Doctor Profile

Babacar Cisse

Babacar Cisse

Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian
1305 York Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10021

New York

New York (NY)

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T: 646-962-3389
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Neurological Surgery

Neurological Surgery

Languages Spoken: English, Arabic, French


Dr. Cisse, the Leon Levy Research Fellow at the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute, is an award-winning neurosurgeon who performs a wide range of surgical procedures for brain and spine conditions. He has special expertise in primary and metastatic brain and spinal tumors, including gliomas, meningiomas, ependymomas, and vascular tumors. He utilizes multiple modern and advanced techniques, including neuro-navigation, ultrasound, advanced imaging, and brain mapping, for the achievement of the safest and most effective outcomes for his patients.

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New York Rising Stars 2022
New York Rising Stars 2021
New York Rising Stars 2020
New York Rising Stars 2019

About Babacar Cisse

Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Graduation Year: 2010

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Honors and Awards:

Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program Award, 2021
Endowed Leonard and Fleur Harlan Clinical Scholar, 2018
Sackler Brain and Spine Institute Research Grant, 2018
Leon Levy Fellowship in Neuroscience, 2018
Getch Scholar, National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NINDS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
New York State Neurological Society - Resident Research Award, 2017
NIH Loan Repayment Program Award, 2014-2016
Frederick P. Gay Memorial Award for achievement in microbiology, Columbia, 2010
PhD with Distinction, Columbia University, 2009
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31), NIH, 2008-2010
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship, 2004-2006
Summer Research Fellowship, Harvard Medical School, 2002
Reamer Kline Award, Bard College, 2002
Frederick P. Gay Memorial Award for achievement in microbiology, Columbia, 2010
Harold Griffiths Award for Excellency in Chemistry, Bard College, 2002
Gustave Aufricht Memorial Scholarship, Bard College, 2002
HHMI Undergraduate Fellowship University of Illinois, 2000
Distinguished Scientist Scholarship, Bard College, 1999-2003

Professional Activity:

Member, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 2010-Present
Member, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 2010-Present

Publications, Lectures and Presentations:

Articles in professional peer-reviewed journals

Cisse B, Caton ML, Lehner M, Maeda T, Scheu S, Locksley R, Holmberg D, Zweier C, den Hollander NS, Kant SG, Holter W, Rauch A, Zhuang Y, Reizis B.
Transcriptionfactor E2-2 is an essential and specific regulator of plasmacytoid dendritic cell development. Cell 2008; 135: 37–48.

Ghosh HS, Cisse B, Bunin A, Lewis KL, Reizis B.
Continuous expression of thetranscription factor e2-2 maintains the cell fate of mature plasmacytoid dendritic cells. Immunity. 2010 Dec 14;33(6):905-1 (Joint first authorship).

Huang Y, Rajappa P, Hu W, Hoffman C, Cisse B, Kim JH, Gorge E, Cope W, Vartanian E, Xu R, Zhang T, Yanowitch R, Weksler B, Pisapia D, Xiang J, Huse J, Matei I, Peinado H, Bromberg J, Holland E, Ding B, Rafii S, Lyden D, Greenfield J. Restriction of Early Myeloid Lineage Directs Malignant Progression of Glioma, J Clin Invest. 2017 May 1. PMD: 28394259

Rajappa P, Cobb W, Vartanian E, Huang Y, Pisapia D, Daly L, Hoffman C, Shen B, Yanowitz R, Garg K, Huzar D, Zinda M, Cisse B, Huse J, Lyden D, Bromberg J, Greenfield J. Malignant astrocytic tumor transformation potentiated via JAK/STAT-mediated recruitment of myeloid-derived suppressor cells, Clin Cancer Res. 2016 Dec 30. PMID: 28039266

Educational Background:

Neurosurgery Resident, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center


Post-doctoral Fellowship, Weill Cornell Medical College


M.D., Ph.D., College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York


B.A., Bard College


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NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell
1305 York Avenue
9th Floor
New York, NY 10021

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