Alejandro Berenstein, MD, came to Beth Israel from New York University Medical Center, where he entered on a fellowship in diagnostic neuroradiology in 1976, and then remained for 20 years. During this time, Dr. Berenstein emerged as a pioneer in the field of interventional Neuroradiology and the newly developed field of the use of embolization and direct puncture sclerotherapy for the treatment of vascular lesions of the head and neck. Dr. Berenstein moved to Beth Israel hospital and together with Dr. Fred Epstein, founded The Hyman Neuman Institute for Neuroradiology and Neurosurgery. He is a pioneer in the emerging field of interventional neuroradiology, with use of a minimal invasive procedure to treat conditions related to the vascular system in the brain, head, face, spine, and spinal cord. Dr. Berenstein created and developed the first division of interventional neuroradiology (surgical neuroangiography) in the United States, recognizing complex vascular problems of the brain and spinal cord. He has pioneered many innovative treatments and holds numerous patents in this field. He also developed the first multidisciplinary center for congenital vascular anomalies and hemangiomas where a team of specialists review and design treatment strategies for patients with vascular problems of the head and neck. Dr. Berenstein uses the same concepts, techniques and multidisciplinary expertise at the INN in cases of aneurysm, vascular tumors, vascular malformations, birthmarks and other vascular abnormalities. In addition, this group of experts will further advance the field of surgical neuroangiography by creating one of the most comprehensive stroke (brain attack) centers in the country. With Dr. Pierre Lasjuanias, Dr. Berenstein co-wrote the five-volume definitive work in the field of surgical neuroangiography.
A native of Mexico City, Mexico, Dr. Berenstein received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the Escuela Secundaria y Preparatory de la Ciudad de Mexico. Dr. Berenstein now lives in New York City with his wife, Marie Josie, and two daughters, Vanessa and Erica. Dr. Berenstein is among New York Magazine's "Best Doctors" for 2008, as listed in the June 16, 2008 edition of the magazine. The New York Magazine list is excerpted from Castle Connolly's annual guidebook, "Top Doctors: New York Metro Area."
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