Dr. Raymond Sekula, MD

Dr. Raymond Sekula, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 49

Neurosurgery

Dr. Raymond Sekula, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in New York, NY and has over 22 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Georgetown University School Of Medicine in 2000. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Upmc Hamot. His office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

Locations

CUIMC/Neurological Institute of New York

CUIMC/Neurological Institute of New York710 W 168th St New York, NY 10032
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(212) 235-1519

Tri-State Neurosurgical Assocs

North Hills Office9100 Babcock Blvd Pittsburgh, PA 15237
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(212) 235-1519

University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery

UPMC Presbyterian200 Lothrop St # B400 Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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(212) 235-1519
North Office647 N Broad Street Ext # 201 Grove City, PA 16127
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(212) 235-1519

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Dr. Sekula's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Sekula

4.6

Based on 76 ratings

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In 2018 I was diagnosed with glossopharyngeal neuralgia which was treated with prescription medication until they became ineffective after three years. Extensive research led me to Dr. Raymond Sekula and within ten days an appointment for micro vascular decompression surgery. The surgery was a complete success. Dr. Sekula is an amazing surgeon, very compassionate, and I feel went out of his way to accommodate my need for surgery. I feel he probably saved my life. He and his office staff were outstanding. Ron Date of surgery-March 9, 2021
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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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No results
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Ron Page – Oct 03, 2021
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I would give him zero stars if possible. He has ruined my receiving timely care in the Pittsburgh region for a tumor that's causing life-threatening symptoms and tainted the UPMC system with a treatment recommendation that wasn't based on facts but instead his being unprepared for our initial consultation and then trying to cover it up. He was hours late, I had to repeatedly call to check on his status, his staff forgot my appointment, he showed up in the telehealth visit looking unkempt, tired, agitated and clearly didn't even know my case when he failed to initially realize or later fully recognize that I've been having symptoms related to mass effect and trigeminal nerve involvement. He contradicted his own statements about when he recommend microsurgery and continued to push gamma knife. Since then, it's been a battle to try to even get emergency room care for new and worsening symptoms b/c his statements have made people think that my case isn't as serious as it actually is.
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Aug 12, 2021
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Dr Sekula did micro vascular decompression surgery on me and I have been pain free for 3 years. His communication and patient care was outstanding! Co
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Chris – Mar 30, 2021
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Dr. Raymond Sekula performed a micro-vascular decompression (MVD) on my 7th cranial nerve to alleviate a hemifacial spasm. The surgery was a complete success! The experience was the best medical experience I have ever had. His staff is top notch-responsive, caring, professional, and highly experienced with hemifacial spasm patients. Dr. Sekula himself is a quiet and unassuming man, with a quick smile and dedicated to excellence in the treatment of hemifacial spasm using a minimally invasive technique that allowed me to go home the day following surgery. I would (and have!) highly recommend him for hemifacial spasm patients. I traveled from Florida to Pennsylvania solely because I would have no one but Dr. Sekula be my surgeon. I trusted him 100% and he answered all of my questions patiently and fully. His office is efficient, kind, and well-organized. He's simply an awesome, caring, expert surgeon! Five stars is not high enough for this man !
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Sylvia - Orlando, Florida – Aug 20, 2020
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Dr.Sekula and his team were remarkable. Very knowledgeable in my hfs condition. I trusted him and his team. Everyone was kind and helpful!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jaclyn – Jul 14, 2020
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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.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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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.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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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.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
6 people found this helpful
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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!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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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!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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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!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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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
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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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!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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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!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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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!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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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.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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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.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Mike H. – Jan 31, 2018
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No malpractice claims found for New York
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Dr. Sekula's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Meningiomas
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Sekula treats Meningiomas more than 92% of his peers

Dr. Sekula treats this condition more than 92% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Radiation-Induced Meningioma
Hydrocephalus
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Sekula treats Hydrocephalus more than 86% of his peers

Dr. Sekula treats this condition more than 86% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Hydrocephalus Due to Congenital Stenosis of Aqueduct of Sylvius
  • Hydrocephalus, Adult
  • Hydrocephalus, Child
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Obstructive Hydrocephalus
Low Back Pain
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normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Sekula treats Low Back Pain more than 84% of his peers

Dr. Sekula treats this condition more than 84% of his peers

Dr. Sekula's conditions and procedures:

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Bone Cancer
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Tumor
  • Broken Neck
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chordoma
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Extradural Hemorrhage
  • Hemifacial Spasm
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neurostimulation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

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Medicaid
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UnitedHealthCare
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Options PPO
United Healthcare
UPMC
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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...Read more

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
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Languages

  • English
  • Latin

Awards

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What are Dr. Raymond Sekula, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Sekula frequently treats Meningiomas, Hydrocephalus, and Low Back Pain. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Sekula treats.

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Dr. Sekula's office is located at 710 W 168th St, New York, NY 10032. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Raymond Sekula, MD speak?

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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Sekula is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center

New York, NY

7 Awards Received

Upmc Hamot

Erie, PA

75% Patients that would definitely recommend, 5% higher than the national average

2 Awards Received

Upmc Mercy

Pittsburgh, PA

69% Patients that would definitely recommend, 1% lower than the national average

Upmc Northwest

Seneca, PA

66% Patients that would definitely recommend, 4% lower than the national average

5 Awards Received

UPMC Passavant - McCandless

Pittsburgh, PA

81% Patients that would definitely recommend, 11% higher than the national average

3 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2022)

UPMC Presbyterian

Pittsburgh, PA

81% Patients that would definitely recommend, 11% higher than the national average

4 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2022)