Sacit Bulent Omay, MD, is a neurosurgeon who specializes in removing brain and pituitary gland tumors in the least invasive way possible. He is also an expert in using the Gamma Knife®. This is a non-surgical treatment that relies on focused gamma radiation to stop brain tumors from growing. It can be a non-invasive option for some patients with brain tumors.
He uses the endoscope, a highly sophisticated visualization system to navigate through natural corridors like the nose and resects certain brain tumors without opening the skull.
Dr. Omay explains that every person who needs brain surgery requires treatment that is customized to his or her unique needs. “It is important to understand each patient separately,” Dr. Omay says. “The surgeon needs to tailor a surgical approach that fits the needs of each individual patient”, he adds.
He finds his work deeply rewarding. “One of my favorite things is, when I examine a patient after a surgical procedure, to realize that their lives have been improved,” Dr. Omay says.
As an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Omay conducts research in the areas of neuro-oncology and skull base surgery.