Neurosurgery Unit for Pituitary and Inheritable Diseases

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The Neurosurgery Unit for Pituitary and Inheritable Diseases is part of the Surgical Neurology Branch of the NINDS. We are a translational science lab that integrates neurosurgery and science to address the morbidity arising from neuroendocrine tumors of the brain and spinal cord. These include sporadic pituitary tumors and inheritable tumors in VHL and NF2. We rely on syngeneic, pairwise comparisons of the transcriptome, epigenome, proteome and the metabolome to investigate mechanisms of tumor formation and progression.



Prashant Chittiboina, M.D., M.P.H.


Prashant Chittiboina, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Chittiboina earned his M.D. from Goa University (India) in 2000 and a Master of Public Health from Idaho State University in 2004. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at Louisiana State University in 2012. During his residency, Dr. Chittiboina also completed a year-long research fellowship studying neuro-vascular disease. He came to NINDS in 2012 as a translational research fellow, becoming a Staff Clinician in the Surgical Neurology Branch in 2013. He became an Assistant Clinical Investigator in 2015 and a Tenure Track Investigator in 2020. His laboratory studies neurosurgical disorders of the pituitary gland and inheritable tumor syndromes. His current work is focused on improving the outcomes of neurosurgical disorders through translational research approaches.