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Zulma S Tovar Spinoza, MD

Zulma S Tovar Spinoza, MD
Appointed 04/20/09
604 Jacobsen Hall
175 Elizabeth Blackwell Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

315 464-4418

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

Clinical Section Affiliations

  • Neurosurgery: Brain Tumors, General Neurosurgery, Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics: Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Upstate Cancer Center: Neurosurgery
  • Upstate Comprehensive Stroke Center: Neurosurgery


Education & Fellowships

  • Fellowship: Hospital for Sick Children - Toronto, Canada, 2007, Pediatric Epilepsy
  • Fellowship: Hospital for Sick Children - Toronto, Canada, 2006, Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Residency: University of Tel Aviv - Rabin Medical Center, 2005, Neurological Surgery
  • MD: Universidad de los Andes, Venezuela, 1993

Clinical Interests

  • Hydrocephalus, endoscopic treatment of hydrocephalus and brain tumors, minimally invasive surgery, spina bifida, surgical treatment of epilepsy, brain tumors, congenital and developmental malformations of the nervous system, Chiari malformation, pediatric brain trauma, laser ablation surgery.

Research Interests

  • Epilepsy, tethered cord, pediatric brain tumors,hydrocephalus.

Specialties & Certification

  • Neurological Surgery
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Epilepsy and Epilepsy Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery

Diseases & Conditions Treated

  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Brachial plexopathy
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Injury
  • Brain Tumor
  • Brain and Spine Tumors
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Congenital and Developmental Malformations of the Nervous System
  • Curved Spine or Scoliosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy, Severe
  • Head and Neck Tumors and Masses
  • Hydrocele
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Kyphosis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Stenosis
  • Lumbosacral Plexopathy
  • Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Injuries
  • Neck Spasms
  • Neck Stinger
  • Nervous System Vascular Lesions
  • Neuralgias
  • Neuritis
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neuropathy
  • Pediatric Brain Trauma
  • Pediatric Brain Tumor
  • Pediatric Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Pituitary Disorders
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Scoliosis
  • Seizures
  • Skull Deformities
  • Spasticity
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Fracture
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxi
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Ulnar neuropathy


  • Adults and Children


  • Arachnoid Cyst Treatment
  • Brain Tumor Treatment
  • Comprehensive Epilepsy Program
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
  • Epidural/Caudal
  • Fracture Treatment of Spine
  • Hydrocephalus Treatment
  • Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Pediatric Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Pediatric Spine Tumor Surgery
  • Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
  • Spinal Decompression Surgery
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Spine Pain Treatment
  • Surgical Options for Back Pain
  • Surgical Repair of Congenital and Developmental Lesions of the Nervous System
  • Surgical Treatment of Brain and Spine Tumors
  • Surgical Treatment of Craniosynostosis
  • Surgical Treatment of Epilepsy
  • Surgical Treatment of Hydrocephalus
  • Surgical Treatment of Spasticity
  • Surgical Treatment of Stroke or Brain Ischemia
  • Surgical Treatment of Vascular Lesions of the Nervous System
  • Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy


  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Women in Neurosurgery
  • International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN)
  • Women in Medicine
  • American Epilepsy Society (AES)
  • Pediatric Craniocervical Society (PCS)
  • American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons
  • AANS/Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care

Current Hospital Privileges

  • Upstate University Hospital

Languages Spoken (Other Than English)

  • Hebrew
  • Spanish

HealthLinkOnAir Radio Interview

1/09/14 lntraoperative Suite

8/15/13 MRI-laser guided surgery for children with brain tumors and epilepsy

9/23/12 Child safety offerings at Upstate's Fall Festival and Health Fair

6/17/12 New treatment option for patients with deep, treatment-resistant brain tumors


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