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Emilio M. Nardone, M.D., F.A.A.N.S.

Dr. Emilio Nardone is a surgical neuro-oncologic specialist with added qualifications in skull base and complex spine surgery. His extensive fellowship training in neuro-oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in conjunction with both neuro and orthopedic surgeons has given him the ability and skills to manage especially challenging cases.

Dr. Nardone has a special interest in the treatment of primary and metastatic brain and spine tumors, trigeminal and vestibular schwannomas, pituitary adenomas, meningiomas, and microvascular decompression of trigeminal and facial nerves.  He has extensive experience in the use of awake cranial tumor surgery and intraoperative ultrasonography, as well as neuronavigation.

He also has a special interest and expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery.  He routinely performs procedures for disc herniations, decompressive laminectomies and fusions through keyhole incisions that have greatly improved the success of spinal surgery, as well as patient satisfaction and recovery time.  Dr. Nardone has perfected a minimally invasive, decompressive lumbar laminectomy procedure that he routinely adopts, to functionally spare important stabilizing elements of the spine, while achieving bilateral decompression through a unilateral approach.

He has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics such as rhaboid tumors, malignant chordomas, malignant melanoma, and on procedures to enhance the safety and efficacy of spinal decompressions through the use of intraoperative ultrasonography.  His long-time interest in teaching has led to the development of extensive teaching files, including radiographic images and videos.

His clinical research interests have encompassed brain melanomas, use of carmustine-dehydrated alcohol into recurrent malignant gliomas, use of intraoperative ultrasonography for spine surgeries, randomized trials in lumbar fusions, and minimally invasive fragmentectomy with microdiscectomy.  He is the principal investigator on a study comparing the feasibility and safety of unilateral functional lumbar laminectomy versus the classic open laminectomy.  Dr. Nardone has been the principal or a co-investigator on multiple clinical projects.

Neurosurgical residents working under his supervision have benefitted from his calm and positive demeanor in teaching as well as his superb skills.  Dr. Nardone has been granted the Faculty of the Year Award multiple times in recognition of his love and excellence for teaching.

Dr. Nardone Full CV

Professional Experience

Neurosurgeon,
Central Illinois Neuro Health Sciences,
Bloomington, IL,
2000‚

Associate Consultant Neurosurgeon,
Department of Neurosciences,
King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center,
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 1/98-4/2000

 

Board Certification

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery
  • Italian Board of Neurosurgery

Society & Board Memberships

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Society for Neuro-oncology
  • Illinois Neurosurgical Society
  • Illinois State Medical Society
  • American Medical Association
  • Italian Board of Medical Doctors

Presentations

  • Vasospasm secondary to aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, University of Texas Medical Branch. Galveston, TX; April 1994
  • Cavernous malformation: new concepts and review of literature. Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, University of Texas Medical Branch. Galveston, TX; September, 1994
  • Arterious-venous malformations of the brain. Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, University of Texas Medical Branch. Galveston, TX; October, 1994
  • Cervical spondylosis: latest innovations in surgical treatment. Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, University of Texas Medical Branch. Galveston, TX; October, 1994
  • Posterior fossa tumors in children. Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, University of Texas Medical Branch. Galveston, TX; December, 1994
  • Arterious-venous malformations in pregnancy. Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, University of Texas Medical Branch. Galveston, TX; January, 1995
  • Rathke’s Cleft Cyst. Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, University of Texas Medical Branch. Galveston, TX; February, 1995
  • Value of cytoreductive surgery in brain tumors. Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, University of Texas Medical Branch. Galveston, TX; March, 1995
  • Spinal chordomas: case presentation and review of literature. Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, University of Texas Medical Branch. Galveston, TX; March, 1995
  • Cauda equina hemangioblastoma. Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, University of Texas Medical Branch. Galveston, TX; July, 1995
  • Normal pressure hydrocephalus. Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, University of Texas Medical Branch. Galveston, TX; September, 1995
  • Spinal cord tumors in adults. Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, University of Texas Medical Branch. Galveston, TX; November, 1995
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery. Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, University of Texas Medical Branch. Galveston, TX; February, 1996
  • The value of intraoperative ultrasonography in cervical corpectomy: assessment by postoperative CT scan. Singleton Surgical Society. Galveston, TX; April, 1996
  • Malignant melanoma metastatic to brain: prognostic factors and results of treatment. Neurosciences Grand Rounds. King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center. Riyadh, SA; February, 1998

Paper Presentations

  • Nardone EM, Hessler R, LeBlanc FE. Primary malignant rhabdoid tumors of the central nervous system. The First Arab International Congress/ Exhibition on Cancer. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November, 1998
  • Sankhla S, DeMonte F, Nardone EM, Sawaya R. Surgical management of brain stem tumors. The International Meeting of Neurological Surgery. Amsterdam, Holland. July, 1997
  • Nardone EM, Luiz J, Hess K, Plager, McCutcheon IE. Malignant melanoma metastatic to brain: Prognostic factors and results of treatment. The Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Seattle, Washington. October, 1998

Poster Presentations

  • Nardone EM, Hessler R, LeBlanc FE. Primary malignant rhabdoid tumors of the central nervous system. The First Arab International Congress/ Exhibition on Cancer. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November, 1998
  • Nardone EM, Chen JW, Maggio WW, Nauta HJW. The value of intraoperative ultrasonography in cervical corpectomy: assessment by postoperative CT scan. Proceedings of the 88th meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Denver, CO; April, 1997
  • Sankhla S, Nardone EM, Sawaya R. Surgical Management of Brain Stem Tumors. Proceedings of the 88th meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Denver, CO; April, 1997
  • Nardone EM, Hassenbush S, Pietronigro D, Levin V, Sawaya R. Stereotactic injection of DTI-015 into recurrent malignant gliomas: Phase I/II trial. Proceedings of the 89th meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Philadelphia, PA; April, 1998
  • Nardone EM, Hessler R, LeBlanc FE. Primary malignant rhabdoid tumors of the central nervous system. Proceedings of the 90th meeting of the Amercian Association of Neurological Surgeons. New Orleans, LA; April, 1999

Invited Presentations

  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.  Presented for Being Well – a production of WEIU-TV, PBS.  Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, first airing July 9, 2013.
  • Posterior cervical instrumentation with lateral mass plates – pitfalls. The 13th Annual GWN Eggers Lectureship. Galveston, TX; May, 1995
  • Surgical management of metastatic tumors to the spine. The University of Oklahoma. Oklahoma City, OK; December, 1996
  • Surgical management of metastatic tumors to the spine. Loyola University. Chicago, IL; March, 1997
  • Advances in surgical management of metastatic tumors to the spine. King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center. Riyadh, SA; August, 1997

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • Tumor surgery
  • Skull base surgery
  • Surgery for tumors located in eloquent areas of the brain
  • Transphenoidal pituitary surgery
  • Surgical treatment of primary and metastatic tumors of the spine
  • Complex spine surgery

Publications

  • Nardone EM. Surgery for brain tumors: Part I. Low grade gliomas. Perspectives in Neuroscience, Central Illinois Neuroscience Foundation, April 2001
  • Nardone EM, Howes G. Minimally invasive microdiscectomy with fragmentectomy (in preparation)
  • Kofide A, Nardone EM. Primary malignant rhabdoid tumors of the central nervous system (in press)
  • Nardone EM, Lach B. Malignant chordoma of clivus. Case report (in press)
  • Nardone EM, Bosley T. Recovery of vision after resection of planum sphenoidale meningioma following cesarian section in a pregnancy complicated by placentia previa. Case report (in press)
  • Nardone EM, Luiz J, Hess K, Plager, McCutcheon IE. Malignant melanoma metastatic to brain: prognostic factors and results of treatment (in press)
  • Ellerhorst L, Nardone EM, McCutcheon IE. Role of stereotactic radiosurgery for the treatment of malignant melanoma metastatic to brain (submitted)
  • Nardone EM, Hassenbush S, Pietronigro D, Levin V, Sawaya R. Stereotactic injection of DTI-015 into recurrent malignant gliomas: Phase I/II trial (submitted)
  • Nardone EM, Chen JW, Maggio WW, Nauta HJW. The value of intraoperative ultrasonography in cervical corpectomy: assessment by post-operative CT scan. Neurosurgery 39:921-926, 1996
  • Hadjipavlou AG, Arya S, Crow WN, Maggio WW, Lander P, Nardone EM, Eyal A. Percutaneous transpedicular biopsy of the spine. J Intervent Radiol 11:103-108, 1996
  • Nardone, EM. Traumas of the Cervical Spine. First Medical School of Naples, Naples, Italy. October 1992 (Thesis)
  • Nardone EM. Tumors of the Anterior Portion of the Third Ventricle. First Medical School of Naples, Naples, Italy. October, 1987 (Thesis)

Book Chapters

  • Nardone EM. Recurrent pituitary tumors. Neurosurgery Clinics of North America. (Assigned)

Research

  • Analysis of different treatment modalities for metastatic melanoma to brain
  • Stereotactic injection of carmustine-dehydrated alcohol (DTI-015) into recurrent malignant gliomas (Phase I/II trial)
  • Cadaver studies of cervical spine stabilization with lateral mass plates
  • Use of intraoperative ultrasonography for cervical spine surgery

Education

MD, First Medical School of Naples, Naples, Italy, 1987
Classic Liceo, Pietradefusi, Avellino, Italy, 1974-1979
ECFMG Certificate, 1989
FLEX Certificate, 1992
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Certificate, 1995

Postgraduate Training

Neuro-Oncology (Complex Spine, Skull Base Surgery) Fellowship,
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center,
Houston, TX 1997

Fellow, Division of Spine, Department of Orthopedics,
University of Texas Medical Branch,
Galveston, TX 1995

General Neurosurgery Fellowship,
VA Medical Center,
University of Cincinnati,
Cincinnati, OH 1992

Neurosurgery Residency,
University of Texas Medical Branch,
Galveston, TX 1992-1997

General Neurosurgery Fellowship,
New York University Medical Center,
New York, NY. NYU Bellevue, VA Hospitals, 1990-1992

General Surgery Internship, Cabrini Medical Center,
NYC, NY, 1989-1990

Neurosurgery Residency, First Medical School of Naples,
Naples, Italy 1987-1989