A Clinical Instructor of Neurosurgery at Columbia University's College
of Physicians & Surgeons, Dr. Lustgarten founded and directs the Central
New Jersey division of Neurosurgical Associates of New Jersey, a practice
affiliated with Columbia University's world-reknowned Department of
Neurological Surgery. Dr. Lustgarten’s experience is extensive,
specializing in advanced microsurgical treatment of brain tumors, pituitary
gland, spine and trigeminal neuralgia.
His surgical accomplishments include the introduction of frame-based and
frameless navigational techniques to this region of New Jersey, which
greatly increase the accuracy and safety of brain and spinal surgery.
He helped establish the David Zocchi Brain Tumor Center at Monmouth Medical
Center, a leading program in New Jersey for advanced comprehensive multispecialty
care of brain tumor patients.
Additionally he has been an innovator and leader in the treatment of spinal
disorders, including the use of microsurgical techniques and minimally
invasive approaches in the treatment of herniated discs and other spinal
disorders. He helped establish the first Stereotactic Radiosurgery program
in the Monmouth/Ocean County region, and is experienced in the use of
Gamma Knife, Cyberknife, and Tomotherapy for the treatment of tumors,
trigeminal neuralgia and other conditions affecting the nervous system.
Dr. Lustgarten graduatedmagna cum laudefrom Harvard College and obtained his medical degree at Columbia University's
College of Physicians & Surgeons. He completed a general surgery internship,
neurosurgical residency and chief residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.
Dr. Lustgarten has published and presented work on spinal tumors, regeneration,
and use of image guidance for brain tumor surgery. He is a member of numerous
national neurosurgical organizations, and is currently president of the
New Jersey Neurosurgical Society.