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Dr. Brian J. Snyder, Long Island Neurosurgeon


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Brian J. Snyder, M.D., is a functional neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, tremor and dystonia, as well as seizure disorders and the surgical treatment of pain.  Dr. Snyder is an expert in deep brain stimulation (DBS) utilizing microelectrode recording, vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), and procedures for mapping, recording, and identifying seizure foci in the brain, and the surgical resection of these foci.  Dr. Snyder utilizes neuromodulation including spinal cord stimulation (SCS) and peripheral nerve stimulation to treat refractory pain. Dr Synder also has experience with revision surgery for neurostimulators when they either have produced sub-optimal results or have been broken / poorly placed by another physician. Dr. Snyder is experienced with the use of intrathecal pumps for infusion of baclofen and narcotics.

Dr. Snyder was the first neurosurgeon on Long Island to implant revolutionary NeuroPace RNS® System.

Dr. Snyder received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.  He received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine where he was honored as AOA, (Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.)

At Mount Sinai School of Medicine he served as an intern in general surgery and advanced to a resident in neurological surgery and then chief resident in neurological surgery.  Following this he pursued a fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery under Dr. Andres Lozano at the Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto.  He has also obtained certification in both Gamma Knife® and Cyberknife® radiosurgery.

Dr. Snyder has published and presented extensively on fields in functional neurosurgery.  His papers and presentations include works on surgery for primary dystonia, seizure outcomes associated with cavernous malformations, deep brain stimulation for depression and Parkinson’s disease as well as gamma knife treatment for tremor.

As a resident and fellow he was active in the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.  He was elected to the Young Neurosurgeons Committee and subsequently was elected to serve as the liaison from the Young Neurosurgeons Committee to the executive committee of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.

Dr. Snyder was appointed Director of Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery at Winthrop-University Hospital. He uses the most state of the art yet least invasive procedures possible to manage the disabling symptoms associated with epilepsy, movement disorder and refractory pain.   

Interview video with Brian J. Snyder, M.D.

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Dr. Brian J. Snyder’s Publications



  • Young WF, Weaver M, Snyder B, Narayan RK Outcome of Tetraplegic Patients After Anterior Debridement and Fusion for Cervical Epidural Abscess/Osteomyelitis. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting 2000.  (abstract)
  • Strauss, KI, Snyder BJ, Meagher RJ, Fogelsanger LN, Narayan RK Hippocampal Eicosanoid Changes Following Traumatic Brain Injury, Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting 2001 (poster)
  • Argaw AT, Zhang Y, Snyder, BJ, Kopp N, Raine CS, Brosnan CF, John GR Interleukin-1β induces blood-brain barrier permeability via reactivation of the hypoxia-angiogenesis program Society for Neuroscience 2005 (poster)
  • Snyder BJ, Tagliati M, Alterman R, Meta-analysis of Pallidal Deep Brain Stimulation for Spasmodic Torticollis (oral abstract- ASSFN June 2006)
  • Snyder B. Meta-analysis of Pallidal Deep Brain Stimulation for Spasmodic Torticollis. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg 2007;85:19–65
  • Smith, AJ, Ullman, JU, Snyder BJ, Gilad, R, Meyer, S, Singh,H.  Effect of Alcohol and Aspirin on Worsening Intracranial Hemorrhage after Acute Head Injury. American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Annual Meeting April 2007 (oral abstract)
  • Snyder, BJ., Chen, JY-W. Hodaie, M. A Comparative Assessment of Three Different Tractography Programs and Their Utility in Functional Neurosurgery -ASSFN Vancouver, Canada, June, 2008
  • Hodaie, MA, Snyder, BJ, Moro, E, Hutchison, W, Dostrovsky, J Target localization in radiosurgical thalamotomy: Comparison with stereotactic procedures using intraoperative microelectrode recordings ASSFN, Vancouver, Canada, June 2008
  • Bukhari, S, Snyder B, Ha Y, Valiante T, Results of Medical Treatment on Epilepsy Secondary to Supratentorial Cavernomas: Long term follow-up. ASSFN, Vancouver, Canada, June 2008
  • Snyder, BJ, Chen, JY-W, Hodaie, MA. A Comparison of Three Different Tractography Tools and Their Ease of Application. Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Mebourne, Australia June 2008
  • I Prescott, M Weinberger, BJ Snyder, E Moro, M Hodaie, AM Lozano, JO
    Dostrovsky, WD Hutchison. Levodopa and high frequency electrical stimulation enhance
    stimulus-induced gamma oscillations from basal ganglia output nuclei in Parkinson’s disease SFN 2008


  • Snyder, BJ, Olanow, CW. (2005) Cell Transplantation for Parkinson’s Textbook of Neural Repair and Rehabilitation. (Ed. Selzer et al.) Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge,  pp 71-88
  • Snyder BJ, Naidich TP, Post KD.(2008) Cystic Lesions of the Sella. in Diagnosis and Management of Pituitary Disorders (ed. Swearing, B and Biller, BMK) Humana Press 445-466
  • Hamani, C, Snyder, BJ, Laxton,A, Lozano, AM. Surgical Treatment of Major Depression  in Youman’s Neurological Surgery (ed. H.R. Winn) Elsevier Saunders 2011 (1018-1025)


"I’ve Been Seizure Free Since The Surgery. It’s Definitely A Life Changing Surgery And Well Worth It."
Life Changing Epilepsy Surgery Brings Relief from Seizures and  Returns One Patient’s Enjoyment in Life:
Kristian Jensen’s Story, Watch Video

"In the History of Medicine and Headache Treatment, This is Very Effective and Safe Technology!" - Patient, Megan Doscher Occipital Nerve Stimulation Gave This Patient a Migraine-Free Life
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Dr. Snyder is affiliated with the following hospitals

  • Franklin Hospital
  • Glen Cove Hospital
  • Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
  • Huntington Hospital
  • Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • North Shore University Hospital
  • Plainview Hospital
  • South Nassau Communities Hospital
  • St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center
  • St. Charles Hospital
  • St. Joseph's Hospital
  • St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, Manhattan
  • Syosset Hospital
  • Winthrop University Hospital


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