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Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery Director, Cranial Nerve Disorders Program
Raymond Sekula, Jr., MD, joined the Department of Neurological Surgery on March 1, 2013 as an assistant professor and director of the department's Cranial Nerve Disorders program.
Raymond F. Sekula Jr., MD, joined the Department of Neurological Surgery on March 1, 2013 as an assistant professor and director of the department’s Cranial Nerve Disorders program. Dr. Sekula is known internationally and nationally for his development of microvascular techniques, which provide patients with improved outcomes, reduced complications, and easier recoveries. He has been recognized with numerous honors, including The American Association of Neurological Surgeon’s Young Investigator Award, The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association Fellowship Award, and Pittsburgh Magazine’s “40 Under 40” and “Best Doctor’s”Award.
Dr. Sekula has performed more than 1,000 procedures for patients with trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, and other cranial neuralgias. He has also developed a novel procedure for Chiari malformation performed through a one-inch incision affording patients a minimal one- or two-day hospital stay after the procedure.
Dr. Sekula received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Following a surgical internship and residency in neurological surgery, he completed advanced training in minimally invasive neurosurgery and a fellowship with neurosurgical pioneer, and former University of Pittsburgh neurosurgery chairman, Peter Jannetta, MD. Following his training, he became assistant, and then co-director, of the Cranial Nerve Disorders Center with Dr. Jannetta in Pittsburgh.
Dr. Sekula is also a renowned teacher of neurological surgery and is a frequent lecturer nationally and internationally. He has authored or co-authored many original journal articles and book chapters.
Dr. Sekula's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.
American Board of Neurological Surgery
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons
The Congress of Neurological Surgeons
The Medical Advisory Board of TNA
The Facial Pain Association
Allegheny County Medical Society
Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society
Cranial neuralgias continue to be a major health problem. Drawing from a large clinical experience, the Center for Cranial Nerve Disorders is currently investigating the utility of high resolution MRI in determining appropriate candidates for operative intervention.