Feb 24, 2021
We sit down for an interview with Dr. John Boockvar, vice chair of neurosurgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, who started a first-in-human clinical research study involving a new surgical technique to treat glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) - the most aggressive form of brain cancer.
Dr. Boockvar was one of the neurosurgeons featured on the highly
praised Netflix series, Lenox Hill. See link here:
About the Procedure:
After standard tumor resection, the patient's own scalp tissue is harvested, rotated and engrafted and used to line the resected tumor cavity. It is our hope that by doing tissue autograft, it will allow to bypass the blood brain barrier so chemotherapeutics and immune cells can better reach the tumor site, improving treatment for GBM patients.
The study entitled, "Tissue Autograft to Bypass the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) in Human Glioblastoma Multiforme," is being led by John Boockvar, MD, the hospital's vice chair, neurosurgery and director of Lenox Hill's Brain Tumor Center. To be eligible for the study, participants must be 18 years of age or older and plan to undergo resection of known or suspected GBM.
Press release about the first patient for further background:
Lenox Hill's neurosurgery department webpage:
Dr. Boockvar, background link:
Dr. Boockvar's research at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research: