Dr. Raymond Sekula, MD

Neurosurgery •  Male • Age 47
  
Dr. Sekula
Accepting new patients

University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery

200 Lothrop St # B400 Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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(412) 647-3685

Dr. Raymond Sekula, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA and has over 20 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Sekula has more experience with Cranial Neurosurgery and Neuro-oncology than other specialists in his area. He graduated from Georgetown University School Of Medicine medical school in 2000. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Upmc Hamot and Upmc Mercy. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Sekula to book an appointment.


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Dr. Sekula accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
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Choice Plus POS II
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Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
Medicaid
Amerihealth
Personal Choice PPO
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
CareOregon
Medicaid
CareSource
Medicaid
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access
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Community Health Choice
Medicaid
Coventry Health Care
Group Plan PPO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Health Net
Medicaid
HealthPlus
Medicaid
HealthPlus Amerigroup
Medicaid
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Classic Blue
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Medicaid
Humana
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inHealth
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Medicaid
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Practice Areas

Cranial Neurosurgery

Cranial neurosurgeons perform surgical procedures that involve opening or passing through the skull to treat conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system.Compare with other Cranial Neurosurgery specialists.

Typically treats 60% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 3 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Sekula performs Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal more than 75% of their peers

Dr. Sekula performs this procedure more than 75% of their peers

Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Sekula performs Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy more than 60% of their peers

Dr. Sekula performs this procedure more than 60% of their peers

Brain Surgery
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Dr. Sekula performs Brain Surgery more than 46% of their peers

Dr. Sekula performs this procedure more than 46% of their peers

Neuro-oncology

Oncologists diagnose and treat tumors, both malignant and benign, in or near the brain and spinal cord.Compare with other Neuro-oncology specialists.

Typically treats 70% more than their peers

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Meningiomas
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Sekula treats Meningiomas more than 82% of their peers

Dr. Sekula treats this condition more than 82% of their peers

Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Sekula treats Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma) more than 69% of their peers

Dr. Sekula treats this condition more than 69% of their peers

Brain Cancer
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Dr. Sekula treats Brain Cancer more than 59% of their peers

Dr. Sekula treats this condition more than 59% of their peers

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Dr. Sekula's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Tumor
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Extradural Hemorrhage
  • Fracture
  • Hemifacial Spasm
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Microvascular Decompression
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Surgery
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Stereotaxis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

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Dr. Sekula's Reviews

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What can I possibly say that can be worthy of what an Amazing Human, and Surgeon this man is. I did my research, and traveled to him. He is truly the best of the best, and I wouldn’t have gone to anyone else. MVD surgery in anyone else’s hands could have consequences that I would never want to face. He is the Master. I have been spasm free since the day he laid hands on me 7/19/16. God Blesses and guides his hands.
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Diane Tark – Jul 06, 2020
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I waited for a month for my appointment. A few days before the appointment, I was informed that he doesn't treat my condition. Having never seen him..i'm not sure how he made that determination. I am once again very disappointed in Presby's doctors.
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SA in Uniontown, PA – Nov 06, 2019
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Dr. Sekula saved my life in a way. Two years I could not eat,drink, or even talk without pain. He performed brain surgery on me and it worked and now I am myself again. I can have dinner with my wife and not be embarrassed by having her cut up my food in tiny pieces for me to eat. I can have a drink with the neighbors and not have to suffer through serious facial pain. I can now shave in the morning without putting an ice bag on my face to numb it to be able torun a razor over it. What a great person Dr. Sekula is a great doctor very compassionate and understanding of my problems. You will not find another doctor In Pittsburgh Pa or anywhere who is so dedicated to his profession. The good doctor follow up procedures are outstanding. He called me personally to ask how I was doing he really cares for his patients. I was so lucky to have him as my doctor.
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Raymond Novak – Sep 11, 2019
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Dr. Sekula is AMAZING! I had surgery 13 years ago for a Chiari Malformation. I have had so much relief even 13 yrs. later. He is very kind, caring, and an extremely talented Dr. I highly recommend him!
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Cindy Marchioni – Jun 26, 2019
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Dr. Sekula is an incredible surgeon. He is very thorough and thoughtful. He was very blunt about what could go wrong but his stats were on my side with less than 1% of his 1,000 patients having hearing loss or stroke. I came out of surgery on Friday spasm free and he stayed all weekend to make sure I was healing and comfortable. Two big thumbs up. Highly recommend him. It was a life altering event for me. Thank you Dr. Sekula!!
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cliffcuts – Jun 24, 2019
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After 10+ years of suffering with a facial nerve disorder (hemi-facial spasms), I met with Dr, Sekula at his UPMC Presbyterian Hospital office. He confirmed my diagnosis and performed MVD (microvascular decompression surgery the next day. He was successful in giving me back my normal face. He is thorough, compassionate and caring with his patients!
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Barbara in Olive Branch – Jun 24, 2019
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After nearly 8 years of dealing with hemifacial spasms due to an arterial compression I finally flew up to see Dr. Sekula for a consultation. He confirmed the diagnosis with an MRI, lateral spread test, and by observing my clinical symptoms. What a relief it was to watch Dr. Sekula look at my MRI and say “there it is”. After years of facial twitching, spasms, sensations I finally had an answer. And it could be treated via MVD surgery. Dr. Sekula performed MVD surgery on me in October of 2017 with excellent results. I am writing this review 18 months post surgery and still can’t believe what a fantastic outcome I’ve experienced. The entire staff at UPMC is very professional and treated me with kindness and compassion. Dr. Sekula’s resume speaks for itself. MVD is incredibly specialized surgery. I can’t imagine what my life would be like had I not made this important decision. No regrets.
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May 09, 2019
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My neurologist referred me to Dr Sekula, his office called me to set up an apt and I asked to make sure he looked at my MRI and they he could help me and not waste my time having me drive 5 hours for nothing. WELL I waited 2.5 hours for him to finally come to my room, He walked in said I cant help you and offered me very little advise and walked out. He wasted my time and money traveling to visit him. I would not refer him to anyone with Insane Facial pain and TN confirmed on an MRI
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Apr 16, 2019
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Dr. Sekula is amazing. He saved my wife’s life and cannot be more thankful that she was treated by a man with such a high degree of knowledge and skill. My life may have been way different if he had not been in our lives.
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Apr 16, 2019
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Super talented surgeon. Dr. Sekula has always been great to me. He preformed a life saving brain surgery for me , and a few months later a tricky spinal cord shunt. I will put my life only in his talented hands. I owe him my life , truly. Jennifer
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Jennifer Weibel in Freeport, PA – Jan 11, 2019
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Wonderful person and incredible surgeon - he saved my life!
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Sep 02, 2018
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A few weeks ago I got a surprise call from Dr. Sekula. 2 1/2 yrs ago he performed micro vascular decompression surgery on me for TGN which I suffered with for 15 yrs. He wanted to know how I was doing and if any pain had come back. I was happy to report to him that I still have no pain and haven’t had to deal with the side effects of tegretol! Dr. Sekula saved my sanity. I owe him my pain free life. He & his staff were wonderful! I give him the highest rating possible!
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Michael Beatty in Canonsburg, PA – Jul 18, 2018
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Dr. S really cares about his patients, has excellent bedside manner, and is a truly talented surgeon. Every staff member at the hospital had something great to say about him. He has his own way of approaching surgery making the entire experience much different than others I came across in my research. Results and healing are better than I expected. Throughout my appts he was sure to give me thorough information and REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS! Amazing, talented surgeon!!
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PA – May 26, 2018
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Very competent and thorough. He called us on a Sunday checking on our daughter.
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Trudy Crawford in Buckhannon WV – May 07, 2018
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This guy is beyond brilliant. After 3 botched surgeries I found Dr. Sekula and he saved my life. Thank God for him.
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Mike H. – Jan 31, 2018
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Five stars is not nearly enough to rate my experience with Dr. Sekula. He gave me my life back, cured my trigeminal neuralgia completely with a complicated surgery that he is the absolute best at. Patients come to him from far away for good reason. The entire neurosurgery dept. is the best, but Dr. Sekula is the best of the best.
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Margaret Foster in Streetsboro, OH – Oct 31, 2017
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Most amazing, kind, intelligent physician I have ever had the privilege of being treated by. He saved my life and he and my family owe him everything. I recommend him highly to everyone.
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CSC in Pittsburgh, PA – Mar 15, 2017
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This week it is one year since my surgery- it was the scariest but best thing I ever did - I have my life back - I will be forever grateful for the gift that Dr Sekula and his wonderful team did for me. Trisha Ormond
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Trisha Ormond in Nashville, TN – Feb 22, 2017
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I met with Dr. Sekula after having a terrible experience with medicines and several procedures that failed by another doctor. My encounter with Dr. Sekula was life-saving! I suffered with trigeminal neuralgia for three miserable years and had one bad experience after another with neurologists and neurosurgeons. After a successful and minimally invasive procedure by Dr. Sekula, I am completely off massive doses of medicines that produced terrible side effects and my pain is 90-95% gone!
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Paula in Beaver, PA – Dec 02, 2016
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At the end of my appointment on July 18, 2016 Dr. Sekula said he would call me. He did not call me until six weeks later and this was after I had called and complained to his manager.
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About Me

Care Philosophy

Dr. Sekula is known internationally and nationally for his development of minimally invasive neurosurgical techniques, which provide patients with improved outcomes, reduced complications, and easier recoveries. He has been recognized with numerous h...

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Tumor Pathology

Board Certifications

Education

2008
Carnegie Mellon U
2006
Allegheny General Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
2005
Allegheny General Hospital
Residency Hospital
2001
Henry Ford Hospital
Internship Hospital
2000
Georgetown University School Of Medicine
Medical School
1994
University of Virginia
Undergraduate School

Languages

  • Latin
  • English

Awards

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Locations

University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery

University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery200 Lothrop St # B400 Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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Upmc Hamot

Erie, PA

71% Patient experience rating, 2% higher than the national average

Upmc Mercy

Pittsburgh, PA

69% Patient experience rating, Equal to the national average

UPMC Passavant - McCandless

Pittsburgh, PA

76% Patient experience rating, 7% higher than the national average

UPMC Presbyterian

Pittsburgh, PA

76% Patient experience rating, 7% higher than the national average