neurosurgery Resident Achievement

  • 1998 -
    Farr Scholarship for Outstanding Medical Student

  • 1998 -
    Peter F. Curran Prize for Outstanding Thesis

  • 1995 - 1996
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Training Fellowship

  • 1994 -
    NIH Short-Term Research Training Fellowship

  • 1993 -
    magna cum laude
    Harvard University

  • 1989 - 1993
    Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Certificate of Merit

  • 1989 - 1993
    Harvard College Scholarship

  • 1989 - 1993
    Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Award

  • 1989 - 1993
    John Harvard Scholarship

Publications

Weiss N, Ohara S, Johnson KO, Lenz FA. Thalamic neurons in the human somatic sensory nucleus (ventral caudal) show mechanoreceptor-like responses to optimal stimuli for peripheral mechanoreceptors. J Neurophysiol 2009 Feb; 101(2): 1033-1042.

Ohara S, Crone NE, Weiss N, Kim JH, Lenz FA. Analysis of synchrony demonstrates that the presence of “pain networks” prior to a noxious stimulus can enable the perception of pain in response to that stimulus. Exp Brain Res 2008 Feb; 185(2): 353-358.

Ohara S, Crone NE, Weiss N, Lenz FA. Analysis of synchrony demonstrates “pain networks” defined by rapidly-switching, task-specific, functional connectivity between pain-related cortical structures. Pain 2006 Aug; 123(3): 244-252.

Gallia GL, Weiss N, Campbell JN, Mccarthy EF, Tufaro AP, Gokaslan ZL. Vertebral synovial chondromatosis. Report of two cases and review of the literature. J Neurosurg Spine 2004 Sep; 1(2): 211-8.

Ohara S, Crone NE, Weiss N, Treede RD, Lenz FA. Amplitudes of laser evoked potential recorded from primary somatosensory, parasylvian and medial frontal cortex are graded with stimulus intensity. Pain 2004 Jul; 110(1-2): 318-28.

Ohara S, Crone NE, Weiss N, Lenz FA. Attention to a painful cutaneous laser stimulus modulates electrocorticographic event-related desynchronization in humans. Clin Neurophysiol Jul 2004; 115(7): 1641-52.

Ohara S, Crone NE, Weiss N, Vogel H, Treede RD, Lenz FA. Attention to pain is processed at multiple cortical sites in man. Exp Brain Res 2004 Jun; 156(4): 513-7.

Ohara S, Crone NE, Weiss N, Treede RD, Lenz FA. Cutaneous painful laser stimuli evoke responses recorded directly from primary somatosensory cortex in awake humans. J Neurophysiol 2004 Jun; 91(6): 2734-46.

Weiss N. E-mail consultation: clinical, financial, legal, and ethical implications. Surg Neurol 2004 May; 61(5): 455-9.

Ohara S, Weiss N, Lenz FA. Microstimulation in the region of the human thalamic principal somatic sensory nucleus evokes sensations like those of mechanical stimulation and movement. J Neurophysiol 2004 Feb; 91(2): 736-45.

Weiss N, Solomon SB. Talc pleurodesis mimics pleural metastases: differentiation with positron emission tomography/computed tomography. Clin Nucl Med 2003 Oct; 28(10): 811-4.

Weiss N, North RB, Ohara S, Lenz FA. Attenuation of cerebellar tremor with implantation of an intrathecal baclofen pump: the role of gamma-aminobutyric acidergic pathways. Case report. J Neurosurg 2003 Oct; 99(4): 768-71.

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Dr. Weiss has not yet completed reporting of Industry relationships.

Mount Sinai's faculty policies relating to faculty collaboration with industry are posted on our website at http://icahn.mssm.edu/about-us/services-and-resources/faculty-resources/handbooks-and-policies/faculty-handbook. Patients may wish to ask their physician about the activities they perform for companies.

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