Meet Dr. Tovar-Spinoza

Dr. Tovar-Spinoza and a Laser Ablation Patient


Dr. Tovar-Spinoza is noted for her warmth and rapport with children and their families, and for her collegiality with referring physicians, for all offered procedures.


While she performs her surgeries in Syracuse, NY, patients and families from are welcome from across the U.S. and internationally.


To facilitate communication, Dr. Tovar-Spinoza speaks three languages: English, Spanish and Hebrew.


View her complete Physician profile here.


Support Our Work

You can support Dr. Tovar-Spinoza's work by making a donation to the Pediatric Neuroscience Fund:


Foundation for Upstate

750 E Adams St-326 CAB

Syracuse NY, 13210 USA


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Laser Ablation Referrals

To learn if a patient is a suitable candidate for laser-guided
ablation please contact:


Zulma Tovar-Spinoza, MD
Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery Surgical
Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Program

Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital


SUNY Upstate Medical University

604 Jacobsen Hall
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210Phone: (315) 464 4418
Fax: (315) 464 4415
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The Steps Involved in the Procedure




Patients are fitted with a frame (above) so that precise measurements can be taken before they are wheeled to the MRI suite for thermal ablation.



Instead of a craniotomy, Dr. Tovar-Spinoza introduces a small diameter fiber optic applicator into the lesion through a 3-millimeter keyhole stereotactic procedure.



The ablation procedure is supervised by real-time mapping and success in the target area is confirmed by immediate post-ablation MRI images (below).





Video: Animation of the Laser Ablation Procedure


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