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UPMC neurosurgeon, Dr. L. Dade Lunsford, provides an overview of Stereotactic Radiosurgery and the role it plays in both endocrine active and nonfunctional pituitary tumors.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • List the benefits of radiosurgery versus radiotherapy
  • Describe the role of SRS for nonfunctional pituitary tumors
  • Discuss the role of SRS for functional pituitary tumors

Reading Resources:

  1. Flickinger JC, Kondziolka D, Maitz AH, Lunsford LD: Gamma Knife radiosurgery of imaged-defined intracranial meningioma. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 56:801-806, 2003.
  2. Hasegawa T, Kondziolka D, Flickinger JC, Germanwala A, Lunsford LD: Brain metastases treated with radiosurgery alone: an alternative to whole brain radiotherapy? Neurosurgery 52:1318-1326, 2003.
  3. Pollock B, Lunsford LD: A call to define stereotactic radiosurgery. Neurosurgery 55:1371-1373, 2004.
  4. Lunsford LD, Niranjan A, Flickinger JC, Maitz A, Kondziolka D: Radiosurgery of vestibular schwannomas: summary of experience in 829 cases. J Neurosurg 102:195-199, 2005.
  5. Sheehan JP, Niranjan A, Sheehan JM, Jane JA, Laws ER, Kondziolka D, Flickinger JC, Landolt AM, Loeffler JS, Lunsford LD: Stereotactic radiosurgery for pituitary adenomas: an intermediate review of its safety, efficacy, and role in the neurosurgical treatment armamentarium. J Neurosurg 102:678-691, 2005.
  6. Kondziolka D, Lunsford LD, Flickinger JC: The application of stereotactic radiosurgery to disorders of the brain. Neurosurgery 62(2):707-720, 2008.
  7. Kano H, Kondziolka D, Niranjan A, Flickinger JC, Lunsford LD: Stereotactic radiosurgery for pilocytic astrocytomas Part 1: outcomes in adult patients. J Neuro-Oncol 95:211-218, 2009.
  8. Kano H. Niranjan A, Kondziolka D, Flickinger JC, Pollack IF, Jakacki RI, Lunsford LD: Stereotactic radiosurgery for pilocytic astrocytomas Part 2: outcomes in pediatric patients. J Neuro-Oncol 95:219-229, 2009.
  9. Niranjan A, Kano H, Mathieu D, Kondziolka D, Flickinger JC, Lunsford LD: Radiosurgery for craniopharyngioma. Int J Radiation Oncology Biol Phys 78(1):64-71, 2010.


Dr. Lunsford has financial interests with the following any entities producing health care goods or services:

  • Consultant: AB Elekta and Insightee DSMB
  • Stockholder: AB Elekta

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM and self-assessment credits toward Part 2 of the ABS MOC Program. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.075) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 0.75 contact hours.

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Release Date: 3/27/2012 | Last Modified On: 11/18/2015 | Expires: 11/18/2016

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