I am a neurosurgeon at Memorial Healthcare System, specializing in the treatment of all varieties of brain tumors. Whenever possible, I employ less invasive surgical techniques, such as trans-nasal approaches to treating pituitary tumors, the use of tubular retractors for deep-seated lesions, and laser interstitial thermal therapy for inaccessible tumors. I also perform spine and open vascular neurosurgery, including minimally invasive spine techniques.
When I was younger, I was drawn to science and engineering, but ultimately wanted my life’s work to involve more human connection. Though I knew close to nothing about it at the time, medicine seemed like an obvious choice, and as I got closer to the field I fell in love with it. Around the same time I read "Saturday," a novel by Ian McEwan, in which the protagonist is a neurosurgeon. It gave me a first glimpse into the both technical and human complexity of the field as well as the diversity of pathologies and techniques that were involved. From that point forward, I knew that neurosurgery was my calling.
In neurosurgery, we can profoundly transform a patient's life for the better, and the process of getting there is filled with beauty and artistry. I am still in awe when dealing with the brain and nervous system up close.
Every neurosurgical problem exists within the context of a life with relationships, stories, history and a future. I believe we can only adequately address the neurosurgical problem with an understanding of this context.
I know that the day a patient comes to see a neurosurgeon is usually among the worst days of their lives. I strive to not only offer the technically best, most cutting-edge surgical treatment to help them feel better, but also try to make that day just a little less traumatic and give them hope for their future.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 2013
University Of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, 2014, Neurosurgery
University Of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, 2020, Neurosurgery
University Of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, 2017, Surgical Neuro Oncology
Awards, Achievements, and More
PublicationsPlease view Dr. Simon Buttrick’s publications on PubMed.
ResearchMy research has focused on less invasive methods for cranial neurosurgery, as well as health care economics and cost reduction.
- Buttrick S. Impact of Resident-Run Neurosurgery Elective for Medical Students. Florida Neurosurgical Society. West Palm Beach, FL. 08/2018.
- Buttrick S, Roth A, Cajigas I, Ivan ME. Accuracy of Frameless versus Frame-Based Placement of Deep Brain Stimulation Leads: A MetaAnalysis. AANS. Los Angeles, CA. 04/2017.
- Buttrick S, Ali SC, Menaker SA, Sargi ZB, Komotar RJ. Learning Curve with Endoscopic Endonasal Pituitary Surgery: Avoidance of Postoperative Meningitis and Spinal Fluid Leak. AANS. Los Angeles, CA. 04/2017.
- Buttrick S, O’Phelan K, Goodman K, Benveniste R. Prospective Study of Futile Care in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit. CNS. San Diego, CA. 10/2016.
- Buttrick S, Niazi T. Occult Aneurysm in an Infant Causing Diffuse Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Terson Syndrome. AANS. Chicago, IL. 04/2016.
- Buttrick SS, Flores R, Sehba FA. Platelet and Neutrophil Aggregation after Experimental Subarachnoid Hemorrhage in Rats. Mount Sinai Student Research Day. New York, NY. 11/2010.
- Schaffer SB, Jiang Z, Buttrick SS, Stein DM. Single-Molecule DNA Detection and Conformational Analysis Using Solid-State Nanopores. MARM. New York, NY. 05/2008.
- Best Resident Presentation, Florida Neurosurgical Society Meeting, 2018
- Finalist, American College of Surgeons Resident Teacher Award, 2017
- Barth Green Highest Board Score Award, 2016