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Marc L. Otten, MD

Director of Columbia Neurosurgery, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence

Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery



710 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032

Dr. Otten's Bio

Dr. Marc L. Otten earned his medical degree at Cornell University, where he graduated with honors. He completed a neurological surgery internship, residency, and chief residency at the Columbia University Neurological Institute of New York. In addition, he completed a fellowship at the Minimally Invasive Cranial Base Surgery Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, specializing in endoscopic, microsurgical and nonoperative approaches to brain and spinal disorders.

Dr. Otten’s practice is devoted to tumors of the brainskull base tumorsgliomasmeningiomasacoustic neuromaspituitary tumorscraniopharyngiomas, and microvascular decompression (MVD) for trigeminal neuralgia, and hemifacial spasm. He also treats hydrocephalus and neurotrauma.

He uses endoscopy, laser ablation, awake craniotomy, and other specialized techniques to minimize risk to patients with disorders of the brain. He has published in leading, peer-reviewed journals about his work on noninvasive methods for mapping brain function in patients with brain tumors, which helps maximize tumor resection while maintaining optimum safety.

As a member of the brain tumor center and pituitary team, Dr. Otten is part of a multidisciplinary group that brings expertise from multiple specialties, including neurosurgery, radiation oncology, neuro-oncology, neuroendocrinology, ENT, and ophthalmology.

Dr. Otten sees patients at Lawrence Hospital Center in Bronxville, New York, and Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut, as well as Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian.

Articles featuring Dr. Otten
“Understanding Brain Injuries and How To Help Prevent Them”
“New Treatments for Brain Tumors, Now Closer to Home”

Meet Dr. Otten

Certificates & Education

  • Princeton University, Philosophy; Founding Editor of Princeton Journal of Bioethics
Medical School
  • Weill Medical College of Cornell University, M.D. 2006
Residency Training
  • Columbia University Neurological Institute of New York
Fellowship Training
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • George G. Reader Prize in Public Health, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 2006
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 2006
  • Russek Fellow, American College of Cardiology NY Cardiovascular Symposium, 2004
Professional Memberships
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Insurance Participation

New York

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Oxford/United Healthcare
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patient journey

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