David Baskin, MD, Neurosurgery, Houston, TX, Houston Methodist Hospital

DavidBaskinMDF.A.C.S, F.A.A.N.S

NeurosurgeryHouston, TX

Brain & Spinal Tumor, Pituitary Surgery, Skull Base

Professor of Neurological Surgery, Cornell University-Weill Medical College and Houston Methodist Hospital, Director, Peak Brain Tumor Center Vice Chair, Department of Neurosurgery

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  • Office

    6445 Main Street
    Outpatient Center, Suite P24-C026
    Houston, TX 77030
    Phone(713) 441-3803
    Fax(713) 793-1001
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  • I am a Professor of Neurological Surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital. I serve as the Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, the Neurosurgery Residency Program Director, and Director of our Brain Tumor Center. I specialize in intracranial surgery and minimally invasive spine procedures. I have special interests in pituitary adenomas, having operated on over 4,300 patients. I direct both clinical and basic research relating to brain tumors, and have a number of novel clinical trials and treatments available to patients. I serve as a special consultant to NASA relating to problems with intracranial pressure in space, and also as a scholar of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, where I participate in the administration of written and oral board certifying examinations. I accept email inquiries and believe that our website at www.houstonmethodost.org/peakcenter will give insight into the activities at our center.
  • Mitochondria Based Chemotherapy For Glioblastoma

    The world's first Mitochondrial Based Chemotherapy Developed at Houston Methodist Hospital

    Novel Gene Therapy for Glioblastoma

    11 year survivor of Glioblastoma with no residual tumor, Treated at the Kenneth R. Peak Brain and Pituitary Center at Houston Methodist Hospital

Education & Training

  • UCSF
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiMedicalSchool
  • Swarthmore CollegeOtherTraining

Certifications & Licensure

  • HI State Medical License
    HI State Medical License 2016 - 2022
  • TX State Medical License
    TX State Medical License 1985 - 2021
  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 1979 - 2021
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery Neurological Surgery

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Best Doctor Honor Role for 5 years or more Castle Connolly Best Doctors, 2012
  • Most Compassionate Doctor Award, Patient's Choice Award Vitals/ American Registry, 2012
  • Certificate of Honor President of the Congress, 5th Int. Conference of Neurosurgery, 2010
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Clinical Trials

Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Extraventricular Colloid Cyst with Invasion into the Skull Base, Case Report and Literature Review  
    Staub, B, Castilla, L, Baskin, DS, World Neurosurgery, 8/2/2013
  • Failure of Porous Tantalum Cervical Interbody Fusion Devices: Two-Year Results from a Prospective, Randomized, Multi-Center, Clinical Study  
    Kasliwal MK, Baskin DS, Traynelis VC, Journal of Spinal Disorders, 1/1/2013
  • B-lymphocytes from a population of children with autism spectrum disorder and their unaffected siblings exhibit hypersensitivity to thimerosal  
    Sharpe, MA Gist, TL, Baskin, DS, M.D, Journal of Toxicology, 1/1/2013
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Press Mentions

  • T-cell Immunotherapy for ALS Shows Promise in Phase I Trial
  • Pituitary Gland Tumors Destroyed More Effectively with Small Doses of Radiation: 5 Observations
  • Multiple-Dose, Targeted Radiation More Effective for Treating Pituitary Tumors, Research ShowsDecember 17, 2015
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Grant Support

  • Kenneth R. Peak Center-10 Million Dollar GrantKenneth and Donna Peak Foundation2013–Present

Professional Memberships

Other Languages

  • Spanish

Hospital Affiliations