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Peter F Morgenstern, MD Email Peter Morgenstern

Pediatric Neurosurgery
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    • Positions
    • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | Neurosurgery
    • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | Pediatrics
    • Specialty
    • Pediatric Neurosurgery
    • Language
    • English
    • Hospital Affiliations
    • Mount Sinai Beth Israel
    • Mount Sinai Morningside and Mount Sinai West
    • Mount Sinai Queens
    • The Mount Sinai Hospital
    • Mount Sinai Brooklyn
    • Phone
    • Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice 212-241-0954
    • Mount Sinai-Union Square 212-241-0954
    • Mount Sinai Doctors Brooklyn Heights 212-241-0954
    • Mount Sinai Doctors Five Towns 212-241-0954
    • Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice 212-241-0954
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Dr. Peter Morgenstern is a neurosurgeon who specializes in pediatric neurosurgery. He has extensive training in the comprehensive care of children with brain tumors, hydrocephalus, spinal and cranial malformations including craniosynostosis and spina bifida, Chiari malformation, and other common pediatric neurosurgical conditions. He is particularly interested in applying minimally invasive techniques, such as neuroendoscopy, to pediatric neurosurgery. Throughout his career, Dr. Morgenstern has been praised for his thoughtful and level-headed approach to complex problems, and has been recognized for the excellence and compassion with which he cares for his patients. He is dedicated to guiding patients and their families through the difficult journey from diagnosis through treatment and follow-up.

Dr. Morgenstern attended Dartmouth College as an undergraduate, where he majored in music and graduated summa cum laude as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He obtained his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, graduating with honors in research and joining the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He completed his residency training in neurological surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and was awarded a Distinguished Housestaff Award for excellence in patient care. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at the Seattle Children’s Hospital, where he cared for more than 1,000 children throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Morgenstern has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and has won several grants and awards for his research, including the Kenneth Schulman Award from the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery, and the Christopher Gaposchkin ’99 Research Prize from the Department of Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell. His previous research has been funded by the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation and the Voices Against Brain Cancer Foundation. His current research focuses on pediatric brain tumors, clinical outcomes in pediatric neurosurgery and neuroendoscopy.

In his spare time Dr. Morgenstern enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, running, cooking, and playing music.

Read about how Dr. Morgenstern and Dr. Saadi Ghatan removed a rare pineal parenchymal tumor in a 14-year-old patient in the 2020 Neurology & Neurosurgery Specialty Report.

Clinical Focus

  • Abnormally Large Head / Macrocephaly
  • Achondroplasia
  • Acromegaly
  • Arnold-Chiari Syndrome
  • Astrocytoma
  • Benign Neoplasm
  • Biopsy
  • Brain / Spinal Cord Cancer
  • Brain Compression
  • Brain Cyst
  • Brain Hemorrhage
  • Brain Infection
  • Brain Malformation
  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Trauma / Injury
  • Brain Tumors
  • Brain Tumors, Pediatric
  • Cavernous Malformations
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Craniotomy
  • Cushing's Syndrome
  • Disc Displacement
  • Epilepsy
  • Head Injury
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intracerebral Hemorrhage (ICH)
  • Neuroendoscopy
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Pediatric Cancer Second Opinion
  • Pediatric Surgery Second Opinion
  • Pituitary Adenoma
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Spinal Cord Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Subdural Hematoma
  • Suprasellar Tumor
  • Syrinx
  • Tethered Cord Syndrome
  • Vascular Malformations
  • Ventriculostomy

Research Topics

Patient Centered Outcomes Research


MD, Weill Cornell Medical College

Residency, Neurosurgery
New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell

Fellowship, Pediatric Neurosurgery
Seattle Children's Hospital